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By Michael Lanza
How’s it feel to be a conservationist in America today? Does it feel like people who want the government to protect the environment—which is a large majority of Americans—suddenly find themselves losing a war that it seemed we had already won?
These are strange and frustrating times for conservation. We have to wonder: How could so many Americans believe that climate science is bogus—or even a “hoax,” as a certain world leader calls it? How could so many of our countrymen and women applaud as the current White House takes an axe to the agency created four decades ago to protect the very environment we live in? Or buy into the corrupt notion that ceding control of our prized public lands to private interests could, in any way, be in our public interest? Continue reading →
By Michael Lanza
Starting today, this blog takes a necessary step forward: I’ve launched a paid-subscription system. I’m inviting you, as a regular reader of my blog, to join now, at a nominal cost, and continue having access to the high-quality stories and images you’ve enjoyed at The Big Outside. Continue reading →
Looking for a perfect gift for someone who’s a backpacker, avid dayhiker, or climber… or maybe an early holiday gift for yourself? To celebrate the holiday season, Osprey Packs has generously offered to sponsor a giveaway at The Big Outside of a complete set of five of their Ultralight Dry Sacks, a $97 value. I use these roll-top stuff sacks to keep everything from extra clothing to personal items and my sleeping bag dry through the heaviest rain, including virtually any circumstances short of full immersion. The smallest are under an ounce, the largest under two ounces—perfect for backpacking and long dayhikes and technical climbs in the mountains.
Enter my giveaway right now of a complete set of five Osprey Ultralight Dry Sacks, in sizes from three liters to 30 liters, at The Big Outside. Continue reading →
Could you please recommend a four- to five-day backcountry trip in the Grand Teton Range that could include campsites located outside of the park (maybe the Jedediah Smith Wilderness area), so I would not need to get an overnight permit in the park? I do have a one-night permit for Paintbrush Canyon, so I was hoping to make that my last night for camping inside the park, then walk out to Jenny Lake on the last day. I was thinking the starting point could be around the top of Rendezvous Peak via the tramway? I have done day hikes in the Tetons, but never a backcountry trip, so I would appreciate your input. I’m going to be going the last week of August. I have basic skills with compass and map reading, so some off trail hiking is okay. I’m looking for solitude and will be solo hiking. Thank you for your time. Much appreciated!
Gary Continue reading →
I’ve always believed that outfitting my kids with good-quality gear helps guarantee they’ll want to go backpacking again. Osprey’s Ace series of backpacks for kids, built to comfortably fit a wide range of children’s body sizes, make it a little easier to turn your child into a backpacker.
And right now, you can win an Osprey Ace 38, Ace 50, or Ace 75 kids backpack for your child in my giveaway at The Big Outside. Continue reading →