Andrew Skurka is an accomplished adventure athlete, speaker, guide, and writer. He is most well known for his solo long-distance backpacking trips, notably the 4,700-mile 6-month Alaska-Yukon Expedition, the 6,875-mile 7-month Great Western Loop, and the 7,775-mile 11-month Sea-to-Sea Route.
Skurka has been named “Adventurer of the Year” by both Outside and National Geographic Adventure, 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.” He has been featured by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News Channel, National Public Radio and dozens of local media outlets.
In addition to all of that, Andrew has recently become a big game hunter. In this episode of the Hunt Backcountry podcast, Andrew provides us with some excellent information on how to take your backpacking to the next level. We discuss gear, food, and more — including many do-it-yourself alternatives to what the market offers. You will discover how you can make an incredibly lightweight and economical stove, how to pack your own food so that you’re not stuck with freeze-dried entrees, why waterproof footwear may not be the right choice for your next adventure, and much more. We also hear why Andrew has lost many fans and followers because of his ventures into hunting, and what we as hunters can do to find common ground with non-hunting outdoor enthusiasts.
If you are familiar with Andrew, you know how valuable this interview will be. If you have never heard of Andrew — and many of your probably haven’t — you are in for a treat!
Resources from Andrew Skurka
As we mention in the show, Andrew’s website is a gold mine of information on backpacking. You can literally spend months reading through his archives, which we do certainly urge you to explore. Here are a few of our favorite articles and resources to get you started:
- Andrew’s first successful elk hunt: Lessons, advice & tips
- Backpacking recipes: Ingredient information & sourcing
- 3-Season Backpacking Stoves — System 1: The Dirtbag
- Andrew’s 14,000-word e-book about backpacking food
These are just a few of dozens upon dozens of helpful articles. Visit Andrew’s blog and be sure to look through the categories/topics on the right-hand side, and subscribe to the newsletter at the bottom of the page to receive future updates.