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“Essential Gear” article for Geographical magazine

By Andrew Skurka / November 16, 2012 /

In the June 2012 issue of Geographical, the official magazine of the Royal Geographical Society (IBG), I wrote about the gear I used on my Alaska-Yukon Expedition. But the article is not a colorless evaluation — the model for this “Essential Gear” series is to embed a discussion about gear within a story narrative, which makes…

Finally, I have a genuine address! The home that entrepreneurialism and frugality bought.

By Andrew Skurka / July 29, 2012 /

I closed on a new home in south Boulder last Friday. And this past weekend, Amanda and I — with the help of her sister Jill, brother-in-law Brian, and two hired hands — moved in. We love it, as does Amanda’s cat, Oden, who has 3x more space and a small backyard to now explore.…

Navigation crash course in Rocky Mountain National Park

By Andrew Skurka / June 28, 2012 /

I am looking for two intermediate-level backpackers to join me on a 2-day/1-night Advanced Navigation Course in Rocky Mountain National Park, Thursday-Friday August 9-10. The primary focus of this trip is very narrow: navigation. Navigation is one of the most valuable skills that a backpacker can learn, as it allows you to safely and confidently…

Only one spot left on world-class 7-day Yosemite trip

By Andrew Skurka / June 26, 2012 /

Update (June 26, 5:15pm). The Yosemite C trip is now full. The only 2012 trip with open spots is  in Michigan’s Porcupine Mountains (4 hrs from Minneapolis) over Labor Day Weekend. If you would like to be notified when registration for 2013 trips is opened, please submit your information. I am looking for one person…

Fit outdoor photographer needed in Colorado ASAP

By Andrew Skurka / June 25, 2012 /

Update, 11:10am MT. I have received a lot of inquiries about this project and I’m confident that within the pile we will find a suitable fill-in. If you have not contacted me, please don’t — I’m overwhelmed by those who have contacted me already…thanks for understanding. Also, thanks to everyone who passed along this post…

Learn to navigate and travel off-trail! Join me in August in the White Mountains on an intimate 2-day trip.

By Andrew Skurka / June 21, 2012 /

Update, 7:15pm MT. The two remaining spots on this trip have been filled. If you were interested in this trip, please contact me anyway so that I can notify you when my 2013 guiding schedule is finalized. Also note that I may soon offer a similar trip in Rocky Mountain National Park, in addition to…

Wanted: Endurance athlete to join stud Yosemite group

By Andrew Skurka / June 19, 2012 /

Update, 6:45pm MT. The final spot on Yosemite A has been filled. If you were interested in this trip, please contact me anyway so that I can notify you when my 2013 guiding schedule is finalized; I will probably offer this 7-day trip again in Yosemite next year too. There are openings still on some…

Events this weekend in Sheridan & Buffalo, WY

By Andrew Skurka / May 22, 2012 /

This weekend Amanda and I are driving north for events on Sheridan and Buffalo, Wyoming, presented by the Wyoming Wilderness Association. On Friday May 25 I will be giving my “Circling Alaska & Yukon” slideshow at the WYO Theater, and on Saturday May 26 I will be giving the “Ultimate Hiking Gear & Skills Clinic”…

Six reasons you should backpack with me

By Andrew Skurka / February 28, 2012 /

I’ve spent most of the Winter staring at Gmail and Excel, and making hundreds of calls to prospective venues and land managers, so I’m delighted that my main initiatives for the year are all coming on line right now. Last week, The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide was finally released. Next week in northern California, I…

Objectives in writing The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide

By Andrew Skurka / February 21, 2012 /

My first book, The Ultimate Hiker’s Guide, is officially released today. If you pre-ordered a signed copy directly from me, thank you, and you will be getting it shortly—I shipped an Amazon.com-worthy quantity of orders last week. It has been both exciting and interesting to read feedback from early reviewers, like Kraig Becker at The…