For more than two decades, as a former Northwest Editor for Backpacker magazine and running this blog, I have had the good fortune of hiking and backpacking all over America and the world. 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 and has made several best-blog lists.
Now you can tap into my expertise—saving your valuable time and avoiding problems.
For just $149.95 (for most requests), I’ll provide an in-depth, customized trip-planning consult. We will cover all necessary pre-trip planning, questions about season and weather, required permits, logistics, and basic gear questions, as well as how to execute your trip on the ground in the safest and most enjoyable way.
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. I will not only answer all of your questions—I will also answer all the questions you may not know to ask. And I’m always happy to answer any follow-up questions via email.
You can draw on my deep experience, and I can help you make your next trip safer, more enjoyable, and unforgettable!
If you have questions, or just to make sure I can help you with a specific trip, email me at email@example.com. (If I don’t respond soon, I’m probably in the backcountry, so thank you for your patience. I’ll respond asap.)
I look forward to hearing from you and helping you plan your next trip!
Ready for my help custom planning your trip? Get started below. Thank you for reading and supporting The Big Outside.
To anyone considering a backpacking trip, we’d highly recommend consulting with Michael. You will not regret it.
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!