New E-Guides

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Does it seem like most hiking and backpacking guidebooks tell you all the basic information about a hike—how long it is, where to start and finish, when to turn left or right, and the names of flowers and trees along the way—but still leave you with many questions about how to plan and pull off that trip? Are you left wondering where to begin and what to expect?

I know. My bookshelves are full of those guidebooks. (I’ve written some.)

In my affordable, downloadable, single-trip e-guides, I focus on details like the best time of year to do a hike, the smartest time of day for certain sections, the best strategy for avoiding crowds on popular hikes, and planning an itinerary that hits the highlights, lands the best campsites, and is appropriate for everyone involved. Those details make a hike more enjoyable.

My unique and very thorough trip-planning advice is what most distinguishes my e-guides from other guides.

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Free Sample Partial E-Book to the Teton Crest Trail in Grand Teton National Park

This free sample e-guide partially duplicates The Complete Guide to Backpacking the Teton Crest Trail in Grand Teton National Park (available for sale elsewhere on this page), providing you with a free look at an example of the e-guides offered for sale at The Big Outside.

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The Complete Guide to Trekking Iceland’s Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls Trails

Long considered one of the world’s greatest trails, Iceland’s 34-mile/55k Laugavegur Trail begins amid the lava fields of Landmannalaugar, climbing through hills where steam issues from scores of thermal features below surreal peaks painted in a chaotic rainbow of electric colors. The trail crosses snowfields, river valleys, and stark, flat plains of volcanic rock flanked by vividly green mountains. At …

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The Complete Guide to Backpacking the Wonderland Trail in Mount Rainier National Park

There simply is no multi-day hike in the contiguous United States that compares with the Wonderland Trail around Mount Rainier—because there’s no mountain in the Lower 48 like glacier-clad, 14,410-foot Mount Rainier. Backpacking the Wonderland Trail, one repeatedly sees Rainier fill the horizon at a seemingly unbelievable scale, a sight always thrilling and inspiring. You will cross meadows choked with …

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The Best Backpacking Trip in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains

Possessing national park-caliber scenery without the crowds and competition for permits, this 36-mile hike through the heart of Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains will take you on a grand tour of some of the very finest mountain lakes in the Sawtooths, hiking below numerous long, jagged ridgelines and across four mountain passes over 9,000 feet.

The Complete Guide to Backpacking the Teton Crest Trail in Grand Teton National Park

Few wilderness backpacking trips in the country measure up, step for step, to a multi-day trek along the incomparable Teton Crest Trail in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park. Variously 35 to 39 miles, depending on the route you hike, the TCT delivers a consummate backpacking experience.

The Best First Backpacking Trip in the Grand Canyon

If there’s an archetypal Grand Canyon trek, backpacking rim to rim is it. Traversing the canyon brings backpackers on a uniquely scenic and challenging tour of one of the planet’s greatest natural wonders.

The Best First Backpacking Trip in Yosemite

Looking for a magnificent, first backpacking trip in Yosemite that hits all the famous highlights and is beginner-friendly? This 37.2-mile loop from Yosemite Valley in the core of the park is the one for you.

The Best Backpacking Trip in Glacier National Park

With vertiginous cliffs and peaks, numerous waterfalls and cascades, crack-riddled glaciers plastering mountainsides, and raw wilderness where a range of wildlife long gone from most of the continent thrives in shocking abundance, Glacier National Park embodies the highest aspirations of backpackers.

The Best Backpacking Trip in the Grand Canyon

I felt dubious when a backcountry ranger who’s hiked every mile of trail in the Grand Canyon told me this is the park’s best backpacking trip. After all, there isn’t a mediocre hike in the canyon. Then I backpacked this route and found out he was right.

The Best Backpacking Trip in Yosemite

Looking for the complete Yosemite backpacking trip? This 74-mile hike south of Tuolumne Meadows hits iconic, must-see features in Yosemite’s backcountry as well as some of its most remote and lonely wilderness.