Apr 10, 2012 at 11:15 am #1288542
This year I'm offering two types of trips:
1) Ultimate Hiking Courses are introductory-level and will be held in six regional locations: CA, NC, VA, CO, MI, NH, and MI. The objective is to learn about and apply the gear, supplies, and skills that make hiking fun, less work. Consider this course an investment: learn from experts, not through trial and error, and avoid hundreds of dollars in regrettable gear purchases and years of trips that should have been more enjoyable and less difficult. The course includes a comprehensive pre-trip curriculum and a 3-day/2-night trip.
The first course is May 19-20 in Henry Coe State Park. Course info
2) Wilderness Adventures are advanced-level trips held in Greater Yellowstone and Yosemite National Park. This will be an outstanding backcountry experience — we will hike deep into world-class terrain while mastering basic skills and developing expert-level skills like off-trail navigation, snow travel, and coping with inclement weather. The trip includes a comprehensive pre-trip curriculum plus a 7-day/6-night trip.
The first courses are in July, starting in Jackson, Wyoming. Trip info
I am the lead instructor/guide on all trips. Either Brian Robinson, Mike Clelland, Alan Dixon, Phillip Werner, or Paul Magnanti will be assisting me. These individuals are truly experts.
Normal prices for these trips are $600 and $1,600. However, if you register as a group of 2+ people, discounts of $50 and $125 per person will be applied.
BPL members who don't "know" one another now but who agree to take the course together are eligible for these discounts. You can search for a partner using this thread, or through PM. In the online registration, just note other members in your group so that I can account for it properly.
I'd be happy to answer any questions about the trips, in this thread or via email, andrewskurka at gmail dot com.
For additional program information (like dates, locations, curriculum, and free and discounted year) to go: http://andrewskurka.com/guided-trips
Apr 11, 2012 at 7:35 pm #1866369
I could potentially do the VA ultimate hiking course if anyone else if thinking about doing it and wants to create a group for the discount.Apr 11, 2012 at 8:19 pm #1866381
Anyone want to sponsor me? lol. Should make for a great series of trip reports.Apr 11, 2012 at 8:46 pm #1866393
I would be willing to go with someone for the Henry Coe trip.
-FrankApr 12, 2012 at 12:47 pm #1866578
@dianodaLocale: Chicago, IL
I'm thinking long and hard about that Sept. 16-22 Yosemite trip – depends on what my bonus is this year. But it looks really, really awesome, and I do have some frequent flyer miles to blow…Apr 16, 2012 at 2:17 pm #1867821
I can assure that it will *be* really, really awesome. We'll be traveling mostly off-trail north or south from Tuoulumne, visiting a bunch of the areas you may have seen in the distance from some of the popular corridor trails (e.g. JMT and PCT).
The Greater Yellowstone trip will be equally awesome. Those trips are in July. Mike Clelland will be joining us.
Hope that bonus is big.May 10, 2012 at 11:35 am #1876299
There are still a few spots left for the introductory-level Ultimate Hiking Course next weekend, May 18-20. It will be held in Yosemite National Park (not Henry Coe State Park as originally scheduled). Brian Robinson ("Flyin' Brian") and I will be the instructors.
For more information on this course, to go: http://andrewskurka.com/guided-trips/about-ultimate-hiking-courses/
If you are interested, please shoot me an email at andrewskurka at gmail dot com.
Obviously this is a last-minute announcement, but you will not have missed out much with a last-minute sign-up. All of our virtual conversations are available via our Google Group, and I can get you access immediately to our shared Google Docs.
If you are an East Coaster, I should mention that there are also still spots available for the Shenandoah and Pisgah trips, both of which are in early-June.May 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm #1876340
@stephen-mLocale: Way up North
I may be interested in one of the MI events.
StephenMay 15, 2012 at 7:23 am #1877854
For those interested in the Shenandoah National Park trip, June 9-11, here's an extra incentive to register:
Ron Bell, owner and founder of Mountain Laurel Designs, will be joining the group as a special guest. I expect he will bring some unique insight about gear & skills to the course, complementing what Alan Dixonn (co-founder of BPL) and I will bring. Needless to say, there are very few opportunities to learn about backpacking from a trio of this caliber.
There are still several spots available for the course, as well as the course held the weekend before (June 2-4) near Asheville in Pisgah National Forest, for which Alan and I will be the instructors again.
More information: http://andrewskurka.com/guided-trips/about-ultimate-hiking-courses/May 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm #1880169
The Pisgah NF and Shenandoah NP trips both still have openings. Dates:
* Pisgah: Sat, June 2 through Mon, June 4
* Shenandoah: Sat, June 9 through Mon, June 11
Last-minute registrations are welcome — the group's past conversations can be accessed via Google Groups, and Alan and I will catch up to speed on everything else.
The first Ultimate Hiking Course was this past weekend in Yosemite and I was very, very pleased with how it went. (I'd taught intro-level courses before but they were 5 or 6 days, not 3.) The curriculum is comprehensive and will give you a very solid foundation of backpacking know-how, but it's spread over three days so it never feels classroom-ish.
The 7-day Wilderness Adventure trips in Yosemite, Sept 16-22 and Sept 23-29, are almost full. There is only one spot left for the first week, and two spots left for the second week. I have not decided yet if I will offer a third week in early-October. There are still spots left for the 7-day trips in Greater Yellowstone.May 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm #1880448
I just posted a photo-driven recap of the Yosemite trip, which was the inaugural Ultimate Hiking Course. I've taught intro-level trips before but not in this 3-day format. I'm really excited about the results: participants are able to gain a tremendous amount of knowledge, but it's spread out just enough to avoid feeling classroom-ish.May 24, 2012 at 11:08 pm #1880991
Two of the three 7-day Wilderness Adventures offered in Yosemite National Park are now full. I may open a third trip, Sept 30 through Oct 6, but have not yet made that decision.
If you are looking for a 7-day experience and the Yosemite C trip does not fit your schedule, there are still spots available for the Greater Yellowstone trips in July. Mike Clelland will be assisting me on those.
Finally, there are still spots available for the intro-level learning-intensive coureses in Pisgah National Forest and Shenandoah National Park, June 2-4 and June 9-11, respectively. Alan Dixon, co-founder of Backpacking Light, will be assisting me on both trips; and Ron Bell, owner and founder of Mountain Laurel Designs, will be a VIP instructor for the Shen trip.Jun 1, 2012 at 7:43 am #1882964
There are still a few spaces left for the 3-day intro-level learning-intensive trip in Shenandoah National Park, June 9-11. BPL co-founder Alan Dixon and MLD's Ron Bell will be helping me instruct this course. Not sure if I have ever heard of a backpacking course with an instructor team of this quality.
My objective with this trip is ultimately to save you thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours, not to mention helping you avoid trips that should have been less difficult and more enjoyable. In three days we will help you become a capable and confident intermediate-level backpacker, regardlesss of your starting point. Alternatively, you can spend years learning this information through trial-and-error.
If you are interested email me, andrewskurka at gmail dot com.Jun 1, 2012 at 12:03 pm #1883039
Looks awesome, can always learn more.
BTW, looking good in the Victorinox ad in Backpacker mag this past month, Andrew!!!Jun 1, 2012 at 8:39 pm #1883165
If you are really interested, send me an email or PM. Alan and I are in the field Sat-Mon afternoon for a similar trip in Pisgah but I will get back to you on Monday night or Tuesday. Not sure your history, but we can probably get you up to speed pretty quickly and make sure you have everything you need.
Your comment about the Victorinox ad inspired me to go look for it. Thankfully I was in the Nashville airport and Backpacker easy to find. A pretty flattering shot — mom will be happy with that one.
AndrewJun 28, 2012 at 10:48 am #1890831
Are you bored of hiking on trails, or do you aspire to reach trail-less summits and traverse trail-less landscapes? But you are held back by your navigation skills?
I'm now offering a course that is designed specifically for you: an intermediate-level, quick-and-dirty 2-day course that focuses intensely on navigation, especially off-trail.
It will be held in Rocky Mountain National Park, August 9-10. Group size is limited to 3 + me. There are two spots left.
I am offering the same trip in New Hampshire's White Mountains in late-August but it is full. It filled in about an hour.
Or I'm happy to answer questions via this forum.Jun 28, 2012 at 3:50 pm #1890926
Update: only one spot left. It won't last long.
If you pass over or miss this trip, but are interested in taking a trip in the future, you can submit your information here, http://andrewskurka.com/guided-trips/2013-trip-interest/, and I'll notify you when the 2013 schedule is finalized.Jun 29, 2012 at 7:00 am #1891042
The wilderness trip sounds fun but Too spendy for me…Aug 15, 2012 at 7:49 am #1902859
This trip had been full but there were some recent health- and family-related cancellations, so I now have two spots left. Trip details:
* Porcupine Mountains, MI
* Aug 30 – Sept 2 (Labor Day Weekend)
* Intro-level, learning-intensive
* Group size limited to 12, including 2 guides
* Guides: me and Alan Dixon, who co-founded BPL with Ryan Jordan
The cost of this trip is normally $600, but I am offering a 10% discount ($60 off) to BPL members. I realize that the trip is only about two weeks away so I'm trying to make it more convenient.
Part of the trip expense is offset by awesome discounts from ULA (25%), Six Moon Designs (25%), and Mountain Laurel Designs (10%), plus free product from Headsweats, Platypus, and Sawyer. If you don't have all of your own gear, I have a long list of demo gear that you can borrow (namely cooksets, shelters, and sleep systems), which further reduces the cost.
For more information on this course, go to: http://andrewskurka.com/guided-trips/about-ultimate-hiking-courses/
If you are interested, email me or send me a private message via BPL.
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