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An unnecessary explanation for silence

By Andrew Skurka / February 4, 2016 / 15 Comments

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.…

My most popular & favorite posts of 2015

By Andrew Skurka / December 31, 2015 / 0 Comments

To close out 2015, I’d like to share my most popular posts. My method in creating the list was only partially scientific — I started with total page views for 2015 in Google Analytics, and then I loosely accounted for publishing dates, since posts released earlier in the year have had more time to be viewed than those released…

Getting after it again: 2015 Year in Review

By Andrew Skurka / December 28, 2015 / 20 Comments

Fifteen months ago, my bitterness reached its peak. The cause was obvious: for four consecutive years, starting with 2011, I had worked too much and adventured too little. Essentially, I had stopped being me. During the first two years, I wasn’t bothered. My work — mostly guiding, speaking, and writing — was novel and challenging,…

Drinking the Kool-Aid: Why we bought an Outback

By Andrew Skurka / December 22, 2015 / 27 Comments

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…

Giving up a dream job: Why I’m not guiding trips in 2016

By Andrew Skurka / November 9, 2015 / 64 Comments

I’m making a big change for 2016: I will not be offering any guided trips. Not since 2010 has my guiding schedule been clear, and of course in that year I circumnavigated Alaska and the Yukon. I have no plans for a major expedition next year, nor any that involve the other obvious explanation —…

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

By Andrew Skurka / February 21, 2015 / 71 Comments

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…

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

By Andrew Skurka / January 14, 2013 / 3 Comments

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…

GoLite’s Demetri Coupounas talks company strategy, product design, and the Beatles

By Andrew Skurka / May 10, 2012 / 37 Comments

My relationship with GoLite — and specifically with its founders and owners, Kim and Demetri Coupounas (“Coup”) — goes back nine years, to the summer of 2003 when GoLite welcomed me to Boulder, Colo. as a summer intern. We have both grown a lot since then. During my speaking and book tour earlier this Spring…

“So, are you the girlfriend?”

By Andrew Skurka / April 22, 2012 / 17 Comments

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 / 10 Comments

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…