Category Archives: International Adventures

Stories and photos from classic international adventure trips, from Patagonia to New Zealand, Iceland to Norway, and more.

January 21, 2016 The Dientes Circuit in Chilean Patagonia.

Looking For An Adventure of a Lifetime? Here It Is

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By Michael Lanza

As we climbed toward Paso Australia, the wind gathered strength, shoving us forward and sideways, spinning us around. As if to suggest that we ain’t seen nothin’ yet, our young Chilean guide, Maurice, warned, “It’s going to be windy up there at Australia Pass.” In fact, at the 2,641-foot (805m) pass, it became hard to stand and walk. We alternately braced ourselves against the most furious gusts and stumbled a few steps forward during lulls of merely howling gales. Billowing clouds skidded across the sky, brushing against a row of stone pinnacles, some of the “Teeth of Navarino,” the peaks that give this remote mountain range its name: Dientes de Navarino. Continue reading →

January 19, 2016 Trekkers en route to the Thorung-La pass on the Annapurna Circuit, Nepal.

Ask Me: How Do We Flatlanders Train For High Altitudes?

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Hi Michael,

I hope this finds you well! At the end of the year I am hoping to join my friends on an adventure to Argentina to climb Aconcagua. We are not taking the technical routes, so no ropes or glacier travel. My question is this: what is the best way to train for high altitude? I live at sea level in Portland, Maine, so access to high peaks is not really an option. Continue reading →

January 4, 2016 Trekking the Alta Via 2 in Parco Naturale Paneveggio Pale di San Martino, Dolomite Mountains, Italy.

New Year Inspiration: My Top 10 Adventure Trips

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By Michael Lanza

I often get asked, “What’s your favorite trip?” And I can’t answer that one. To pick just one from all the amazing adventures I’ve had the good fortune to take feels like an impossible task. So instead, I’ve assembled the following list of my 10 all-time favorites (so far). It includes, among other five-star trips, backpacking the Teton Crest Trail and John Muir Trail; hiking across the Grand Canyon; and trekking in Iceland, Patagonia, and Italy’s Dolomite Mountains (lead photo, above). Continue reading →

December 31, 2015 Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park.

Happy New Year From The Big Outside

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Where will you adventure in 2016? Here’s a little inspiration from one of my trips this year, hiking in Grand Teton National Park, which I will write about in 2016 at The Big Outside. Looking for ideas? See all of my stories about Grand Teton National Park and the Teton Crest Trail, and all national park adventures, plus my All Trips page and my stories “5 Great Adventures to Take in 2016,” “My Top 10 Family Adventures,” and “15 Adventures on Earth That Will Change Your Life.”

—Michael Lanza

 

December 13, 2015 On the Kepler Track above Lake Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand.

Like The Big Outside? Please Support My Work

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By Michael Lanza

More than five years ago, I launched this blog and website with a simple goal: to offer stories, photos, and expert trip-planning advice on America’s and the world’s best outdoor adventures—including many that are great for families—based on my on-the-ground, first-hand knowledge from having done all of the trips myself. Since then, it has grown into a popular online source for stories about hiking, backpacking, paddling, and other adventures, as well as my gear reviews and my tips on outdoor skills. Most gratifyingly for me, The Big Outside has inspired families and others to get outdoors.

Will you help me continue publishing this blog? It’s easy. Here’s how. Continue reading →

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