“Wait a minute? You’re offering guided trips this year?”
Indeed, earlier this spring I decided to offer trips again in 2017. My original thought was to open them only to alumni, some of whom have be waiting a few years to take a longer trip with me, and then launch a broader program in 2018.
But the alumni interest was so strong that to make room for everyone I decided to double capacity. Of the six sessions, five still have some space on them, and these spots are up for grabs. I am accepting applications immediately.
Each session will have two guides and up to eight clients. I am guiding half of the sessions. My assistant, or the guides leading the sister session, will be the all-star crew of Alan Dixon, Mike Clelland, and Brian Robinson. Refer to the schedule below for guide assignments, if you have a preference. Honestly, you can’t go wrong.
The trips will take place in late-September in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park, the southern bookend of California’s High Sierra. The primary goal is adventure — we will travel extensively off-trail and camp in seldom visited areas of the park. Early-winter weather could add some spice, too.
But the trips will also be learning-intensive. Ultimately, my goal is for clients to feel as if they could undertake a similarly ambitious trip on their own, such as when Rud, Krishna, and Nathan completed Loop 8 of the Wind River High Route and when David, Paul, and Chris did Loop 1 of the Kings Canyon High Basin Route.
Speaking of, some of our routes will follow segments of the KCHBR. We will also be visiting the Mineral King area, which has been on my list for years for but which hasn’t happened until now.
I have partnered with Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides to make these trips possible. This allows me to focus on guiding, while SYMG manages the related admin.
Here is the schedule with real-time registration numbers:
Interested? Quick links:
- Guided Trips page
- About High Sierra Adventure trips
- Planning map with trailheads, approximate routes, and nearby travel hubs
- Apply now