Young Women's Adventure Program | Lasting Adventures

Young Women’s Adventure Program

Our all female 13-day Young Women’s Adventure Program is aimed at instilling confidence and leadership skills in the next generation of female adventurers! This unique program, led by our top female guides, will focus on showing young women their true potential in both an outdoor setting and in their day-to-day lives while teaching the practical skills of backpacking and outdoor safety.

A recent article in the Atlantic titled “The Confidence Gap” discusses particular challenges young women face in society, namely a startling lack of confidence compared to their male counterparts. As Richard Petty, a psychology professor at Ohio State University notes, “Confidence is not, as we once believed, just feeling good about yourself…Confidence is the stuff that turns thoughts into actions.”

Through our adventure-based programming, campers will be challenged to turn their goals into action on a daily basis by utilizing perseverance and determination to summit mountains and accomplish feats they never imagined. While trekking the glorious Sierra Nevada mountain range, these young explorers will also get a crash course on influential female adventurers in Yosemite’s history and issues related to women’s roles in the outdoors and society.

With the knowledge of the great legacy of women who came before them, this 13 day backpacking trip through high altitude mountains lakes and meadows will leave young women with a sense of self empowerment and confidence that they will be able to apply in every facet of their lives.

Don’t just take our word for it either! Check out what others had to say about this program:

“…this was a very empowering experience. I got to push myself both physically and mentally and learned a lot about myself and my limits. I cannot CANNOT recommend this trip enough for any young women even slightly interested in the outdoors. No matter how much outdoor experience you have, you will certainly get so much from this trip. This trip was without a doubt the BEST experience of my life.” – 2016 Participant

“This program is absolutely amazing. Our 15 year old daughter had a blast and will never forget her experience. The staff were beyond amazing. We were blessed with a great scholarship for our daughter and will forever be grateful. We both had tears in our eyes because financially we were struggling but Olyvia so needed this experience for herself her confidence and self esteem.” – 2016 Participant’s Parent

Summer 2017 Specifics:

Dates July 3-15 or July 30-Aug. 11
Cost: $1750
*Includes bus transport within park.

Open to young women ages 14-18


Other Considerations:

Space is limited!

Our Young Women’s Adventure Program is currently open to female participants in between 14-18 years old.

2017 SNOWPACK UPDATE: Our snowpack this winter is at 193% of normal. We anticipate a late opening for the Yosemite High Country with snow prevalent into July and beyond at higher elevations. River, creek, and waterfall flow will be at high and sometimes dangerous levels. Mosquitoes will also be extreme at periods this season. Any trips through late June and early July can be impacted and back-up itineraries will be offered when necessary.

Due to the high snowpack this year- all trips through July 3rd will meet in Half Dome Village. There will be no meeting in Tuolumne Meadows until later in July.

Our Sunday through Friday program begins in Tuolumne Meadows at 12pm on Sundays and ends at 12-1pm at the Half Dome Village Pizza Patio on Friday.

Our Monday through Saturday program both begins and ends in Half Dome Village within Yosemite Valley. Drop-off is Mondays at 12pm and pick-up is on Saturdays at 12-1pm in the Half Dome Village pizza patio.

Scholarship Application – Every youth deserves this opportunity!

2017 Trip Specifics:

Length: 13 Days
Mileage: 60-70 Miles
Rating: Moderate-Strenuous
Ages: 14-18
Cost: $1750
Mon-Sat Dates: July 3-15
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Meet: Half Dome Village, 12pm
Sun-Fri Dates: July 30-Aug. 11
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Meet: Tuolumne Meadows, 12pm
All Pick-Ups: Half Dome Village Pizza, 12-1pm