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Beginner Backpacking to Waterwheel in Yosemite w/ hikes Grand Canyon of Yosemite

09/26/2020 @ 2:00 pm - 09/30/2020 @ 4:00 pm UTC-7

9-26 (optional) Camp at Valley Floor (have permits)
9-27 Begin at Trailhead at 10am. Get to and set up camp at Glen Aulin
9-28 Wake and head out for day-hike to Waterwheel AND Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne
9-29 Day Hikes up to Mcgee Lake and/or up Conness Creek
9-30 Wake and pack up and head back to trailhead and to home.
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Tuolumne Meadows 8,500 ft el. to Glen Aulin 7,900 ft el
Total distance about 5.3 mi (one one)
Total Elevation Change: – 600 feet over about 5 miles.

Glen Auliun to Waterwheel is 7.5 mi round trip with about 1100 ft elevation change.

This means our main backpacking portion will be a descent of 600. This means our return will be all uphill. This will be after eating our three nights of provisions and our packs are lighter. This means our difficult day hike (with no heavy packs) will be 1100 ft elevation change over 3 1/4 miles.

Now you see why this is a “beginner” trip. We are not tracking major distance and elevation with heavy packs. We are traveling to a stunning area. Our campsite should have running water and vault style restrooms.

This has everything you are looking for in your Yosemite trip – dynamic, cascading waterfalls, granite cliffs and valleys, lush meadows, lively forests, and a place to “commune with nature” as John Muir had written. The Glen Aulin trail is nothing short of magic.

Take it from John Muir himself, 1869: “This is the most spacious and delightful high pleasure-ground I have yet seen… And though lying in the sky, the surrounding mountains are so much higher, one feels protected as if in a grand hall.”

What’s included and what’s not. This is a led trip. However you do have some responsibility and “buy in.” The main things provided are food, and site. Also of importance is the group first aid kit, water filter, cookware and cooking gear. As well as leading and curating of the trip. Included is the knowledge, expertise and safety. Also included is all the help you need to make sure you are outfitted for a safe and successful trip. We will be providing all with walkie talkies.You will need:

The main things you will need are:
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping pad
As well as a host of smaller things such as aquatiner, knife, sunscreen, lip stuff and a bunch more. Such as clothing and etc. (the big things) can rented. Some can be borrowed too. A lot of the smaller things can be reg camping or household stuff repurposed. For instance . . . Sunscreen and lip balm and bug juice you likely have.

Those who do sign on will get tons of lit.

Here is how it will work. We will have our own “personal” gear and there is a whole bunch of “group” gear. Group gear is (for example) Stove, and fuel. Water filter. Food (in bear canisters). Cookware. Group gear gets divided (by weight) among the 11 of us.

This is why a group trip can be better than solo where every person carries a stove and filter, and etc. This is one way we shave off weight by working together. The other way to shave off is if you have a two person tent. One of you carries the poles and fly, and the other carries the main body of the tent.

The cost for all this? $375 Per Person Payment link https://py.pl/73TdGp8X84

Payment is the only way to secure your spot.

Yes. This does include group gear and food. To do this trip on your own would cost over double to get all the gear. AND also as solo you would be too much to carry. This is intended as a beginner trip where you do not need to make the investment in all the gear and the gear/food is divided among those going to reduce the weight.

Also included the safety gear and the guidance to make this a safe trip.

Along the way we will also be doing orienteering and map skills.

This event has 16 total with 14 filled. Main meetup https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/events/271909547/
Only two opens.


09/26/2020 @ 2:00 pm UTC-7
09/30/2020 @ 4:00 pm UTC-7


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