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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…

Aspen Four Pass Loop: Why it was anniversary-worthy

By Andrew Skurka / August 17, 2015 /

For our 2-year anniversary earlier this month, Amanda and I headed to Aspen, the famous Colorado ski town with the outsized reputation (pop. 6700) that neither of us had before visited. Our primary goal was the Four Pass Loop, a classic 28-mile backpacking route through the Elk Mountains. Awesome weekend. Here are five reasons that it was,…

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…

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

By Andrew Skurka / May 10, 2012 /

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 /

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…