Yosemite Half Dome

  • 4 Day Backpacking and Summit
  • 2021 Dates: July 23-26, August 14-17
  • Difficulty Level 4 (strenuous)
  • Fundraising Commitment – $2,500 per participant
  • Trip Capacity: 8-10 Participants, 2 Guides
  • Guide services 100% donated by Sports Basement Outdoors

Trip Descirption

At 8,839 feet, Half Dome is the most famous peak in Yosemite with breathtaking views of the Valley below from atop.  Backpacking is best way to see this iconic mountain while avoiding big crowds. With Half Dome being a staple on many bucket lists, these trips sell out quickly as permits can be impossible to get on your own. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the best of Yosemite! Please note that this hike culminates in a challenging cable climb up a rock face. *Dates are tentative based on backcountry permits, secured 6 months prior to departure.

 

TRIP ITINERARY

Although we’ll always do our best to adhere to this schedule, it is often dictated by factors outside of our control and is therefore subject to change. We will run this trip rain or shine.

DAY 1

Meet at the Glacier Point Parking Lot at 11 am (park at the far side of lot, past turn, near permanent bear bins)

  • Trip orientation and gear discussion
  • Enjoy spectacular, panoramic views of Yosemite
  • Hike roughly 4 miles on moderate downhill terrain
  • Enjoy a trailside lunch
  • Make camp at Illilouette Creek
  • Enjoy a delicious, hot dinner along with a selection of hot beverages (e.g. coffee, tea, apple cider, hot chocolate)
DAY 2
  • Enjoy a delicious, hot breakfast along with a selection of hot beverages (e.g. coffee, tea, apple cider, hot chocolate)
  • Break camp
  • Hike 5 miles over varied terrain to Little Yosemite Valley
  • Enjoy a trailside lunch
  • Enjoy spectacular views of Yosemite
  • Make camp
  • Optional day hike: If time and group energy permits, potential to hike 3.5 miles for a sunset summit of Half Dome (and 3.5 miles back) with a lightweight day pack
  • Enjoy a delicious, hot dinner along with a selection of hot beverages (e.g. coffee, tea, apple cider, hot chocolate)
DAY 3
  • Enjoy a delicious, hot breakfast along with a selection of hot beverages (e.g. coffee, tea, apple cider, hot chocolate)
  • If not done the day prior, hike 3.5 miles to the summit of Half Dome  (and 3.5 miles back) with a lightweight day pack
  • Enjoy a trailside lunch
  • Enjoy spectacular, panoramic views of Yosemite
  • If Half Dome summited the day prior, possible day hike to summit Clouds Rest and back (10-13 miles) with a lightweight day pack
  • Enjoy a delicious, hot dinner along with a selection of hot beverages (e.g. coffee, tea, apple cider, hot chocolate)
DAY 4
  1. Enjoy a delicious, hot breakfast along with a selection of hot beverages (e.g. coffee, tea, apple cider, hot chocolate)
  2. Break camp
  3. Hike 4.5 miles on moderate uphill terrain to a beautiful waterfall
  4. Enjoy a trailside lunch
  5. Hike 2.5 miles on sometimes strenuous uphill terrain
  6. Enjoy spectacular, panoramic views of Yosemite
  7. Return to the Glacier Point Parking Lot
  8. Congratulations! You just backpacked/hiked 23-36 miles with 6k-10k elevation gain over 4 days!
INCLUDED:
  • Expert, Medically Trained Guides
  • Personal Backpacking Gear (based on need)
  • Group First Aid Kit
  • All Wilderness Permits and Camping Fees
  • Bear Canisters
  • Group Cooking Gear (including stoves and fuel)
  • Water Filtration
  • Dinners, Breakfasts, Hot Beverages, and Trail Snacks (Lunches eliminated due to COVID-19 contamination risks)
  • An Amazing Wilderness Experience
  • *Dates are tentative based on backcountry permits, secured 6 months prior to departure.
NOT INCLUDED:
  • Transportation to and from Yosemite
  • Lunches (see above)
  • Park Entrance Fees
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Guide Gratuities

100% of guide services donated by Sports Basement Outdoors

 

 

The donation of participant gear rentals, two certified guides, permits and meals is provided at no cost to BAWT as part of Sports Basement’s Outdoors Together Anti-Racism Action Plan. Sports Basement is working tirelessly to continually improve our internal processes, our public-facing programs and offerings, and our impact on the outdoor industry in general. Click here to check out our progress.

For more information on Sports Basement Outdoor’s Yosemite Half Dome backpacking trip click here.

What Our Students Say

“BAWT has been instrumental in helping me accomplish my goal of exposing youth to nature… On top of the wonderful experience of bonding, sharing, and laughing through thoughtful engaging activities, I learned that for years I had been doing things wrong (at least not the most organized, effective, and time saving way). My planning, preparation, and organizational skills increased two fold, minimally. The impact my new skills had on the next youth camping trip….priceless. I was so much more competent and confident. This relieved a huge amount of stress associated with the trip and made it far more enjoyable for staff and myself.”

Zotunde Morton

Youth Worker
Ujimaa Foundation

So excited to continue the growth of our club. This was our 5th completed trip this year, and I feel so grateful that it’s beginning to feel like a real institution and space respected in the school! Thank you BAWT, for your dedication to supporting all humans in experiencing the healing and power of Mother Earth. Excited to continue our partnership!

Mira Stern

Leadership High School
Exerpt from 2018 Wild Club Trip Reflection

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Other courses

Hiking Leadership Training

1-day course for novice and experienced hikers provides leadership and facilitation skills for planning, organizing and leading fun and safe hikes with youth.

Wilderness First Aid

WFA is a highly experiential 2-day class for everyone who wants to learn how to handle medical situations in the backcountry. You’ll gain the confidence and the skills to handle a first aid emergency.

Frontcountry Leadership Training

Our FLT is an entry-level “car camping” course that covers all the basic skills and resources needed to take youth safely and successfully on overnight trips.