Tag Archives: Idaho

April 27, 2015 Sahale Glacier Camp, North Cascades National Park

Tent Flap With A View: 25 Favorite Backcountry Campsites

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By Michael Lanza

An unforgettable campsite can define a backcountry trip. Sometimes that perfect spot where you spend a night forges the memory that remains the most vivid long after you’ve gone home. A photo of that camp can send recollections of the entire adventure rushing back to you—it does for me. I’ve been very 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 the list of my favorite spots down to these 25. Continue reading →

April 16, 2015 Rock Slide Lake, Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho.

Looking For An Adventure of a Lifetime? Here It Is

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By Michael Lanza

We awoke on a September morning to find ice in our water bottles and frost coating our tents. Stepping outside shortly after dawn in the deathly silent calm, I walked to the shore of the lake with my camera and found it offering a mirror reflection of the surrounding peaks and the forest lining part of the lakeshore. On each of our two mornings and evenings camped there, in fact, the lake had given us a flawless, inverted picture of clouds lit afire at sunset and an overcast, gray sky rendered fascinating by the texture of the clouds, which looked as if someone had painted them onto the dome of sky by patiently dabbing with a cotton ball.   Continue reading →

March 26, 2015 Grand Ronde River, Oregon.

Ask Me: Can You Recommend Rafting Outfitters and Trips?

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Hi Michael,

I just found your blog today after starting my research for a summer guided rafting tour for families. In my next life I’d like to come back as one of your offspring! My husband would like to take our eager son on a guided, overnight rafting trip this summer to celebrate his 10th birthday: father-son trip, but someone else does the heavy lifting so dad and son can focus on enjoyment of the river, campfires and overall one-on-one time. We live in the Bay Area but our son is keen to travel for this trip—Idaho, Utah, Oregon, or Colorado, to name a few suggestions. Can you point us toward some well-regarded guiding companies and provide any insight to consider when we comparison shop?

Kind regards,
Lafayette, CA

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March 12, 2015 Alice Lake, Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho.

One Photo, One Story: Alice Lake in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains

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By Michael Lanza

In the last part of June, my then-13-year-old son, Nate and I, joined by two friends, took our annual “boy trip” backpacking to one of the most lovely water bodies in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains, Alice Lake. We found up to three feet of snow still on the ground and the lake still partly frozen over, but offering up a mirror reflection of the row of snowy, jagged peaks that form the backdrop of Alice Lake. I grabbed this photo of Nate standing on a downed tree near the lakeshore.

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February 11, 2015 My son, Nate, skiing Freeman Peak in Idaho's Boise Mountains.

One Photo, One Story: A Child’s First Time Skiing Wild Snow

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By Michael Lanza

On the day I first took my son, Nate, backcountry skiing, when he was 12, he made a quick mental calculation before we even left the house of the effort-to-payoff deficit inherent to this activity. I told him to expect that we would spend the first two hours climbing more than a thousand feet uphill before skiing back down. He contemplated that quietly for a pregnant moment, and then asked the logical follow-up question: “And how much time do we ski downhill?” Continue reading →

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