21 Questions for Andrew Skurka

In Arrigetch Creek, Brooks Range, Alaska, 2019
In Arrigetch Creek, Brooks Range, Alaska, 2019 © Andrew Skurka

Andrew Skurka is something of a **legend** in the world of ultralight backpacking and long-distance solo treks. A renowned hiker who’s circumnavigated Alaska and the Yukon by foot, Skurka hikes faster than most ultra runners. But more interesting are some of his contrarian ways — what he wears, carries, and eats is often inconsistent with conventional backpacking wisdom.

Most underrated piece of gear?  
That would be the thing between your ears…your brain.  - Andrew Skurka

Needless to say, I am a big nay huge fan. His book – The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide is one of the first books I recommend to people who want to get into lightweight/ultralight backpacking. Between his being a guide, a gear designer, writer, full-time cat owner and family he doesn’t give out many interviews yet, it is refreshing to see him in a lighter vein.