45 ANDREW SKURKA Ultralight Backpacking, Bear Encounters, and Beans and Fritos
The Backpacking Podcast
Jeremiah and JK sit down to chat with one of the originators of ultralight backpacking, and a true adventurer, Andrew Skurka--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/backpackingpodcast/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/backpackingpodcast/support
#14 - Andrew Skurka (adventure athlete, guide, writer)
Long Way Radio
Andrew is an adventure athlete, guide, and writer based in Boulder, CO. He's well known for his extremely long and difficult thru hikes. He's done too many cool expeditions to list, but some notable ones are his Alaska-Yukon Expedition (6 months, 4,700 miles), Great Western Loop (7 months, 6,875 miles), and the, Sea-to-Sea Route (11 months, 7,775 miles). Incredible stuff. Andrew also runs guided trips, which we talk about in this episode. Check out Andrew's website here: https://andrewskurka.com/ Buy Andrew's book, Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide: Tools and Trips to Hit the Trail Check out Andrew's Instagram here: @andrewskurka Learn more about this podcast at: https://www.longwayradio.com/
In today’s episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are once again joined by Andrew Skurka- and as you might’ve already guessed, it does not disappoint. We touch on a range of different subjects in today’s show ranging from how COVID effected his guiding business, to why wildfires have been so bad in the west over the past couple of decades (and the reason might surprise you), to Andrew’s favorite trail meals, to the intricacies of the backcountry bidet, to picking the perfect campsite, to layering in the winter, and much more. Put simply, you will enjoy this chat. We round out the show with a reminder of our impending butt tattoos, a triple crown of the worst chores, an explosive butthole patent-pending, picking death by shark or mountain lion, and some horse facts, crab edition. Gossamer Gear discount code: Use code "POOPSTORY" to save 15% off your cart at GossamerGear.com Feals.com discount code: Use code "BACKPACKER" to get 50% automatically taken off your first order with free shipping. [divider] Help us raise $100,000 for the trails and we'll get butt tattoos. Apply to be a Trail Correspondent. Check out Hikerlink. How to Get a Job In the Outdoor Industry by Kelly Floro New Podcast Seeking Research Intern (A Juliana Chauncey Project) Backpacker Radio Book Bundle [divider] Interview with Andre Skurka Andrew's Previous Backpacker Radio Epsidoe (33) Andrewskurka.com 00:04:49 - Intro to Andrew Skurka 00:06:38 - What has Andrew done since 2019? 00:07:53 - Is it usually bigger nes in the FKT world when someone breaks a record rather than setting one? 00:09:28 - Was 2019 mostly dedicated to the guiding business? 00:10:20 - How did guiding go in 2020? 00:12:15 - What was your thought process on when to pull a plug on a trip for 2020? 00:14:48 - You also dealt with a lot of fires this year correct? 00:15:14 - How many clients are usually on each trip? 00:15:40 - Did you run into any problems with the number of people? 00:17:04 - How are you feeling about trips in 2021? 00:24:41 - Are people going to have to submit whether or not they’ve been vaccinated before going on a trip? 00:25:56 - Did the 2020 fire season impact how you are scheduling trips in 2021? 00:28:09 - What is your personal threshold for hiking in smoke? 00:34:19 - Do you want to speak to what is causing wildfires? 00:37:50 - What is the solution for wildfires? 00:40:20 - Is climate change part of the causes of wildfires? 00:41:00 - The Ted Talk Andrew shared on wildfires. 00:41:19 - Do you have tips for hiking in smoke/near wildfires? 00:43:09 - Would you ever consider making plan B’s for your trips? 00:45:00 - Can you touch on some of the trips you are looking forward to in 2021? 00:49:42 - How active are you with new gear testing? 00:51:10 - Skurka uses a pillow. 00:57:10 - Is there anything else you’ve used this year that you like? 01:01:10 - You’re a hunter right? 01:02:25 - What are some of your favorite backcountry recipes? 01:04:42 - Do you put anything with the protein powder? 01:05:27 - What does Skrurka eat in normal life? 01:06:10 - So you run fasted? 01:10:19 - People want to know about the backcountry bidet? 01:12:22 - Do you bury the things you use to wipe? 01:14:00 - Do you use an accessory? Do you poke a hole in the lid? 01:14:28 - Have you ever thought of making a video that demonstrates? 01:15:48 - How do you know you’re clean at the end? 01:16:39 - Wait, so you don’t just splash the water? 01:18:00 - Do you use soap on your hands after? 01:18:33 - Out of your high route guides, what is your top recommendation for beginners? 01:19:47 - What do you look for in picking the perfect campsite? 01:22:30 - Do you have any advice for beginner winter hiking/snowshoeing/backpacking? 01:28:03 - What do you want to plug? Andrewskurka.com Segments How to Get a Job In the Outdoor Industry by Kelly Floro New Podcast Seeking Research Intern (A Juliana Chauncey Project) How much money would you have to be paid to be someone’s personal bidet assistant? Triple Crown of Chores You Hate Patent Pending: A Washer and Dryer in One Machine Horse Hermit Crab Facts QOTD: Would you rather be trapped in a cage with a mountain lion or a pool with a bull shark? Mail Bag [divider] Subscribe to this podcast on iTunes (and please leave us a review)! Find us on Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Play. Support us on Patreon to get bonus content. A super big thank you to our Chuck Norris Award winner(s) from Patreon: Jason Lawrence, Austen McDaniel, Andrew, Christopher Marshburn, S11N, and Sawyer Products A big thank you to our Cinnamon Connection Champions from Patreon: Cynthia Voth, Brandon Spilker, Emily Brown, Jeffrey Miller, Mitchell, Zoe Jenkins, Dcnerdlet, Jeff LaFranier, Mark Snook, Peter Ellenberg, Thomas Fullmer, Jacob Northrup, Peter Leven Follow The Trek, Chaunce, Badger, and Trail Correspondents on Instagram. Follow The Trek and Chaunce on YouTube.
Ep. 653: Backpacking Legend - Revisited - Andrew Skurka
Adventure Sports Podcast
Originally aired March 8, 2019Andrew is essentially a "professional backpacker" who is best known for his long-distance backpacking trips, many of which are firsts.For instance, his 6,875-mile Great Western Loop, his 7,778-mile Sea-to-Sea Route and his 4,679-mile "loop" of Alaska on foot, raft, and ski. He also has completed a plethora of shorter adventurers that would be on anyone's bucket list.He's been considered the John Muir and Henry David Thoreau of Generation Y, was Backpacker Magazine Person of the Year, and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, among other awards. However, today's episode is not specifically about those adventures, but about what life has been like after those achievements. How has he built a sustainable career from backpacking? What future adventures is he planning? Listen in to find out.www.andrewskurka.comInstagram: @andrewskurkaSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/adventure-sports-podcast/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Check out Andrew Skurka's website, where you can buy a copy of his book, follow his blog, sign up for a guided trip, read his trip reports, or register for his backpacking planning course.You can also follow Skurka on Instagram and Facebook. Episode Highlights3:25: Skurka’s first backpacking experience on the Appalachian Trail.5:10: Why Skurka did not attack the normal Triple Crown progression but instead selected to embark on three never-before-hiked mega-adventures.8:10: Skurka’s Alaska-Yukon adventure involved skiing, packrafting and hiking.9:10: The appeal of long-distance backpacking for Skurka is learning and expanding his skill set.11:55: The Alaska trip made Skurka uncomfortable for 180 days, wondered if he would make it to dinner each day.12:20: Skurka was living on crumbs, and that lifestyle reached an expiration date for him.14:20: Skurka describes his guided trips, focusing on education of backcountry skills.16:00: Skurka says navigation is one of the most important backpacking skills, and definitely the most liberating. 17:25: The different grades of navigational competency.18:20: Skurka describes the number one navigational mistake.18:30: The navigational story is how Skurka teaches his clients to navigate in the backcountry.21:40: Learn what’s inside Skurka’s backcountry navigation kit.24:15: Reading the landscape in Alaska.26:20: Paper maps versus digital maps: find out how Skurka uses both. 28:00 Skills involved in reading a topographic map.31:10: Skurka’s favorite compass and watch from Suunto, but not everyone needs an expensive one. 38:15: Skurka describes the high routes of the American West.45:00 Skurka shines a light on that one piece of gear that’s been with him throughout almost his whole career.
Gear Choices and Long Distance Hiking w/ Andrew Skurka! (S2 Ep 11)
Broken Laces: a Hiker's Podcast
Andrew Skurka is a long-distance backpacker, guide, and writer, who lives in Boulder, CO. As a twenty-something he hiked three notable long-distance trips including the Alaska-Yukon Expedition (6 months, 4,700 miles),Great Western Loop (7 months, 6,875 miles), and the Sea-to-Sea Route (11 months, 7,775 miles). Only one of these has been repeated, and only once.For these trips, Andrew was named “Adventurer of the Year” by both Outside and National Geographic, as well as “Person of the Year” by Backpacker. National Geographic described him as “a superman among trekkers” and “one of the best traveled and fastest hikers on the planet.”On the podcast, I talk with Andrew about his epic hikes, how he got to that point in his life, and how he's sharing his expertise with others.
In this episode, Dennis and Kevin are joined by Andrew Skurka. Andrew is a prolific long distance thru hiker, guide, and writer. His notable trips include: The Alaska-Yukon Expedition (6mo and 4700 miles), Great Western Loop (7mo and 6875 miles) and the Sea-to-Sea Route (11 mo and 7775 miles). He is also a National Geographic "Adventurer of the Year", Outside Magazine "Adventurer of the Year" and Backpacker "Person of the Year". We talk about gear, long hikes, cold weather, bear hangs, vapor barriers and adult onset hunting. Andrew Skurka Website https://andrewskurka.com/ Big Trips https://andrewskurka.com/adventures/ Bear Hangs https://andrewskurka.com/argument-against-hanging-bear-bag/ Alchohol Stove https://andrewskurka.com/backpacking-alcohol-stove-system-gear-list-ultralight-premium/ Vapor Barriers https://andrewskurka.com/vapor-barrier-liners-theory-application/ Be Prepared https://andrewskurka.com/be-prepared-but-against-what/ Hunting Motivations https://andrewskurka.com/motivations-deer-elk-season-opens-in-two-weeks/
Lightweight Gear: tips for best results from Andrew Skurka and Alan Dixon - #77
Fastest Known Podcast
Going lightweight saves a ton of energy, but how best to do that? Andrew Skurka was a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, and created monster routes, such as the Great Western Loop and Alaska-Yukon Expedition. He now runs a guiding business (when not racing Marathons), with 29 trips this year alone. Alan Dixon is an engineer and adventurer who helped co-found Backpacking Light, and will be a guide on three Andrew Skurka Adventures this year.These two know the drill! Interestingly, they both say how you use the gear is more important than the gear itself. Andrew and Alan also gave advice for the PCT, and the listed the gear that has changed the sport in the last 5 years including:Andrew and Alan listed the gear that has changed the sport in the last 5 years, including:1. Garmin Mini: https://amzn.to/2Tzwe8o2. Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xlite Ultralight Mattress: https://amzn.to/2U0yMva
Andrew Skurka: ‘Gen Y John Muir’ Adventures the Old-Fashioned Way
The GearJunkie Podcast
If there was one gear cave every outdoorsperson should see, it would be that of renowned professional hiker Andrew Skurka. Touted as the ‘Gen Y John Muir,’ Skurka discussed moving on from a ‘nomadic lifestyle,’ the keys to planning for a backpacking trip, his gear cave, and a lot more. In the hiking world, few names command more respect than Andrew Skurka. The National Geographic Explorer of the Year has circumnavigated Alaska on foot and hiked America’s longest trails. Today, he works as a professional backpacking guide to more than 150 clients each year.