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Best Summer Camp Locations in Washington

It’s that time of year when we all start to dream of long, sunny days spent frolicking in an alpine meadow or on a beach…if you’re wondering where to send your child for summer camp to have their dream outdoor experience, look no further! Our suggestions for the best summer camp locations in Washington will […]

Best Summer Camp Locations in California

Deciding where to send your child to summer camp can be such an overwhelming experience. If you’re considering anywhere in California, we can help. California is covered with many magnificent natural spaces that can enhance kids’ time spent at camp. It’s hard to be homesick when the scenery is stunning and the activities exciting. We […]

The Psychological Benefits of Outdoor Summer Camp

Two kids splashing water in a lake.

Do you find yourself reminiscing about the days you spent tromping around the creek? Or scuffing your knees as you dropped quickly to clasp a wriggling lizard? Or the quietude of your favorite bush spot where you read and held councils for your assembled fabric confidants?  Do you wonder what is happening to your kids […]

2023 Guide Service Backpacking Highlights

Lasting Adventures was privileged to show guests around Olympic and Yosemite National Parks on over 40 Guide Service backpacking trips this summer! Each group was unique, from friends to families to solo travelers, but all shared that common love of nature and adventure. We had guests from around the globe, from as far away as […]

2023 Backpacking Summer Camp Trips Highlights

Backpacking Summer Camp trips are how Lasting Adventures all got started. In 1997, Lasting Adventures’ founder and CEO, Scott Gehrman, went on every trip in Yosemite with the kids, leading each group up Half Dome (no permits required!) despite his intense fear of heights. They slept out under the stars (and occasionally under some bears […]

Top Ten Gifts to Get Your Outdoorsy Friend

Backpackers hiking in Olympic National Park.

With the holidays fast approaching, thinking about what gifts to get your outdoorsy friend can be stressful. There are so many products out there that it can be overwhelming and difficult to figure out what is actually good and what someone would be stoked to receive. Don’t worry; we’ve narrowed the search to the top […]

Why You Should Visit Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree silhouette at sunset

Rumor has it that Joshua Trees got their name from the Mormons traveling through the area who spotted the plant and thought it looked like the prophet Joshua pointing to the promised land. Whether or not this is true has been debated, but what shouldn’t be debated is that you should be planning to visit […]

Yosemite Fall Backpacking & Hiking; The Season Not to Be Missed

View of Half Dome from Glacier Point in the fall.

Yosemite National Park has many factors lining up to make this late summer and early fall backpacking season one of the best ever.  This past winter in Yosemite was challenging. Snowpack records were broken, roads were closed and/or destroyed, and frigid cold kept wilderness visitation way down. Spring wasn’t easy, either. Extended road closures and […]

How to Train for Backpacking – Part II

Backpacking group shot in front of Half Dome

In How to Train for Backpacking – Part I, we dove into goals for backpacking and a general plan to prepare for your trip. In How to Train for Backpacking – Part II, we will go deeper into specific strength exercises anyone can do at home to get in backpacking shape. We recognize that not […]

How To Prepare For a Backpacking Summer Camp

Summer Camp group photo on top of Clouds Rest

So you’ve signed your kid up for a backpacking trip with Lasting Adventures this summer; now what? You and your child can do several things to prepare for backpacking summer camp beforehand to ensure a fantastic experience for everyone.  Top Things to Prepare for Backpacking Summer Camp Prepare Physically The best way to prepare for […]

Backpacking to Half Dome: Which Trailhead Should I Choose?

Two people peer over the edge of Half Dome as two others walk to the edge.

By: Eric Meyer There are many memorable peaks in Yosemite National Park, but none are more famous, storied, or inspiring than Half Dome. Hikers from all over the world journey to Yosemite just for a chance to challenge themselves on Half Dome’s cables. So what route is the best for backpacking to Half Dome, the […]

Top 10 Sunrise & Sunset Spots in Olympic National Park

Sunset as seen from the High Divide Trail.

It’s the end of a summer day of hiking, exploring, and experiencing the beauty and joy of the Olympic Peninsula. You’re relaxing at your favorite sunset spots with a tasty beverage and dinner, reminiscing on the day’s memories, and staring into the beautiful, clear sky. The colors change ever so slightly; first, a hint of […]

The Wild and Amazing Women of Yosemite

Four women that forever changed Yosemite. Cover photo: Yosemite climbing legend, Lynn Hill, LA Times Women have played an influential role in the history of Yosemite for thousands of years, although you don’t hear their names as often as the likes of John Muir, Chief Tenaya, Galen Clark, Ansel Adams, Royal Robbins, and the list […]

5 Best Backpacking Trips in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Blue lake in Sequoia National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon, two parks operated as one, are a quiet alternative to their popular cousin to the North, Yosemite. These parks encompass some of the most rugged and remote terrains in the Sierra Nevada and are known for their extremes. Here you will find the largest trees on Earth, the tallest mountain in […]

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