Last call: Apply for a scholarship

By Andrew Skurka / February 16, 2022 /

The deadline to apply for our scholarship program is coming up — 8 AM MST on Monday, February 21. These needs-based awards are eligible for up to 10 spots on our intro-level Backpacking Fundamentals course and up to 16 spots in our Plan Like A Pro online course.

I’m hiring: Backpacking Guides and Operations Assistant

By Andrew Skurka / February 12, 2022 /

My guiding program continues to grow, and I must make several new hires this season to keep up. I am now accepting applications for three roles: Operations Assistant (one) Lead Backpacking Guide (at least two) Junior Backpacking Guide (one to three) Applicants can apply for just the Operations Assistant position, just the Backpacking Guide positions,…

Apply now: Needs-based scholarships

By Andrew Skurka / February 1, 2022 /

Today I’m excited to launch a new needs-based scholarship program. In 2022 recipients will be eligible for up to ten spots on intro-level Backpacking Fundamentals courses in Colorado, California, and West Virginia, as well as up to sixteen spots on the online Plan Like A Pro course. We are accepting applications through Friday, February 21.

Season launch || “Plan Like a Pro” course

By Joe 'Stringbean' McConaughy / January 24, 2022 /

Next week we start our first 2022 session of Plan Like A Pro, an online course in which students are guided through a holistic trip planning curriculum that’s applicable for every location, season, experience level, and age and gender. The course is interactive, not one-way — students receive individualized feedback for most assignments. Over 400…

New program: Certify in Wilderness First Aid (WFA) during a 5- or 7-day trip

By Andrew Skurka / December 23, 2021 /

In partnership with the University of New Mexico International Mountain Medicine Center, we are offering Wilderness First Aid (WFA) courses at select 2022 locations. The courses are open only to participants on our guided trips. The in-person skill instruction can be completed the day before or after your trip, or it can be integrated into…

What 2022 trips will sell out before the end of 2021?

By Andrew Skurka / December 23, 2021 /

The deadline to apply for our 2022 trips in Utah, Colorado, and Alaska is Monday, December 27. Applications received by the end of the day will be given equal consideration, and applications received thereafter will be treated first come first serve for remaining spots. If you are interested in California, Washington, or West Virginia, you…

That time again: Accepting applications now for 2022 trips

By Andrew Skurka / December 12, 2021 /

If you’ve been waiting until tomorrow, December 13, to apply for our 2022 trips, when I said that I’d start accepting applications, you can get on it now: the application window is now open. All applications received through December 27 (and January 3 for some later locations) will be considered equally. It’s not first-come first-served,…

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

By Andrew Skurka / December 2, 2021 /

Update (December 5, 10pm): We are no longer taking sign-ups for office hours, sorry. This program was much more popular that I could have imagined, and we will offer it again, but for now we’re full. Next week — Wednesday, December 8 through Friday, December 10 — we are hosting “office hours” (for free), and…

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…