Feb 21, 2012 at 12:51 pm #1285989
I'm giving 43+ slideshows and clinics this Spring, starting in the Bay Area during the week of March 5-10. It'd be great to see some BPL'ers at some of them. If you make it, please say hello.
The slideshow recounts my 4,700-mile 6-month Alaska-Yukon Expedition. Great photos, entertaining video clips, and a few good stories. The clinic focuses on backpacking, gear, supplies and skills. Not many stories, but great how-to information. I'll be selling and signing books at all events.
Listing of all events, below. For more details, go to: http://andrewskurka.com/slideshows-clinics/current-schedule
Google – Authors@Google (private)
Monday, March 5
Mountain View, CA
Sunrise Mountain Sports
Monday-Tuesday, March 5-6
Wednesday, March 7
Redwood City, CA 94063
Sports Basement – Bryant Street
Wednesday-Thursday, March 7-8
San Francisco, CA
Monday-Tuesday, March 12-13
Wednesday-Thursday, March 14-15
Pinellas Park, FL
Pack & Paddle
Friday-Saturday, March 16-17
River Sports Outfitters
Monday-Tuesday, March 19-20
Nantahala Outdoor Center
Wednesday-Thursday, March 21-22
Forsyth Country Day
Friday, March 23 (private)
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Great Outdoor Provision Co and Summit School
Saturday, March 24
Washington & Lee University
Wednesday-Thursday, March 28-29
Friday-Saturday, March 30-31
Paramus, New Jersey 07652
Seekonk High School
Monday, April 2
BSA Troop 77 and Innovation Academy Charter School
Wednesday, April 4
The Alpine Shop
Friday-Saturday, April 6-7
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Fin & Feather
Monday-Tuesday, April 9-10
Iowa City, IA 52246
Saturday, April 14
Lee’s Adventure Sports
Saturday, April 14
Portage, MI 49002
Monday & Wednesday, April 16 & 18
Seattle, WA 98115
Mt. Baker Theatre
Tuesday & Thursday, April 17 & 19
Columbia Center for the Arts
Saturday, April 21
Hood River, OR 97031
GoLite – Colorado Springs
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Mountain Club
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Golden, CO 80401
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Midwest Mountaineering Expo
Saturday, April 28
GoLite – Boulder
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Boulder, COFeb 21, 2012 at 1:26 pm #1842524
Good to see Bellingham, WA getting some love! I'll see you there Andrew!Feb 21, 2012 at 6:54 pm #1842726
I might be coming through VA in late spring to see family so hopefully I can make Lexington. I'll have to bring my little brother with me.
Loved the book by the way.Feb 21, 2012 at 8:42 pm #1842769
Luke – That'd be great. As an extra incentive, rumor has it that Ron Bell will also be there.
You must be a fast reader, or it's a really good book. I've heard from a few people who have read it twice already.Feb 21, 2012 at 8:47 pm #1842770
@eugeneiusLocale: Nuevo Mexico
No love for NM. I don't blame you, our local Mexican food would make it impossible for you to ever hike again.Feb 21, 2012 at 8:48 pm #1842772
cant wait!! i'll definantly be there on april 16th, this is really really exciting.Feb 21, 2012 at 8:52 pm #1842774
I'm actually giving two events in Seattle, which is the case with most places I'm going to. Monday I'm giving my Alaska-Yukon slideshow. Wednesday I'm giving my gear & skills clinic.
You can pre-purchase tickets to one or events here: http://andrewskurka.com/product-category/event-tickets/
AndrewFeb 21, 2012 at 9:00 pm #1842777
@creachenLocale: East Bay
I should get my book any day now and looking forward to the Livermore clinic and slide show on March 5TH & 6TH.Feb 21, 2012 at 9:07 pm #1842780
@wandering_bobLocale: Oregon, USA
Unfortunately, Portland, OR and is being essentially skipped. Hood River is a solid hour's drive from Portland and only one of the two seminars is being held. It's hard to imagine not being able to arrange a site in Portland. The mind begs the question why you'd site it so far from a major hiking center.Feb 21, 2012 at 9:12 pm #1842783
I'm totally with you, but Next Adventure declined my offer, the REI stores don't make it worth my while, and the week got filled by events in Seattle, Bellingham and Hood River. I haven't pursued another venue in Portland, and I'm kind of looking forward to having that Friday off. Any ideas for when I cruise through next time?
AndrewFeb 21, 2012 at 9:13 pm #1842784
Nevermind. Found it.Feb 21, 2012 at 9:14 pm #1842785
The Boulder event was rescheduled to Saturday, March 10. Apparently there have been some construction hang-ups with the new store and they had to push the opening date back.Feb 21, 2012 at 9:15 pm #1842786
Haha Andy it was a good book and I read fast. I've probably read it two or three times for all practical purposes. Once through and than back to re read certain parts. Very handy in boring classes:)
Hope you can meet my little brother, he hiked like a little thru hiker when he was 10.Feb 21, 2012 at 9:17 pm #1842788
Have you ever considered Texas? Its not a supper outdoor spot but it seems half of Texas migrates north to Colorado every summer.Feb 21, 2012 at 9:24 pm #1842792
It was a low-hanging fruit situation — I got some great leads in FL and LA (and later KY) so that is where I focused my attention.
Part of the challenge in scheduling these events was finding venues that fit some key criteria:
1- They were willing to pay me, and/or give me a share of the door and/or book sales. (Hey, traveling all over the country isn't cheap or easy, and there's no sponsor behind this tour.)
2- They had to be able to generate a good turnout.
3- They had to be able to make a decision.
I don't know the retail scene very well in Texas, but I've presented at Backwoods before and generally the chains are tough to work with, for one or more of the reasons listed above. I had much more luck with smaller stores (e.g. Campmor and Sunrise Mountain Sports) and autonomous outdoor groups (e.g. The Mountaineers, BSA troops).
Which stores should I contact in Texas if I do something like this again?Feb 22, 2012 at 7:19 am #1842911
@richardglyonLocale: Bridger Mountains
REI in Dallas has decent presentation facilities and a good "membership" – folks who regularly turn out for this sort of thing (although from your post you may already have tried them). With some advance notice I might be able to arrange something at Schreiner University, in Kerrville (Hill Country, not too far from San Antonio). Has an active outdoor club, and a friend of mine and I send a group to do trail maintenance in Montana every summer.
Terrific book, by the way. Congratulations on an excellent job.
RichardFeb 22, 2012 at 7:54 am #1842928
Richard – If you want to put me in touch with your friend, I'd be happy to talk with him. University outing clubs are perfect for these events.Feb 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm #1843065
@valsharLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
Just wanted to say that I am looking forward to seeing your presentations at Sunrise Mountain Sports in Livermore, CA. and to buy your book.
I was meaning to buy your book from your website, but since you are going to have them with you, makes it all the easier.
As an interesting side note: two of my bivy/shelter photos are in your book.
I was contacted by a representative from Nat Geo a few month ago saying that she had seen some of the photos I have posted on BPL and wanted to use them for an unnamed book. To my pleasant surprise, they were for your book.
Anyway, looking forward to your visit and meeting you.
-TonyFeb 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm #1843067
I wondered where those photos came from. I knew it was the Sierra but I haven't look at the photo credits. Good shots. Good camp.
See you at Sunrise.Feb 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm #1843068
@curiouslaymanLocale: Western NC Mountains
I hope to make it to the Asheville event!Feb 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm #1843070
I'll be @ the Asheville event as well.Feb 22, 2012 at 1:24 pm #1843099
@valsharLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
Here is where the photos came from…there are a lot of them, the shots in your book are about 1/3 and 2/3 into the photo essay, taken in Deadman's Canyon.
-TonyFeb 22, 2012 at 9:46 pm #1843341
I'll try to make it to the Asheville talk, its a bit of a drive from Atlanta but any excuse to go to Asheville is good with me! And besides, I miss the last talk at NOC!
Anyone in Atlanta that would be interested in a carpool, lets set something up!Feb 23, 2012 at 10:30 am #1843553
Glad to see you signed up with River Sports in Knoxville, TN. I will be there.
RyanFeb 23, 2012 at 10:41 am #1843561
Ryan – Great to hear. I spoke at River Sports back in Spring 2006 so it'll be nice to get back there. I remember there being some good trail running just outside of town too in one of the parks.
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