The Best Season For Visiting Yosemite?

The Best Season For Visiting Yosemite?

Five reasons why Fall is the greatest season of all. When assessing the best time of year to visit Yosemite, a case can be made for every season. Waterfalls in Spring, Alpine lakes in Summer, and snow-covered cliffs of Winter make stiff competition for Autumn, but any seasoned visitor may you—Fall is actually the best…

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Why Lasting Adventures? A Guide’s Perspective

Why Lasting Adventures? A Guide’s Perspective

A Guide’s Perspective on Yosemite’s Top Backpacking Summer Camp and Guide Service Matt Schilowitz first joined Lasting Adventures as an intern back in 2017. He’s come back every summer since, and in that time graduated to a guide, then a lead guide, and now a program manager. But it’s not the paycheck that keeps Matt…

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When Fire and/or Smoke Become A Threat In Yosemite

Throughout our history as a guide service, fires have not been a physical threat to our programs, primarily because we operate in higher elevations and alpine regions, which have thinner forests and lots of granite. Most major fires over the past 20-plus years have all occurred at lower elevations and in the drier foothills outside…

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Standing Proud | A Half Dome Summit On Opening Day

Standing Proud | A Half Dome Summit On Opening Day

Standing Proud: A Half Dome Summit On Opening Day Everyone has people in their lives, places, and unique things about themselves that makes them proud to be who they are. For me, a recent experience guiding our first Half Dome in a Day hike of the season did just that. Arriving to Lasting Adventures for…

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Ten Truths About Bears in Yosemite

Ten Truths About Bears in Yosemite

Dispelling The Myths About Yosemite’s Bears by LA guide, Michael Misselwitz If there’s one thing we know to be true about the bears of Yosemite National Park, it’s that plenty of myths exist about them. As stewards of the wilderness, it’s our job as guides to dispel those myths, and after decades of sharing the…

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5 Tips For Your First Time Climbing In Yosemite

Tip #0: Don’t start with the route pictured above. Photo of legendary El Capitan rock climbing kingpin, Tommy Caldwell, sourced from Facebook. A mountain guide’s tips for your first rock climbing experience in Yosemite. Words by LA guide and program director, Matt Schilowitz Since the inception of modern rock climbing, Yosemite Valley has long been…

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Understanding Altitude Sickness

Understanding Altitude Sickness

Understanding Altitude Sickness: Causes, Symptoms, Preventative Measures, and Treatment If you travel to an area of increased elevation without allowing time for your body to acclimate, there is a chance that you may experience altitude sickness. Altitude sickness, also known as elevation illness or mountain sickness, occurs in areas with lower oxygen levels and can…

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Getting To Know The Trees Of Yosemite

Getting To Know The Trees Of Yosemite

Examining Yosemite’s diverse climate and its fascinating collections of trees Within the 747,956-acre expanse of Yosemite National Park, ground elevation varies from as low as 2,105 feet at the Merced River to a towering 13,115 feet at the peak Mount Lyell, Yosemite’s highest point. This drastic change in elevation taking place within relatively few miles…

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Summer 2021 Yosemite Reservation System Explained

Summer 2021 Yosemite Reservation System Explained

Understanding Yosemite’s Reservation and Admission System for Summer 2021 (Pro tip: Book a tour with us and we’ll deal with it for you.) As Yosemite continues to navigate the changing climate of coronavirus along with the rest of the world, their admission policy and visitor permit plan evolve. Last summer, Yosemite instituted a day-use reservation…

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