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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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.

John Muir included a hike over the top of El Capitan and Ribbon Fall in one of his "one day" Yosemite itineraries published in The Yosemite (1912). Photo: Yosemite Conservancy

How would you spend a day in Yosemite? Read on for ideas from park fans, our Outdoor Adventure team, and the quintessential Sierra adventurer, John Muir.

#OptOutside with Yosemite Conservancy and REI on Black Friday (Nov. 25).

Why do you get outside? To relax? To find adventure? To stargaze? Whatever inspires you, we hope you'll join us to #OptOutside next Friday - and throughout the year!

A Yosemite Conservancy expert-led backpacking Outdoor Adventure leads participants to Clouds Rest and Half Dome, with breathtaking views of the high country along the way. Photo: Karyn O'Hearn.

How do you end up working as a naturalist in one of the world's most iconic protected places? Meet three of our Outdoor Adventure guides and get inspired to explore, and preserve, Yosemite.