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By Michael Lanza

You’re trying to plan a backpacking trip to a classic national park like Yosemite, Grand Teton, Glacier, Zion, Grand Canyon, or some other park or wilderness area—but you’re not quite sure how to do it. Or the permit process and planning feel overwhelming. Or you want to ensure it’s the best trip possible. Or you just don’t have time to do all that planning and would rather have an expert do it for you.

Well, you have just landed on your solution.

For three decades, including 10 years that I spent as the Northwest Editor for Backpacker magazine and even longer 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.

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Right now, you can tap into my deep experience through my personalized custom trip planning—saving your valuable time and avoiding problems.

“Michael has opened up America’s spectacular outdoors to me, my son, and my best friend. For a few years now, I have been using his services and advice to visit some of the most beautiful national parks, and we have been able to do hikes that would have been otherwise very hard to plan without his detailed and thorough advice. From choosing where to go tailored to your level of fitness and outdoor knowledge and the time of the year, to every little detail regarding gear, food, permit (this would be particularly impossible without the knowledge of someone like him), etc., he provides a complete plan for any adventure. For us, everything has gone smoothly every time. I look forward to the many trips he will plan for us over the years to come.”

—Johann (comment posted at my Custom Trip Planning page)

Michael Lanza of The Big Outside at Pitamakan Pass in Glacier National Park.
Me at Pitamakan Pass in Glacier National Park.

Expert Custom Trip Planning

Through my custom trip planning, you receive an in-depth trip plan from me—shaped by our back-and-forth communication to create the best trip for you—that covers all necessary planning, gear tips, permits, a daily hiking itinerary with recommended campsites and more.

I will tell you how to execute your trip on the ground in the safest and most enjoyable way, answering all of your questions—and probably questions you didn’t think to ask.

Get the same positive experience that scores of other backpackers have enjoyed. See my Custom Trip Planning page for details and comments from people like you whom I’ve helped plan a very successful adventure.

Just back from an amazing five-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 (comment posted at my Custom Trip Planning page)

Michael Lanza of The Big Outside in the Cirque of the Towers, Wind River Range, Wyoming.
Me descending from Texas Pass into the Cirque of the Towers in the Wind River Range.

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With a premium subscription, you get the best deal available at The Big Outside: a one-year subscription at more than 30% off the regular price, your choice of any e-guide for free, exclusive member gear discounts, PLUS one custom trip plan from me.

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Wondering whether I can help you? Email me at [email protected].

“Have done several trips with Michael… and he NAILED it again. We did the Alta Via 2 in the Italian Dolomites. Best scenery in my 45 years of backpacking. Michael’s trip planning was critical as choosing the routes and rifugios can be prohibitively time-consuming. Lots to consider from the altitude/distance each day to the ‘exposure’ of the trails. Michael’s planning made that part simple and enabled us to not only do something we would otherwise not had the time to do, but to focus on having fun and the scenery vs. being worried about logistics! As I have said, he has worked with us on domestic US/Canada trips as well, taking a lot of the time and work out of planning. I highly recommend him and his amazing breadth of experience.”

—John (comment posted at my Custom Trip Planning page)


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