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Giving up a dream job: Why I’m not guiding trips in 2016

By Andrew Skurka / November 9, 2015 /

I’m making a big change for 2016: I will not be offering any guided trips. Not since 2010 has my guiding schedule been clear, and of course in that year I circumnavigated Alaska and the Yukon. I have no plans for a major expedition next year, nor any that involve the other obvious explanation —…

Heading to the High Sierra? Updates on the Rough Fire.

By Andrew Skurka / August 17, 2015 /

After yet another extremely dry winter, it’s no surprise that California’s High Sierra is being affected by wildfires this summer. The action was mostly in Yosemite National Park in 2013 and 2014, with the Rim Fire and Meadow Fire, the latter of which necessitated the plucking off via helicopter of stranded hikers atop Half Dome. Unfortunately, Sequoia-Kings Canyon…

Outdoor Retailer: Top 4 to-be-released products from Sierra Designs in 2016

By Andrew Skurka / August 10, 2015 /

For a few days last week I was in in Salt Lake City for the semi-annual Outdoor Retailer tradeshow, where there were a dizzying number of new, updated, and proven old products for hiking, camping, running, climbing, and paddling. The focus of the summer show are items that will hit store shelves in Spring 2016. For show-wide news coverage, consult Backpacker, Gear Junkie,…

Exclusive 25% off discount on my four favorite Sierra Designs products

By Andrew Skurka / July 1, 2015 /

Through Monday, July 6, Sierra Designs is offering a 20% sitewide discount on tents, sleeping bags, men’s apparel, and women’s apparel. But my readers get even more love: take 25% off! Since I partnered with Sierra Designs earlier this year, I’ve had the opportunity to test out many of its products, both current and future. Here…

Job Posting: “Mad scientist” with Exxel Outdoor’s Advanced Development Center

By Andrew Skurka / June 30, 2015 /

Exxel Outdoors — formerly American Rec, and the parent company of Sierra Designs, Ultimate Direction, Kelty, among other brands — has a job opening in its Advanced Development Center. The ADC is tasked with developing many of the “mad scientist” projects that eventually trickle down into tangible products. As one example, the ADC did the earliest prototyping for…

Live near Boulder and a size Large? Sierra Designs needs you.

By Andrew Skurka / May 15, 2015 /

Sierra Designs is a looking for a fit model. Details and an application below. Requirements Reside within a commutable distance to the Sierra Designs headquarters in northeast Boulder, Colorado (Gunbarrel) Male Size Large for tops, per SD sizing. Ideally, 44-inch chest and 34-inch waist. Work + compensation About four office visits per month, for about 2 hours…

Sometimes it rains. Next SD LIVE event: Tues, Mar 31

By Andrew Skurka / March 23, 2015 /

The next SD LIVE online event will air at 11:30 am PDT on Tuesday, March 31. I will start it off by sharing a series of tips I’ve learned about backpacking in the rain — foot care, fire starting, campsite selection, gear selection, etc. In the second half, Michael Glavin, the Brand Manager of Sierra…

Needed: Portland-based female model for Sierra Designs live event

By Andrew Skurka / March 11, 2015 /

For the next SD Live online event on Tuesday, March 31 — which will focus on techniques to deal with rain — we need a Portland-based female to model some Sierra Designs rain wear. The filming time is still TBD, but plan to be available for 2-3 hours sometime between mid-morning and mid-afternoon. The location is in…

My 2015 ultra running race schedule: Strategy & considerations

By Andrew Skurka / February 17, 2015 /

A non-running subject to start. Join me on Thursday, February 19 at 11am PST for a live online event about backpacking shelters. We’ll be discussing pros & cons of double- and single-wall tents, tarps, hammocks, and bivies. Register here: http://sierradesigns.yourbrandlive.com/c/2015tents This year excites me, a lot. It’s the first since 2010 in which I have both the desire…

Designing a better way with Sierra Designs

By Andrew Skurka / February 15, 2015 /

Unless you read outdoor industry press releases or saw me last month at the Outdoor Retailer tradeshow in Salt Lake City, you probably missed the news that I’ve partnered with Sierra Designs. This is not a new relationship, as I’ve been consulting for them on-and-off since 2012, but starting this year I will take on a greater…