For almost three decades, as a former 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, avoiding problems, and ensuring you have the best experience possible.
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 your gear questions and my recommendations, as well as how to execute your trip on the ground in the safest and most enjoyable way for you.
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 safe, more enjoyable, and unforgettable!
Want my custom trip planning PLUS a one-year subscription to The Big Outside at 30% off? Buy a premium subscription and you’ll also get a free e-guide! 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 any topic on your mind.
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 are 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 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!
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.