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Difficulty descriptions are by nature very subjective. The categories below represent generalized distinctions in terrain, level of commitment, time spent at elevation and overall trip duration. Level of commitment refers to the ability to opt out of activities such as peak ascents from a base camp. A committing trip requires a daily mileage to be completed each day.
These trips typically travel on groomed trails at a leisurely pace. You can expect maintained trails, gentle grades and more flexibility in terms of your destination for the day. Hikers will carry mainly the essentials in a light daypack and travel anywhere from 3 to 8 miles depending on the trip or preference.
These include hiking, backpacking, or stock-supported trips that take place mostly on maintained trails to get to camp. These trips hike into a set basecamp and then offer optional destinations with varying degrees of challenge. You can expect modest climbs on uneven terrain. Total distances are often 4-7 miles of hiking per day over 3-4 days of hiking.
These trips include on- and off-trail hiking or backpacking or stock-supported trips. The trails can consist of uneven terrain with modest to difficult climbs and some steep passes (gains of 1000-2000’). These trips are typically 3-5 days in duration but can be longer. For backpacking trips, they can include carrying a fully weighted pack (30-42lbs) and travel 6-10 miles per day.
These trips include on- and off-trail hiking, backpacking or stock-supported trips with uneven terrain and steep grades and passes. These trips are more physically and mentally challenging and usually 7-8 days in duration. For backpacking trips, pack weight will consist of (30-40lbs). Because these types of trips have a required mileage to complete each day, the level of commitment is high. Trips in this category spend significant time at higher elevations and often cover 8-12+ miles per day with average gains/losses of 1,500-3,000’ per day. The most successful people on these trips have some prior overnight backcountry experience.
These trips include on- and off-trail hiking or backpacking on uneven terrain with steep grades. These trips travel 10-12+ miles per day and can vary from 8-21 days in length. Given the mileage and duration, there is an increased amount of physical and mental challenge throughout the trip. Pack weights will consist of 35-45lbs depending on the resupply schedule. Because these types of trips have a required mileage to complete each day, the level of commitment to reach your destination is high. The most successful people on these trips have extensive overnight backcountry experience.
We will be spending the day hiking and sightseeing within Yosemite National Park. Yosemite is steeped in history, being the former home of some of America’s foremost conservationists including John Muir and Ansel Adams and is one of America’s first National Parks. On this outing, we’ll visit the famous lookout at Glacier Point, looming high above Yosemite Valley and directly across from the iconic Half Dome. We’ll marvel at the glacially-carved Yosemite Valley, and consider what it must have been like when this entire region was covered in ice thousands of feet thick. After some time for pictures and contemplation, we’ll lace up our boots and set out to the South Rim of Yosemite Valley. We can visit Taft Point, perched out over the valley with unique views of the famous El Capitan. We can continue on to the summit of Sentinel Dome, with 360-degree views of the Sierra High Country and great views of the powerful Yosemite Falls, North America’s Highest Waterfall.
SYMG guides are professional, highly experienced and enjoyable people to be around. All have spent years perfecting their interpretive and mountain skills in and around Yosemite and look forward to not only teaching and guiding you in these spectacular locations, but getting to know you as well. Your guide is there to help you have the most fulfilling day possible in Yosemite. Tell your guide your goals and s/he will do their best to meet your needs in a safe and enjoyable manner. All SYMG guides are professionally trained and hold advanced medical certifications. Gratuities are accepted and appreciated for a job well done.
All levels of hiking are available. This includes short hikes focusing on the natural and human history of the area to more challenging longer hikes.
The guide(s) carries a map, water filter, and first aid and emergency items. Some guides may also carry binoculars, bird books, and/or other natural history guides for your use. Wear a broken-in pair of hiking boots or trail shoes and expect the springtime conditions to be a bit damp and cool. We always recommend bringing a lightweight rain jacket just in case. Optional items include camera, binoculars, field guides, etc. Please refrain from cell phone use, as other members of your party are seeking a wilderness experience.
YOUR PRICE INCLUDES: Your personal, professional mountain guide
NOT INCLUDED: Personal gear, lunch, water, gratuity for guide (10-20% of trip cost), and transportation
PREPARATION: Hiking and reading literature on the Yosemite area to familiarize yourself with the region's cultural and natural history.
ITINERARY: Your guide will meet you at your hotel or other designated location in the Yosemite area. You'll provide your own transportation for the day, if applicable. Your guide will ask you about your personal interests, experience, and level of fitness and will customize the day to your preferences.
My guide was awesome!! He was flexible in which hikes we took. He has an awesome personality and you can tell he is doing exactly what he should be. I had fun, learned a lot and would definitely book him again. Your company is lucky to have him as a guide!
-Kelly C, California
Overall worth the money to have a knowledgable guide tell us about the area. This helped us with plan the rest of our week as well. This was our first trip to Yosemite and the guide helped us all get the most of the day .
-Sharon W, Tennessee
Ian: Just a quick note to tell you how much Kevin and I enjoyed the guiding that Laura did for us last week. We had a great time! Laura was a pleasure to be with -- friendly, very knowledgeable, patient with all our questions, quick to show us everything she could, etc. Kevin and I both want you to know what a great job she did and how much we appreciate her efforts. You obviously have built a very good business in the Yosemite guiding and we can see why. Thanks again.,
-Bill S, Hingham, Mass.