Guide Service and Summer Camp Team
Our backpacking guides and summer camp counselors are the key ingredient to success for Lasting Adventures. While we all come from different backgrounds, we all share a passion for adventures, our National Parks, and sharing experiences with others to creates memories that last a lifetime. Our Yosemite guide staff is a young and energetic group that understands the importance of professionalism, caring, and risk management. Some of our guides were once youth participants themselves before growing into their elite roles, while others have been selected for the backgrounds and experiences they have with youth and within the outdoor environment. Many of team members carry off-season jobs as teachers, naturalists, counselors, or other youth-focused professions. A lot of us live in the Sierra Nevada year round. On most trips, you will have the pleasure of getting to know multiple guides.
Prior to each backpacking season our guides come together for a week-long staff training to prepare and refresh their skills. We have fun covering serious practices, playing games and reviewing protocols—essentially using the same Adventure Based Programming model we facilitate on our youth, group, school, and corporate adventures. We’re more than coworkers—we’re a team—and we work hard, live, and play together all summer!
On every youth trip there is a guide-participant ratio of at most 1:6, but in most cases the ratio is 1:5. Each trip will also have at least one male and one female guide/counselor.
For our guide service, day trips, and backpacking trips, we staff each adventure with 1 or 2 veteran guides who bring with them significant Yosemite backcountry experience. Ratios do not exceed 1:6; and are often 1:5 or lower is more common.
Each of our guides holds current Wilderness First Responder and C.P.R. certifications. All leaders have also passed an extensive background check, including criminal history, and are generally vetted for being outstanding backcountry specialists, and of course, extremely fun to hang out with!
Looking to join our team? Check out our Employment Page.