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December 24, 2014 The view from Baldy Knoll yurt in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

Happy Holidays From The Big Outside

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Wishing you a happy holiday season with the sunset view from Baldy Knoll of winter in Grand Teton National Park. Planning some adventures for next year? Find ideas at my All Trips page. Continue reading →

Last Day of My Osprey Exos 58 Backpack Giveaway

December 22, 2014  |  In Uncategorized   |   Leave a comment
Osprey Exos 58

Osprey Exos 58

Have you entered my giveaway of an Osprey Exos 58 backpack yet? It ends at midnight tonight, and you don’t want to miss an opportunity to win this outstanding backpack. Read my review, then enter at this blog post or via Facebook. Good luck!

—Michael Lanza

 

 

 

Gear Giveaway: Osprey Exos 58 Backpack

December 16, 2014  |  In Uncategorized   |   Tagged   |   2 Comments
Osprey Exos 58

Osprey Exos 58

I became a big fan of Osprey’s Exos 58 when it came out in 2008, because it weighed under three pounds, yet was versatile enough for everything from weekend trips to thru-hikes. So when Osprey updated the Exos series this year, I took the new Exos 58 out on a four-day, 86-mile backpacking trip in northern Yosemite National Park, and a seven-day, hut-to-hut trek with my family on the Alta Via 2 through Italy’s Dolomites. My verdict: Osprey has taken something that was very good and made it lighter and better (which is why the Exos 58 made my Gift Guide: Top 25 Picks in New Outdoor Gear and Apparel).

And now you can win this outstanding pack—and score a sweet holiday gift for yourself or someone else—in my giveaway at The Big Outside. Continue reading →

Gear Giveaway: Exped Glissade 35 Snow Pack

December 2, 2014  |  In Uncategorized   |   Tagged   |   Leave a comment
Exped Glissade 35

Exped Glissade 35

Making a pack for backcountry skiing, snowboarding, or snowshoeing day trips that’s lighter than most competitors is difficult to pull off without sacrificing support or features. But several days of backcountry skiing with the streamlined Exped Glissade 35 convinced me that it makes few sacrifices while delivering all you’d want in a snow pack.

And now you can win this pack in my giveaway at The Big Outside. Continue reading →

Gear Giveaway: Sierra Designs Mobile Mummy 800 Sleeping Bag

November 18, 2014  |  In Uncategorized   |   Tagged   |   Leave a comment
Sierra Designs Mobile Mummy 800 sleeping bag

Sierra Designs Mobile Mummy 800 sleeping bag

On a chilly morning in the backcountry, what’s the last thing you want to do? Get out of your warm sleeping bag to step outside. With the Sierra Designs Mobile Mummy 800, you don’t have to—this sleeping bag converts to a long down jacket you can walk around in, as I did while camping at Idaho’s City of Rocks National Reserve, when temperatures dipped into the 30s Fahrenheit.

And now you can win this sleeping bag in my giveaway at The Big Outside. Continue reading →

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