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Participants will be carrying their own gear as well as group gear (35 - 40 lbs total), for roughly 3.5 miles each day over moderate terrain at elevations up to 7,000 ft. We recommend doing some day hikes with a 35 - 40 lb pack prior to your trip. Individuals should be in decent physical condition (See our Training Recommendations). Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian participating on the trip and are subject to manager approval.
Although we'll always do our best to adhere to this schedule, it is often dictated by factors outside of our control and is therefore subject to change. We will run this trip rain or shine as long as it is safe to do so.
Day 1 - Saturday
Meet at the pullout nearest the closed gate at the end of Tioga Road (a one minute drive past the Tuolumne Grove Trailhead Parking Lot) at 10 am
Trip orientation and gear discussion
Snowshoe roughly 2.5 miles uphill through a winter wonderland (with pack)
Enjoy a trailside lunch
Make camp at Gin Flat
Enjoy a delicious, hot dinner along with a selection of hot beverages (e.g. coffee, tea, apple cider, hot chocolate)
Day 2 - Sunday
Enjoy a delicious, hot breakfast along with a selection of hot beverages (e.g. coffee, tea, apple cider, hot chocolate)
Snowshoe roughly 3.5 miles on slightly downhill terrain (with pack)
Enjoy a trailside lunch
Enjoy scenic outlooks of the Yosemite backcountry
Return to the Tuolumne Grove Trailhead Parking Lot
Optional: Snowshoe roughly 1.25 miles downhill and then 1.25 miles uphill to the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias (without pack)
Lightweight, Compressible Sleeping Bag Rated 0 Degrees with Compression Sack (rentals available)
Additional Closed Cell Foam Pad (provided)
Mess Kit (bowl, insulated cup, and spork)
Sturdy, Waterproof Hiking Boots that are broken in
2x Wool or Synthetic Hiking Tops (quick dry, no cotton)
Hiking Pants (lightweight, quick dry, no cotton)
Thin, Liner Gloves for Hiking
Optional (but recommended):
Lightweight Day Pack for Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias Out and Back
Chemical Hand Warmers (highly recommended)
Luxury Item (small book, deck of cards, etc.)
Guide Gratuities (optional)
Do NOT bring:
Full Wallet and Set of Keys
Full sized Toothpaste, Deodorant, Sunscreen, etc. (Please only bring small packages of these things or re-package them yourself.)
$395 per person
Two Expert, Medically Trained Guides
Group First Aid Kit
All Wilderness Permits and Camping Fees
Bear Canisters when necessary
Group Cooking Gear (including stoves and fuel)
Dinners, Breakfasts, Hot Beverages, and Trail Snacks
Snowshoes and Ski Poles
Closed Cell Foam Pad (for extra insulation)
WAG Bags (there is no soil typically)
Pre-Trip Phone Briefing Approximately Two Weeks Prior to Trip
An Amazing Winter Wilderness Experience
Transportation to and from Yosemite
Personal Backpacking Gear (see Gear List below; rentals available)
Lunches (although a Trail Snack Bag is provided)
Park Entrance Fees
Insurance of any kind
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