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Yosemite Half Dome Backpacking


5 Explorer Chicks
Backpacking, Bucket List, Hiking, National Park, US-Based, Weekend
4 Days
5 - Highly Strenuous
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Christine P.Christine P. ★★★★★ Our guide Kirsty was amazing! Such a great experience hiking up Half DomeDorianne H.Dorianne H. ★★★★★ Wow !!! This trip with Explorer Chicks was truly amazing. We went to Yosemite and backpacked and hiked Half Dome. Such a fantastic trip with so many emotions and thrills of accomplishment. Hats off to our guide Kirstie Mulliken, she is such an amazing guide. She herself, backpacked with 55lbs, 😳😳😳 She made us incredible meals (and wouldn’t even allow us to help her clean up), she empowered us to push ourselves and over all, she is an incredible person at such a young age. She made our trip memorable and we can’t wait to search for another trip, and hopefully have her as a guide !!!!Amanda GAmanda G ★★★★★ I recently returned from my first EC trip backpacking in Yosemite with a summit of Half Dome at sunset. It was incredible, well organized, and our guide Kirstie was absolutely phenomenal! Definitely not my last EC adventure. They do a really nice job of creating a unique and memorable experience.Daniele R.Daniele R. ★★★★★ My first trip with Explorer Chick and it was nothing short of life changing! Yosemite and summiting Half Dome has been on the top of my bucket list for years. I’m so glad I found (through Instagram of all places) and chose Explorer Chick to help me check this one off! I was blown away by the trip from start to finish. The planning, preparation and organization that goes into it is on another level. Leading up to the trip, the communication through emails was very informative and responsive to any questions or concerns. It makes the trip so much easier and carefree than doing it all by yourself and you get to make new friends while doing it. (Hello bonus hiking gal pals)I have been backpacking before with friends so I had most of the gear already, I was able to bring it and test out some new stuff I had as well which was great. I was a little worried I wouldn’t get along with the other girls but friendships and bonds are formed super quickly, there is no time for awkward silence.During our trip we got to cross paths with another Explorer Chick group who were at the end of their backpacking trip while ours was just beginning and they all still had smiles on their faces, just really enjoying the most of the time they had left.Kirstie is such an amazing guide, she very knowledgeable about the history of the lands, the landscape and terrain, and keeps everyone safe and aware of surroundings. She doesn’t leave you guessing what is going to happen so you know exactly what to expect. She gives you updates on what the plans are and is enthusiastic and upbeat. Kirstie also gives you positive encouragement, asks how you’re feeling periodically, goes through safety briefs, and shows map locations and exactly what trails you will be on along the route.She knows the terrain like the back of her hand and how to navigate through tricky spots along the trail. Her backcountry cooking skills are also impressive! I didn’t eat a single freeze dried meal in 4 days! (*Chefs kiss*)Highly recommend booking with Explorer Chick for any trips you want to do but maybe are on the fence and don’t want to do it ALL by yourself and don’t have all the gear, etc. The connections made with the guide and other travelers can be really special. It’s truly a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget or regret a single part of and can’t wait to tackle another trip with them!Christa F.Christa F. ★★★★★ My first Explorer Chick trip. Yosemite half dome backpacking.This was a strenuous tip but very rewarding. Our guide Kara was the best! She was very organized and did great job planning all the meals for this backcountry trip. I learned so many tips and tricks about backpacking from her. The scenery is beautiful and we summited Half Dome in the evening or a sunset summit. This couldn't have been a better decision by our guide and group as whole. This made for no crowds on the cables, a gorgeous sunset at the top of Half Dome and fun night hike back to camp.The only thing that would have made this trip better was if it was a couple days longer!js_loader

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