Clouds Rest, Yosemite National Park
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Don’t get shut out of a backcountry permit in popular parks like Yosemite. Read my 10 Tips For Getting a Hard-to-Get National Park Backcountry Permit.

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What could be better than daydreaming over a gallery of 20 photos from great adventures? Planning one of these trips. That’s what.

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Backcountry skiing near Banner Ridge yurt, Boise National Forest, Idaho.
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An annual, family ski trip to a backcountry yurt in Idaho’s Boise Mountains endures, helping to shape the young people our kids are fast becoming.

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March 5, 2015 Trekkers on the Europaweg, or Europa Trail, Swiss Alps.

Ask Me: Advice on a Hut Trek in the Swiss Alps

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Michael,

My husband is in love with backpacking and takes trips around the U.S. every year, but since this will be his fortieth birthday, he has chosen the Pennine Alps hut hike in Switzerland that you wrote about in Backpacker. I would really appreciate your thoughts on several questions that I have.

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March 4, 2015

Ask Me: How Old Were Your Kids When You Started Taking Big Trips?

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Hi Michael,

We have a newly turned six-year old, a three-and-a-half-year-old, and I’m expecting! How old were your kids when you started doing “big” trips with them? By big I mean hiking and camping for multiple nights, etc.

Sara
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March 3, 2015 Wonderland of Rocks, Joshua Tree National Park.

One Photo, One Story: Exploring Joshua Tree National Park

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By Michael Lanza

On a recent, balmy morning in the sprawling and primordial Wonderland of Rocks area of Joshua Tree National Park, my friend David Ports and I had just climbed a route called Mental Physics when I captured this photo of him scrambling down through a maze of boulders below the climb, overlooking a signature Joshua Tree landscape of granite monoliths. Continue reading →

March 2, 2015 Backpackers on the Pacific Crest Trail near Cloudy Pass, Glacier Peak Wilderness, Washington.

Photo Gallery: My Top 10 Family Adventures

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By Michael Lanza

Looking for an unforgettable adventure to take your family on? How about hiking a volcano, exploring slot canyons, or paddling mangrove tunnels? How about backpacking a wild coastline or deep into the glaciated mountains of Washington’s Glacier Peak Wilderness (lead photo, above), or taking a multi-day float trip on one of the West’s most spectacular (and gentle) rivers? How about diving into a place that awes people of any age—the Grand Canyon?

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March 1, 2015 Backpackers in Great Sand Dunes National Park.

5 Tips For Spending Less on Hiking and Backpacking Gear

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By Michael Lanza

My first, two-person tent set me back only about twice what you’d pay today for a good, single-burner backpacking stove. It weighed several pounds and was bulky for backpacking. I nicknamed that tent the Wind Sock for its propensity to snap loudly in even the slightest breeze, and how its poles bowed disturbingly in strong gusts. (I learned to choose protected campsites.) In heavy downpours, I sometimes woke up to a puddle on the floor. Continue reading →

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