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Because I’m not just a walking and running machine.

Time for a reset. Congrats, dad.


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 — […]

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The historic Stanley. Amanda and I got engaged here on a cold and windy night in February 2012.

Review: Aspire Residences at The Stanley Hotel || Modern rooms & facility with easy access to historic charm

Most winters Amanda and I make a weekend getaway to Estes Park, Colo., the eastern gateway town to Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s only an hour away and doesn’t require driving on congestion-prone I-70. Room rates are cheap, especially Sunday through Thursday, because it’s the slow season. And it offers quick access to big mountain terrain […]

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Giveaway: My Trail Company Chrome Umbrella

The My Trail Company Chrome Umbrella is an alternative to conventional rain gear. It’s lighter, more waterproof, and more comfortable in warmer temperatures. Wind, off-trail travel, and poorly maintained trails are a challenge for it, however. Read more pros & cons of backpacking umbrellas. I am giving away one new Chrome Umbrella, which was given […]

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The double wrist cuff helps to reduce drafts, keeping arms (and thus fingers) warmer.

Giveaway: Sierra Designs Tioga & Sierra Insulated Jackets

Recently Sierra Designs released four new insulated jackets: the Tuolumne, Tioga, Sierra, and Whitney. They are nicely designed and featured, and priced very competitively (starting at $100). Read my full review. This FREE giveaway will be for the two jackets used for the review: Tioga Hoodie: men’s Medium, synthetic insulation, hood, red Sierra Jacket: men’s […]

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The FC features six exterior pockets: two on the hipbelt, two side pockets, one top lid pocket, and a shoulder strap pocket.

Giveaway: Win a Flex Capacitor Pack & The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide

Sierra Designs is putting on a giveaway that you’ll want to get in on, through this Thursday (Feb 24). Enter to win a Flex Capacitor 40-60 Pack and a signed copy of The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide. Enter here at Update. This contest has closed.  Congrats to the winners: Laura H. of Denver, and […]

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