For almost three decades, as a former Northwest Editor for Backpacker magazine and many years unning 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 $199.95 (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!
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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. Please contact me at least a few weeks before your trip dates.)
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-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!
Just worked with Michael on planning a trip to the Grand Canyon and he was incredibly helpful. I’m a fairly experienced backpacker, but wow, Michael’s vast experience is next level. I hope he continues to do trip planning because I plan on hiring him for every backpacking trip from here on out!!!