Yosemite Preparation

Published 2018-09-17
Book 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 every customer’s trips go 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:  Shipping Confirmation for Gear Pick-Up
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
Fed-Up in Bishop, CA
South Lake Tahoe

Step 2: Watch the 7 videos on our Base Camp page.  These 7 videos are 23 minutes in total and will explain backpacking essentials.  These videos are for all experience levels.  I recommend watching them after booking and also a second time just a few days prior to your arrival.
Step 3:  Read the ‘Recommended Packing List’ article on our Base Camp Page.

Step 4:  Within a few days of booking, 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 5:  Download Google Maps on your smart phone 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

Step 6: 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 7:  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 the 'Bears and Food Storage' article Yosemite's website to learn about proper wildlife etiquette.

Step 10: Read the Seven Principles to Leave No Trace.  These are the 7 most important rules for backpacking and the guidelines for all outdoor recreation.  Returning customers are expected to have these memorized.

Step 11 (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.