Andrew Skurka

Andrew Skurka

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


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...

How Bear Canisters Fail

At least most of the time, hard-sided canisters protect food in the backcountry from bears. But it turns out that they’re not 100 percent bear- or idiotproof.

Review: Hoka One One Challenger ATR 4

The fourth-generation Challenger ATR is consistent with the vision for the previous three: a well-cushioned and versatile running shoe that's designed for trails but can also successfully take to the...