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YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours
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Owner description: The only Yosemite Tour Company offering custom guided Yosemite experiences (Adventure Hikes, Half Dome Hikes, Multi Day Backpack Trips, Nature Walks, Birding Walks, Wildflower Walks, Snowshoe Hikes and Photography Workshops) 12 months a year. We guarantee smaller group sizes for a more personalized experience with our professional guides who are all local to Yosemite. We are a socially responsible company providing educational services that follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize our impact in nature to ensure that the ecology of the park will not be compromised. Custom Adventures, Workshops and Family Activities are available to Individuals and Groups of all ages and experience levels in every season.
Reviewed 26 September 2013

Hiked with Matteo up Mount Conness. Matteo was very personable and a lot of fun. Camped out, ate great food (some of it was caught from Young Lakes) and generally had a great time. Highly recommended.

Thank mattoneill
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

We used YExplore for an overnight family backpack trip to Young Lakes in late August 2013. My wife and I took our 10 year old daughter and 12 year old son. We felt it was important to get off the beaten path, away from the crowds, pavement and development of Yosemite Valley, to make sure our kids had a meaningful experience engaging directly with nature. YExplore definitely delivered. This was our first real backpacking trip, and back home in Chicago we don’t even have hills let alone real mountains, so I worried that this hike might be more than we could handle. But we had a wonderful time! I believe the best measure is that both our kids, after hauling 12-15 pound backpacks across rugged and sometimes steep terrain for 13 miles, announced an enthusiastic 5 star rating – and they want to do it again!

Catherine, the YExplore operations manager, did a remarkable job preparing us for the trip. She put together a thoughtful and delicious menu that accommodated one gluten free person (my wife) and one peanut allergy (my son). Catherine called me several times in advance of the trip to go over menu choices, equipment, trip planning, etc. We had to bring water bottles/bladders, backpacks, sleeping bags and sleeping pads. YExplore provided the rest of the equipment and all the food.

The first day, we hiked 6.7 miles, with about 2,100 foot elevation gain, leaving Tuolomne Meadows around 11am and getting to Lower Young Lake a little after 5pm. Catherine’s husband John was our guide, and he did a terrific job of adjusting the pace of our hike to match our abilities. He never rushed us, and built in a lot of time for resting, chatting, snacking and taking in the spectacular views. John engaged our kids throughout the hike, telling them about the trees, wildlife, and mountains. His charming demeanor won my kids over quickly, and his love of the outdoors was infectious.

About half way up, the wind shifted and we got hit with smoke from the Rim Fire. The fire itself was far away and presented no direct danger to us, but the smoke was unpleasant, potentially hazardous to breathe, and obscured our views. John calmly and fully informed my wife and me about our options – we could proceed with the hike as planned, or redirect back down to the Meadow to camp for the night. I mention it because the gracious and thoughtful manner in which John handled this is a reflection of how he handled the entire trip.

Fortunately, we decided to proceed. The smoke cleared in a few hours, and we were rewarded with a beautifully clear nighttime sky brilliant with stars. We awoke to a stunning sunrise that illuminated Ragged Peak looming over our campsite, reflected perfectly in the glass-smooth lake. Only one other couple was camped on the other side of the lake that night, and they left shortly after sunrise so we had place to ourselves. We spent the morning scrambling and exploring around Young Lakes. John and I swapped photography tips. The scenery was breathtaking in the morning light – something you can only experience by camping overnight. And with the smoke gone, the hike back down to the Meadows was magnificent. We broke camp about 11:30am, and at a comfortable pace got back to the parking lot before 4pm. The Young Lakes hike was very pretty, and we encountered very few people on the trail. I highly recommend YExplore!

Thank CubsFanMike
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

AWESOME!!! Incredible hike! Sercond time going with John & YExplore. LOVE these guys! Absolute great hike, great day, great people! Knowledgeable, experienced, safe and considerate. 3 hikers plus John (the best guide ever!). Two 40 year olds (m/f) and a 34 yr old (m)...not in excellent shape. He paced us and kept us on track without pushing us to keet moving. He's got a great personality and sense of humor. Keeps you moving, but is kind. Kept and eye on our health, breathing and energy. Stopped us regularly for water and snack breaks (Thank You!). Made an effort to stop & point out the landscapes, vistas and quirky nature trivia. Could not have been a better trip. Older male on trip was struggling on the way down (knee problems) and John couldn't have been more compassionate and kind, yet assertive. Wil absolutely do this again!

Thank Shelley119
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

Super easy to set up and 100% worth the cost. Robb was an exceptional guide with expertise about the park and photography. Took us to stunning views and offered just the right amount of guidance and teaching. Was able to incorporate his lessons throughout the rest of our trip. Great recommendations for additional hikes. Two very big thumbs up!

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Reviewed 15 July 2013

Increible,it was beautiful. You have to be very well prepared because the round trip is hard to do. In my case i did it in 9 hours and couldn't wait for a New-yorker and a cup of wine!!! Although i did not brought enough water i recommand at least 2l...

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