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By Michael Lanza
The imminent end of summer always feels a little melancholy. After all, it marks the close of the prime season for getting into the mountains. But it also signals the beginning of a time of year when many mountain ranges become less crowded just as they’re hitting a sweet zone in terms of temperatures, the lack of bugs, and fall foliage color. Autumn also stands out as an ideal season for many canyon hikes, with moderate temperatures and even some stunning color.
From Yosemite to the White Mountains (lead photo, above), Grand Canyon to Grand Teton, the Great Smokies to the Olympics, and more, here are 10 of my favorite backpacking trips that are best served up in fall.
Mark Fenton above the Lyell Fork of Merced River Canyon, Yosemite National Park.
No. 1 Yosemite National Park
Want to know the hardest thing about backpacking in Yosemite? Getting the permit. Well, okay, the hiking itself can be tough at times. But the competition for backcountry permits in this flagship park is stiff, especially for popular trailheads in and around Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows. That’s why backpackers in the know go after Labor Day. While early-season snowstorms occasionally slam the High Sierra in autumn, nice weather often lingers through September and well into October—my favorite time in the High Sierra.
With the population pressure eased up in late summer and autumn, you can often score a walk-in permit—without a reservation—for a five-star hike of almost any distance, hitting top Yosemite summits like Clouds Rest and Mount... Read More »
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I realized recently that a year had passed since I have had a personal car. No fan fare really, more I just looked at the calendar and realized it. So what better way to celebrate than to drive home a petty point? Our local...
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Camping in Utah is one of my favorite ways to experience this beautiful state. It’s home to some of the world’s most extraordinary landscapes including sweeping deserts, breathtaking rock formations, rolling hills, rich farmland, forested mountains, and snowcapped peaks. Your options include tent camping, RV camping, and even free camping. Set up camp in National […]
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By Michael Lanza
It’s the coolest, most fascinating traffic jam you’ll ever get stuck in—if a little unnerving, too—and something of an iconic experience in the world’s first national park. On a visit to Yellowstone, after a couple of days of hiking, I was driving south between Mammoth and Norris on my way home when I got stuck in a line of vehicles stopped by a large herd of bison walking up the road. Yes, we were in a bison jam, and I captured it on this video.
I’ve visited and driven through Yellowstone National Park many times over the years, in all seasons. I’ve been stopped on a park road many times by herds of bison (it’s not that unusual) and by herds of humans parking right in the road to take photos of wildlife. (On this particular visit, in fact, I was driving north toward Tower Junction at dusk, after hiking Mount Washburn, when I ran into a line of cars whose drivers had stopped to shoot pictures of a large black bear grazing beside the road.)
I was even once cross-country skiing by myself in the Midway Geyser Basin area when I came upon a herd of hundreds of bison, filling the entire valley before me. When one of those behemoths suddenly starting sprinting straight at me, from a distance, I quickly looked at the only tree within a quarter-mile of me and wondered how quickly I could get my skis off and get up it. I got lucky that day: That bison inexplicably veered off in another direction. I’m not even sure whether it noticed me.
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By Michael Lanza
From the rainforest of the North Cascades and Olympic National Park to New England, from the Tour du Mont Blanc to New Zealand (lead photo, above), I’ve carried a backpack through many fierce, sustained downpours. I’ve tried virtually every strategy imaginable to keep my clothing and gear inside my pack dry—some which have failed spectacularly, and some which have worked flawlessly, no matter how wet I got. In this story, I share my seven top tricks for how I keep the rain from getting anywhere near my dry clothes, sleeping bag, and other contents of my pack.
Fiona Wilhelm trekking through rain on the Italian section of the Tour du Mont Blanc.
#1 Pack Your Gear in Waterproof Stuff Sacks
Most backpacks, of course, are not waterproof (because of the expense and that making them waterproof restricts other design options and makes them heavier). For most backpacking trips, I prefer waterproof or water-resistant stuff sacks over a rain cover because I... Read More »
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By Michael Lanza
As we near the top of Mount Flume in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, the first of nine summits we hope to reach today, a light shower begins falling. It seems a less-than-ideal portent near the front end of one of the longest and hardest days of hiking any of us has ever undertaken—especially for three people somewhere between two and three decades past their hiking prime. But this only strikes us as one more in a long list of reasons to... Read More »
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