Win it Wednesday: Not-even-released-yet Gear Guide second edition


The second edition of The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide will be released on March 7!

At a National Geographic book signing event last week, I nabbed a few extra copies for reader giveaways, which I’ll randomly hold between now and then.

I wrote the Second Edition last spring. It is entirely updated, and had to be largely rewritten. In the five years since I had written the First Edition, things changed. First, the industry did. New and better gear became available, like the DeLorme inReach and GPS sport watches. And some brands become more innovative and established, like ZPacks and Patagonia; while others lost ground or went belly-up, like GoLite.

Second, and more importantly, I changed. My perspective was “normalized,” by virtue of guiding trips, backpacking with my wife, and having more adult-like responsibilities that made 6-night trips more practical than 6-month expeditions. I think my tone is softer, more inclusive, and better balanced than in the First Edition. I also expanded my knowledge of certain product categories, like hammocks.

If you want to try before you buy, download this 20-page preview.

The Second Edition can be pre-purchased in my store (all copies will be signed) as well as on Amazon.

Giveaway registration

To win a free copy of The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide, complete the form below. I will draw one name at random tomorrow morning when I get into the office, probably around 8 AM MST. I will share the winner here and via email.

This giveaway has closed, but I will do more. The winner was Emily R, lucky #296.

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Posted in on January 18, 2017


  1. DouchePacker on January 18, 2017 at 9:22 am

    So rad! Thanks for the preview

  2. Benjamin Smith on January 18, 2017 at 10:39 am


  3. Jon-boy on January 18, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Woot! Can’t wait.

  4. Chip on January 18, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Awesome. =)

  5. Andy on January 18, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Cool, I just entered as well. I read your blog several years ago and was happy to find it again with lots of new content. I came looking for a review of the new inReach, but I especially liked the campsite selection series, and I just got a Biolite stove for Christmas, so the comment thread on that was useful. So thanks for all the good info.

  6. Johnny Upshaw on January 18, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Thanks for all ideas!

  7. Rusty on January 18, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Fingers crossed

  8. Dennis Blackerby on January 18, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    This is like one stop shopping. Enjoying the backpack, tent and the first version of the book. Keep up the good work and for keeping us informed.

  9. Michael A on January 19, 2017 at 1:03 am

    Looking forward to your new insights and perspectives.

  10. Jim Lipscomb on January 19, 2017 at 2:04 am

    It’s always nice to see someone reviewing gear from brands I have and brands I have considered!

  11. Ender on January 20, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Hi Andrew,
    Are non-US addresses included in the drawing? None of the past ones were and that was a bit disappointing.
    I learnt a lot from your prespective, so thanks a lot.

    • Andrew Skurka on January 20, 2017 at 10:25 am

      I keep it to US addresses because of the international postage expense. It costs me $34 USD to mail one of my books overseas, plus 10 minutes of customs paperwork, but just $2.74 to a domestic address. Sorry.

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