Yosemite Preparation

Published 2019-05-20
Booked a trip with us to Yosemite?  Here's what's next!

First off, thank you for trusting us with your vacation and booking a trip with us!  We put a lot of effort into ensuring your trip goes smoothly and is as successful as the environment allows.  There is so much to learn prior to your departure and it is essential that you complete all the steps in this post to ensure your safety and enjoyment.  We’ve done our best to remove the fluff, but there is still a lot of information.  Set aside about one hour to watch the videos and read the articles thoroughly.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to message us in the chat box below.
 Step 1:  Confirm Gear Pick-up Location
You should have selected a shipping address at checkout.  If you selected one of our partner stores to pick up your gear, please check their hours and ensure it matches with your travel plans.  If it does not, please message us so we can assist you in locating an alternate location for gear pick-up.  If you are staying in a hotel prior to Yosemite, you can also call your hotel and ask for permission to ship to their address.  Please check the hours of your selected shipping location for gear pick-up

Any Mountain in Dublin, CA: 10AM – 9PM (Mon-Sat) | 11AM-6PM (Sun) | 45 Minutes from SFO on your way to Yosemite.

Bishop, CA - Fed-Up store

South Lake Tahoe - UPS Location

Or, a location that better suits you. Just let us know. Also, if you don't know yet, just keep us updated as you build your plans for your trip.

Step 2:
Read the Seven Principles to Leave No Trace and watch Leave No Trace Ethics Video. These are the 7 most important rules for backpacking and the guidelines for all outdoor recreation.  Returning customers are expected to have these memorized. You can also watch the video, which is linked in step 3.

Step 3: Watch the videos below as well as the videos on our Base Camp page.  The videos are short and informative and will explain backpacking essentials.  We recommend every experience level watching them right after you book as well as right before the trip.

     Staying Safe in the Backcountry
Step 4:  Read the ‘Recommended Packing List’ article on our Base Camp Page.

Step 5:  Within about a week of your trip, we will forward your bus tickets and wilderness permit to the e-mail address you provided us at checkout.  Be sure to have these files both in print or accessible on your phone prior to arriving to Yosemite.

Step 6:  Download Google Maps on your smartphone and use the articles below to download maps for offline use.  Depending on your service provider, you may or may not have service in Yosemite.  Use the following article to download a custom offline map of Yosemite.  This will help ensure that the QR codes work well on the provided itinerary so you can navigate the park with ease.

    iPhone: Instructions
    Android: Instructions

    Video for both

Step 7: Review the itinerary. Read through the itinerary day-by-day.  Having an idea of what each day entails will make you much more efficient and ensure you are fully prepared for your trip.  A link to the itinerary will be included in your permit/bus ticket e-mail.

Step 8:  Training. Make sure you are physically and mentally prepared for your trip!  We highly recommended taking local hikes prior to your departure. This helps set proper expectations and understand mileage. To locate hikes nearby, check out https://www.hikingproject.com/

Step 9: Read CampCrate's Bear Safety Article

Step 10 (Optional):  If you’d like, we are happy to chat with you on the phone to ensure you are feeling 100% prepared prior to your arrival.  If interested, just chat with us through our website and set up a convenient time with us.  International customers are encouraged to download WhatsApp for free international phone calls.

**We are not a commercial guide service but a gear renting service that gathers and delivers information to you to help prepare for a self-guided backpacking experience. Your safety and preparedness is your sole responsibility.**

Have more questions? Please reach out.