Andrew Skurka

Andrew Skurka

Andrew Skurka is a professional backpacker and author of The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide.


Review: Spot X Satellite Messenger

The Spot X retails for $250, weighs 6.7 ounces, and features a 2.7-inch dot-matrix illuminated screen and physical QWERTY keyboard. It looks like an orange BlackBerry with an oversized antenna.

Review: Big Agnes Insulated AXL Pad

The Big Agnes Insulated AXL Air is a very lightweight and comfortable sleeping pad that is best suited for weight-conscious backpackers who want quality sleep in the backcountry.

The Best Backpacking Meal

Need a simple and inexpensive, yet hearty and delicious dinner recipe for your next backpacking trip? Try this one.

How to Avoid Overtraining

Instead of slogging around mountains at a slow pace for endless hours, I went in the opposite direction: flat, fast, and short.

Review: Big Agnes Tiger Wall Tents

While inspecting the Tiger Wall closely and using it for several days in the field, I began to admire Big Agnes' vigilance in reducing its weight—not that I agree with all of its decisions.

How to Pack for a Hike

Core 13 Clothing is a deliberate collection of garments that can be mixed and matched to create appropriate layering systems for all three-season trips, whether that be the Smokies in April, Wind...

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