Author: Michael Lanza

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Photo Gallery: Mountain Lakes of Idaho’s Sawtooths

Photo Gallery: Mountain Lakes of Idaho’s Sawtooths

By Michael Lanza I may be risking an impassioned debate here, but I think there are very few mountain ranges in America with as many drop-dead [...]
Idaho Wilderness Trail Maps and Overview

Idaho Wilderness Trail Maps and Overview

By Michael Lanza Want to hike the most remote and wild long-distance trail in the Lower 48? The Idaho Wilderness Trail stretches for 296 miles [...]
Photo Gallery: Hiking the Kolob Canyons of Zion National Park

Photo Gallery: Hiking the Kolob Canyons of Zion National Park

By Michael Lanza Hiking in the Kolob Canyons area of Zion National Park, you get down to business with five-star scenery with your first step [...]
Photo Gallery: Backpacking the Ruby Crest Trail

Photo Gallery: Backpacking the Ruby Crest Trail

By Michael Lanza Under a hot sun, but with a nice breeze keeping us cool, on our second day backpacking the Ruby Crest Trail in Nevada’s Ruby [...]
Photo Gallery: Backpacking the High Uintas Wilderness

Photo Gallery: Backpacking the High Uintas Wilderness

By Michael Lanza Early on the third morning of a six-day hike through Utah’s High Uintas Wilderness, I walked to the shore of the Fourth Chain [...]
Review: Black Diamond Technician Hiking-Approach Shoes

Review: Black Diamond Technician Hiking-Approach Shoes

Hiking/Approach ShoesBlack Diamond Technician$135, 1 lb. 4 oz. (US men’s 10/Euro 43)Sizes: US men’s 6-14, women’s 5.5-11 backcountry.com My su [...]
How to Get a Last-Minute Yosemite Wilderness Permit Now

How to Get a Last-Minute Yosemite Wilderness Permit Now

By Michael Lanza You just decided you’d like to backpack in Yosemite this year and realized you’re months late in reserving a wilderness permi [...]
Review: Slingfin SplitWing Ultralight Backpacking Shelter

Review: Slingfin SplitWing Ultralight Backpacking Shelter

Breathable Insulated JacketOutdoor Research Refuge Hooded Jacket$199, 1 lb. 2 oz. (men’s medium)Sizes: men’s S-XL, women’s XS-XLslingfin.com O [...]
A Survival Guide For the Outdoors Lover Who’s a New Parent

A Survival Guide For the Outdoors Lover Who’s a New Parent

By Michael Lanza So, you’ve been an avid [circle all appropriate terms: hiker/backpacker/climber/trail runner/skier/kayaker] for years, and no [...]
The Best Guide to Backpacking the Zion Narrows

The Best Guide to Backpacking the Zion Narrows

By Michael Lanza The sound of rushing water increased in volume and the canyon walls pressed in close and reached toward the sliver of sky ove [...]
Video: How to Pack a Backpack

Video: How to Pack a Backpack

By Michael Lanza Wonder why I’m smiling in the above photo? Well, sure, two friends and I were hiking the incredibly scenic Besseggen Ridge in [...]
Why and When to Spend More on Hiking and Backpacking Gear

Why and When to Spend More on Hiking and Backpacking Gear

By Michael Lanza You need a new backpack, backpacking tent, rain jacket, boots, or a sleeping bag. You’ve read reviews. You’ve winnowed your s [...]
10 Tips For Spending Less on Hiking and Backpacking Gear

10 Tips For Spending Less on Hiking and Backpacking Gear

By Michael Lanza My first tent cost about 75 bucks. It was a bit heavy and bulky for backpacking. I called it the Wind Sock because it snapped [...]
Review: Oboz Sawtooth X Mid Waterproof Boots

Review: Oboz Sawtooth X Mid Waterproof Boots

Hiking and Backpacking BootsOboz Sawtooth X Mid Waterproof$165, 2 lbs. 7 oz. (US men’s size 9)Sizes: men’s 7-15, women’s 5-12moosejaw.com Betw [...]
Photo Gallery: 32 Gorgeous Backcountry Lakes

Photo Gallery: 32 Gorgeous Backcountry Lakes

By Michael Lanza Water makes up about 60 percent of our bodies—and, I suspect, 100 percent of our hearts. We crave it not only physically, for [...]
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