The Yosemite Conservancy blog. An insider's look at what's happening in the park — and how our donors are making a difference.

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The Yosemite Conservancy blog.
An insider's look at what's happening in the park — and how our donors are making a difference.

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Hiking in the Sierra Nevada high country, on the quest to locate Yosemite boundary signs. Photo: Beth Ogilvie and Susan Straghalis

On a September day in 2006, two hikers stood at Virginia Pass and contemplated a weathered metal sign: "Entering Yosemite Wilderness." How many more such markers waited quietly on remote passes and peaks along Yosemite's edges? And how many could they find? From that simple question, a quest was born: to "bag" the park's boundary signs.

Sunrise at Glacier Point. Photo: Sara Jones

What motivates you to get outside? With Thanksgiving coming up this week, REI is continuing an annual tradition of "opting outside" on Black Friday. We came up with a few reasons to maximize moments outdoors, and hope they'll inspire you to spend some quality time in Yosemite or your local park!

Naturalist and author David Lukas leads Outdoor and Custom Adventures for Yosemite Conservancy. Photo: Courtesy of David Lukas

Our Outdoor Adventure guides draw on their extensive knowledge of Yosemite and the natural world to lead day hikes, backpacking trips, birding walks, and more. Read on to meet one of our naturalists, and get inspired to explore the park!

A group of friends backpacking in Yosemite's high country. Photo: Keith Walklet

Are you ready to try backpacking, but not sure where to begin? Get started with these basic tips, and get inspired to learn more from an expert naturalist guide during one of our Outdoor Adventure trips.