Category Archives: Hiking

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

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 →

February 26, 2015 The Subway, Zion National Park, Utah.

One Photo, One Story: Descending Zion’s Subway

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By Michael Lanza

Deep in the backcountry of Utah’s Zion National Park, my friend David Gordon and I scrambled carefully down a very steep and loose gully eroding from a sandstone cliff. At its bottom, we started walking a shaded, cool corridor between vertical canyon walls perhaps a hundred feet apart and a few hundred feet tall. At times, we clambered over boulders the size of cars and trucks. We waded or swam pools of frigid creek water in our dry suits. Mostly, we craned our necks in awe, exploring one of the most beautiful and coveted slot canyons in Zion. Continue reading →

February 24, 2015 South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon.

Ask Me: Tips For Hiking or Trail Running the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim

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Michael,

I’m happy to have run across your website. The pictures of the Grand Canyon rim to rim to rim (r2r2r) hike are spectacular and only enhance the anticipation and excitement for my own upcoming rim-to-rim (r2r) run. I have several questions for you about it. Continue reading →

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