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Job posting: Backpacking guide for 2018 trips

By Andrew Skurka / December 21, 2017 /

I am looking for one additional person to help guide my 2018 trips. Employment will be short-term and seasonal: probably 11 days total in July or September, in either Colorado or California. You will work with other world-class backpacking guides, including Alan Dixon, Flyin’ Brian Robinson, Mike Clelland. Necessary qualifications Please apply only if you have:…

Grab one: Fourteen spots remaining on 2017 guided trips

By Andrew Skurka / May 22, 2017 /

“Wait a minute? You’re offering guided trips this year?” Indeed, earlier this spring I decided to offer trips again in 2017. My original thought was to open them only to alumni, some of whom have be waiting a few years to take a longer trip with me, and then launch a broader program in 2018. But the alumni…

Less different but better: Brand flip of Sierra Designs in 2018

By Andrew Skurka / May 21, 2017 /

Last week was the semi-annual sales meeting for Sierra Designs, during which shelters, sleeping bags, backpacks, apparel and accessories were shown to our domestic and international sales representatives. Most products will release in February 2018. Sierra Designs is a 52-year-old brand, and for decades was a dominant player in multiple categories. But due to a…

In Worcester & Framingham this week: Alaska-Yukon slideshow and Gear & Skills Clinic

By Andrew Skurka / April 10, 2017 /

While I’m in the Bay State this weekend to visit family and to binge on post-marathon pastries from Mike’s Pastry, I’ll also be making presentations in Worcester and Framingham. Details: Boy Scouts of America & Doherty HS Outdoor Club Thursday, April 13 7:00 PM Doherty Memorial High School 299 Highland Street Worcester, MA $8.50 in…

On the road, again || Clinics this week in NC & UT

By Andrew Skurka / March 19, 2017 /

This week I’m speaking in Asheville, NC and Sandy, UT. In both locations I will be giving a clinic on backpacking gear & skills. View event details. As an extra incentive to attend, I have these Sierra Designs coupons to distribute:

Worth a look: SD’s spring clearance, up to 50% off || And, High Route back in stock

By Andrew Skurka / February 26, 2017 /

First off, the High Route Tent is back in stock, as of Friday. If we sell through this inventory, we have a bigger batch arriving in early-April. Next, Sierra Designs is clearing out their inventory in advance of new arrivals. The High Route Tent and Flex Capacitor 40-60 Pack are among the few items that…

What would you ask Sierra Designs Sr. Director, Stephen Barnes?

By Andrew Skurka / January 19, 2017 /

On Wednesday I will interview Stephen Barnes, Sierra Designs Sr. Director, during a Virtual Happy Hour that we will broadcast via Facebook Live. I know what I want to ask him, but I want to know your questions, too. If you have one, leave a comment below. And then log onto the Sierra Designs Facebook page…

Win a SD Flex Capacitor 40-60 Pack: Tonight at 6:30pm MST

By Andrew Skurka / December 7, 2016 /

Tune in tonight (Wednesday, Dec 7) at 6:30 pm MST for my holiday gift guide for hikers and backpackers, broadcast via Facebook Live. If you ask a question during the program, you’ll be entered to win a new Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor 40-60 Pack. To watch, visit Sierra Designs’ Facebook page. Starting on Thursday I will begin…

Thought it impossible: Wildfires close 140 miles of the Appalachian Trail

By Andrew Skurka / December 3, 2016 /

Along the Pacific Crest and Continental Divide Trails, closures and fire bans are considered normal, especially after dry winters or late in the summer. Ditto for other long trails through arid or semi-arid environments like the Arizona Trail or Colorado Trail. But I considered such trail closures impossible on the Appalachian Trail, which is nicknamed “The Green Tunnel”…

Civic discomfort zone: Amanda and I attended a Donald Trump rally

By Andrew Skurka / October 19, 2016 /

Yesterday Amanda and I attended the Donald Trump rally in Colorado Springs. Since announcing his presidential bid in June 2015 we’d heard much about his candidacy, as all other non-cave dwellers probably have. But we wanted to hear him, unfiltered. And we wanted to better understand his supporters, which in a few weeks will constitute…