Spring ’12 lectures & clinics: Help give me a nudge!

Gordon Gecko on a cutting-edge mobile phone, circa 1987

For the last two weeks I’ve been pounding the phone trying to schedule presentations and book signings for this Spring. I’m excited that confirmations are really starting to come through, as seen by the list at the bottom of this post.

But first, some events need a “nudge.” And you can help.

The venues below are interested in bringing me in but have not yet committed. If you’d like to make a call, I’m sure they would appreciate hearing that their communities are excited about the possibility that I might present there. They are all excellent venues and I’d love to add them to the calendar. You don’t need to make a pitch for me—just a quick call to encourage them. Hearing from just one or two people can really help. Thanks!

Adventure 16. West LA: (310) 473-4574. Leave msg for Peter or Erika.
Mel Cotton’s, San Jose, CA. (408) 287-5994. Leave msg for Chris.
Benchmark, Cincinnati, OH. 513-791-9453. Leave msg for Chris.
Brasingtons, Gainsville, FL. (352) 372-0521. Leave msg for BJ.
Bill Jackson’s, Pinellas Park, FL. (727) 576-4169. Leave msg for Brant.
River Sports, Knoxville, TN. (865) 523-0066. Leave msg for Laura.
Mast General, Knoxville, TN. 865-546-1336. Leave msg for Jim.

Confirmations (or Tentatives), as of January 26

February 28: Boy Scouts of America – Ventura County (CA) Council (tentative)
March 5-6: Stanford Outdoors Clubs, CA (tentative)
March 5: Google, Mountain View, CA (tentative)
March 7: Heartflow, Redwood City, CA (tentative)
March 7-8: Sports Basement, Presidio, CA
March 14-15: Bill Jackson’s, Pinellas Park, FL
March 16-17: Pack & Paddle, Lafayette, LA
March 18-19: River Sports, Knoxville, TN
March 21-22 (and maybe March 22): Nantahala Outdoor Center, Asheville, NC
March 23-24: Forsyth Country Day
March 24-25: Great Outdoor Provision Co (tentative)
March 30-31. Campmor, Paramus, NJ (tentative)
April 2: Seekonk Public Library, Seekonk, MA
April 4: Boy Scouts of America – Chelmsford, MA
April 6-7: The Alpine Shop, St. Louis, MO
April 9-10: Fin & Feather, Iowa City, IA
April 11-12: Quest Outdoors, Louisville, KY
April 13-14: North Country Trail Association, Battle Creek, MI
April 16 & 18: The Mountaineers, Seattle, WA (tentative)
April 17 & 19: Bellingham, WA, in conjunction with Tmber.com
April 21: Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, OR
April 25: Colorado Mountain Club, Golden, CO
April 26: Neptune Mountaineering, Boulder, CO
April 28: Midwest Mountaineering Expo, Minneapolis, MN

Posted in on January 27, 2012


  1. Sam on January 27, 2012 at 7:14 am


    Looking forward to seeing you at the NOC in March. Eager to hear about your adventures.


  2. Michael on January 27, 2012 at 7:23 am

    You need to come to the Desert Rat in St. George Utah for a book signing. You’d have a ton of people come!

  3. Mark on January 27, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Visit the Trailhead or REI in Missoula between Seattle and Colorado!

  4. Jeff on January 27, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Salt Lake City?

  5. Josh Meier on January 27, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Really excited that you have a scheduled stop in Iowa City. I look forward to seeing you in April.

  6. John Tommervik on January 27, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Thanks for booking a time on my birthday, Aprill 18, in Seattle. I will be seeing one of my fav bands the night before, and hear your lecture the next day. Can’t beat that. I just hope the tentative changes to confirmed.

  7. Christy on January 27, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    How do we get in to see a seminar??
    Boo-ya! Bellingham WA, close enough for a Canadian. Vancouver is soooo close… maybe MEC would host a seminar if it’s not too far??

    • Andrew Skurka on January 27, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      Would love to present at MEC. And it looks like I’ll have one available evening that week — it’d be pretty easy to shoot up to Vancouver for a night before heading back to Seattle or Portland.

      If you’re serious about this, the best thing to do is give them a call and tell them they should bring me in. Talk to the employee who is responsible for scheduling events and give them my contact info.

  8. Anthony on January 27, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Hoping to see you at the Minneapolis Outdoor Expo in April

  9. Kirk on January 31, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Are you still thinking about a presentation on March 3 at GoLite? It’s listed on your home page but not on the speaking schedule. Is that open to the Public?

    • Andrew Skurka on January 31, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      If the GoLite event happens, it’ll definitely be open the public. The “if” is because it’s a new store and they are busy building it right now, so if there’s a hold-up on construction then the event might be postponed.

  10. Jesse on February 1, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Can’t wait to see you at the MA venues; I hope to make it to both. Phsycked you finally got a blog up and looking forward to getting your book.

  11. Curt Blum on February 6, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I’d love to see you come to Nebraska for a lecture/clinic. Please contact Canfields in Omaha. They’ve held other seminars so I think they’d be interested in hosting a lecture & clinic. I’ve been to one seminar that they sponsered that had over 300 people so I think you could count on a large audience. And its only a 9 hour drive from Denver!

  12. Rob on February 9, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Have you had any offers from the UK? I’d love to attend one of your talks.

    • Andrew Skurka on February 9, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      Not yet, but I’m considering going there next Spring for the TGO Challenge, in which case I would try tacking on some events before and after.

  13. Alex Arnold on March 21, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Any chance you might make it through Idaho any time soon? Maybe the University of Idaho in Moscow?

    • Andrew Skurka on March 22, 2012 at 6:59 am

      Alex – I maybe be in Boise again this Spring for GoLite, but that’s not confirmed yet. If you’re interested in bringing me to Moscow, we should talk — I speak at a lot of colleges, and I’m sure we could find some groups that were interested in making it happen. In my experience, it just takes a few motivated students to make it happen.

  14. Mark Henderson, Jr. MD on March 29, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    You really need to come give a slideshow presentation at Explorer’s Hall at NatGeo headquarters in DC. I have heard Ed Viesturs there twice and Dave Breashears. I have a large group of scouts who would love to hear you speak. A book signing would be big. Love your book.

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