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In Oden’s best interests

By Andrew Skurka / November 27, 2020 /

Amanda and I have long known that our fur baby Oden would not outlive us, and in 2020 we began to acknowledge that he probably had only months left, no longer years. The ultimate timing or cause was unclear, but his trajectory was visibly downwards — his weight was dropping, his arthritis was worsening, his…

Why is the West on fire?

By Andrew Skurka / November 9, 2020 /

My fire season started in August, when our views were badly obscured on a seven-day trip in the San Juan Mountains by smoke from the Pine Gulch Fire, which briefly became the largest wildfire in Colorado state history. In September, I cancelled five trips in Yosemite because of toxic air quality due to the Creek…

Race and privilege in the outdoors

By Alexandra Lev / November 2, 2020 /

In this series we have covered a wide range of topics meant to help aid and educate women in preparation for backcountry travel. It was brainstormed a year ago and designed to add to this website a woman’s perspective on some fundamental outdoor topics. Our final post was to be about “Giving Back” and would…

Signs of a botched pandemic response

By Andrew Skurka / July 31, 2020 /

Here’s a sampling of client emails that were awaiting me when I exited the field late last week, with commentary below that: (Names have been changed in the interest of privacy.) From Sam After much deliberation I have reluctantly decided to forgo my participation in the Colorado Adventure this year. I am aware of the…

George Floyd

By Andrew Skurka / June 4, 2020 /

When I sat down on Monday morning to map out blog and social content for the week, everything seemed unimportant. I know that hundreds of thousands of Americans were protesting the unnecessary death of another black man and systemic racism more broadly this weekend, but let me tell you about how much I love the…

Coronavirus: US- and state-level trends

By Andrew Skurka / March 31, 2020 /

This weekend I got frustrated by the lack of easy-to-find and up-to-date national- and state-level coronavirus trends. Specifically: How many cases and deaths have been reported each day? And, What is the rate of change? So I created my own, using data from the New York Times, which they’ve made publicly available on Github and…

Review: “Total Marriage Refresh” with Dr. Wyatt Fisher

By Andrew Skurka / November 16, 2019 /

Almost as predictably as the leaves turning color and the days getting shorter, Amanda and I normally reach a marital low point each fall. Amanda feels lonely and ignored for most of the summer while I’m physically gone or emotionally preoccupied with guided and private trips. And when I return, I crave personal time so…

Very long-term review: Samsung Chromebook || 90 percent of computing needs for $200-ish

By Andrew Skurka / November 6, 2019 /

Five years ago I bought the second-generation Samsung Chromebook 2 for business travel. Versus my primary machine — at the time, a conventional Windows laptop — the Chromebook was: Half the size and weight, Quieter and cooler, Faster at startup (8 seconds!), and Less expensive to replace if it was damaged or stolen. It proved…

For sale: My childhood home

By Andrew Skurka / April 3, 2019 /

Thirty-three years ago my parents moved to 51 Donald Lewis Drive in Seekonk, Mass. — along with their three kids, ages 7, 5, and 2 — and on Monday put this classic Colonial on the market. With this post I’m not trying to help their sale, but simply mark a milestone as I occasionally do…

Retirement

By Andrew Skurka / April 6, 2018 /

Today my father, Robert (“Bob”) Skurka, finishes a 44-year thru-hike of the banking services industry. Like most long walks through the wilderness, his career gave him purpose and identity, and included both peaks and valleys. I’m unconvinced that he’ll take to a conventional retirement — to an even greater degree than his successor, he quickly gets restless —…