VIA Contributors

Behind every VIA article there's an intrepid reporter risking sunburn on an exotic Tahitian cruise, indigestion on San Francisco's best food tours, and over-exfoliation in the West Coast's most relaxing spas. These are the men and women who lived to tell the tale.

Michael Lanza

Michael Lanza is the northwest editor of Backpacker and the author of several books on hiking. In addition to being an avid backcountry skier, and cyclist, he has hiked and climbed extensively in the Western United States as well as in Canada, Iceland, New Zealand, and Scotland. He makes his home in Boise, Idaho. Visit his Web site at