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

By Andrew Skurka / December 5, 2016 /

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 /

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 /

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:…

An unnecessary explanation for silence

By Andrew Skurka / February 4, 2016 /

For about the last month I’ve mostly checked out of my blog and social media channels, a contrast from months prior. I’ve been busier than normal, but projects behind the scenes are consuming all of my time. Partly to procrastinate before having to work on these things again, I’ll offer an unnecessary explanation for my silence.…

Drinking the Kool-Aid: Why we bought an Outback

By Andrew Skurka / December 22, 2015 /

Amanda and I were not eager to buy a Subaru, especially an Outback. It’s joked to be the official car of Boulder, and here they stand out about as much as a Toyota Camry, Ford F-150, or Honda CR-V in other parts of the country. It’s not terribly fun to drive compared to, say, a…

Is it wrong to “profit” from your passion? Not at all.

By Andrew Skurka / February 21, 2015 /

Recently I’ve read criticisms in several places that I’m “profiting” off of backpacking and that my primary motivation now is to “make money.” Some have been embedded in unnecessary and baseless personal attacks made by individuals with whom I’ve never been in the same room. I suppose this may be a good opportunity to start growing thicker skin…

Review: “In the High Country,” starring Anton Krupicka. A running movie that’s finally not about running.

By Andrew Skurka / July 23, 2013 /

What’s so interesting about Anton Krupicka, the Boulder-based ultrarunner who is easily identifiable on local trails, possibly sporting the Ultimate Direction race vest named after him, and in New Balance advertisements due to his shirtless bronzed torso, flowing hair, scruffy beard, and Minimus shoes? Personally, I don’t find it to be the minutiae of what…

Matt Moniz interview: 14-year-old mountaineer, freestyle skier, and Eagle Scout

By Andrew Skurka / January 14, 2013 /

Matt will be speaking at the Boulder REI this Wednesday, January 16th at 6:30pm, about his trek last Spring with five other Boulder teenagers from Lukla to Everest Base Camp. For more information, and to register for the event, go here. Pushing Above the Highpoint from Ben Thomas on Vimeo. Q. Can you please list…

“So, are you the girlfriend?”

By Andrew Skurka / April 22, 2012 /

Based on my relationship history and my past comments about relationships, it may be surprising—though not really a secret—that for the last 18 months I’ve been “the luckiest man on the planet” (her words, but I wisely won’t disagree). In presentations, online posts, and media interviews I have made numerous references to my girlfriend, Amanda, which always…

Seven weeks of being a rock star, kind of

By Andrew Skurka / April 16, 2012 /

As a professional long-distance adventurer with zero musical talent, the speaking and book tour I’ve been on for the last six weeks—and this week too, in the Pacific Northwest—is about the closest I’ll come to being a rock star. Performing by night, traveling by day, sleeping and eating and partaking in sex and drugs running…