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 firstname.lastname@example.org. (If I don’t respond quickly, I’m probably in the backcountry, so thank you for your patience. I’ll respond asap. Please contact me at least a few weeks before your trip dates.)
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. 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 planning consult.
Mike helped us plan a backpacking trip on the Teton Crest Trail. I couldn’t have done it without him. He helped us with every detail including which campsites were best to stay at and how to navigate the permit process. We’ll be turning to Mike for future trips for sure!
Michael is the man! His knowledge and detail are invaluable. We’ve been planning trips with him for the last 3 seasons, and our last 5 outings. My family wouldn’t have it any other way. Couldn’t recommend him more.