About Us

“Developing Skills, Attitudes and Memories to Last a Lifetime.”

Whether a participant on one of our youth summer camps, or a client on one of our fully-outfitted guided backpacking adventures, our mission is to increase ones connection with the outside world through adventures that are are sure to last a lifetime!

On our youth program our objectives include using the natural environment and outdoor activities to teach participants the necessary skills and attitudes for living successful lives. Through safe risk taking and Adventure Based Programming, participants will be challenged to improve their sense of self-esteem, self-worth, and self-confidence. Along with creating lasting memories, it is our goal that participants will finish this adventure with a greater knowledge of themselves, the world, and the environment around them.

The objectives of the Lasting Adventures youth programs include:

  • Increasing personal confidence through activities that give physical and emotional challenge.
  • Developing behaviors and character skills that include integrity, honesty, responsibility, respect, compassion, and self-discipline.
  • Providing experiences in leadership and group problem solving techniques.
  • Having fun and developing lasting relationships and great memories!
  • Additional outcomes of this adventure will include: backpacking skills, back country ethics, and environmental awareness.

Leave No Trace

Lasting Adventure, Inc. also embraces and teaches all participants the seven principles of “Leave No Trace.” As stated by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, “these principles are designed to help outdoor enthusiasts with their decisions about how to reduce their impacts when they hike, camp, picnic, snowshoe, run, bike, hunt, paddle, ride horses, fish, ski or climb.” Lasting Adventures, Inc. believes that by teaching and role modeling these principles to our participants, that each participant is then given the necessary knowledge and hands-on-experience to become stewards to our environment. Lasting Adventures, Inc. is a partner with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

The seven principles of Leave No Trace include:
Leave No Trace

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors

For more information on Leave No Trace, please visit the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics at:www.lnt.org.

Our History

Scott Gehrman learned about the “Spirit” of Yosemite at a young age. Camping and adventures in Yosemite were a yearly vacation put together by his single mother of three, Sharyl, who was also battling cancer. Throughout her battle, “Yosemite was the one place that would bring her a smile, a sense of adventure, and a sense of revitalization,” suggests Scott. Scott’s yearly outings to Yosemite were suspended at age 15 when his mother Sharyl lost her battle.

The wilderness experience would continue to be a support for Scott throughout this time of transition in his life. Scott was re-introduced to Yosemite when he was 17 by his high school leadership teacher. On this outing Scott was able to reach the summit of Clouds Rest on a quick one-night backpacking trip. In so doing, Scott was also introduced to just how grandiose Yosemite really is and the possibilities within.

Scott founded the, “Yosemite High Country Adventure,” in 1996 after graduating with his Masters in Counseling, and having had written his Master’s thesis on a youth development program in the outdoors. The program ran from 1996-2007 under the umbrella of other non-profits.

In 2007 the title changed, and ‘Lasting Adventures” was incorporated as its own public benefit, non-profit Yosemite guide service, with a specific mission to; “through safe outdoor experiences, to provide positive youth development and educational opportunities to the general public; and to provide charitable assistance for participation in such opportunities to otherwise disadvantaged youth.”