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The Big Outside

Michael LanzaHello, my name is Michael Lanza and I created The Big Outside with a simple mission: to offer stories, images, and expert trip-planning advice on America’s and the world’s best hiking, backpacking and other outdoor adventures.

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E-Guides

Ready for your next trip? My downloadable e-guides are written from first-hand experience and go in-depth on the 'how' of amazing trips around the globe.

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My Book

Read my award-winning book, Before They’re Gone—A Family’s Year-Long Quest to Explore America’s Most Endangered National Parks.

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The Big Outside has been an incredible source of inspiration and a very helpful guide for planning my outdoor adventures over the past couple years, as well a go-to source for reliable gear reviews. Thank you so much for sharing this wealth of knowledge and experience.

Brad

Your blog has given me inspiration for so many of my family’s backpacking trips. Thanks for all you do—it certainly makes a difference in our lives, and it’s reassuring knowing that we have such a knowledgeable resource to turn to when we plan our trips into the backcountry with our kids.

Nancy

The Big Outside is the BEST place for backpacking and hiking information! Everything from the trip reports, e-guides, and gear reviews are really top notch. I enjoy the site tremendously and am constantly expanding my bucket list after visiting this site.

Jason

 

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