Let’s chat: Office Hours + Ask Us Anything

In fall 2021 and fall 2022 my guide team offered free one-on-one “office hours” appointments to discuss all things backpacking. They were wildly popular: we hosted 320 calls over the two years, which amounted to nearly 107 hours of time!

Katie Gerber and I will be running this program again next week. The details:

1. Office hours to discuss 2024 guided trips

  • Monday, November 27 through Friday, December 1
  • 15-minute blocks

These 15-minute one-on-one appointments are limited to those who are interested in a 2024 trip. We can discuss suitable locations and trip types, our fitness and experience requirements, and any personal unique circumstances (e.g. your group, meal restrictions, allergies).

If you are unavailable for any of these times, contact me with your availability and questions so that I can either schedule a one-off meeting or provide you with answers.

Please do not schedule one of these appointments unless you are serious about a 2024 trip. And beforehand please review the website for basic information; it will be updated this week and next with 2024 details. Thank you.

2. Ask Us Anything

Katie and I will host three public “Ask Us Anything” events, each lasting 60 minutes. We’ll start at a different time each night, hoping to catch people on different time zones and with different schedules.

  • Tuesday, November 28, 6pm Eastern Time (join now)
  • Wednesday, November 29, 6pm Mountain Time (join now)
  • Thursday, November 30, 6pm Pacific Time (join now)

Each night we will have a different special guest, details below!

We can discuss topics like:

  • Locations,
  • Permitting,
  • Likely conditions,
  • Fitness,
  • Gear selection,
  • Holiday gift-giving,
  • Meal planning,
  • Skills,
  • Women-specific considerations,
  • And our guided trips, if you didn’t or couldn’t schedule a one-on-one appointment.

3. Question box

If you would like to submit a question for the Ask Us Anything events, complete this form. During the broadcasts we try to answer all questions received.

Our special guests

Dan Durston — Watch the replay.

  • Best known for designing the X-Mid tents through his company Durston Gear
  • Five-time fastest finisher in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
  • First person to yo-yo the Great Divide Trail

Flyin’ Brian Robinson — Watch the replay.

  • First person to complete the Calendar Triple Crown, in 2001
  • Barkley Marathon finisher (#7) and former course record holder
  • Completed the John Muir Trail in 4 days and 7 hours

Mikaela Osler — Watch the replay.

  • Triple Crown thru-hiker (AT, PCT, CDT)
  • Set FKT’s on the Long Trail and Colorado Trail
Posted in on November 20, 2023


  1. Jesse on November 20, 2023 at 9:02 pm

    The question form isn’t set properly, the link states “no permission to view”.

    I’d like to submit a question to mr Skurka:

    On gear, your old blog posts and your book have remained fairly current. Are there any thoughts on gear choices where your thinking has changed in the recent years?

    • Andrew Skurka on November 21, 2023 at 10:20 am

      Form settings fixed, sorry about that.

      I’ll add the question to our list, thanks.

  2. Haztek on November 27, 2023 at 11:45 pm

    Will you be recording the sessions to watch back latter

    • Andrew Skurka on November 28, 2023 at 12:14 am

      Yes, they will be available on YouTube, same links.

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