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Yosemite Snowshoe CampingOn The Valley Rim

TRIP DATES
  • January 12–13
  • February 9–10
  • March 2–3
Trip Overview
Experience the quiet and astonishing beauty of Yosemite in the winter as we camp on the rim of the valley. Leave the crowds and tour buses of summer behind with each step as you snowshoe in to the stark, stunning Yosemite backcountry where you'll enjoy breathtaking views of the Yosemite's famous rock monuments from our camp on the valley rim.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL:

Participants will be carrying their own gear, 35 - 40lbs, for roughly 4 miles each day over moderate terrain. We recommend doing some day hikes with a 35 - 40lb pack prior to your trip. Also, please make sure your hiking boots are broken in before the trip.

Trip Itinerary

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.

Day 1 - Saturday

Meet at the Badger Pass Ski Area parking lot at 11am

Trip orientation, gear discussion and lunch

Hike roughly 4 miles on moderate terrain

Make camp at Dewey Point

Enjoy a delicious, hot dinner by the rim of Yosemite Valley

Take an optional evening snowshoe hike under the stars

Day 2 - Sunday

Enjoy a delicious, hot breakfast

Take an optional morning snowshoe hike

Break camp

Hike 4 miles to the trailhead at Badger Pass Ski Area


Packing List

Required:

Lightweight 2 person, 3-season tent (rentals available)

Backpacking pack - minimum 60L or 3700cu. in. (rentals available)

Lightweight, compressible sleeping bag rated 0 degrees (rentals available)

Lightweight sleeping pad - inflatable insulated recommended (rentals available)

Headlamp (with fresh batteries)

Bowl, Cup, Spork

Sturdy, waterproof hiking boots that are broken in

3L Water Bladder and 1L Bottle

Sunscreen, Sun hat, Sunglasses

Hiking pants/shorts, lightweight, quick dry

Waterproof pants

Wool or synthetic hiking specific socks, liner socks

Waterproof rain gear (Rain jacket + pack cover recommended, poncho at minimum)

Warm layers: baselayers, fleece, down jacket, beanie, gloves, insulated jacket/pants

Optional (but recommended):

Camera

Trekking poles

Ear plugs

Pillow

Luxury Item (small book/kindle, deck of cards, etc.)

Do NOT bring:

Soap

Full wallet and set of keys (especially rental sets)

Full sized toothpaste, deodorant, sunscreen, etc.

$ 400 per person

Included:

Expert, medically trained guides

All permits and camping fees

All meals

Snowshoes

Tents

An amazing wilderness experience

Not Included:

Transportation to and from the park

Personal backpacking gear (see gear list)

Park entrance fees

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