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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…

Five spots (and $200 travel offsets) available for learning-intensive trips in Colorado

By Andrew Skurka / May 22, 2018 /

In late-June and July we are running ten 3- and 5-day guided backpacking trips in Colorado. These are learning-intensive experiences, with the ultimate goal of giving you the knowledge and skills to undertake trips of your own with confidence and competence. Learn more. Of the 88 total spots, five two are currently open, on these…

Thursday night in Golden, Colo.: Gear & skills show-and-tell

By Andrew Skurka / May 9, 2018 /

Tomorrow night (Thursday, May 10) I’m giving a 90-minute clinic on backpacking gear, supplies, and skills at the Colorado Mountain Club in Golden, Colo. Doors open at 6:30. Presentation starts at 7, and will run for about 1:30 to 1:45, depending on how many questions I’m getting. Tickets cost $12 (or $10 for members) and…

Job posting: Backpacking guide for High Sierra trips

By Andrew Skurka / May 7, 2018 /

I am seeking one exceptionally accomplished backpacker to join my guided trip program. Employment will be short-term and seasonal. This year I need help in guiding one 3-day Backpacking Fundamentals course and two 5-day Adventure trips, starting Friday, September 21 and finishing Wednesday October 3. The trips are in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park in California. If you are not local, you would…

Back in stock: Bonnie’s Balm || For wet feet, chafing, and cracked lips & skin

By Andrew Skurka / January 19, 2018 /

Last year the owner and founder of Bonnie’s Balm, Bonnie Searcy, had a host of health issues (among other things, two black widow spider bites) and the business seemed to evaporate. Orders went unfulfilled, calls and emails garnered no response, and the website even went down. As a long-time supporter and distributor of the products,…

Guided trips in Rocky Mountain & Sequoia-Kings: Apply now, through January 21

By Andrew Skurka / January 4, 2018 /

After a year off in 2016, I resurrected my guiding program last year, ultimately offering six 5-day Backpacking Adventure trips in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park. Originally, I had planned to guide just three sessions with Flyin’ Brian Robinson. But for the 24 spots I received 52 applications, many from alumni. So I doubled the schedule and flew out…

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…