Yosemite National Park began its phased reopening today. For the time being, only holders of wilderness and Half Dome permits are being allowed entry; visitation by the broader public sounds like it may start later next week.
This official news green-lights our guided trips in the park scheduled for July and September. Honestly, it’s a huge relief — the virus-related shutdowns upended my business this spring, forcing postponements of nine trips and outright cancellation of four.
In Yosemite we are offering two different types of trips:
The three-day Backpacking Fundamentals course is designed for beginner backpackers who wish to accelerate up the learning curve and avoid years of trial-and-error and thousands of dollars in regrettable purchases.
The five- and seven-day Adventures are most well suited for intermediate backpackers (and some ambitious beginners) who want to learn next-level skills and to undertake a more challenging trip than they would on their own. Specifically, we will be following sections of the Yosemite High Route.
Trip dates & availability
Before the virus struck, nearly all of the 2020 trips were full. In late-February, I think I had just three openings out of 240 total spots. But despite thoughtful Covid mitigation protocols, we’ve lost clients due to travel concerns and financial uncertainties. As of 1pm on Friday, June 5, our availability currently is:
- July 10-12 — Fundamentals, A and B: 3 spots
- July 13-19 — Adventure 7-day, A and B (both “High” intensity): 4 spots
- July 20-24 — Adventure 5-day, B session (“High”): 1 spot
Contact me if you have questions about the program or trips, or your suitability for these available sessions. Or, apply now.