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February 25, 2014 Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, Chile.

Photo Gallery: My Top 10 Adventures… Ever

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By Michael Lanza

When I get asked, “What’s your favorite trip?”, I can never come up with an answer. I’ve had the good fortune to have taken many amazing adventures over the years. But I have assembled a list of my 10 all-time favorites (so far). Check out this photo gallery of selected images from five of those trips, then dive into my story listing all 10 (plus a bonus 11th trip), with links to the stories about each one for more photos and tips on planning them yourself. Continue reading →

January 8, 2014 Iceland, Blahnukur, Landmannalaugar, Laugavegur Trail

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).

So as you’re thinking about what great adventures to take this year, consider that these admittedly subjective, personal picks are chosen from scores of backpacking, dayhiking, paddling, trekking, and other trips I’ve taken, domestically and internationally, over more than two decades as a writer for Backpacker magazine and other publications. See also my Top 10 family adventures post from a couple of weeks ago; some of these trips could have made either list.

Make it a very happy new year.

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September 18, 2013 South Kaibab Trail.

Featured Photo Gallery: Hiking Across the Grand Canyon

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Whether you backpack it or hike it in one very long day, trekking across the Grand Canyon from the South Rim to the North Rim and back is one of our National Park System’s greatest adventures. Check out this gallery of photos for inspiration, and then read my story about a 44.5-mile, 11,000-vertical-foot, rim-to-rim-to-rim dayhike, which provides plenty of trip-planning information for backpackers, too.

 

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February 26, 2013 South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon

Ask Me: Hiking Grand Canyon Rim to River to Rim

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[Note from Michael Lanza: In Ask Me, I share and respond to a reader question. Got a question about hiking, backpacking, gear, or any topic or trip I write about at The Big Outside? Send it to me at mlanza@thebigoutside.com or tweet it to @MichaelALanza. I will answer the ones I can in a post, using only your first name and city, with your permission.]

Hi Michael,

I have enjoyed reading the stories and information on The Big Outside. I see that you successfully trekked the Grand Canyon r2r2r (rim to rim to rim) hike. I’m impressed. I’ve also been reading through your gear reviews and am hoping that you can make recommendations to me. My husband and I are planning to hike in the Grand Canyon next fall with a group of friends. Continue reading →

May 7, 2011 Mark Fenton in early morning on the South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon.

A Grand Ambition, or April Fools? Dayhiking the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim

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By Michael Lanza

At 5:30 in the morning in early April, the bone-chilling wind cascading off the Grand Canyon’s South Rim at 7,200 feet slices through my few thin layers of clothing. Four of us are following our headlamp beams in the dark down the South Kaibab Trail. We’re just minutes into a day that will also end by headlamp light late tonight—but only after we’ve hiked farther than any of us has ever ambulated in a single day. Continue reading →