NG Live! – Andrew Skurka: Trekking the Wild North

Some of the guys at work think that I’m crazy going out for a week in the summer or in the middle of winter in -25 degrees Celsius just sleeping in a bivy bag – I guess they haven’t heard of Andrew… Almost the same name but a different kind of crazy 🙂

Get the inside story of the gear — and the grit — needed by National Geographic grantee Andrew Skurka for his six-month, 4,700-mile expedition through Alaska and the Yukon.

Browsing different YouTube channels this video popped up in the this-might-be-interesting-for-you video bit and I watched it in awe.

Ultimate Hiking Gear & Skills Clinic – Andrew Skurka

A great one hour presentation of how you prepare yourself for backpacking and more precise ultralight backpacking, with Andrew Skurka.

“Ultimate Hiking Gear & Skills Clinic”
A backpacking trip consists of two distinct activities: hiking and camping. In this informative clinic, renowned long-distance backpacker Andrew Skurka will discuss the gear, supplies and skills necessary to make hiking fun, not an arduous chore. Skurka was named “”Adventurer of the Year”” by Outside and was described as “”a Superman among trekkers,”” by National Geographic; he is the author of The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide.

You will learn: (1) How to predict the environmental and route conditions you will encounter on a trip; (2) the best uses and limitations of lightweight equipment; (3) skills that will help keep you safe and comfortable with a minimum of possessions; and, (4) exactly what Skurka takes for a summer backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada, and why.”

Delivery from HMG!

Here it is! My new tent, the UltaMid 2 from Hyperlite Mountain Gear.

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Without the packbag and additional strings attached to the tent it weighs in at the astonishing 499g. With the strings, stuff sack and the UltaMid pole straps it sums up to 645g which is very light for a huge tent. Cuben fiber looks to be an awesome material!

I also got my new book and some accessories from HMG.

I’m really excited to go out and pitch this tent now during the weekend, perfect now that Easter is just around the corner. However my new trekking poles hasn’t arrived yet and my new backpack but they should be here by the end of April.

Waiting for a new book

I’m home and sick so what else can you do besides feeling sorry for yourself? To help gg_covermyself getting better I bought a new book by Andrew Skurka – The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide: Tools & Techniques to Hit the Trail.

You can read more about it here and see some of the content.

I have a “bad” feeling about today that if I don’t get any better… It’ll hurt my wallet…! Damn you I-need-this-to-lighten-my-backpack-thoughts….

HMG UltaMid anyone?