Lasting Adventures
Lasting Adventures
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Lasting Adventures is the top rated guide service in Yosemite National Park and is a recognized 501 (c)(3) public benefit nonprofit with a mission to provide positive youth development and educational opportunities to the general public through safe outdoor experiences. We specialize in Yosemite backpacking trips, Yosemite day hikes, and outdoor youth summer camps. Since 1997, our program has introduced thousands of youth to nature and the wilderness experience through Adventure Based Programming. Our top-rated guide service features Yosemite backpacking trips and day hikes which help fund our outdoor youth programs. By choosing Lasting Adventures for your next Yosemite backpacking or hiking adventure, not only do you get our competitive rates, experienced and credentialed guides, all meals, and equipment, but also the satisfaction of knowing that all profits we gain from your participation goes towards our cause of helping more youth benefit from our outdoor summer camps in Yosemite.
Yosemite National Park, California

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Travelers' Choice
2022

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Don G
Cincinnati, OH35 contributions
Jul 2021
My 14 year-old son and I just completed the 6-day backpacking trip from Tuolumne to Yosemite Valley (including a trip up Half Dome) with Lasting Adventures. We highly recommend both Lasting Adventures and this trip which is listed as one of their 'Guide's Choice' on their web site.

Booking the trip was straightforward on LA's website. They have several trips to choose from but they clearly spell out the itinerary (with trail maps and routes) to help you decide. LA also did a great job communicating with us leading up to the trip providing a detailed equipment list, required forms and permits needed to get into the park, etc. They were also very responsive to all questions always responding within a couple of hours.

Our guide Nicole was phenomenal. She took great care of us. Without her, we no doubt would have gotten lost in the first hour, then starved, suffered dehydration and gotten sick from exposure. In all seriousness, the meals she prepared were unbelievable whether it was the pad thai, tortellini with pesto sauce, blueberry/chocolate chip pancakes, etc. She also showed us some great spots along the trail.

On day 1, we met at 4 PM at the main parking lot in Curry Village where they provided and went over all the equipment (backpack, tent, sleeping bag, etc.). They will provide everything you need except your own personal items clothing. We then spent the first night in the Curry Village backpacker's camp in the valley.

The next morning we went by shuttle to the Tuolumne visitor center to embark on our 37+ mile journey. While that sounds like a long way, if you are reasonably fit (I'm in my early 50s), you should be able to handle it. The reward is some of the most beautiful scenery you will ever see with numerous glacier carved mountains, waterfalls and alpine lakes. Of course, the pinnacle of the trip is the opportunity to go to the top of Half Dome.

While not a relaxing vacation by any means, this was an adventure we will never forget!
Written July 24, 2021
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Thank you so much for the thorough review! We really appreciate the feedback, and use it to constantly improve. We're thrilled that you found our admin staff accommodating, and we agree Nicole is a phenomenal guide (one of the best in the park!). We hope to have you back for another adventure someday soon!
Written August 21, 2021
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Farhana Kazi
Dallas, TX2 contributions
May 2021 • Family
We took 2 trips with lasting adventures. We were a party of 9 with 2 families. The first tour we had 2 guides Bella and Trey. They were extremely knowledgeable and gave us an amazing tour. They kept everyone entertained from our 12 year old to young adults and older adults. The pace was just perfect with enough breaks. I would highly recommend this trip to families who are exploring Yosemite for the first time.
Second day we took a hike to glacier point and surrounding areas. One of our family member had an asthma attack making us arrive late to our meeting point. Zac was extremely patient and cooperative. He took us to all the highlights with plenty of time for photos and info about the sites. It was an unforgettable experience to view all these sites from top of valley. Would highly recommend this tour to families.
Written May 30, 2021
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E F
1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Solo
My almost 14 yo son just returned from the 6-Day youth High Country Adventure. I could tell the moment I picked him up he was more confident than the kid I dropped off. He described the week in his own words as “amazing”. He also said it was “hard” but in a good way and that he learned he was tougher than he thought he was.
The lasting adventures team are clearly experts at what they do and it gives the kids the opportunity to bond be independent make decisions learn from each other.
My son has been back for 24 hours and has already asked to return next summer. He has already been telling all of his friends who are all now asking me to send information to their parents. So the trip is just that good.
I am incredibly grateful to lasting adventures for this experience and can’t wait for more.
Written August 6, 2022
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Charles W
Dunwoody, Georgia4 contributions
Jun 2022
We saw the excellent reviews for Lasting Adventures and decided the best way to experience Yosemite was with a knowledgeable guide. It was the right decision. We got great service before we arrived and during the hikes. Lasting Adventures helped with understanding where to stay, reservations, equipment, parking and what to expect. Both guides were excellent and is is clear that lasting Adventures has a solid training program.They were knowledgeable about Park history, attractions, flora and fauna and shared lots of fun anecdotes. We would have never been able to duplicate the experience on our own!
Written June 27, 2022
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Thanks for the kind words and taking the time to leave this review. I am glad we helped make your Yosemite experience a great one. -Scott
Written July 3, 2022
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annie f
London, UK5 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
What a awesome experience we had with Lasting adventures! Cara, our guide was absolutely fantastic. She ensured at every step the whole group were happy and comfortable. She was incredibly informative with the history of the park, the terrain, plants and animals. She kept us entertained with quizzes and was wonderfully sociable. She is also the most amazing cook! We ate like kings out there in the wilderness, all on 2 small camp Gas burners, that’s a serious skill!!!
I can highly recommend this company for a unforgettable hike in the truly stunning Yosemite park. We will be back!
Written September 15, 2022
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Kari B
1 contribution
Oct 2022
We had an awesome day on Half Dome with our guide, Zach. He was professional, attentive, and gave us great tips on how to climb up and down the cables. The hike was so much better having an expert along, and he made sure we were always well hydrated and nourished. Zach also told us interesting facts about Yosemite, the climbers, and the flora and fauna. He was the perfect guide, and it definitely was a memorable, successful hike because of him. Highly recommend Lasting Adventures for any Yosemite hikes.
Written October 9, 2022
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Phyllis C
Morrison, CO3 contributions
Sep 2021
This was my fifth guided backpacking trip in the wilderness and by far the best. It's all about the guides and Halle and Felicity were perfect: competent, easy to work with, smart and trustworthy. They set a perfect pace and didn't "over teach" as some guides do. And the food! Pretty crazy that we could eat so well in the wilderness!

This was also a yoga retreat and that part was transformative. Our yoga guide, Britta, was a down-to-earth compassionate teacher who led us on our inner journey. I couldn't have asked for a better long weekend.
Written September 7, 2021
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Carly C
9 contributions
Jul 2021 • Solo
I did the guided 3-day yoga and backpacking retreat at May Lake/amount Hoffman in Yosemite and it was AMAZING. The location was so beautiful and serine, and not far enough to scare off an absolute backpacking beginner like me! I kinda pinched myself several times to make sure it was all real.

The yoga instructor Britta was fabulous. She had amazing insight, knowledge, and overall her “do what your body tells you” guidance approach to yoga was above and beyond what I expected. She’s also just such a warm and encouraging person, which helped me engage spiritually and openly in every practice. Also, I loved that she guided us how to use yoga in our hikes and various activities throughout the day (like breathing technique and TOE YOGA!)

The guide Dawson was so chill, knowledgeable and an ASTONISHING cook! I went in expecting to eat nothing but berries and raw avocado, but he made delicious meals I’d gladly eat any day anywhere (like vegan French toast with berries, chia seeds and syrup…never would have thought that was do-able on a backpacking trip!). His mellow and trustworthy demeanor made everything feel so effortless and eased so much anxiety I had going into the whole thing.

Overall, it was the trip of a lifetime in such a beautiful place. I made new friends, I saw new things, I never felt judgement, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat!
Written July 11, 2021
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Carly- Thanks for the kind review and I am really excited that you had such an awesome experience with Britta and Dawson. We hope to see you back in the future. - Scott
Written July 12, 2021
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Jackie G
1 contribution
Jun 2022
There are not enough stars for the experience Lasting Adventures provides. From their initial communication getting us ready, to the excitement and care the guides have during, and then the debrief at the end of the trip, Lasting Adventures goes beyond every expectation. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip through Yosemite with our amazing guide Dawson. He not only was able to impart unique knowledge about the park but also found us beautiful campsites and cooked delicious food using only a campsite burner. We also found out about the programs Lasting Adventures offers to youth and were happy that our trip played a small part in supporting such a worthy endeavor.
Written July 5, 2022
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Excited to hear your day with Dawson was a good one and thanks for taking the time to leave this review. -Scott
Written August 1, 2022
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K M
1 contribution
May 2022
My son did the 13 day trip for teens and really loved it. He came back with so many stories and great photos. I asked him the day he was picked up if he'd do it again and he immediately said YES! That to mean speaks volumes, not time needed to process the experience, it was so great he would definitely go again. We're already talking about sending him to Olympic next summer. He and I had done a 4 night backpacking trip in 2019 and both really enjoyed it so we can unequivocally recommend Lasting Adventures. You won't regret it!
Written July 4, 2022
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Thanks for taking the time to write this review and stoked to hear that your son is a big YES to doing it again. Even better Olympic National Park where he can get a mix of both the coastal and mountain regions on a 13-day adventure in one of the most magnificent locations. Thanks again. -Scott
Written July 5, 2022
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