Wanted: Endurance athlete to join stud Yosemite group

Upper watershed of the Tuolumne River as seen from the Pacific Crest Trail

Update, 6:45pm MT. The final spot on Yosemite A has been filled. If you were interested in this trip, please contact me anyway so that I can notify you when my 2013 guiding schedule is finalized; I will probably offer this 7-day trip again in Yosemite next year too. There are openings still on some of the other trips I am offering this year, including a 7-day Yosemite trip that will be more casual than the A trip; other trips with space are in Rocky Mountain National Park and Porcupine State Park in Michigan.

I’m looking for one more person to fill the Yosemite A Wilderness Adventure, scheduled for September 16-22. During this intermediate/advanced-level, 7-day/6-night trip, we will explore the upper watershed of either the Tuolumne or Merced Rivers, both of which are encompassed by Yosemite National Park. These are very remote parts of Yosemite: we will travel extensively off-trail and will probably go several days without seeing anyone.

I will be guiding the trip, assisted by legendary thru-hiker “Flyin’ Brian” Robinson.

The trip’s roster currently has five endurance studs on it:

  • Randy, 55: runs 55-90 miles per week, hiked the JMT in 2010
  • Girard, 27: hiker and mountaineer
  • John, 37: normally hikes 25 miles/day on-trail, did 9-day trip in Alaska’s Wrangell’s last year
  • Doug, 58: marathoner and ultra-marathoner, did 7-day 120-mile trip in Sierra last year
  • Bob, 50: year-round runner and cross-country skier, did JMT in 2010

The sixth group member ideally should be of comparable fitness and experience (though I’ll be more lenient on experience since I can get you up to speed before the during the trip). Just as important, you should consider the mental and physical challenges of long days and rugged terrain (15-20 miles per day when on-trail, and a similar effort when off-trail) as a valuable part of your trip experience. This trip isn’t for everybody, but some (including myself usually) think it’s “fun.”

// Learn more about Yosemite A and other Wilderness Adventures

If you’re interested in this spot, contact me, or just go ahead and register for this trip.

Posted in on June 19, 2012


  1. Andrew W on June 19, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Oh, I wish I could. So bad. Stupid school. Oh yeah, and that whole money problem … 😉

  2. Andrew Skurka on June 19, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Yosemite A has been filled.

    If you’re interested in this type of trip, email me anyway so that I can notify you next year when I finalize my guiding schedule, which will probably happen around January.

    There are still spots available for the 7-day Yosemite C trip, which will be more casual than this one — probably 10-15 miles per day when on-trail, and an equal effort when off-trail.

    There is also space on my 3-day trips in Rocky Mountain National Park and Porcupine Mountains State Park in Michigan.

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