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Here’s What’s in Pro Backpacker Andrew Skurka’s Pack

Here's all the goodies the world's best backpacker brings on a backcountry trip

Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor Backpack Review

11 months agoFitness / Hiking : Section Hiker

The Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor is a top-loading, minimalist backpack with a unique top lid and two side water bottle pockets. Designed by National Geographic’s 2007 Adventurer of the Year, Andrew Skurka, its signature feature are volume adjustment straps that let you shrink or expand its capacity from 40L to 60L so you can fit more …

Book Review: Andrew Skurka’s Gear Guide: Second Edition

In a world where every budding long distance hiker has their own social media channel soliciting “expert” backpacking and gear advice, Andrew Skurka’s Gear Guide presents expertly organized and credibly sourced tools, tips and tricks for backpacking and backpacking gear. Skurka’s Gear Guide is the result of thousands of miles of personal adventures. Show More Summary

The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide, 2nd Ed. by Andrew Skurka

11 months agoFitness / Hiking : Section Hiker

Contrary to its title, Andrew Skurka’s backpacking book, The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide is not really a book about gear per se, as much as it is about the skills and knowledge that very experienced backpackers develop for planning trips and deciding what gear is appropriate and safe enough to bring. That might sound like …

Play Outside? You Need to Read This Book.

Andrew Skurka’s updated guide is a masterclass in how to enjoy the outdoors comfortably

Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor 40-60 Pack

Andrew Skurka is promoting this new backpack. A GearJunkie award winner. Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. Click PLAY or watch how to load it on YouTube. $199.95

Sierra Designs Presents The Andrew Skurka Instructional Series: Map and Compass Part 2 – Compass Bearings

Learning how to take a compass bearing requires a lot of practice, but it’s an important to master this skill if you want to travel safely in the wilderness. Watch this useful video from Sierra Designs to learn how to find and transfer compass bearings in the field and on the map. Show More Summary

Sierra Designs Presents The Andrew Skurka Instructional Series: Map and Compass Part 1

Navigation is a key component to safe wilderness travel. Learning how to use a map and compass is a skill that everyone needs to master. This useful video from Sierra Designs is a must watch for every mountain enthusiast who spends time in the backcountry hiking, backpacking, skiing, or any other activity. Show More Summary

Writing the Wind River High Route Guide: Three Takeaways by Andrew Skurka

What do your favorite guides and guidebooks have in common? Let me guess. They are relevant to where, when, and how you backpack. They are comprehensive, yet succinct, and not so detailed that they spoil your sense of adventure. And their forms and formats are extraordinarily user-friendly. In developing my guide for the Wind River […]            

“stupid light” hiking

2 years agoFitness / Hiking :

Andrew Skurka : Ten- or fifteen-thousand miles ago I believed fervently that “light is right” and “lighter is better.” I proudly considered myself a “lightweight,” “ultralight” or “super ultralight” backpacker, and I believed that the weight of my pack was … Continue reading ?

NEW – Kings Canyon High Basin Route

3 years agoFitness / Hiking :

Andrew Skurka: Seven years ago I thru-hiked with Buzz Burrell the Sierra High Route, which parallels the crest of the High Sierra between Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park and Yosemite National Park. Its 200 miles represents less than 1 percent of … Continue reading ?

Core Clothing for 3 Season Hiking and Backpacking

Andrew Skurka posted a very informative series last week about the 13 Core Clothing items he wears for 3 season backpacking. We corresponded over the weekend, and he suggested that I write up my list for comparison purposes. Unlike Andrew, I only use 9 clothing items vs his 13, (not including hats, socks, or gloves), but […]            

Backpacking in the White Mountains with Andrew Skurka

If you want to learn how to backpack but want to pick up the skills required quickly without spending a few years doing it, taking a Backpacking Fundamentals Class with Andrew Skurka is the way to go. This is a hands-on course that Andrew teaches in multiple locations each year across the United States. I […]            

Tenacious Tape for Hiking Gear Repair

Andrew Skurka turned me onto Tenacious Tape last year. It’s the bees knees for patching rips and burns in hard shells and insulated jackets, inflatable sleeping pads, tents, sleeping bags, and backpacks. I’ve used it many times since to repair the gear and clothing I like and want to keep using. Tenacious Tape comes in two […]            

Andrew Skurka’s White Mountains Backpacking Fundamentals Trip, 2013

Last weekend, I participated in another fantastic three-day backpacking fundamentals trip with hiker extraordinaire Andrew Skurka and nine students. This year, we hiked in the remote and little used Stinson-Carr-Kineo region of the White Mountains which proved to be absolutely delightful in crisp, late autumn weather. Show More Summary

What is the Footing Like in the White Mountains?

I’m co-leading a Backpacking Fundamentals trip in two months with Andrew Skurka, and one of our students contacted me over the weekend for help with his homework. He’s been assigned the Footing section of the Environmental Conditions Assessment we have students collaborate on before the trip. The purpose of the Environmental Conditions Assessment is to base your […]            

Andrew Skurka’s Ultimate Hiker Course in the White Mountain National Forest

Two weeks ago I co-led Andrew Skurka’s 3 day/2 night Ultimate Hiking Course in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It was my first time working with Andrew on a trip, but it all went quite smoothly even though we’d only met a few times before. We had 13 students on the course who’d flown or [...]

Why You Should Hike in The Rain

Andrew Skurka and I spent an afternoon together about a month ago, talking about the things that separate more experienced hikers and backpackers from less experienced ones and the kinds of skills he’ll be emphasizing in his guided Ultimate Hiker instructional trips this year. The top skill on both of our lists was hiking in [...]

Guiding for Andrew Skurka’s Ultimate Hiking Courses

Do you dream of adventure? Do you want to backpack a long trail, hike up high peaks or across pristine wilderness areas? Do you want to accelerate your transition to lightweight or ultralight backpacking? Do y0u want to build the confidence to be self-sufficient in the outdoors, to plan your own trips, or share the [...]

#nomadlife: Twit Chat with “the Andrews” on Friday

What’s life like when you’re a nomad? Here’s your chance to get inside the minds of two of National Geographic’s favorite wayfarers, our resident Digital Nomad, Andrew Evans, and Andrew Skurka, an Adventurer of the Year alumnus. Join us for a live Twitter chat with “the Andrews” this Friday, March 2nd (don’t forget — it’s…

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