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Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides

Yosemite National Park, CA, USA
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About Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides
SYMG is a leader in the active travel and mountain guiding world, providing carefully planned and executed trips in the most spectacular wilderness areas of California. SYMG was started in 1991 by three friends offering hiking trips into California's mountains in hopes of more closely meshing lifestyle with work. Now, over 25 years later, we've shown thousands of people the beauty of Yosemite and the High Sierra and have been named one of the "Best Outfitters on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure Magazine.
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Annie C wrote a review May 2021
Raleigh, North Carolina5 contributions
A half day of top rope climbing at Willow Creek was a fantastic experience! Our guide Benton was knowledgable, friendly, and gave us (2 couples) a great introduction to slab climbing. Would recommend to anyone with an interest in climbing- we had some indoor experience but minimal outdoor beforehand. Benton was able to offer something for everyone, and we all felt very safe and comfortable climbing. A unique way to see the Yosemite area! Note: the climbing area is south of the park itself, so make sure to plan your time accordingly when coming and going through the main park entrance (the lines can get long during peak season)
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Missy wrote a review Dec 2020
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SYMG gave me one of the best guided-hike experiences of my life. (I’ve worked with several companies on a number of hikes both in and outside the US over the past decade.) My guides were knowledgeable, fun, patient, and supportive. A standout was the food, which was the best I’ve ever had on a guided hiking trip. This is saying a lot, considering this was a three-week backpack in deep backcountry. I would recommend this trip and would do it again if I could. If you are wondering whether you’re up for a thru-hike like this, but are daunted by the planning, logistics, safety measures, etc that comes with it as a solo traveler, I can’t recommend traveling with SYMG enough. It was worth every penny to go with a guided trip to remove the hassles but keep the fun. While the guests on my trip got along rather well, there is plenty of opportunity to create your own space both on the trail and at camp.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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W9173QSbriang wrote a review Dec 2020
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What an incredible experience and a trip of a lifetime. I was a member of SYMG August 2020 John Muir Trail trip. The two Guides, Casey and Bri, were very professional experienced backpackers, excellent cooks and very knowledgeable in many respects of the Sierra Nevada. The trip would not have been so awesome without the support staff which included Tom and Haley. Tom was the individual responsible for our resupplies and occasional cooking. Haley was the incredible behind the scenes administrative technician who handled the trip logistics. Overall, it was an unbelievably fulfilling adventure through one of the most beautiful locations known to mankind. I highly recommend SYMG for your outdoor adventures.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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A blissful climb wrote a review Sep 2020
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Connor and Tom made our 5 days across Tenaya Canyon, Clouds Rest and Half Dome a Once in a Lifetime Experience. Due to the restrictions in the park for CO19, we felt we had the peaks almost all to ourselves. This wasn't just the lower number of permits, but also the planning of our guides to show us hidden springs, set out with headlamps so we would make Half Dome at dawn, and discover the joys of swimming after thoroughly demanding switchbacks. My colleagues in Fish Camp sent me here, and wow, they under sold what SYMG can do. Thank you for the trip I'll always cherish.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Lisa Krieger wrote a review Aug 2020
Palo Alto, California16 contributions6 helpful votes
We just completed the Yosemite Grand Traverse with the exceptional guide Colby Brokvist. This trip is not for the faint-hearted -- but Colby sets the gold standard for all guides: an encyclopedic knowledge of the wilderness & natural history, patient, empathetic, funny and yet precise & demanding in his expectations of organization, timeliness and fitness. He knows the Sierra like his own backyard, selecting the most gorgeous campsites and brainstorming about water sources when late summer creeks/lakes ran dry. He taught us so much about backpacking, as well as safety & attention around rattlesnakes (!) and bears. When there was an injury, his first aid and bandaging received high praise from Bay Area physicians, upon our return. Oh, and he's a photographer & writer. We've been on many guided backpacking trips, with many guides; he's the best ever.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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