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

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…

Buzz Burrell: on running, work, aging, and life

By Andrew Skurka / February 7, 2012 /

Buzz Burrell is a legend within trail running, climbing, canyoneering, and fastpacking circles, known for his creative outdoor endeavors that require equal parts endurance, speed, technical skills, and mental investment. Case in point: his Zion Trifecta, during which he and partner Jared Campbell completed the three biggest, deepest, baddest canyons in Zion National Park (Imlay,…

Interview: Bob Skurka

By Andrew Skurka / January 14, 2012 /

Those who have seen one of my presentations or who have read trip reports know that I depend heavily on my parents for logistical and emotional support. They might also be my two biggest fans. This interview was an opportunity for my dad to better share his thoughts and feelings. Also, read the interview with…

How I Make a Living as a Professional Adventurer

By Andrew Skurka / January 10, 2012 /

When I began long-distance backpacking, I never thought it would eventually become my occupation. To the contrary, I was simply drawn to the idea of hiking from Georgia to Maine—that, somehow, an effort on that scale probably was an experience worth having. My motivations for taking on the Alaska-Yukon Expedition, my most recent adventure, were very…

Interview: Karen Skurka

By Andrew Skurka / December 18, 2011 /

At the end of the Great Western Loop, November 2007 Those who have seen one of my presentations or who have read trip reports know that I depend heavily on my parents—especially my mother, Karen—for logistical and emotional support. This interview was an opportunity for her to better share her thoughts and feelings. Andrew. Please…