Backpack Half Dome via Clouds Rest- #1 July 23-26, 2015 PROGRAM FULL
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Join us for a Yosemite challenge unlike any other - backpack to Half Dome via Clouds Rest along a classic Yosemite Wilderness route. Enjoy a two-night guided backpack adventure with an experienced naturalist guide who will share insider stories and tips for the trail. The trip kicks off with a Thursday evening get-together at Tuolumne Meadows Campground where you'll review the trail, safety tips and Leave No Trace ethics. On Friday morning, you'll ascend to the summit of Clouds Rest after leaving your backpack at a trail junction , with your day pack only, where you can marvel at the magnificent 360-degree views. Rejoin with your backpack at the trail junction to continue down to the John Muir Trail junction and camp for two nights near Sunrise Creek. A Half Dome ascent is an option early on day two, again with only your day pack. You will return to the same campsite. On Sunday, hike out along the same trail and return to your vehicles at the Sunrise Trailhead. En route, your guide will share stories behind the park's fascinating geology, and you'll have ample opportunities for fantastic photography.
In addition to camping during the trip, the Experience Package includes camping before and after at Tuolumne Meadows Campground in Tuolumne Meadows on July 23 & 26. Camping before and after is not required to participate. Park entry is also included, as needed, along with your Half Dome, wilderness permits and bear canister rental. Upgrade your accommodations to stay at Tuolumne Lodge on July 23 & 26, available up to 45 days prior to your trip. Information about upgrading your package will be emailed after you sign up.
Hiking: Challenging, with altitude, ascending and descending mountain trails; about 27 miles roundtrip. Prior backpacking experience is recommended. Optional: early morning ascent of the exposed cable route to the summit of Half Dome; 9 tough miles round-trip on Saturday. For the whole trip, there will be 14.6 miles roundtrip with your full pack on and 12.6 miles with your day pack only.
Elevation: Friday starting at 8,150' to 10,000 for the Clouds Rest summit then dropping down to camp at 7,800' for both nights. From camp, ascend from 7,800' to 8,842' to the Half Dome summit. On the last day, hike from camp at 7,800' to 8,150' at the Sunrise Trailhead.
Experience Package: $279
Naturalist guide: Ryan Kelly
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