Andrew Skurka

Andrew Skurka

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


Long-Term Review: Salomon X Alpine Pro

The new Salomon X Alpine Pro is best suited for high-mountain running that entails long days, rocky and loose footing, prolonged ascents and descents, and a healthy share of hiking.

Andrew Skurka
Dec 7, 2019

Katadyn BeFree Water Filter Review

The 20-ounce Katadyn BeFree Collapsible Water Filter Bottle is ideally suited for long trail runs and fast day hikes in areas with natural water sources.

Andrew Skurka
Nov 15, 2019

Long-Term Review: La Sportiva Bushido II

Over a five-week period, I put 315 miles on the Bushido II, using it to scramble across granite slabs, hold my edge on steep tundra slopes, and push through thick willows, dwarf birches, and alders.

Andrew Skurka
Oct 2, 2019

Review: Black Diamond Iota Headlamp

The Black Diamond Iota is a small, light, and reasonably priced headlamp that offers acceptable brightness for in-camp use and occasional night hiking.

Andrew Skurka
Aug 29, 2019

A Crash Course in Wilderness Medical Training

For those who are interested in the operations of an organization like mine, I thought I would share my experiences from guiding 85 trips with a cumulative 625 clients.

Andrew Skurka
Jul 18, 2019