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April 19, 2016 Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile.

Enter The Big Outside Reader Gear Makeover and Patagonia Trip Giveaway

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Osprey Aura AG 65 backpack.

Osprey Aura AG 65 backpack.

By Michael Lanza

Have you ever wished that you’d get lucky and win the great, new hiking and backpacking you really want, or maybe a trip of a lifetime to a world-famous destination like Patagonia? Well, you’re in luck. Starting today, I’m offering exactly those prizes in the biggest gear giveaway ever held since humans first slept in tents (or, at least, the biggest gear giveaway ever conducted at this blog): The Big Outside Reader Gear Makeover and Patagonia Trip Giveaway!

Enter now to win a new backpack, tent, boots, sleeping bag, trekking poles, and other gear from Osprey Packs, Big Agnes, Gore-Tex, Exped USA, Leki, Lifestraw, Helinox, and Honey Stinger, plus a 23-day trip for two to Patagonia. Continue reading →

Gear Giveaway: Osprey Atmos/Aura AG 65 Backpack

March 11, 2016  |  In Uncategorized   |   Tagged , , ,   |   Leave a comment
Osprey Atmos AG 65

Osprey Atmos AG 65

I believe it’s critically important that we raise kids with a love for the outdoors, whether it’s regularly taking them out in nature near home or on big wilderness adventures like backpacking in national parks. I’ve worked at doing that with my kids over the years. But many American kids don’t have the opportunities to experience the outdoors that my kids have had. That’s why I’m a strong supporter of the mission of Big City Mountaineers, an organization that introduces urban youths to the wilderness. And that’s why my 15-year-old son, Nate, and I, joined by five readers of The Big Outside, will attempt to climb the highest mountain in the Lower 48 states to raise money for BCM.

And starting today, you can enter to win an Osprey men’s Atmos AG 65 or women’s Aura AG 65 backpack by supporting our fundraising effort! Continue reading →

Gear Giveaway: Patagonia Dual Aspect Hoody

January 26, 2016  |  In Uncategorized   |   Tagged   |   Leave a comment
Patagonia Dual Aspect Hoody

Patagonia Dual Aspect Hoody

What if you could find one jacket that serves as on-the-go insulation in cool to cold temperatures, functions as both a middle layer and an outer layer that sheds snow and light rain like a soft-shell jacket, but breathes better than most soft shells, so that you rarely take it off? Patagonia’s Dual Aspect Hoody does all of that, and it rises above even many of the cutting-edge, breathable-insulation apparel pieces out there.

And I’m giving away a men’s or women’s Patagonia Dual Aspect Hoody right now at The Big Outside. Continue reading →

January 13, 2016 Lizard Head Plateau, Wind River Range, Wyoming.

Gear Giveaway: A $200 Gift Card

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Are you thinking you want a new pack, tent, jacket, or other piece of outdoor gear or clothing, but not sure you can afford it? No worries, I got your back… well, with some help from, which is sponsoring a $200 gift card raffle right now at The Big Outside! Continue reading →

Gear Giveaway: A Set of Osprey Ultralight Dry Sacks

December 11, 2015  |  In Uncategorized   |   Tagged ,   |   1 Comment
Osprey Ultralight Dry Sacks

Osprey Ultralight Dry Sacks

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 →

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