Standout gear for cold-and-wet conditions in the Appalachians

By Andrew Skurka / May 19, 2019 / 25 Comments

Last week my guiding season kicked off in the beautiful — but soggy and unseasonably cold — mountains of West Virginia, with four 3-day/2-night learning-intensive Backpacking Fundamentals courses, split between two guide teams. Based on the conditions assessment that we performed during the Planning Curriculum, we expected rain and cool temperatures. But I was hoping for…

A first-timer’s perspective on Alaskan adventure

By Krishna Dayanidhi / November 1, 2013 / 6 Comments

My name is Krishna Dayanidhi and I’ve gone on two trips with Skurka — one in the Yosemite high country and the most recent this past June in the Eastern Alaska Range. Both trips were out-of-this-world. Fantastic. If you haven’t signed up for any of his trips, drop what you are doing, including reading this…

Bugs, blisters, and bears: Video documentary of 7-day Alaska Adventure

By Andrew Skurka / July 29, 2013 / 4 Comments

Albert and Ashley stitched this video together with photos and videos from the second Alaska Adventure session, June 24-30. It’s a rough production, but it documents the trip well and gives a sense of what it was like. Enjoy.

Pre-Alaska water cooler conversation with a co-worker

By Andrew Skurka / July 25, 2013 / 8 Comments

Albert Kim, who joined me last month for a 7-day backpacking and packrafting trip in Alaska, put this video together using xtranormal. If you’ve ever tried to talk with a skeptical co-worker about your adventurous backpacking plans, you’ll especially enjoy this one!

These pictures of the Alaska Range are great, but it’d be even better in person

By Andrew Skurka / April 30, 2013 / 0 Comments

There is one spot available on each of the Alaska Adventure sessions I am running in June. This 7-day backpacking trip will include a packrafting component, as we will use them to ferry across big rivers and to float rivers that are moving in our desired direction of travel. The location is the Eastern Alaska…

Associated Press story about “hardcore hiking” in Yosemite’s remote backcountry

By Andrew Skurka / April 24, 2013 / 3 Comments

The Associated Press released a story earlier today about one of my guided trips from last year: “Hard-core hiking on Yosemite backcountry adventure.” It was written by John Pain, a member of the group who works for the AP, though not as a journalist; it wasn’t a press trip, though I suppose I should think about…

What does Doug think about my guided trips?

By Andrew Skurka / January 23, 2013 / 0 Comments

Last September Doug Laity of San Diego, CA, joined one of my 7-day High Sierra Adventure trips. He is returning for 2013, having already registered for both the 3-day Winter Backpacking trip in Colorado and the 7-day Alaska Adventure. (Nine other alumni have already registered for 2013 trips, too.) Below I have copied a recent…

Photo diary: Inaugural Ultimate Hiking Course in Yosemite National Park

By Andrew Skurka / May 23, 2012 / 6 Comments

The inaugural Ultimate Hiking Course was held last weekend in Yosemite National Park. If you missed this one, don’t worry: I’m offering this same course in five other locations this year: Pisgah National Forest (June 2-4) Shenandoah National Park (June 9-11) Rocky Mountain National Park (August 17-19) White Mountain National Forest (August 24-26) Porcupine Mountains…

Six reasons you should backpack with me

By Andrew Skurka / February 28, 2012 / 2 Comments

I’ve spent most of the Winter staring at Gmail and Excel, and making hundreds of calls to prospective venues and land managers, so I’m delighted that my main initiatives for the year are all coming on line right now. Last week, The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide was finally released. Next week in northern California, I…