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The Trail Show: Episode 82 is live

By Andrew Skurka / June 3, 2019 / 1 Comment

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 / 77 Comments

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 / 23 Comments

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 / 4 Comments

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 / 8 Comments

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 / 3 Comments

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…

Last call: Open application period closes Sunday for guided trips

By Andrew Skurka / January 17, 2019 / 2 Comments

This Sunday the open application period for my 2019 guided trips will close. Applications received through Sunday, January 20, will be considered equally; thereafter, they will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis for the spots leftover. If you are interested in a 2019 guided trip, I strongly recommend that you apply now. With the applications received…

Now accepting applications for 2019 guided trips!

By Andrew Skurka / January 7, 2019 / 2 Comments

Back to the Brooks Range!Yesterday afternoon I began accepting applications for my 2019 guided trips. Through January 20, it’s an open application period — if you get your application in by then, I’ll consider it equally with all of the others, though I do give first priority to alumni and to applicants who were waitlisted…

Dear Senator Gardner: Support Colorado business by re-opening the government

By Andrew Skurka / January 4, 2019 / 6 Comments

Dear Senator Gardner — I own a Boulder-based guided backpacking company, the lifeblood of which are commercial permits on public lands. Without them, I cannot legally operate in lands managed by the National Park Service, US Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management. Due to the current shutdown, my permits to run trips in 2019…

Women-only guided trips in Colorado in September

By Andrew Skurka / January 2, 2019 / 1 Comment

In 2019 we are offering two women-only sessions. Both are scheduled for early-September in Rocky Mountain National Park during peak fall foliage.