Andrew Skurka

Andrew Skurka

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


What Epic Snowpack Means for Summer 2019 in the West

The deep snowpack is great news for farmers and residents of these semiarid states, but it will create unique conditions and hazards for backpackers in the High Sierra and southern Rockies.

Andrew Skurka
Mar 28, 2019

How to Protect Food from Bears

You’ve set up camp for the night and cooked dinner. Now what should be done with the Snickers, salami, peanut-noodle dinners, and the other calories that will sustain you for the remainder of your...

Andrew Skurka
Jan 26, 2019

Long-Term Review: Suunto 9 Baro

The Suunto 9 Baro is a legitimate flagship product—it improves upon or rivals the performance and features of previous generations, like the Ambit3 and Spartan.

Andrew Skurka
Dec 21, 2018

The Best Trekking Poles

This summer, I tested eight pairs of poles representing a range of prices, features, and designs.

Andrew Skurka
Dec 5, 2018

Review: Ultimate Direction FK Trekking Poles

The FK poles are stronger and stiffer than any trekking or ski pole that I have ever used, while also being among the lightest. They are an absolute joy to use.

Andrew Skurka
Nov 18, 2018

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.

Andrew Skurka
Nov 11, 2018

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.

Andrew Skurka
Oct 28, 2018

Review: The Packa Hybrid Jacket/Poncho

The Packa excels for hiking on-trail in calm weather and cool to warm temperatures. It seems tailor-made for conditions on the Appalachian Trail.

Andrew Skurka
Oct 24, 2018