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I’m hiring: Backpacking guide(s) for 2020 season

By Andrew Skurka / October 30, 2019 /

For the 2020 guiding season I plan to hire at least one additional backpacking guide, and possibly two or three. Interested in joining our team? Read on. Position description The work will be short-term and seasonal. It should be considered a supplement to steadier full-time work, an additional contract in a larger freelance portfolio, or…

2020 guiding program: Tentative schedule

By Andrew Skurka / October 14, 2019 /

This weekend I received four inquiries about the 2020 guiding program. Normally I would not be prepared to discuss it until December, but I’m ahead of my usual schedule and can share a few things now. Schedule A tentative 2020 schedule has been posted. In coming months I’ll confirm some additional details, notably guide assignments…

Tell me: Who’s your guiding dream team in 2020?

By Andrew Skurka / September 17, 2019 /

Tomorrow morning I drive up to Grand Lake, Colo., to greet the Adventure 2A and 2B groups as they exit from their respective 5-day outings. They’re our final set of trips this year, both in Rocky Mountain National Park and for the season. For the first time since I launched trips under my own company…

Four spots available: Join us in Colorado

By Andrew Skurka / August 6, 2019 /

I have four spots available on our guided backpacking trips in Colorado next month. Check the trip schedule for the most current availability; right now these spots are on: Fundamentals 1A (Fri, Sept 6 through Sun, Sept 8): 1 spot Adventure 1A (Mon, Sept 9 through Fri, Sept 13): 1 spot Adventure 2A (Sat, Sept…

The Trail Show: Episode 82 is live

By Andrew Skurka / June 3, 2019 /

Last month I hosted The Trail Show crew for a multi-hour recording of Episode 82, which is now live. They’re a great group and it was a fun evening.

Why are thru-hikers already in the High Sierra?

By Andrew Skurka / June 3, 2019 /

Last week an alumnus, Rod, sent me photos of Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers in the High Sierra, climbing over Forester Pass. The photos were taken May 26, but he didn’t know the party. (Update, June 7. In a recent Instagram post, these photos were credited to Justin McCormick, and are of Jonathan Frankson and Abby.…

New look, same field-proven content

By Andrew Skurka / June 1, 2019 /

The website that most readers are familiar with launched in late-2011, shortly before the release of the first edition of The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide. It was designed by Bracia, which like my company is mostly a one-man operation, and was a technological leap in my web presence. Its aesthetic was vastly superior to the preceding website,…

Eight podcasts about backpacking, running, climbing, and hunting

By Andrew Skurka / March 25, 2019 /

This winter I’ve been a guest on six podcasts, and will soon appear on two more. It wasn’t intentional — whether by coincidence or due to an increasing number of outdoor podcasts, I received an exceptional number of interview requests, and I always say yes. Most readers will probably be familiar enough with my own…

Help wanted: Guided trips, content, marketing

By Andrew Skurka / February 20, 2019 /

My business has become sufficiently large and reliable that I’d like some assistance in running it, especially the guided trip program. In its current one-man configuration, I’m too stretched by the workload and — more consequentially — too distracted by critical but routine tasks that are preventing me from working on higher-value projects. Ideally, I’d like to find one…

Ron Bell of MLD to help guide Fundamentals courses in West Virginia

By Andrew Skurka / February 15, 2019 /

Ron Bell, the founder and owner of Mountain Laurel Designs, one of the most innovative and influential ultralight backpacking gear companies, will be joining Alan Dixon, Joe McConaughy, and me as a special guest on the Backpacking Fundamentals course in West Virginia, May 10-12, 2019. Ron last joined us in 2012, and I’m excited to…