Send me your questions about hiking, backpacking, gear, or any trip I write about at The Big Outside.
I can help you plan the best backpacking, hiking, or family adventure of your life.
For more than two decades, as a former field editor for Backpacker magazine and running this blog, I’ve made a living identifying, planning, and writing about great trips. That’s why The Big Outside is a uniquely authoritative resource for outdoor adventures.
Now you can tap into my expertise.
Got questions about hiking, backpacking, planning a family adventure, or any trip I’ve written about at The Big Outside?
Email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. For just $75, I’ll give you an in-depth, customized trip-planning consult via email or over the phone. We will cover all necessary pre-trip planning, from any needed permit to questions about season and weather, logistics, and gear, as well as how to execute your trip on the ground in the safest and most enjoyable way. I will not only answer all of your questions, but I’ll answer all the questions you may not know to ask. I’m always happy to answer follow-up questions via email.
Whether you have a specific trip in mind, or you’ve identified a park or region but you need help deciding exactly where to go and what to do, I can help you out.
You can draw on my deep experience, and I will help ensure your trip is a success.
“Michael, you provided invaluable guidance during our phone conversation. Some destinations such as Utah have so many options that it can be overwhelming. Your pointers made planning my trip easier. It felt like a friend providing useful, sincere advice. Thanks!”
—Armando (comment posted at bottom of this page)
Write to me and I will tell you whether I can answer your questions. (I usually can.) If you choose to have me help you out, you can submit your payment using the Support button below.
See comments from other readers whom I’ve helped plan a trip at the bottom of this page.
Scroll down this page for links to menus of all of my Ask Me posts, in which I share my responses to past reader questions; you may find some are helpful. The links below organize those posts in categories: Family Adventures, Gear, National Parks, Backpacking, Hiking, Skills, Paddling, International, and Skiing/Snow. If I answer your question, I might share it in a blog post, using only your first name and city, with your permission.
See also my downloadable e-guides to some of the best backpacking trips I’ve taken. You will also find helpful information and menus of all the stories at this blog about trips I’ve taken at my All Trips, Skills, and Gear Reviews pages.
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