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I answer reader questions about hiking, backpacking, gear, or any topic or trip I write about at The Big Outside. Send me your questions to mlanza@thebigoutside.com.

March 31, 2014 Glacier National Park, Montana.

Ask Me: What Camera Equipment Do You Carry in the Backcountry?

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Mr. Lanza,

Been following you for a while, great site, great articles and amazing photography.

I’ve been a lifelong outdoorsman and really enjoy hiking, backpacking, mountain biking and fly-fishing. I am also a professional photographer, working as a newspaper photographer.

My question is: How do you juggle the obvious needs of equipment, time, and enjoyment of photography while doing things outdoors Continue reading →

March 25, 2014 Cap4-93 Chimney Rock Canyon, Capitol Reef NP, UT

Ask Me: What Lightweight Sleeping Bag Do You Recommend for Desert Trips?

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Michael,

Can you recommend a desert sleeping bag for a several-night stay. I have a regular bag, but it is for cold weather (0 degrees). We are starting to do some desert backpacking trips and I don’t see much information on the type of bag that would be comfortable in that type of weather.

Thank you.

Kevin
West Hills, CA Continue reading →

Ask Me: What Do You Suggest for Heavy-Duty Backpacking Boots?

March 18, 2014  |  In Ask Me, Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , , , , ,   |   2 Comments
La Sportiva Hyper Mid GTX

La Sportiva Hyper Mid GTX

(Via Twitter from @Keeping_Secrets, aka Grant, St. Louis, MO)

@Keeping_Secrets: Hey Mike! I’m looking at new hiking boots. We pack heavy. Looking at Vasque Breeze 2.0. Thoughts? Recommendations? Continue reading →

March 4, 2014 South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon

Ask Me: Can You Recommend a Big Dayhike in the Grand Canyon?

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Hi Michael!

Jerry and I and the boys are meeting my parents in the Grand Canyon for the first couple days of our spring break. Jerry and I want to do a big dayhike. We have already done rim-to-rim-to-rim and all varieties associated with those three trails.

So, we’re considering doing the South Kaibab to Grandview Trail (via the Tonto Trail) or vice versa. Thoughts? It would be a long day trip. Curious which direction we should do it and what else must we know? Continue reading →

February 14, 2014 The Green River in Stillwater Canyon, Canyonlands National Park, Utah.

Ask Me: What Do You Do For Drinking Water When Floating the Green River?

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Michael,

I was reading through your paddling adventure in Stillwater Canyon on the Green River. I first heard of it about a year ago and fell in love with the idea. My family (adult siblings and my mom) is committed to experiencing all of our national parks. In preparation for our trip planned for early July 2014 I’ve read that the fine silt of the desert rivers can be very hard on water filters.

Most of our trips to date have been eastern parks with fresh mountain streams or clear lakes. We’ve used an MSR Hyperflow with great results. However, I’m sure a hollow-fiber filter is awful for the Green River. I’ve had it partially clog once and it requires a lot of work. I’m considering a ceramic filter such as the Katadyn Pocket, but I’m unsure if it is up to the task, either. Can you comment on any experience you’ve had? Have you tried using any flocculants and/or know of a good source for them? Continue reading →

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