Like The Big Outside? Please Support My Work

Posted On December 13, 2015 at 11:59 pm by / Comments Off on Like The Big Outside? Please Support My Work

By Michael Lanza

More than five years ago, I launched this blog and website with a simple goal: to offer stories, photos, and expert trip-planning advice on America’s and the world’s best outdoor adventures—including many that are great for families—based on my on-the-ground, first-hand knowledge from having done all of the trips myself. Since then, it has grown into a popular online source for stories about hiking, backpacking, paddling, and other adventures, as well as my gear reviews and my tips on outdoor skills. Most gratifyingly for me, The Big Outside has inspired families and others to get outdoors.

Will you help me continue publishing this blog? It’s easy. Here’s how.

The Big Outside has grown into my full-time job and I want to continue producing it. I rely, in part, on the support of readers like you.

You can help support my work on this blog without it costing you a dime: Just make your gear purchases through any link to online retailers at The Big Outside (which you’ll find in most of my gear reviews and in many stories, like the one below this paragraph); I earn a commission for sales generated through my site. You’ll actually find some of the best prices on outdoor gear and apparel here, including in the Best Gear Discounts that I spotlight and regularly update in the left sidebar on every page at this site.



Also, if you like what you see here, I ask you now to please help me continue producing The Big Outside by making a donation of any amount using the Support button at the top of the left sidebar or below (you can use a credit card or PayPal).

You’ve found my blog because of stories from world-class adventures like hiking in the Grand Canyon (the photo below of me was taken on a 25-mile dayhike in the canyon earlier this year) and New Zealand (the lead photo, above, was shot on the Kepler Track in Fiordland National Park last March), and authoritative stories like “Tent Flap With a View: 25 Favorite Backcountry Campsites,” my tips on ultralight backpacking, and my “10 Tips For Raising Outdoors-Loving Kids,” which now has over 15,000 Facebook likes.

Just off the Tonto Trail east of Salt Creek in the Grand Canyon.

Just off the Tonto Trail east of Salt Creek in the Grand Canyon.

The expertise I bring to The Big Outside (as Backpacker magazine’s former longtime Northwest Editor and primary gear reviewer) is why my blog made USA Today’s Readers Choice list of Top 10 Hiking and Outdoors Bloggers in 2014, and FlipKey, a Trip Advisor site, named my blog a Top 10 Outdoor Travel Blogger in 2015. I was also asked to sit on a panel of hiking experts who nominated the list of hikes in the 2015 USA Today Readers Choice 10 Best National Parks Hikes poll. Read more about me and this blog—and many comments from readers—at my About page (where I’d love it if you also posted a comment).

One of the great pleasures of writing this blog is interacting with my readers through emails, comments on stories and at my About page, through Facebook and Twitter, and through my Ask Me feature. I appreciate the many nice compliments that readers send, but I also like to hear from people like you about what you think of The Big Outside and what you’d like to see. You can write to me anytime, with questions or comments, at mlanza@thebigoutside.com.

Thanks for following my blog and website; I hope you subscribe using the Subscribe box in the left sidebar or at my About page.

I also hope you take a moment now to make a donation of any amount using the Support button (above).

And thank you for being a fan of The Big Outside.

The Big Outside is proud to partner with Osprey Packs. Please help support my blog by liking and following my sponsors on Facebook and other social media and telling them you appreciate their support for The Big Outside.







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