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Testimonials

Yosemite Trip Rap Up
Flakes of snow weave paths of argyle through the needles of yellow pine and incense cedar as my three tent mates and I tell stories and recount the events of the day. Strangers just days earlier, we now laugh and joke with trail-earned comfort. It’s the evening of day five, and although we don’t yet know it, our morning will bring with it rarely seen vistas of a Yosemite icon. Half Dome powdered with spring snow will welcome us and signal the final leg of our journey into the valley of Muir and Adams.

Beginning days earlier at the southern apex of Yosemite National Park in Wawona, California our group of ten set out to climb the Chilnualna falls trail 2,400 vertical feet to the unseasonably low May snow line. Over the course of the days that followed, our group hiked, snowshoed, sweat and shivered nearly 30 miles through the vast Yosemite National Park wilderness. But as our trip leader Carson commented later, the magnitude of our journey could not only be measured in miles. Our determination, fitness and skills in navigation were put to the test as our team worked together to cross swollen rivers, ascend rocky outcroppings and traverse the undulating mountain terrain. As the first group to explore the southern back-country of Yosemite in 2011, we saw no human tracks in the Sierra snow except our own. Yet tracks of black bear, mountain ion, hare, deer and squirrel were plentiful and powerful reminders of our roles as guests in the rugged forests and snow-covered meadows of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

After our several thousand foot descent into Yosemite Valley, the team spent a day freely roaming the awe inspiring glacially carved canyon surrounding us. We rubbed our eyes in disbelief of the living postcard in which we found ourselves and relaxed in the warm sun along the banks of the Merced river. I often reflect quietly upon the accomplishments of our journey. Especially now, as the sweat collects on upon my brow in the Southern heat, I often think back to the morning ritual of dressing inside the relative warmth of our tent before emerging into the bright, crisp and breathtakingly beautiful landscape of Yosemite National Park.

-Clinton Begley
Touch The Earth Intern

Dailly Events

Jul
28
Thu
12:00 pm Smart Summer Sundaes – Free Ice ... @ GSU Recreation Center Lobby
Smart Summer Sundaes – Free Ice ... @ GSU Recreation Center Lobby
Jul 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Event Description: Come and learn how to enjoy an awesome ice cream treat the healthy way. There will be free ice cream for thefirst 50 participants! July 28 12 – 1 p.m. Student Recreation Center… more »
Jul
31
Sun
all-day Nantahala Raft Trip #3
Nantahala Raft Trip #3
Jul 31 all-day
This 8.5 mile run in a beautiful gorge of North Carolina is enjoyable for beginners as well as veteran rafters. Includes transportation, leadership, river guides, equipment and lunch. Jim Hudson, Bruce Wood, Mark Bodnar &… more »
Aug
4
Thu
all-day North Carolina Outer Banks Sea K...
North Carolina Outer Banks Sea K...
Aug 4 – Aug 7 all-day
Join us for a four-day backcountry expedition at North Carolina’s Outer Banks! We’ll kayak five miles offshore to the remote and roadless islands of Cape Lookout National Seashore. Here you can enjoy remote beaches, spectacular… more »
Aug
6
Sat
all-day Little River Falls Alabama
Little River Falls Alabama
Aug 6 all-day
Hike the canyons with a swimsuit on and jump right in below Little River Falls. Dry off for a picnic lunch and swim for the rest of the afternoon. Includes transportation and leadership. Marcos Ordaz… more »
Aug
20
Sat
all-day Deep River Trail
Deep River Trail
Aug 20 all-day
This trip includes hiking and swimming. River shoes, trekking poles and a waterproof stuff sack are recommended. Includes transportation and leadership. Gardner Neely Rating: moderate to strenuous, 9 miles Cost: $12, $14, $19
all-day Horseback Forest Trail Riding #3
Horseback Forest Trail Riding #3
Aug 20 all-day
Beginner and experienced riders will enjoy Blue Ridge, GA, by horseback. We’ll spend 1 1/2 hours in the saddle on the trail and tour the mountain area afterwards. Includes transportation, leadership, gratuity, horse and guide.… more »
all-day Stand up Paddleboard/Kayaking
Stand up Paddleboard/Kayaking
Aug 20 all-day
Hop on a SUP or in a kayak and paddle across and around a fantastic lake in the mountains of Georgia. Includes paddle equipment, transportation and leadership. Anna Inman Cost: $14, $18, $20
Aug
21
Sun
all-day Ocoee Rafting Trip #3
Ocoee Rafting Trip #3
Aug 21 all-day
This exciting Class IV whitewater river in Tennessee is the most action packed in the Southeast. Expect to get wet and experience a wild ride as you work as a team. This is a river… more »

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