Ice, Wind, & Fire

July 31, 2014 to August 3, 2014

Leave the crowds behind, and enjoy a series of guided off-trail day hikes to seldom-visited areas near Tuolumne Meadows. This workshop consists of three separate daylong hikes and is recommended for experienced hikers in excellent physical condition. On Thursday, meet the group at 5 pm in Tuolumne Meadows for a short walk and discussion about the next three days. On Friday morning, meet in Tuolumne Meadows; we’ll hike to see the ice of a living glacier and learn the natural history behind these valuable resources. The next day, we’ll journey to an exposed ridge at 12,000 feet, where the wind is particularly exhilarating, and see views of Mono Lake. On the final day, you’ll get a taste of fire, while exploring effects of the Rim Fire that blazed through this area in the summer of 2013. Join a select group of only seven people who have the chance to enjoy this special journey to lesser-known places.

Experience package includes camping July 31–Aug. 3 at Tuolumne Meadows Campground plus entry into Yosemite. View a suggested packing list for this program.

Hiking: Challenging; up to 10 miles per day
Elevation: 8,000'–12,000'
Experience package: $249
Leader: Dick Ewart
Dick Ewart, Yosemite Conservancy expert guide

Dick Ewart

Dick Ewart, a veteran hiker and winter enthusiast, has been a park ranger in Yosemite for over thirty years. He has a Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of New Hampshire and has hiked and snowshoed most of the park’s 800 miles of trails. Dick spends his summers presenting naturalist programs at Glacier Point while during the winter he enjoys leading snowshoe hikes at the Badger Pass Ski Area.