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Update on 2014 guided trip scheduling and registration

By Andrew Skurka / November 16, 2013 /

On the flight home from my last guided trip of 2013 three weeks ago, I began outlining my schedule for next year. Finalizing it takes time: it requires input from a number of people (e.g. Amanda, assistant guides, partners), hinges on the availability of commercial permits for land use, and — most important — demands…

Gritty new Backcountry.com video

By Andrew Skurka / August 14, 2013 /

Watch this inspiring new video from Backcountry.com that gets down to the gritty — and sometimes bloody –motivations behind outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers. Impressive scenic footage is married to a powerful message reminding the viewer that “we” endure much in order to do these things that we not only enjoy, but need. As the narrator states in his calm,…

Thoughts on recent JMT and PCT speed records

By Andrew Skurka / August 13, 2013 /

New Fastest Known Times (FKT’s) were recently set on both the John Muir Trail (JMT) and Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). The PCT record has been especially big news within and beyond the hiking community. On the JMT, ultra runners Hal Koerner and Mike Wolfe covered the 224-mile distance in 3 days, 12 hours, and 41…

For Sale: new GoLite Shangri La 2 tent — a lightweight, versatile & winter-worthy shelter

By Andrew Skurka / July 10, 2013 /

For sale: GoLiteShangri La 2 Tents Condition: Brand new, with tags, never even been unrolled Cost: $135 each, CONUS shipping included Quantity: 2 available sold out (as of 7:30 MDT) Product specs Sleeps: 2 people, plus gear or dog (45 square feet of floor space) Color: Evergreen Includes: tarp, nest, and stakes (6) Weight: 24 oz…

These pictures of the Alaska Range are great, but it’d be even better in person

By Andrew Skurka / April 30, 2013 /

There is one spot available on each of the Alaska Adventure sessions I am running in June. This 7-day backpacking trip will include a packrafting component, as we will use them to ferry across big rivers and to float rivers that are moving in our desired direction of travel. The location is the Eastern Alaska…

Advice to “Strider,” aspiring NCT thru-hiker, overwhelmed and beaten down by the Spring melt

By Andrew Skurka / April 26, 2013 /

Earlier this week I received an email from Bruce Matthews, Executive Director of the North Country Trail Association, asking a small favor to place an encouraging phone call to Luke Jordan (a.k.a. “Strider”), who is currently attempting a thru-hike of the NCT. Luke started his trip on March 27 at the NCT’s western terminus, Lake…

Thoughts on fatal Loveland Pass avalanche

By Andrew Skurka / April 22, 2013 /

On Saturday afternoon there was another fatal avalanche in Colorado near Loveland Pass. It is notable for being the deadliest slide in Colorado since 1962: five skiers and snowboarders died; a sixth was only partially buried and survived. This tragic event brings Colorado’s avalanche-related death toll this winter to 11, out of the 24 deaths…

Spring slideshow & clinic schedule: Southeast, Colorado, and Washington

By Andrew Skurka / April 15, 2013 /

While it is hard to imagine given the epic dumping of snow we’re currently getting in Boulder (yay, moisture!), backpacking season is upon us, as is Andrew’s epic Spring schedule. Most of the following information is on the website, and we’ve been giving occasional shout-outs on Facebook for upcoming events, but Andrew’s upcoming speaking schedule…

Seeking female backpacker for product testing

By Andrew Skurka / March 8, 2013 /

A company with which I work (not necessarily publicly) is looking for a female backpacking product tester. She must be an expert backpacker and have lots of experience with many different brands of clothing and equipment. She needs not be model-esque or well-known — just a real person who passionately cares about gear. Submit your…

Put a ring on it

By Andrew Skurka / February 18, 2013 /

I’ll get straight to the big news from last week: Amanda and I got engaged. The impromptu proposal happened in Estes Park, Colorado, on the front steps of The Stanley Hotel. During the day, these steps offer an excellent view of Longs Peak, the sole 14er in Rocky Mountain National Park. But our moment was…