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August 13, 2015 Teton Crest Trail, Death Canyon Shelf, Grand Teton National Park.

Ask Me: Where Can I Backpack in the Tetons Without Needing a Permit?

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Hello Michael,

Could you please recommend a four- to five-day backcountry trip in the Grand Teton Range that could include campsites located outside of the park (maybe the Jedediah Smith Wilderness area), so I would not need to get an overnight permit in the park? I do have a one-night permit for Paintbrush Canyon, so I was hoping to make that my last night for camping inside the park, then walk out to Jenny Lake on the last day. I was thinking the starting point could be around the top of Rendezvous Peak via the tramway? I have done day hikes in the Tetons, but never a backcountry trip, so I would appreciate your input. I’m going to be going the last week of August. I have basic skills with compass and map reading, so some off trail hiking is okay. I’m looking for solitude and will be solo hiking. Thank you for your time. Much appreciated!

Gary Continue reading →

Gear Giveaway: Osprey Ace Kids Backpack

June 27, 2015  |  In Uncategorized   |   Tagged ,   |   1 Comment
Osprey Ace 38

Osprey Ace 38

Just as good gear helps me enjoy backcountry trips more, I’ve always made sure my kids had good-quality gear, so they would want to go backpacking again. With the Ace series of backpacks built for a huge range of children’s body sizes—from the youngest you’d want to put a pack on to bigger teenagers—Osprey has just made it a little easier to turn your child into a backpacker. And right now, you can win any one of three models of Osprey Ace kids backpack, valued at $140 to $180, in my giveaway at The Big Outside. Continue reading →

Gear Giveaway: Osprey Ace Kids Backpack

June 23, 2015  |  In Uncategorized   |   Tagged ,   |   9 Comments
Osprey Ace 38

Osprey Ace 38

I’ve always believed that outfitting my kids with good-quality gear helps guarantee they’ll want to go backpacking again. Osprey’s Ace series of backpacks for kids, built to comfortably fit a wide range of children’s body sizes, make it a little easier to turn your child into a backpacker.

And right now, you can win an Osprey Ace 38, Ace 50, or Ace 75 kids backpack for your child in my giveaway at The Big Outside. Continue reading →

Gear Giveaway: Montane Featherlite Shell Jacket

June 13, 2015  |  In Uncategorized   |   Tagged   |   Leave a comment
Montane Featherlite Shell Jacket

Montane Featherlite Shell Jacket

Have you entered to win one of this year’s top new rain jackets through my blog yet? The Montane Featherlite Shell Jacket kept me dry and comfortable through hours of hiking in steady rain in New Zealand’s very wet Fiordland National Park, and it breathes extremely  well, thanks to an eVent DV Storm membrane. And right now, you can win a Montane Featherlite Shell Jacket, a $399 value, in my giveaway at The Big Outside. Continue reading →

Gear Giveaway: Montane Featherlite Shell Jacket

June 9, 2015  |  In Uncategorized   |   Tagged   |   Leave a comment
Montane Featherlite Shell Jacket

Montane Featherlite Shell Jacket

New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park gets between 275 to and 400 inches of rain every year. That makes it a pretty good place to test a rain jacket. The new Montane Featherlite Shell Jacket kept me dry and comfortable—for hours of hiking in steady rain—and breathes extremely well thanks to an eVent DV Storm membrane, which kept me from overheating.

And right now, you can win a Montane Featherlite Shell Jacket, worth $399, in my giveaway at The Big Outside. Continue reading →

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