Category Archives: Family Adventures

Stories, photos, and videos from our family’s many wilderness adventures hiking, backpacking, skiing, kayaking, rafting, and climbing, including in many U.S. national parks.

August 30, 2015 Rockwall Pass on the Rockwall Trail in Kootenay National Park, Canadian Rockies.

One Photo, One Story: Backpacking the Rockwall Trail, Kootenay National Park

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By Michael Lanza

One the second afternoon of my family’s four-day backpacking trip on the 34-mile (54k) Rockwall Trail in Kootenay National Park, we reached the first of three passes we would cross over the course of the trip—and the first of two that day. At 7,264-foot (2,214m) Rockwall Pass, we got our first long view of the Rockwall, a chain of soaring cliffs, jagged peaks, and hanging glaciers that extends for miles, and which we would walk beneath for most of our trek. I snapped this photo of my 14-year-old son, Nate, as we started descending south off of Rockwall Pass.
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August 24, 2015 Mirror Lake, Lakes Basin, Eagle Cap Wilderness, Oregon.

Photo Gallery: Backpacking Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness

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By Michael Lanza

Forget for a moment where you are while hiking in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, and you might look around and mistake the sharply angled, granite peaks and crystal-clear lakes for the High Sierra. But in the Eagle Cap, which occupies a big chunk of the Wallowa Mountains of northeastern Oregon, you won’t find the Sierra’s crowds (except in a few, popular corners like the Lakes Basin on nice summer weekends) or competition for backcountry permits. As you’ll see in this photo gallery, it’s well worth carving out a long weekend or a week in summer or early fall to explore this place with a backpack. Continue reading →

August 20, 2015 Skyline Trail, Paradise, at Mount Rainier N.P.

Ask Me: What Are Your Favorite Hikes at Mount Rainier and North Cascades National Parks?

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I just discovered your site, really enjoying it. Great book, I bought it from a small bookshop in Lincoln, N.H., called the Mountain Wanderer. We are on are way out to the Pacific NW for a week. We are looking for some ideas on dayhikes and one-night backpacks in the North Cascades and some dayhikes in Mount Rainier National Park.

Look forward to your stories in Backpacker. Thanks in advance for your help.

Fred and Linda
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August 19, 2015 Rockwall Trail, Kootenay National Park, Canada.

Trail Foods My Family Devours

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By Michael Lanza

One big lesson I’ve been reminded of many times in the backcountry (and have written about before at this blog, including in my “10 Tips For Keeping Kids Happy and Safe Outdoors”) is that a grumpy child is usually just a hungry child. But the challenge facing many parents who take kids out hiking, backpacking, floating rivers, or on any other outdoor adventures, is figuring out what to feed their children when there’s no kitchen or refrigerator handy. Here’s the approach we’ve used with our son and daughter through several mostly successful years of numerous wilderness trips. Continue reading →

August 17, 2015 25 Favorite Backcountry Campsites

Photo Gallery: 20 Big Adventures In Pictures

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By Michael Lanza

Everyone loves a good picture—it’s worth a thousand words, right? At this blog, I’ve now posted hundreds of stories with photos about outdoor adventures I’ve taken, many of them with my family. What better way to begin exploring ideas for your next trip than by scrolling through 20 inspirational images from stories at this website? Continue reading →

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