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Top Yosemite Guide Service Moments of 2022

Family celebrating on top of Half Dome while the sun is setting.

In 2022 Lasting Adventures had the privilege of sharing the wonders of the outdoors with almost 1,000 people on our guide service trips! This includes over 725 day hikers and 236 people that were brave enough to ditch modern society and go backpacking. We even started our first guide service trips up in Olympic National […]

Ten Things I Learned About Yosemite’s Firefall

Horsetail Fall on El Capitan glowing orange with the sunset.

The Horsetail Fall “Firefall” is one of the most coveted photo ops in the valley. But it’s also one of the hardest to get. Here are ten things I learned from chasing the Yosemite Firefall multiple times. Photos and words by LA guide Kara Maceross A few years ago, when I started working for Lasting […]

Top 20 Highlights from Our Lassen Backpacking Summer Camp

Sunset at the lake with a 6-day Lassen High Country Adventure group.

This summer we ran more trips in Lassen Volcanic National Park than we ever have. We had the opportunity to backpack in this park with 4 6-Day Lassen High Country Adventures, 2 of our 13-day Summer Camps, and even a 6-Day Lassen Young Adventurer’s trip! In total, at least 40 youth got to experience the […]

Top 25 Highlights from Our Yosemite Backpacking Summer Camp

This epic sunset is one of our top 25 Yosemite Summer Camp Highlights from 2022

In Yosemite, Lasting Adventures has been running Summer Camp backpacking trips for kids for over 25 years! In fact, this is the park where it all began! Yosemite really does have that something special and many kids got to experience what that special ‘thing’ is this summer. We waved goodbye to 12 groups of kids […]

The Top 25 Highlights of Olympic National Park Summer Camp Backpacking

Backpackers on a trail above the clouds

This Summer was our second running Summer Camp trips up in Olympic National Park in Washington and it was stellar! We changed things up a bit and split trips to be either Mountain or Coastal, and also offered our first 13-day backpacking trip where they did both! The young ones didn’t miss out either as […]

Climbing the Captain

El Capitan at sunset

Seven days ago marked our return to Yosemite Valley for the season. John’s white Ford van rolled into the Curry Village parking lot at 7:30 PM, and by nine we were ferrying loads to the base of El Capitan (accompanied by our new friend and fellow guide Maddie Hodge). Three ropes, two haul bags, pounds […]

The Ultimate One Day Trip to Yosemite National Park

Experience the best Yosemite has to offer in a day

Yay! You’re planning a trip to Yosemite! Home to incredible granite formations, powerful waterfalls, giant Sequoia groves, and some of the world’s most breathtaking views, Yosemite National Park is truly one of America’s greatest national parks. However, with 747,956 acres to explore, you won’t have enough time to see it all. You may even only […]


Whether you’re tackling a 6-Day Tuolumne Meadows to Half Dome backpacking trip in Yosemite or a leisurely 3 days on the Ozette Coast in Olympic National Park, the importance of a hearty breakfast in the backcountry is undisputed. A breakfast done right can really fuel your fire and keep you going when the going gets tough on the trail. […]

Celebrating Black History: America’s Buffalo Soldiers

A Brief History of America’s Original National Park Guardians, The Buffalo Soldiers Let’s take a journey back to a time long before the National Parks existed. In the year 1865, after the end of the American Civil War, a fractured United States sought to begin rebuilding and expanding into the Western frontier. Congress passed the […]

Guide’s Day Off | A One-Day Climbing Ascent of El Capitan

A historic look at climbing The Nose of El Cap, and what it’s like to climb it in a day. LA guide Jack Waterhouse just might be the most understated big wall climber in Yosemite. Last fall, he low-key climbed the Nose of El Cap—a feat that normally takes an average of three or four […]

How to Train for Backpacking – Part I

How to Train for Your First Backpacking Trip By LA Guide, Nick Estrada These days, it seems like everyone has some desire to experience backpacking, and for good reason. Many of our guides have been exploring the backcountry for years, and they wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. The draw to venture into a remote […]

Olympic’s First Locals: The Native History of Olympic National Park

The Native History of Olympic National Park Long before western settlement, the Olympic Peninsula was a home of abundance. By LA Olympic guide, Jack Waterhouse The Olympic Peninsula is a vast and rugged area, defined by extraordinarily lush old-growth rainforest, glaciated peaks, wild and powerful rivers, and miles of coastline dotted with sea stacks and […]

Five Of The Best Trails in Yosemite

5 Classic Day Hikes In Yosemite Make the most of your visit with these unforgettable hiking tours in Yosemite National Park. With more than 800 miles of established trail within its boundaries, there’s no shortage of phenomenal day hikes in Yosemite National Park. Over the past 25 years of guiding tours in Yosemite, we’ve hiked every […]

Outgrowing Covid: Where We Stand & Where We’re Going

Looking back on 2021 and forward to new programs, holiday savings, and more scholarships in 2022! by LA founder Scott Gehrman In 2021 Lasting Adventures experienced what I refer to as “The Return to the Outdoors.” After a year of being shut down and cooped up due to the pandemic, the demand for outdoor programs […]

The Basics of Ultralight Backpacking

An intro to ultralight backpacking, and some tips to get you started! By Lasting Adventures intern, Lindsey Skidmore If you’ve been backpacking, you are probably well aware of the feelings of bruised hips and aching knees after a few nights in the backcountry. Ultralight backpacking aims to remedy these problems through minimalism and the use […]

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