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Andrew Skurka
(askurka) - F
GoLite pack raffle with pre-order of National Geographic issue on 01/24/2011 21:47:59 MST Print View

National Geographic Magazine is running a 16-page story about my Alaska-Yukon Expedition in its March 2011 issue. I started taking pre-orders tonight for signed copies, available at

GoLite has graciously offered a GoLite Pinnacle or Jam pack as a raffle item, per every 100 copies pre-ordered.

The newsstand price is $6 and I'm trying to match that, after accounting for postage and other expenses. 1 copy is $9; 2 copies is $14; 3 copies is $20; 4 copies is $25; 5 copies is $30.

More info:

alan york
(alanyork9) - MLife

Re: GoLite pack raffle with pre-order of National Geographic issue on 01/29/2011 17:06:08 MST Print View

Congradulations Andrew!I grew up reading Nat Geo...Peter Jenkin's walking trip...Robin Graham sailing his boat Dove round the world at 16...Everest climbs.Wow!Now you get to inspire the youngsters!Many dreams were born with Nat Geo influence

This may be the biggest exposure to the largest audience that light weight backpacking has had.They will see things like a MLD Solomid, Golite pack,and cat can stove for the first time. I remember buying a Jansport pack just like Peter Jenkins used on his walk.

I'll bet there may be some new folks interested in light weight backpacking after March : - )

Can't wait to see the story!

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
"GoLite pack raffle with pre-order of National Geographic issue" on 01/29/2011 17:46:12 MST Print View

That's a great price, $3 extra over newsstand price for a shipped and signed copy with raffle eligibility?! Just ordered one through Google Checkout, painless.

I'm very much looking forward to reading your piece Andrew, it's hard earned and well deserved. This will be the first Nat Geo issue I've read in a lonnnnng time- I'm excited.

Edited by Eugeneius on 01/29/2011 18:57:48 MST.

Andrew Skurka
(askurka) - F
Re: "GoLite pack raffle with pre-order of National Geographic issue" on 01/31/2011 08:40:40 MST Print View

Had the first raffle last night. The winner is Michael R from Hurricane UT. He got himself a sweet GoLite Jam, supposedly for his wife but I'm skeptical since he insisted on ordering a Men's -- sounds like a "this is for you, honey (but really it's for me)" gift.

Michael Richey

Locale: Southern Utah
Yeah, I won a Backpack "for my wife"..... on 01/31/2011 12:16:06 MST Print View

Andrew is totally's "for my wife." Valentine's Day is coming up soon, do you think it'll make a good gift?

P.S. the more copies of the magazine you buy, the greater your odds of winning...(just buy like 25-30 copies :)

Edited by beaverboymike on 01/31/2011 12:20:24 MST.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Yeah, I won a Backpack "for my wife"..... on 01/31/2011 12:24:50 MST Print View

Lucky dog! Congrats, Mike.

Dug Shelby
(Pittsburgh) - F

Locale: Bay Area
Too cool on 02/01/2011 07:20:50 MST Print View

Just purchased two copies, one for myself and one for my nieces (12, 8, 8).

I remember as a kid being in awe of the great adventures I'd see in the pages of NatGeo. Andrews trek is getting BIG coverage, anything over 9-10 pages is a huge accomplishment. Personally think it's cover-worthy!

If I win one of the packs, I solemnly vow to not give it to my valentine! :)

Congrats Andrew, well done.


James DeMonaco
(jdemonaco) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco
So awesome. on 02/01/2011 09:33:46 MST Print View

Just ordered a copy through paypal (google checkout was giving me problems)

Congratulations! :)

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
paypal on 02/01/2011 13:09:00 MST Print View

^ how did you order through paypal?


Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: paypal on 02/01/2011 13:14:42 MST Print View


Edited by annapurna on 02/02/2011 11:34:06 MST.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Re: paypal on 02/01/2011 13:16:40 MST Print View

paypal email is also on the page he links to in his post

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: Re: Re: paypal on 02/01/2011 13:23:38 MST Print View


Edited by annapurna on 02/02/2011 11:34:36 MST.

Andrew Skurka
(askurka) - F
Re: Re: Re: Re: paypal on 02/01/2011 13:40:18 MST Print View

I do make PayPal available for those who have a strong preference for it. But my workflow is optimized for Google Checkout so that is preferable for me.

Tyler Barcelli

Locale: Southeast
awesome on 02/01/2011 14:26:54 MST Print View

This is so awesome. I remember reading through all the NatGeo magazines and wishing I could visit all those places. 16 pages is definitely a big deal in that magazine. Congratulations Andrew and I just placed my order.

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Re: Re: Re: paypal on 02/01/2011 17:10:11 MST Print View

found it- thanks

ordered a copy :)

alan york
(alanyork9) - MLife

? when will your book be done ? on 02/02/2011 16:03:15 MST Print View

How about a package deal: Signed magazine and book?

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Book on 02/02/2011 17:34:49 MST Print View

Andy ain't it about time you wrote a book? Actually I want you to write (a least) 2. One for the Great Western Loop and one for the Alaska trip.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

Book on 02/02/2011 20:21:23 MST Print View

He is writing a gear book. You can read some info on his progress on his Twitter account. I haven't been able to find very much info on this book though. I'm not sure if he's laying down his general opinions on backpacking gear, or if there is a more specific focus. I'd love to read a bit more info about the goal of this book and when it's expected to be complete.

Edited by dandydan on 02/03/2011 00:46:25 MST.

Chris Kopp
(ckopp) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: Book on 02/03/2011 00:10:22 MST Print View

I can't wait for the Nat Geo article and the book(s)! Andrew Skurka has completely changed how I enjoy the outdoors. I was lucky enough to have dinner with him one night at Reds Meadow when he was doing the Sierra High Route with Buzz Burrell. Real nice, well spoken, guys. I will be bringing my copy of Nat Geo with me when Andrew speaks in La Jolla, CA this April!

Larry Dyer
(veriest1) - F

Locale: Texas
Books? on 02/03/2011 00:20:59 MST Print View

What is this about books?

Chuck Norris checks under his bed at night to make sure Skurka isn't there so I'm sure they'll be fantastic.