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Learn from & adventure with us in Yosemite in July

By Andrew Skurka / June 5, 2020 /

Yosemite National Park began its phased reopening today. For the time being, only holders of wilderness and Half Dome permits are being allowed entry; visitation by the broader public sounds like it may start later next week. This official news green-lights our guided trips in the park scheduled for July and September. Honestly, it’s a…

Encouraging sign: Rocky Mountain to reopen May 27

By Andrew Skurka / May 13, 2020 /

Rocky Mountain National Park announced yesterday that they will begin a phased reopening starting on May 27. The press release is here. Most relevant to this readership, backcountry camping will be permitted right away, and will continue through the fall as normal. Even though Rocky is a National Park, the release points out that under…

Virtual clinic: How to plan a backpacking trip

By Andrew Skurka / April 30, 2020 /

Next month I’m hosting a free virtual clinic in partnership with the Colorado Mountain Club. Originally we’d scheduled an in-person gear and skills clinic in Golden, which I do most years for them, but, well, you know what happened. Key event details: Topic: Seven steps to plan a backpacking trip Online tutorial via Zoom Thursday,…

When will our National Parks re-open?

By Andrew Skurka / April 28, 2020 /

This morning I received a coronavirus update for Rocky Mountain National Park from the concessions manager. The italics are mine: In accordance with guidance from the White House, CDC, state and local public health authorities, the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service are working to gradually resume operations and access to national…

Discuss: When & how will backpacking be safe & feasible again?

By Andrew Skurka / April 14, 2020 /

The COVID-19 pandemic has me heartbroken by the death toll, saddened by the widespread fear, longing for social engagement, deflated by its economic impact, fascinated by the science, and — most of all right now — simply anxious to return to a “normal” that more closely resembles the old one than the current one. I’m…

Help wanted: Guided trip manager

By Andrew Skurka / February 2, 2020 /

To help me run my guided trip program last year, I hired David, who proved to be exceptional. Unfortunately, he’ll soon be stepping away after being offered a can’t-turn-it-down promotion at Flagstaff House that has much greater career potential than I could give him. So I’m looking to replace David, and to perhaps delegate other…

Must be doing something right

By Andrew Skurka / January 27, 2020 /

When I offered guided trips for the first time under my own company in 2011, it was a trial balloon of sorts — Will anyone even sign up? Thankfully, a few did — eighteen, to be exact. But that made me curious — What could this become? So for the next three seasons, I tried…

Open Application closes Sunday January 12, and it’s kind of your last chance

By Andrew Skurka / January 10, 2020 /

Open Application for 2020 guided trips started on December 15. It closed December 30 for the West Virginia and Utah locations, and it will be losing this Sunday, January 12, for Alaska, California, and the Rocky Mountains. If you’re interested in a 2020 trip, apply now for your best chance to get on your First…

PSA’s: Apply by Dec 28 for UT + WV; by Jan 11 for AK + CA

By Andrew Skurka / December 24, 2019 /

Seasons greetings. I hope you are having a great week. Three quick announcements related to my 2020 guided trips: 1. Apply by December 28 for Utah and West Virginia Open Application started December 15 for all locations, and it will close for Utah and West Virginia on December 28 (or, more specifically, when I sit…

Guide team 2020 || Profile: Alan Dixon

By Andrew Skurka / December 23, 2019 /

Alan is 59 years-old and lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and adventuring partner, Alison. He has two children and two grandchildren. Four years ago he retired as an environmental engineer, and now focuses mostly on Adventure Alan, one of the oldest and most respected sources for ultralight backpacking. Since joining Andrew’s program in 2012,…