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Footwear & Footcare: Would you suck on these toes? || SD LIVE (July 22, 2015)

By Andrew Skurka / July 21, 2015 /

Live recording Footwear and Foot-care from Sierra Designs on Vimeo. Pre-episode teaser During the next SD LIVE event, I will discuss Footwear and Footcare. Tune in tomorrow: Wednesday, July 22, 11:30am PDT. The program will run 30-45 minutes. Topics will include but are not limited to: Shoes Socks Gaiters Maceration Blisters Calluses This is intentionally a live…

Outdoor Retailer: Top 4 to-be-released products from Sierra Designs in 2016

By Andrew Skurka / August 10, 2015 /

For a few days last week I was in in Salt Lake City for the semi-annual Outdoor Retailer tradeshow, where there were a dizzying number of new, updated, and proven old products for hiking, camping, running, climbing, and paddling. The focus of the summer show are items that will hit store shelves in Spring 2016. For show-wide news coverage, consult Backpacker, Gear Junkie,…

Backcountry First Aid & Emergencies || SD LIVE (August 20, 2015)

By Andrew Skurka / August 16, 2015 /

Live recording SD Live: First Aid and Emergencies from Sierra Designs on Vimeo. Pre-episode teaser The next SD LIVE will broadcast on Thursday, August 20, at 5:30 PM PDT. Register here to join. In this 45-minute live show, I will discuss Backcountry First Aid and Emergencies, specifically: Preparedness Wilderness medical training Items in my solo and…

Insulation geekiness: specs, pros & cons, optimal uses || SD LIVE (September 8, 2015)

By Andrew Skurka / October 21, 2015 /

Live recording SD Live: All Things Insulation from Sierra Designs on Vimeo. Episode overview In the September edition of SD LIVE, we focused on the insulation materials most commonly used in outdoor apparel and sleeping bags, specifically fleece, down, and synthetic fills. Frank Kvietok, who manages the Advanced Development Center at Exxel Outdoors and who was the…

Giving up a dream job: Why I’m not guiding trips in 2016

By Andrew Skurka / November 9, 2015 /

I’m making a big change for 2016: I will not be offering any guided trips. Not since 2010 has my guiding schedule been clear, and of course in that year I circumnavigated Alaska and the Yukon. I have no plans for a major expedition next year, nor any that involve the other obvious explanation —…

Getting after it again: 2015 Year in Review

By Andrew Skurka / December 28, 2015 /

Fifteen months ago, my bitterness reached its peak. The cause was obvious: for four consecutive years, starting with 2011, I had worked too much and adventured too little. Essentially, I had stopped being me. During the first two years, I wasn’t bothered. My work — mostly guiding, speaking, and writing — was novel and challenging,…

My most popular & favorite posts of 2015

By Andrew Skurka / December 31, 2015 /

To close out 2015, I’d like to share my most popular posts. My method in creating the list was only partially scientific — I started with total page views for 2015 in Google Analytics, and then I loosely accounted for publishing dates, since posts released earlier in the year have had more time to be viewed than those released…

Long-term review: Sierra Designs Long-Sleeve Pack Polo

By Andrew Skurka / February 27, 2016 /

It’s back! After it was disappointingly dropped for the 2015 season, the Sierra Designs Long-Sleeve Pack Polo is in stock again, creating the perfect opportunity for a review. This is my go-to shirt for 3-season backpacking in sun-blessed locations like the Rockies, Sierra Nevada, and Southwest. Its optimal conditions: Daytime high temperatures above about 55 degrees F Abundant sunshine No or low bug pressure A…

WANTED: Video producer for 12-video project

By Andrew Skurka / March 16, 2016 /

Update, March 26 || We have narrowed our search to several vendors. If a similar need arises again, I will post something here and elsewhere. This summer Sierra Designs will release a backpack and tent that we’ve co-developed over the past year. As part of the product launch, and as part of SD’s continuing efforts to engage its customers, we would like…

Teaser: Sierra Designs High Route 1 FL Tent

By Andrew Skurka / May 10, 2016 /

In August 2014 I drew the first sketches of the Sierra Designs High Route 1 FL Tent. In the ensuing 18 months, we made up four prototypes, and I tested the design extensively in southern Utah and the Rockies. In designing the High Route Tent, I wanted a single shelter that I could use on all of my solo…