Monday, April 7, 2014

Andrew Skurka Presents: The Ultimate Lightweight Hiking Skills Clinic

Renowned long-distance backpacker and former National Geographic "Adventurer of the Year", Andrew Skurka, will be at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado next month to present his clinic on Lightweight Hiking Skills.

The event is sponsored by the Colorado Mountain Club, and will take place at 7pm on May 7th.

A backpacking trip consists of two distinct activities: hiking and camping. In this instructional clinic Skurka will discuss the gear, supplies and skills necessary to make hiking more fun and less work, without compromising your safety or your comfort in camp.

It begins with a discussion about how to define trip objectives and how to assess the environmental and route conditions that are typically encountered on a backpacking trip - like temperatures and precipitation. Skurka will then explain exactly what he would bring on a hypothetical multi-day trip in a nearby and familiar location of the audience’s choosing. He focuses not just on his footwear, shelter, food, and other gear and supplies, but also on critical skills like foot care, campsite selection, and food protection techniques.

Questions from and discussions with audience members are highly encouraged, and are in fact critical to maximizing the value of the clinic.

In addition to a variety of high profile adventures, Mr. Skurka is also the author of The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide.

For more information on the event, please click here.


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