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

By Andrew Skurka / February 21, 2017 / 9 Comments

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 SierraDesigns.com Update. This contest has closed.  Congrats to the winners: Laura H. of Denver, and…

Win the Salewa Ultra Train Trail Shoes || Holiday Giveaway #6

By Andrew Skurka / December 13, 2016 / 5 Comments

Did I save the best for last? I think so, but only incidentally, since Salewa is last in alphabetical order among the brands that generously provided goodies for this giveaway series: Coast, Esbit, GaiaGPS, LuminAid, and Platypus; plus Sierra Designs, which broadcast my holiday gift guide last week via Facebook Live Yesterday’s winner Congrats to Elena G,…

Win the GaiaGPS app for Android or IOS || Holiday Giveaway #5

By Andrew Skurka / December 12, 2016 / 4 Comments

We’re getting close to the end, today and then a final grand prize tomorrow. Good luck! Yesterday’s winner Congrats to Bill R, yesterday’s winner of the Platypus Platy Bottles. Today’s giveaway With the GaiaGPS app, my smartphone has the same functionality as a conventional handheld GPS unit. In many respects a smartphone-as-GPS is an even better system:…

Win two 70-oz collapsible Platy Bottles || Holiday Giveaway #4

By Andrew Skurka / December 11, 2016 / 3 Comments

Three more days to go! Yesterday’s winner Dave A. was the winner of the Esbit Cook Set. Congats! Good luck today! Today’s giveaway I add 70-oz Platy Bottles to my kit in two instances: In arid environments, when I need to load up on water to get through dry stretches, and On casual trips, when…

Win an Esbit ultralight solid fuel cook set || Holiday Giveaway #3

By Andrew Skurka / December 10, 2016 / 4 Comments

For each of the next four days I will be raffling off an item featured in my holiday gift guide, which we broadcast last week via Facebook Live. Return back each day to enter to win. Yesterday’s winner Jonathan Jay R. is the winner of a LuminAID PackLite 16 Light. Congrats! Today’s giveaway The weight, simplicity,…

Exclusive LuminAID coupon + win a “portable campfire” || Holiday Giveaway #2

By Andrew Skurka / December 9, 2016 / 0 Comments

For each of the next five days I will be raffling off an item featured in my holiday gift guide, which we broadcast via Facebook Live on Wednesday. Return back each day to enter to win. Yesterday’s winner Bill O., who was lucky #7, won a Coast HL27 Headlamp. Good luck today! Today’s giveaway First, I…

Win a Coast HL27 Headlamp || Holiday Giveaway #1

By Andrew Skurka / December 8, 2016 / 0 Comments

For each of the next six days I will be raffling off an item featured in my holiday gift guide, which we broadcast via Facebook Live on Wednesday. Today’s giveaway The Coast HL27 is my go-to headlamp for trail running, hiking off-trail, and bike-commuting in the dark. It is very bright, with a max output…

Book Review || The Gilded Rage: A wild ride through Trump’s America

By Andrew Skurka / December 5, 2016 / 6 Comments

While at the library a day or two after the election, I added to my pile The Gilded Rage: A wild ride through Donald Trump’s America, by Alexander Zaitchik. I did so with reservations, wondering if I had the heart for more election coverage. But Gilded Rage sounded more colorful than exit polls and less filtered…

Transparency: Support your favorite blogs this season (at no cost to you)

By Andrew Skurka / November 21, 2016 / 13 Comments

You probably already know that the six weeks between Black Friday and Christmas are the most important weeks of the year to most retailers. You might not know that it’s also a crux time for many outdoor blogs: the one you are reading now, Adventure Alan, PMags, Section Hiker, plus many more of my favorite backpacking blogs. If…

Book review: The Power of Zero: How to Get to the 0% Tax Bracket and Transform Your Retirement

By Andrew Skurka / February 24, 2016 / 18 Comments

Huh, what? A book review on this website, about personal finance? Yep, this is a first, and a bit of an experiment. I know I am venturing outside my area of expertise, but this review is at least consistent with the general objective of this website, the sharing of useful information. The Power of Zero:…