Yosemite Brings Out The Daredevil

Yosemite visitors have been risking their lives since the first outsiders arrived. What is it that causes otherwise rational people to feel the sudden need to test their mortality when they find themselves in spectacular natural settings? I once observed a young man performing tricky Yoga balancing poses on the very edge of a trail…

El Capitan Climber Rescued – Regains Thumb

In a year when an unusually large number of fatalities occurred in Yosemite Nation Park it is good to hear that another near casualty has a happy ending. Two climbers were attempting to climb El Capitan, and were nearing the top, when the lead climber fell, by some reports 1,000 feet, and had his thumb…

Will Climate Change Make Yosemite More Dangerous?

Backpackers this year were not fully prepared for how spectacular the spring runoff was. Although warned by rangers that Yosemite had one of the biggest snow packs of recent memory hikers are finding trails are especially muddy and slippery and two hikers have died trying to cross the bridge at Wapama Falls. In fact this…

Direct Flights to Yosemite Area Skiing

Starting December 15, 2011 until April 15 United Express partner, SkyWest Airlines, will be flying jets from San Diego to Mammoth Yosemite Airport and back. SkyWest has already been offering year round flights to Mammoth Yosemite Airport from Los Angeles. The flights will leave at 7:40 am for a 9:04 arrival and return at 3:40pm…

“Yosemite Facelift” Volunteers Clean the Park

September 14, 2011 – Want to make a difference in Yosemite? Yosemite National Park and the Yosemite Climbing Association are inviting the public to participate in the 8th annual Yosemite Facelift September 21 through September 25. Volunteers pick up trash at various popular places in the park after the summer season. Last year over 80…

Yosemite Trail Restoration Completed

September 13, 2011 – The National Park Service has completed the restoration of 75 miles of hiking trails. This is the largest project of its type ever attempted. The goal was simply to improve the most popular trails in order to improve access but more importantly to protect the natural environment around them. 33 miles…