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Yosemite Valley Private Hiking Tour
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Reviewed August 28, 2019 via mobile

This tour was fantastic! We only had one full day in Yosemite so we booked the tour so that we could see the highlights of Yosemite. The tour guide was really good, he made sure we saw everything that we wanted to and explained the history of the area as we went around! Would highly recommend!!

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 23, 2019

My parents and I had an incredible experience backpacking through the breathtaking Yosemite National Park, thanks to the help of Lasting Adventures. Kara and Alice were skillful guides who made our trip truly unforgettable. Kara's personality was super bubbly and outgoing, while Alice was incredibly sweet and knowledgeable. They made sure everyone in the group was having an amazing time and made sure that no one was left behind on the trail, regardless of athletic abilities. They were able to share stories about the park history and facts about the wildlife that you wouldn't get if you didn't go with this guide service. And the food was so delicious! Every meal contained fresh and wholesome ingredients that were crafted into superb dishes. We had everything from fajitas to pasta to red velvet cake.

You will not be disappointed with this guide service and we highly recommend Kara and Alice as guides. We had such an outstanding trip that we cannot wait to book our next trip with Lasting Adventures!

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank shannenramey
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Reviewed August 21, 2019

5 days & 4 nights guided back packing experience in Yosemite National Park. August 8-13, 2019. When I signed up for this trip, the difficulty was rated as "Difficult". I usually look at these things and say "Eh, they are just covering their ass". I can honestly say this was the most difficult hike I have ever experienced personally. Plus, it was my first time with a backpack. The weather was beautiful. The views were unbelievable. The experience was unforgettable. Yosemite has to be seen to be believed. The trip was lead by our 2 guides, Will & Matt. Their knowledge of the trails and park was incredible. Their personalities were terrific. Just right for the mixed bag of good friends and new friends in our group. Really, just a perfect match. Matt prepared all the meals. I was expecting freeze dried MRE's but instead was treated to an actual cooked meal from a different cuisine every night. Which was amazing because all of the food was carried in our backpacks and theirs. Along with all of the pots and pans and cooking tools. By the way, all they ask is that you carry a bear can, they carried EVERYTHING else and you would never know that their pack was probably at least 10 pounds heavier than ours. Matts cooking catered to all the different eating habits in the group from vegetarian to gluten free to your typical carnivore. For breakfast one morning he made a frittata which I had never even heard of. It tasted as good as it looked which was pretty amazing. Matt, if I can offer you one bit of advice on your brownie dessert...Try adding the eggs next time . Will was by his side every meal dicing vegetables, boiling water and helping with the dishes afterwards. He will forever be remembered by me for something much bigger however. I am terribly afraid of exposed heights. He actually got me to the top of Mt. Hoffman, over the top of Clouds Rest (not on the "spine" though, you have to know your limits. He got me over the top about 8' lower where there was a ridge with some rocks on one side of me.) and he got me up to the top of Half Dome where our group was fortunate enough to be the ONLY 8 PEOPLE on the summit for a beautiful sunset AND a delicious macaroni and cheese tortellini dinner with vegetables and sausage! After sunset, dinner and dessert on top of HD, Will did something even more incredible for me..he got me down in the dark!! He has the patience of a saint and guided me every step of the way up and down. I am forever grateful to him for helping me past my fear for at least these 2 occasions. My disappointment in myself would have been immeasurable if I had not listened to him and I sat out the climbs up and down any of those 3 summits. Thank you Will for making my vacation one I am forever proud of and will never forget. Thank you Matt for your tireless efforts around the "stove" even after the late night after HD and for offering me the encouragement I needed to try those summits. Thank you both for your conversations at the "back of the pack". This was a 5 day trip I will remember as long as I live thanks to Matt, Will and great group of new and old friends I shared it with. I would HIGHLY recommend this trip to anyone with a sense of adventure. And lastly, thank you Lasting Adventures for an extremely affordable and fantastic way to see one of our nations most awesome treasures. Rich Blackmore

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank AmityPD75
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Reviewed August 21, 2019 via mobile

Returned two days ago from the five day backpacking trek up in Tuolumne Meadows, and I am still feeling a high from this wonderful adventure. The combination of our superb guide Nicole and the truly spectacular scenery of this area is medicine for the heart and soul. Nicole is a wonderful ambassador for both our wilderness and Lasting Adventures with her outstanding skills in safely leading backpacking newbies through nature. She advised us on what to take and how to pack, shared a lot of interesting information about flora, fauna and geology, instructed us on how to keep our natural surroundings pristine while we visited them, cooked meals that were nourishing and incredibly delicious, was very in tune with the needs of our group (two of us 60+ and all of us vegetarian), spontaneously and creatively made a birthday cake with food on hand for one of our party, and was a total sweetheart to boot. The cost of this adventure is well priced for what one receives in return, all the above and a deeper love for our wild areas.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank 318suzanner
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Reviewed August 21, 2019 via mobile

It was rated as "strenuous" and it Was! We had an amazing 12-hour hike day which we enjoyed a lot. Will, our guide, was great and very helpful. We would have never been and to do what we did without a guide. Lasting Adventures was efficient, clear in the information provided and they made sure we had a great time!!

Date of experience: August 2019
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