Gear, Supplies & Skills Clinic

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Clinic: “Backpacking Gear, Supplies & Skills”


What must backpackers have — both on their backs and between their ears — to ensure a safe, fun, and comfortable trip? In this instructional clinic, renowned long-distance backpacker, guide, and author Andrew Skurka will discuss critical gear, supplies and skills. By the end, you will be better able to:

  • Predict environmental & route conditions, so that you can be properly prepared for your trip;
  • Select an appropriate shelter, sleeping bag and pad, stove, and other clothing and equipment;
  • Plan a food menu for a solo or group trip; and,
  • Develop core backcountry skills, like navigation, foot care, and campsite selection.

Questions from and discussions with audience members are encouraged, and are in fact critical to maximizing the value of this clinic.

Skurka is one of the most accomplished backpackers in the world, most well known for his 4,700-mile 6-month Alaska-Yukon Expedition, the 6,875-mile 7-month Great Western Loop, and the 7,775-mile 11-month Sea-to-Sea Route. He has been named “Adventurer of the Year” by the National Geographic Society and by Outside, and “Person of the Year” by Backpacker. He is the author of The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide.

Target audiences

This clinic focuses entirely on backpacking gear, supplies and skills. Skurka probably will tell a few stories from his trips, but only to illustrate other subjects. It is best for audiences who are active or aspiring backpackers.

Ideal events and venues

  • Outdoor retail stores
  • Outdoor recreation programs
  • Outing clubs
  • Trail associations
  • Trail festivals
  • Boy Scouts


The presentation runs for 90-105 minutes, including an intermission and schwag raffle.

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