Here’s How I Can Help You Plan Your Next Trip

By Michael Lanza

Do you have a backpacking trip or other outdoor adventure on your calendar for this year and questions about how to pull it off? Or do you want to take a big trip this summer or fall but have no plans yet? Whether it’s Sequoia, Glacier, Grand Canyon (the photo above shows me on the canyon’s Tonto Trail), Idaho’s Sawtooths, the Wind River Range, the Southwest, or many other destinations, I can show you exactly how to make your dream trip happen. Read on.

Right now is the time to plan it, and I can show you exactly how to make your dream trip happen.

There are basically three ways to tap into my expertise at The Big Outside: joining for access to all stories; buying a downloadable trip e-guide; and getting my custom trip planning. (Spoiler alert: Scroll down to number three to learn how I can give you a customized trip plan—or just click here for that.)

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Michael Lanza of The Big Outside on the summit of Clouds Rest, Yosemite National Park.
Me on the summit of Clouds Rest in Yosemite.

No. 1: Join The Big Outside

At The Big Outside, you’ll find hundreds of feature stories about the best hiking, backpacking, and other outdoor adventures in America and around the world. In them, you can read about my trips and view dozens of photos and (usually) a video, and use my expert advice on how to pull off these trips yourself. Most feature stories require a paid subscription to read, and that lets you read any story at my blog.

That advice saves you many hours of research and hundreds or thousands of dollars in guide or outfitter fees, and gives you the benefit of my decades of experience backpacking, hiking, and taking other adventures.

Click here now to join The Big Outside.

“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 am constantly expanding my bucket list after visiting.”

—Jason (comment posted at The Big Outside’s About page)

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No. 2: Buy an E-Guide

See my menu of downloadable, digital e-guides to numerous backpacking and hiking trips in flagship national parks and hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc.

For $8.95 to $19.95 per e-guide, you get much more detailed advice and expert guidance on planning each trip than is found in my feature stories.

Michael Lanza of The Big Outside backpacking the Redgap Pass Trail in Glacier National Park.
Me backpacking the Redgap Pass Trail in Glacier National Park.

That includes step-by-step advance-planning direction on matters like acquiring a backcountry permit, to often several options for daily hiking itineraries and campsites.

I currently offer e-guides to trips in Yosemite, Grand Teton, Glacier, Grand Canyon, and Zion national parks, and Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains, as well as hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc in the Alps of France, Italy, and Switzerland, and some of my expert hiking and backpacking tips.

Click here to see them all.

While you can purchase an e-guide without having a paid subscription, by buying a one-year subscription, you get one free or deeply discounted e-guide.


Plan your next great backpacking trip in Yosemite, Grand Teton, or other parks using my expert e-guides.


No. 3: Get My Custom Trip Planning

When you feel you want more than the information offered in my feature stories and e-guides—or you simply don’t have the time or expertise to plan a trip yourself—get my personal help planning your trip.

My Custom Trip Planning page explains how I will give you an in-depth, fully customized and complete trip-planning consult, covering all necessary pre-trip planning, from any required permit to questions about season and weather, logistics, itinerary, campsites, difficulty, and basic gear questions.

Plus, 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 many questions you didn’t think to ask.

“Just worked with Michael on planning a trip to the Grand Canyon. I’m a fairly experienced backpacker, but Michael’s vast experience is next level. I plan on hiring him for every trip from here on out!”

—Dave (comment posted at The Big Outside’s Custom Trip Planning page)

The Best Deal: A Premium Subscription

With a premium subscription, you get the best deal available at The Big Outside: a one-year subscription, your choice of any e-guide for free, PLUS one customized trip-planning consult—a $330 value for $289.95, saving you 33% off a one-year subscription (the biggest subscription discount that I offer).

Thanks for reading and following The Big Outside.


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4 thoughts on “Here’s How I Can Help You Plan Your Next Trip”

  1. Hi Michael! I’d just like to ask, do you prefer boots than running shoes? and may i know the brand that you are using to be exact? thank you.