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Let’s chat: Sign up for my “office hours” (free)

By Andrew Skurka / December 2, 2021 /

Next week — Wednesday, December 8 through Friday, December 10 — we are hosting “office hours” (for free), and are inviting you to schedule a chat. We can talk about anything related to backpacking: Locations, Permitting, Likely conditions, Fitness, Gear selection, Meal planning, Skills, Women-specific considerations, And, of course, our 2022 guided trips and Plan…

Kickoff: The 2022 trip schedule, locations, and application dates

By Andrew Skurka / November 23, 2021 /

The 2021 season ended just six weeks ago, but it’s already time to start 2022, since in another six weeks we will start offering spots on our spring trips. The 2022 schedule & locations Yesterday I published the first iteration of the 2022 schedule. Some parts of the schedule look like past years: Southern Utah…

Livestream with Stringbean, April 9: New Arizona Trail FKT

By Andrew Skurka / April 7, 2021 /

On Friday, April 9, 2021 at 6pm MDT, I will be hosting a livestream with Joe McConaughy (“Stringbean”), who earlier this week set a new supported Arizona Trail FKT in 13+ days, averaging 60-70 miles per day. If you were following his journey on Instagram, Strava, or YouTube, it already probably struck you as pretty…

Recommended listening: Roman Dial and The Backpacking Podcast

By Andrew Skurka / February 26, 2021 /

Two podcasts from the past week that may be worth your time: Buzz Burrell interviews Roman Dial For this week’s installment of the FKT Podcast, Buzz interviewed Roman, which makes for a lot of legend in one episode. Roman is probably the best storyteller that I know, due to both storytelling skills and Alaska-themed content.…

Last call for planning course starting Feb 22

By Andrew Skurka / February 17, 2021 /

On Friday we will be shutting down registration for Session 1 of our 9-week online planning course, which starts Monday, February 22. If you miss this opportunity, consider Session 2 or Session 3, which start March 15 and April 12, respectively. If the timing of these latter sessions works better for you, you can still…

Podcasts: FKT, Live Free or Die, Long Way Radio

By Andrew Skurka / January 18, 2021 /

Last week I was interviewed for two different podcasts, and they’re both now available. Fastest Known Time Legend and host Buzz Burrell invited Mary Cochenour and me on to answer listener questions about how to recharge GPS devices mid-trip, when to (not) use trekking poles, and how to best protect yourself from the sun. Fastest…

Online tutorial: Learn technical packrafting skills

By Andrew Skurka / January 7, 2021 /

The American Packrafting Association is hosting an online class next week with Mark Oates, who is based in Tasmania (which has world-class packrafting) and teaches whitewater courses all over the world. The class is pitched to “packrafters looking to step up their technical paddling skills.” That sounds more advanced than a basic “how to packraft”…

Update on 2021 trip availability

By Andrew Skurka / January 4, 2021 /

Demand for the 2021 trips has remained very strong through the open application period, and I’m expecting that every single trip will be full by the end of this week. If you’re hoping to join us, apply immediately — or apply later when you can fully commit, and hope for a cancellation. I’m currently sorting…

Guide profile: Dan Durston

By Andrew Skurka / December 30, 2020 /

I am 37-years-old and live in the heart of the Canadian Rockies in Golden, British Columbia, with my wife T. I have an insatiable passion for both outdoor adventure and gear, which has led me into ambitious gear projects and even more ambitious sufferfest trips (where my perpetual optimism tends to get me through). After…

Guide profile: Dave Eitemiller

By Andrew Skurka / December 22, 2020 /

I am 61 years old but don’t let that impress you, I live in a 40 something brain and body. I live in Monument, Colorado and have two grown daughters and 4 amazing grandkids who call me “Gramps. Since retiring from a long and successful career in Asia as a Senior Executive for major paper,…