Want to be an ultimate hiker, or just gain some outdoor skills and gear tips from the guy who is? We're giving away three copies of long-distance adventurer Andrew Skurka's The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide, thanks to publisher National Geographic.
Skurka's book, which came out in February, covers his ultimate hiker philosophy; tools and techniques for outdoor clothing, footwear, shelters, stoves, water, maps, packing, and more; sample gear lists for different areas; and tips to gear up on a budget.
Like us on Facebook. We'll randomly select one Facebook fan after March 31 to receive a copy of the book, plus some Trailspace swag.
Follow us on Twitter. We'll randomly select one Twitter follower after March 31 to receive a copy of the book, plus some Trailspace swag.
Write March's "Most Helpful" gear review, as determined by community votes. We'll include a copy in the goodie pack we send to the author of the review rated "most helpful" for March. (Don't forget to click "Yes" after "Was this review helpful?" whenever you read a standout review.)
Having traveled more than 30,000 miles via foot, ski, and packraft, Skurka wrote The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide to explain: 1) the gear and supplies he uses, and 2) how to supplement the stuff you have on your back with the stuff between your ears. His solo long-distance trips — like the 4,700-mile Alaska-Yukon Expedition, the 6,875-mile Great Western Loop, and the 7,775-mile Sea-to-Sea Route — are known for their detailed level of planning.
In the meantime, you can gain some Skurka know-how from his following video on how to assemble an alcohol stove from a Fancy Feast cat food can. According to The Ultimate Hiker's cooking section, which includes DIY instructions, this 0.3-ounce, $1.50 version is Skurka's favorite homemade stove.