Yosemite National Park
Just hearing the words
Yosemite National Park
conjures superlative images of legendary life-list
natural attractions: Half-Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, Tuolumne Meadows, North Dome,
It also brings to mind black bears, towering sequoias, mule-deer, the High Sierra,
world class rock climbing, Ansel Adams, and more black bears.
This is your opportunity to really see the Yosemite backcountry in a way that the
vast majority of visitors and crowds never do. Halfway through the trip, we'll visit
Yosemite Valley to spend a day in civilization before heading
out for a 2nd week in the backcountry and the legendary Half Dome. Is this the year you
finally see Yosemite?
The Yosemite National Park Fitpacking Trip will be from August 18-31, 2012. Here is the
Our journey will begin in Tuolumne Meadows in the Northeast part of Yosemite NP.
We'll start hiking towards Glen Aulin's thundering falls, to May Lake, North Dome, and
spectacular Yosemite Falls. After a day in Yosemite Valley, we'll head up to Glacier Point
and the deeply beautiful Panorama Trail. We'll spend a day in Little Yosemite Valley
summitting Half Dome and then head towards Merced Lake, Vogelsang and into Lyell Canyon
on the Pacific Crest Trail / John Muir Trail (they are the same in this area)
and finally back to Tuolumne Meadows.
The trails through Yosemite National Park are well groomed with good footing but
elevation gain and loss can be dramatic. Most days are under 10 miles, but on days when
you hike uphill most of the day, it's challenging. And hiking Half Dome, with thousands
of feet in vertical elevation change is a difficult, but immensely rewarding challenge.
Weather is always an important concern when hiking. Expect daytime hiking temperatures in the 70s
in the high country and 80s in the valley and nighttime temperatures in the 40s & 50s.
However, be prepared for the possibility of day temperatures into the 90s and nighttime
temperatures as low as 30. Also be prepared for the possibility of violent afternoon thunderstorms. They
may not come, but if they do, they typically bring a lot of lightning, thunder, and hail.
They can be dangerous (and beautiful) but are not long lived.
Here is the
is a Wilderness First Responder originally from Alpharetta, GA and has led Fitpacking trips to the Florida National
Scenic Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Redwood National Park, Crater Lake National Park and Yosemite National Park.
lives in Pleasanton, CA and is a Wilderness Medicine Institute certified Wilderness
First Responder. A life long outdoor enthusiast, Rick is the founder of the wilderness education site
Rick has been leading backpacking treks and teaching outdoor skills to both youth and adults for over 10 years.
Here is a
list of equipment
we suggest you bring.
The list is extensive and can seem daunting, but please don't let this deter you
from the trip. You can rent top notch quality gear for reasonable prices from
It may also be possible for us to provide some gear for you at a nominal fee if you let us
know far ahead of the trip. Unfortunately, we're not in the gear business so the selection of
our available inventory is unpredictable. Please feel free to
discuss any gear with us before the trip.
We don't believe in austere eating regimens. Backpacking is a rigorous, rewarding activity.
You must feed your body in order for it perform. Your body will dictate that you eat often, so it's important
to have fuel to feed it. Please check out the
is not comprehensive and may be altered or augmented. If you want to bring personal food, say a 5 pound
chocolate cake, go for it. You'll not only hate carrying it through the High Sierra, your
body will reject the empty calories and prefer nutritious food.
Note: On this trip, we will resupply food in Yosemite Valley. It is unknown what
trail food they will have on-hand, so be prepared for the menus to deviate from the stock
meals you see on the website
$1800 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a
room with another participant during the 2 hotel nights. You will also be responsible for
transportation to and from Reno, NV, personal equipment and any restaurant meals eaten off
the trail (except for the buffet breakfast at Curry Village in Yosemite Valley, which is
Covered expenses include 2 hotel nights, campground fees, 11+ days of
trail meals, ground transportation, National Park permits, insurance, and
2 awesome guides.