A Backpacking retreat that offers more than just the BEAR necessities!
Dates: September 12-14th
Where: Yosemite National Park, CA
This is a trip of a lifetime! Join us as we hike through beautiful Yosemite National Park high country to one of the world’s most iconic peaks: Half Dome. Our route will wander beautiful high alpine terrain and ascend the Cables Route on our last day we will follow the “wild and scenic” Merced River back down on our last day passing Vernal and Nevada waterfalls. The hightlight by far will be doing AcroYoga atop Half Dome (8,845′) with sweeping views of the Yosemite Valley and high country below. Daily yoga and AcroYoga Jams. All meals included
Skill Level : All Levels – Some fitness required for the backpacking and cables route, but this is not a technical ascent.
The Crew: Heidi Wirtz, Sonia Peltzer, Casey Stroud and Balanced Rock
In Direct Partnership with: Balanced Rock
$650 – Early Bird Price (before July 25th)
$750 – egular Price (after Jul 25th)
Register Today!! Space is limited! (we only bring 8 lucky people on this trip!)
Equipment: We supply all group camping gear (stoves, cookware, water filters, group first aid kit, etc.). We can also supply personal camping equipment (backpacks, sleeping bags, ground pads, trekking poles, and tents) upon request with an additional fee. A detailed gear list will be sent to you upon registration.
Meals: We provide meals starting with lunch on day One through breakfast and trail snacks the last day. We take pride in providing excellent meals even in remote surroundings.
Your Cost Includes: Meals (as noted above), group camping gear (as noted above), applicable permits, professional mountain guide(s), pre-trip planning packet, and trip support from our friendly office staff.
Not Included: Personal clothing and footwear, personal gear not listed under “Equipment” above, meals while in the front country, tips for guides (10-20% of trip cost is customary) and transportation.
Preparation: Training is paramount to the enjoyment and success of your trip. We recommend exercising in the months prior to your trip to bolster sustained cardiovascular/aerobic activities as well as core and leg strength. Day hikes with a full backpack, preferably on hilly, off road terrain, is the best way to train for our trips. Activities such as cycling and step-master type machines are also excellent and preferable to a routine comprised solely of running.
Day 1: After breakfast on your own, you will meet our crew in front of the Curry Village Mountain Shop at 8:00am. We’ll leave our cars here in the parking lot and take a short (35 min) drive to the Mono Meadow Trailhead. From there, we’ll follow the Mono Meadow trail to the Illilouette creek junction, where we will make camp for the night and do AcroYoga. 3 miles
Day 2: Beginning early in the morning, we’ll eat breakfast do yoga and start our hike to Little Yosemite Valley. We will stop at the Merced River on a beautiful beach for swimming and AcroYoga. We will then make our way to our high camp up near the shoulder of Half Dome. 4 miles
Day 3: We will have an alpine start this morning (up before the sun) and begin our hike by headlamp to the summit of Half Dome (8,845′). After about 1 mile of gaining elevation within the fir forests, we break above treeline and make our way up to the base of the famous Cables Route. We will arrive on the summit at day break and enjoy spectacular views of the Sierra high country and down intot Yosemite Valley far below as we do AcroYoga on the summit!Our hike back to Yosemite Valley is as amazing as everything else we’ve seen as we travel the famous John Muir Trail along the “Wild and Scenic” Merced River back into the Valley. This is a full day! 6 miles
-Playful and encouraging learning environment
- Learn to "fly" and be "flown"
- Partner stretching and Thai massage
- Backcountry gourmet (seriously)
Trip includes 3 WFR certified guide and professional instructors, meals and snacks, campground and permit fees, first-aid supplies and group gear for camping. You can see a full packing list here.
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