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A deal at $240: High Route Tent, 20% off through Labor Day

By Andrew Skurka / August 26, 2016 /

Sierra Designs is having a 20% sitewide sale through Labor Day. And orders of $49+ qualify for free shipping. Valid only at www.SierraDesigns.com Use coupon NOFOMO at checkout Most notably, the High Route Tent 1FL is now $240. For what you get, I thought its $300 MSRP was competitive. It’s a lot of tent at $240, and…

Fun in 2016: What I have planned

By Andrew Skurka / March 26, 2016 /

It’s almost April, yet just recently has my 2016 play calendar taken shape. Normally my schedule is dialed by now, but I have more flexibility this year since I’m not guiding trips or actively speaking. The extra time was useful — it gave me an opportunity to reflect on 2015, and to ponder my long-term commitment to 2017 projects that necessitate action…

WANTED: Video producer for 12-video project

By Andrew Skurka / March 16, 2016 /

Update, March 26 || We have narrowed our search to several vendors. If a similar need arises again, I will post something here and elsewhere. This summer Sierra Designs will release a backpack and tent that we’ve co-developed over the past year. As part of the product launch, and as part of SD’s continuing efforts to engage its customers, we would like…

My most popular & favorite posts of 2015

By Andrew Skurka / December 31, 2015 /

To close out 2015, I’d like to share my most popular posts. My method in creating the list was only partially scientific — I started with total page views for 2015 in Google Analytics, and then I loosely accounted for publishing dates, since posts released earlier in the year have had more time to be viewed than those released…

Getting after it again: 2015 Year in Review

By Andrew Skurka / December 28, 2015 /

Fifteen months ago, my bitterness reached its peak. The cause was obvious: for four consecutive years, starting with 2011, I had worked too much and adventured too little. Essentially, I had stopped being me. During the first two years, I wasn’t bothered. My work — mostly guiding, speaking, and writing — was novel and challenging,…

More worthy “Adventurer of the Year”: Jurek or Anish?

By Andrew Skurka / November 13, 2015 /

Earlier today National Geographic announced its Adventurers of the Year for 2016. Of most interest to the backpacking community will be the decision to recognize Scott Jurek — who in July set a new supported speed record for the Appalachian Trail, in 46+ days — but not Heather (“Anish”) Anderson, the other obvious choice this year. If you’re asking,…

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…