Eight podcasts about backpacking, running, climbing, and hunting

By Andrew Skurka / March 25, 2019 /

This winter I’ve been a guest on six podcasts, and will soon appear on two more. It wasn’t intentional — whether by coincidence or due to an increasing number of outdoor podcasts, I received an exceptional number of interview requests, and I always say yes. Most readers will probably be familiar enough with my own…

Help wanted: Guided trips, content, marketing

By Andrew Skurka / February 20, 2019 /

My business has become sufficiently large and reliable that I’d like some assistance in running it, especially the guided trip program. In its current one-man configuration, I’m too stretched by the workload and — more consequentially — too distracted by critical but routine tasks that are preventing me from working on higher-value projects. Ideally, I’d like to find one…

Ron Bell of MLD to help guide Fundamentals courses in West Virginia

By Andrew Skurka / February 15, 2019 /

Ron Bell, the founder and owner of Mountain Laurel Designs, one of the most innovative and influential ultralight backpacking gear companies, will be joining Alan Dixon, Joe McConaughy, and me as a special guest on the Backpacking Fundamentals course in West Virginia, May 10-12, 2019. Ron last joined us in 2012, and I’m excited to…

Last call: Open application period closes Sunday for guided trips

By Andrew Skurka / January 17, 2019 /

This Sunday the open application period for my 2019 guided trips will close. Applications received through Sunday, January 20, will be considered equally; thereafter, they will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis for the spots leftover. If you are interested in a 2019 guided trip, I strongly recommend that you apply now. With the applications received…

Now accepting applications for 2019 guided trips!

By Andrew Skurka / January 7, 2019 /

Back to the Brooks Range!Yesterday afternoon I began accepting applications for my 2019 guided trips. Through January 20, it’s an open application period — if you get your application in by then, I’ll consider it equally with all of the others, though I do give first priority to alumni and to applicants who were waitlisted…

Dear Senator Gardner: Support Colorado business by re-opening the government

By Andrew Skurka / January 4, 2019 /

Dear Senator Gardner — I own a Boulder-based guided backpacking company, the lifeblood of which are commercial permits on public lands. Without them, I cannot legally operate in lands managed by the National Park Service, US Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management. Due to the current shutdown, my permits to run trips in 2019…

Women-only guided trips in Colorado in September

By Andrew Skurka / January 2, 2019 /

In 2019 we are offering two women-only sessions. Both are scheduled for early-September in Rocky Mountain National Park during peak fall foliage.

New hires! Anish and Stringbean to guide in WV and CO

By Andrew Skurka / January 2, 2019 /

This winter I’ve hired two more guides, cementing the roster as the most accomplished and knowledgeable team of backpacking guides on the planet. Yes, I’m boasting. No, I don’t think I’m exaggerating. Joe McConaughy (“Stringbean”) will be helping Alan Dixon (“Adventure Alan”) and me guide in West Virginia in early-May. And Heather Anderson (“Anish”) will be…

Program orientation: My 2019 guided trips

By Andrew Skurka / December 19, 2018 /

My 2019 guiding program is coming together. A few details are still being finalized, but everything should be settled by Monday, January 7, when the open application period will begin. For in-depth details about the trips, go here or follow other links below. This post is a succinct summary. Guide roster The program has always stood…

Bad business: Avoid Bonnie’s Balm

By Andrew Skurka / June 21, 2018 /

For a very long time I have argued that wearing so-called waterproof footwear is an ineffective solution when backpacking in wet conditions. Much better results can be had by minimizing the effects and aftermath of wet feet, instead. Among my recommended strategies, I have advocated for the application of an oil- and wax-based balm to…