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November 19, 2015 At Trail Crest on the John Muir Trail, Mount Whitney, Sequoia National Park.

Video: Thru-Hiking the John Muir Trail

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By Michael Lanza

It’s a little challenging to feel inspired about the idea of hiking or backpacking when days are short and cold and warmer weather is months away. But the cure for that level of lethargy, I find, is to dream big. Contemplate the grandest adventure you can imagine taking, and you may come to realize that the dark weeks before and after the winter solstice are actually a good time to start planning a huge trip.

How about thru-hiking “America’s most beautiful trail” the John Muir Trail? Take your first step on that adventure right now by watching this video of images from my thru-hike of the JMT. Because dreaming about it is half the fun. Continue reading →

November 15, 2015 The Narrows, Zion National Park, Utah.

10 Tips For Getting a Hard-to-Get National Park Backcountry Permit

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By Michael Lanza

The first time I backpacked in Yosemite National Park, more than 20 years ago, I applied months in advance for a permit to start at the park’s most popular trailhead, Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley—and I got it. I had no idea at the time how lucky I was. I’ve since been shot down trying to get permits for popular hikes in parks like Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Glacier. But I’ve also learned a few tricks for landing coveted backcountry permits in those flagship parks—which all receive far more requests for permit reservations than they can accommodate. Continue reading →

November 12, 2015

Climb Mount Whitney With Me and Help Kids Get Outdoors

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By Michael Lanza

How would you like to join me on a guided, technical climb of the highest peak in the Lower 48, Mount Whitney in California’s High Sierra? I’m happy to report that I’ve partly filled my climbing team—which includes my 15-year-old son, Nate, and me—for a four-day ascent of the Mountaineers Route on Mount Whitney, April 15-18, 2016. We’re doing it to raise money for Big City Mountaineers, an outstanding organization that introduces urban kids to the outdoors through backpacking and other adventure-based programs.

But I still have slots left on my climbing team. This is your chance to join me on a guided climb of California’s Mount Whitney. Read on.

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November 2, 2015 Hikers on the Chesler Park Trail, Needles District, Canyonlands National Park, Utah.

5 Great Adventures to Take in 2016

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By Michael Lanza

Where will you take a big outdoor adventure in 2016? Do you have any plans on the calendar already? Yes, I know it’s only November, it’s dark and cold outside and next year’s trips seem a long way off. But it’s not at all too early to get the trip-planning wheels in motion; in fact, if you’re thinking about a backcountry trip in a popular national park like The Needles District of Canyonlands or the Grand Canyon next spring or Yosemite next summer, the time to apply for a backcountry permit is coming up fast. Continue reading →

October 19, 2015 Camp Schurman, Mount Rainier National Park.

Photo Gallery: 25 Favorite Backcountry Campsites

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By Michael Lanza

Everyone has favorite campsites from unforgettable backcountry trips. I’ve been fortunate to have pitched a tent in many great backcountry campsites over more than two decades of backpacking and trekking all over the U.S. and the world. I’ve boiled my list of my favorite campsites down to 25. As you start thinking about next year’s trips—or squeezing in one more this year—scroll through the photo gallery below, which highlights several of my favorite campsites, including jaw-dropping spots like Death Canyon Shelf in Grand Teton National Park, Columbine Lake in Sequoia National Park, Sahale Glacier Camp in North Cascades National Park, and Camp Schurman high up on Mount Rainier (lead photo above). Continue reading →

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