Custom Trip Planning
I can help you plan the best backpacking, hiking, or family adventure of your life.
For almost three decades, as a past Northwest Editor for Backpacker magazine and many years 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 $299.95 (for most requests), I’ll give you an in-depth, customized trip-planning consult. We will cover all necessary pre-trip planning, questions about season and weather, required permits, logistics, a hiking itinerary, recommended campsites, and 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 need help deciding where to go and what to do, I can help. 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!
Want my custom trip planning PLUS a one-year subscription to The Big Outside at more than 30% off? Buy a premium subscription and you’ll also get a free e-guide! Or sign up for a Talk to Michael subscription and get a brainstorming phone conversation and emails with me plus numerous other benefits.
If you have questions, or just to make sure I can help you with a specific trip, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. (If I don’t respond quickly, I’m probably in the backcountry, so thank you for your patience. It’s best to contact me at least a few weeks before your trip dates—or months in advance for popular national parks.)
I look forward to 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. Hiking and backpacking is a personal choice and requires that YOU understand that you are personally responsible for any actions you may take based on the information you receive in a custom trip plan.
Purchase a Premium Subscription and get a one-year subscription to The Big Outside at 33% off the usual price PLUS one custom trip plan and a free e-guide (a $380 value for $339.95).
Or choose my premier Talk to Michael Subscription and get the perks of a premium subscription along with a comprehensive phone consult and unlimited emails to talk trip brainstorming, gear, skills coaching, and answer all of your questions, plus other benefits (a $530 value for $449.95).
What Other Readers Are Saying
“I wanted to find an expert on wilderness backpacking with kids and I couldn’t have been more fortunate to find Michael! My 15-year old daughter and I are headed on our first backpacking adventure to Grand Teton National Park. Michael’s expertise in backpacking, planning, outfitting, permits, itinerary, conditioning, and team building has been invaluable. We refer to him as ‘coach Michael’ and we highly recommend him to any family considering a backpacking adventure.”John
Michael helped me plan my solo John Muir Trail thru-hike, and the process was beyond what I expected. He provided personal tips and perspectives from his own experiences as well as insight into what he’s seen others try and buy. He has amassed a wealth of detailed information about gear, training, trails, permits, regulations, transit, and all the details I knew would be a nightmare to suss out alone. It’s really more like having a wilderness coach than what we’ve come to expect from the boom of digital “expert resources.” Excited to plan another trip with him soon!Lauren
Just back from an amazing 5-day trip in the Sawtooth Mountains. Michael really took the time to understand my priorities, goals, and comfort level and crafted a route that was clearly tailored uniquely to me. Most important, Michael’s itinerary was significantly different from—and better than—anything I would have come up with on my own. After this experience, I am unlikely to ever go on a backpacking trip without securing Michael’s planning help.Ezra