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5 Reasons To Get Young Women Outside

By: Amelia Roland Those of us who have spent time outdoors know there’s much to be gained from it. Whether you’re hiking, camping, mountain biking or just simply going for a walk in the park there’s something to be gained from being close to nature. Perhaps john Muir said it best – “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” The issue we face today though is a disparity between genders and their involvements in outdoor activities, but there’s change in the air! You may have seen REI’s most recent campaign aimed at showcasing women from … Continue reading

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Thank You For Booking

  By: Will Heaps I genuinely love my job. This could seem weird to some people that know me well. I am an introvert by nature and if I could afford it, I would live, travel, and adventure alone. I would spend my days alone in the wilderness and spend my nights alone in a sleeping bag under the stars. My fear of the dark is nothing compared to the peace I get in solitude. I recharge when I spend time alone, in silence, or in nature. I find energy in being quiet and meditating or reading a book. Those … Continue reading

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Take Care of Yourself: Three Common Outdoor Ailments

  By: Kimball Stewart The first step to having a successful outdoor adventure isn’t finding the perfect Instagram shot. No, it’s not even buying the latest high-tech GPS. The first step is much simpler: take care of yourself! Amid the busy lives we lead it can be surprisingly difficult to practice good self-care. But nowhere is it more important to do so than in the outdoors. Whether you’re backpacking through the Sierra Nevada, paddling down the Merced River, or just taking a day hike on your favorite local trail, making sure that you are listening to your body and reacting … Continue reading

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What Lord of the Rings Taught Me About Backpacking

  By: Otto Ross Recently I saw an online post asking about favorite backpacking movies. The standard titles came up near the top of the comment section: Wild, A Walk In the Woods, the Way, etc… but it got me thinking, what was the first movie that made me want explore wild places and strike out on some grand adventure? Suddenly, I could hear the horns of Middle Earth blaring in my mind: BUMMM, BUMMM, BUBUBUMMMM and it dawned on me: Lord of the Rings! Reading and watching Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit at an early age was … Continue reading

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Top 5 Books to Read Before Your Yosemite Visit!

Become a Yosemite Buff with these Informative Reads! By: Otto Ross While Yosemite’s natural splendor and waterfalls will keep you enthralled during your visit, reading some of the great works written about the park will give your trip a whole new depth and perspective. Yosemite Falls is all the more amazing when you’ve read Muir’s account of crawling behind it, or the Native American legends about what lurks in the pools below or climbers’ ill fated attempts to scale routes near the falls. Reading these 5 books before (or during) your Yosemite visit will shine even more light on your … Continue reading

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6 Ways to Find Local Adventure!

  The Best Website to Help You Discover Adventures in Your Own Backyard By: Will Heaps Today I decided to get caught up on social media. I cleared away the cobwebs of emotionally charged political comments and “share if you care” posts. What remained was a series of inspiring shots of nature that got me itching to just pick up and go. My Facebook newsfeed was full of beautiful red rock shots of the canyons in Zion National Park near where I used to live; Instagram was a series of open sky views in the Rockies of Montana and Canada; and … Continue reading

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Take Only Photos, Leave Only Footprints

Discovering the Importance of LNT Principals By: Kimball Stewart With well over 5 million people visiting Yosemite National Park this past year, understanding an individual’s impact on the land is critical. Like with all of our protected lands, we love Yosemite because it offers us a taste of the wilderness—or at least of the environment unscathed by human activity. Of course, Yosemite is not wholly un-impacted by people. Anyone who sets foot in the valley knows this. There are roads, hotels, traffic jams, dumpsters, and honking horns. With such high visitation, it’s hard to find utter solitude and a landscape that … Continue reading

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The Top 5 Reasons To Get Your Child Wilderness Certified

  By: Amelia Roland Believe it or not, summer is only a few months away! We know it can be hard to motivate your child into participating in anything other than group chats and Netflix binges, but what if we told you your child can have an amazing summer experience, gain leadership skills and confidence in the outdoors!? Oh and did we mention that we would also be taking them off your hands for a few weeks? Sounds too good to be true right? Here at Lasting Adventures we’ve run countless youth programs in Yosemite since we first got our … Continue reading

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Baby Your Booties and Save Your Soles

5 Tips on Walking Confidently on Your Next Adventure! By: William Heaps Last fall my wife and I travelled to Spain to walk the Camino de Santiago. In my last entry, “START. TODAY.”, I discussed the history of the trail and the call it gives us to begin wherever we are and jump into life’s adventures. While I urge everyone to put aside hesitations, I do strongly suggest you follow the number one rule of adventuring: preparation. As we began to plan our trip over to Europe, we took everything into account. We had list after list of needed gear … Continue reading

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A Month in the Backcountry

How a 30 day Adventure in the Wilderness Will Change your Life By: Kimball Stewart (For more details, visit Yosemite Leadership Expedition.) A short backpacking trip is often enough to instill delight and gratification beyond what many other activities can offer. By simply stepping into the wilderness for a few days—and leaving the routines of your day-to-day life behind—it’s possible to experience an overwhelming sense of relief and rejuvenation. And for most people, a few days is all it takes. But to remain in the wilderness for an extended period of time can multiply these effects. To anyone who is … Continue reading

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