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.”