Category Archives: Hiking

Stories and pictures from my many dayhiking adventures, from family- and beginner-friendly trails to serious ultra-hiking.

January 30, 2015 Campsite in Squaw Canyon, Needles District, Canyonlands National Park, Utah.

One Photo, One Story: Backpacking the Needles District, Canyonlands National Park

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By Michael Lanza

On a three-family, overnight backpacking trip in The Needles District of Utah’s Canyonlands National Park last spring, we hiked up Big Spring Canyon and partway down Squaw Canyon to this campsite below bands of burnt-red cliffs. As a calm, chilled, clear night descended, I set up my tripod and framed two of our tents lit by headlamps below a sky speckled with the light of natural lamps that had traveled unknown light years to reach us.

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January 27, 2015 Hiking the Wildcat Ridge Trail, White Mountains, N.H.

One Photo, One Story: A Big Dayhike in the White Mountains

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By Michael Lanza

We were less than three hours into a multi-generation, grueling, 20-mile, one-day hike over Wildcat Mountain and the length of Carter-Moriah Trail in New Hampshire’s White Mountains when I shot this slow-exposure photo of my 16-year-old nephew, Marco Garofalo, on the Wildcat Ridge Trail. Marco, his 18-year-old sister, Anna, my friend and frequent ultra-hiking companion Mark Fenton, and Mark’s 16-year-old daughter, Skye, set out early that morning to traverse in a day what’s normally a two- or three-day backpacking trip. Besides being a big distance, especially for the notoriously rugged Whites, this traverse involves some 7,200 feet of vertical gain, and stretches that are just insanely rocky and steep.

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January 21, 2015 Sea kayaking Johns Hopkins Inlet in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska.

Looking For A Great National Park Trip? Look Here

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By Michael Lanza

When I think about U.S. national parks, I remember hiking with my family to Yosemite Valley’s waterfalls. Seeing Yellowstone’s geysers both in summer (a great park trip with young kids) and cross-country skiing in winter. Sea kayaking in Alaska’s majestic Glacier Bay (lead photo above). Exploring the canyons and gazing in awe at the sculptured rock of southern Utah’s Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands. And numerous, incomparable backpacking trips in Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Olympic, Yosemite, Mount Rainier, Sequoia, North Cascades, Rocky Mountain, Great Sand Dunes, and, of course, Glacier. Continue reading →

January 19, 2015 Jacob Hamblin Arch, Coyote Gulch, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah.

10 Tips For Keeping Kids Happy and Safe Outdoors

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By Michael Lanza

Some people might say my wife and I are bad parents. We’ve repeatedly and deliberately placed our kids—at young ages—in risky situations. And I’m not talking about letting them ride their bikes without wearing helmets (which, admittedly, would be insane) or frequently taking them to McDonald’s (and what kind of parent would do that?!).

I’m talking about setting out with seven- and four-year-old kids to cross-country ski through a snowstorm for hours to a backcountry yurt. Tying a six-year-old into a rope and letting him or her rock climb a cliff. Rappelling into slot canyons. Backpacking into the remotest and most rugged wildernesses in the contiguous United States, from the Grand Canyon to the Tetons to Glacier National Park. Continue reading →

January 13, 2015 Cross-country skiing the Rim Trail, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, Yellowstone National Park.

Photo Gallery: 11 National Parks, One Year

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Backpacking in the Grand Canyon, Glacier, Mount Rainier, Rocky Mountain, North Cascades, and Olympic national parks. Hiking to Yosemite’s waterfalls. Paddling the Everglades and sea kayaking Glacier Bay. Rock climbing in Joshua Tree, and cross-country skiing in Yellowstone (lead photo, at top). In one magical year, we took 11 national park adventures with our kids, sharing experiences that expanded their understanding of their world, times filled with joy and wonder. Continue reading →

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