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Andrew Skurka: "Ultimate Hiking Gear & Skills Clinic" | Talks at Google

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“””Ultimate Hiking Gear & Skills Clinic”” A backpacking journey consists of two distinct actions: hiking and tenting. In this informative clinic, famend …

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  1. Chin Seng

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    I'm an Asian, is PCT Trial allow. I'm 55 and planning for my dream hike in 2020. Physical still should not have any problem.

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  2. Oscar Sundevall

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Great tips. Really! But if you live in a cold environment condensation is a big deal in a shelter. That`s why you use a dubble wall shelter so your gear and sleep system doesnt get wet, or you simply use a tarp, but not single wall tent. Skurka should know this.

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  3. Jace Chamberlain

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    lol 38:25 the lady on left screen must own a boot factory… just shut lady?!?!

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  4. Jace Chamberlain

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Good stuff but….. dude looks like a serial killer rapist

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  5. We are about to hike 600 Miles! Join us. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTxApBMqUgZGiSV5RnCCupQ

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  6. kirwi kirwinson

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Hey guys, you're not an "ultimate" backpacker unless you wear a thong and your pack and gear is made out of tissue paper. Oh and don't forget to run, er, hike 40 miles/day with your ski poles!

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  7. Road Wonder

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    If your a West Coast American thinking of hiking in the East your in for a treat. As a California native, I found colors in the East that I had never seen before in every season.

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  8. Ross Nicholson

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    I really hate the carpenters, they're always hammering for posterity. Thousands of people watch this video and they just have to be hammering constantly in the background? Andrew Skurka is easy to hear over the banging, cogent, and intelligent.

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  9. Ben Lesch

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Very in depth and practical advice based on true experience. One of my favorite presentations on backpacking skills and essentials on youtube.

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  10. N.A. Annon

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    "Speed Hike"? sounds like a Wanna Be Hero. Did IT. But doesn't know Where he's Been.

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  11. Steve Gilette

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Completely unimpressive. As usual it's all about who you know, only "invited" to give a talk to a captive audience because his family knows a Google Exec's family. This dude is the very definition and embodiment of White Priveledge. I wonder just how many talks he's given to inner city or trailer park kids?

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  12. Christopher Arocha

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Love this guy.

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  13. Bob A

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    His kind can be irritating and condescending. These "prima donnas" think they are the ultimate survival experts and know exactly what to carry. It is called luck and modern technology.
    They bitch if one leaf is out of place. The moment ANYONE puts their shoes on the ground, they change the environment. Their damage may or may not be visible but it is there.

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  14. Davey Bernard

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    interdasting. Does Skurka still advocate alcohol stoves?

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  15. Bigman Cleverman

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    got to 7.57. too full of himself

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  16. Stone Cold

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Ones strength lies solely in there tenacity. Quote by: Louis Pasteur.

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  17. wmbii surgeon

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Thanks for an excellent and thorough presentation.

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  18. Kirk Wallace

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Did i miss him mention wearing sunglasses??

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  19. Stephen A. Vinson

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    How to take a hipster attitude toward hiking.

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  20. Vlanhonder Moslin

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Okay, there's some nice information in this talk and I enjoyed watching it, but it could've done without the no true scotsman, "Virgin camper inefficient" and "Chad Ultimate Hiker" patter at the beginning, implying that to be a hiker you have to be purely focused on getting from A to B as quickly as possible.
    There is enjoyment to be had whilst walking that you just can't get sitting around a camp site, so I wouldn't consider myself a "camper".
    It would seem that the modern, fast paced mindset is just as prevalent among backpackers as it is in everyone else. No wanderlust to be found here :

    I'd say that there are only two types of backpacker; those who backpack because they enjoy travelling the countryside and those who backpack because they enjoy bragging about their exploits after the fact, or in his own words, "type 2 fun seekers".
    The latter are coming across to me a tad elitist. He's creating this dichotomy and trying to elevate himself above other hikers based on a completely arbitrary objective. It is coming across as self promotion.

    It's not the way I personally would choose to hike, as I feel it sucks the fun out of everything. I like to move at a pace where I can take in my surroundings and will gladly stop to enjoy a pleasant view. I wouldn't limit myself to a tight schedule, because I can never know what sorts of fun detours I could be denying myself later on.

    My tent may be heavy, but it stops water from the marshy ground, mold, mice, snakes, spiders and MIDGES from inhabiting my gear and keeping me awake at night.

    I have a pair of Salomon Quest boots, which aren't that heavy and they don't really let in water. If I'm crossing a deeper stream I can just take them off. The sweat which builds up inside them is easily alleviated by taking them off for ten minutes and switching my socks. I also don't use hiking poles. I descend by zigzagging and the added support saves my knees sufficiently. I'm not a long distance hiker, however, so I'm not sure of the difference it makes in the long run. I find that the boots protect my knees far more than a pair of trainers, because I don't have to tense my legs to stop my ankles from rolling, though.

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  21. John Hogan

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Thanks for this vid. Never heard of you Andrew but it's great to hear the thoughts of someone doing it like you. I bet a super long hike and the constant planning and reviewing has sharpened you organisation to a sharp point. Cheers

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  22. tubenachos

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    I'm Type 2 fun LMAO

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  23. John Davis

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    I use a mix of instant oatmeal, Tang and Almond butter. no cook, no freeze, no spoil, cheap, compact, lightweight, tasty, available almost anywhere in the US. (wallys) Just eat it with a spoon, like it's cookie dough. You can vary it as to how much of which is in the mix, depending upon your mood, taste and perceived needs.

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  24. Asha Rey

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    every time he says type 1 or type 2 i think "Phish fan"

    (not expecting a lot of people to understand that, but if you do, you're awesome)

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  25. roger komula

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Next year, he walks AND chews gum.

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  26. Jordan

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    dude at the beginning definitely looks like he works at google lol

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  27. Cherry Blossom Forge

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    I'm getting too old for ground sleeping (50). Even if it is on pine needles and such. But since I have been using a proper large rain fly hammock with an under quilt and top quilt system, I can get back out there without worrying about throwing my back out in the early stages before I can acclimate to the trail. Did that once, never again. Once you get the hang of it (wink, wink) you'll never go back to a tent. So my biggest problem today is finding a rout that has lots of trees. The AT is perfect, but the CDT, not so much down south. Great video lesson though. Nice to get some feedback on some of the things that I have seen work over the years.

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  28. Kate Goodyear

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Great video Andrew you captivated me with your back packing stories and about all the gear and clothing supplies was very detailed I liked your video!

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  29. Ichinin

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Any questions?

    sound of washing machine mumble mumble sound of washing machine sound of washing machine footwear sound of washing machine mumble mumble ?

    REPEAT THE QUESTION

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  30. AndyW

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    I don't believe the point of wearing none waterproof shoes in cold condition, the cold water against your feet will leave you colder for longer periods than having damp waterproof shoes. I have to wear boots with ankle support as my ankles since I was a child have been really weak. I cannot risk damaging an ankle on a hike.

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  31. Clay Adams

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    He's what I call a Type 3 speaker, not fun to listen to or remember later.

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  32. Larrietta USA

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Stand up and ask your questions!!! What advice do you have for a solo woman hiker?

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  33. lvbuckeye

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    I take a little issue with your distinction with ultra hiker and ultra camper. Or maybe your distinction isn't clear enough.

    The ultra camper DOESN'T trod along.
    The average camper trods along. To the ultra camper, views are paramount. We're not trying to carry the least weight possible, we're trying to carry the most efficient weight possible.

    The ultra camper carries the least amount of weight necessary to have the best possible experience sleeping outside.

    I've watched a metric ton of thu-hike videos. Most of the people completing these thru-hikes are absolutely miserable when they aren't trekking, and half of them are miserable when they ARE trekking.

    So what gives? HYOH and all of that. I know you've hiked 40k miles. Give REAL advice. Please.

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  34. RhodieFreedomCamp

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Good guidance, based on sound experience. Thanks.

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  35. Raumance

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    47:30 for the knot system he uses for tarps.

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  36. ilisati

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    the "efficiency" he mostly talks about is "Time efficiency".

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  37. Shawn Carroll

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    He wouldn't survive on my hikes… At all !

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  38. Shawn Carroll

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    I think he's lost the whole meaning of it all.

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  39. John Sterling

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    I have hiked to Mt Whitney twice and have trekked over many trails in the high Sierra.  The high Sierra can produce heavy storms that produce a lot of wind and rain.  Under such conditions, there is absolutely no substitute for a good tent.  Getting soaked by wind and rain can eliminate any chance of getting restful sleep and ruin a hiking trip.   My advice:  Pack a tent.  Yes, its more weight to carry, but it provides good protection against bad weather and bugs.  Additionally, a tent provides a very comfortable place to sleep.

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  40. Bryan Stewart

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Hike your own hike sums it up!! Maybe this is not of you maybe you are a mobile car camper. Do what you do and do it as often as possible if it makes you giggle. But can't argue with his record…

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  41. Gensink

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Is this Andrew from google?

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  42. James Mourad

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Great Grizzly encounters at 50:00

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  43. jasper9395

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    This is a brilliant resource. I have not found a single video that is this comprehensive. Everything is covered clothing, shelters, sleep systems, navigation, footwear, and food. They guy obviously has a huge amount of experience! His take on shoes and foot care is especially interesting to me because it is so different to what I do. It was also interesting how he points out that you can save weight on shelters by bringing a warmer sleeping bag. There is so much to think about when you go hiking and camping!

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  44. Dork Cork

    July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Macho book of the bivy type viewpoints is but one aspect of the game ,bivy bag & tarp is not comfortable in driving cold rain – I will take my hillerberg either as a double or single wall outfit depending on conditions k

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