Yosemite – the Infamous!

yosemiteYosemite is one of the most infamous national parks in the United States. It also has one of the most infamous mispronunciations of all time. Contrary to popular belief (and my personal long-held one) the word does not rhyme with “hose-might”, and rather is pronounced “yo-sim-it-tea”.

But let’s not limit this magnificent piece of nature to its name. Yosemite is a buffet of the various spectacles of nature: waterfalls, mountains, rivers, you name it.

A classic visitor stop is the Merced River. A beautifully blue, bright body of water, it is an aquatic resource important to Yosemite and the ecosystem it supports within. Certain points along the river offer clear views to the mountains that rise in the distance, a feature that satisfies the most avid photographers. But the river is not limited to sightseeing: it is also a popular spot for rafting, especially in the summer. Swimming through the clean, clear water is enjoyable as well. But be careful, the water is often cold and the currents can be fast and dangerous.

The river and various lakes aren’t the only aquatic beauties of Yosemite. The waterfalls located in Yosemite are stunning, and some of the lesser known ones serve as a real treat for those looking to wander in solitude. A few to put on your list of potential destinations include Illilouette and Chilnualna Falls.

A visit to Yosemite would not be complete without a visit to one of the stony marvels along the Sierra Nevada. The most popular include El Capitan and the Half Dome, both situated in the Yosemite Valley. But there are other worthwhile peaks, such as the Sentinel Rock and the Cathedral Rocks and Spires.

One of history’s legendary photographers, Ansel Adams photographed Yosemite often. His photographs capture Yosemite’s sites at their most beautiful, and if you visit the gift shop, be sure to pick up a few copies of his pictures!

Rangers point at things

Park Rangers are wonderful people who serve millions of park visitors. The first formally appointed park rangers were Charles A. Leidig and Archie O. Leonard of Yosemite National Park starting in 1898. Since then Park Rangers make your visit all the worthwhile by first protecting the nature and then helping the visitors with useful  working knowledge about the park and the wonders of nature in it.  They also know to have fun while pointing at things. Check out ‪#‎rangerspointingatthings.  As you hit to trails at your favorite national park, check out our excellent collection of hiking shirts and grab one that suits your taste.

Photo Courtesy of National Park Service
Photo Courtesy of National Park Service

The Best Yosemite Bouldering Video?

Park Life – Yosemite Bouldering is a film about 9 climbers who spend 2 weeks in the Holy Land for climbers, that is Yosemite Valley. This one might be one of the best – from the cinematography to the story telling, it’s extremely well done.

With Park Life, we strive to answer this age-old, omnipresent question: Why? By combining difficult climbing, captivating visuals, and engaging music under the all-encompassing umbrella of a professional production company, we hope to portray a unique lifestyle that has given us all a palpable sense of unwavering purpose. The long-lasting friendships, incessant failure and equally abundant success, reckless commitment and dedication driven to the point of complete and utter irresponsibility; it’s an eternal battle. We do it because we love it.

Best of all, if you enjoyed this film – it’s a free download at LT11.com. Save it to you’re iPad or Android phone for that long trip on a plane or when you’re bored in class. FYI – It’s about 775 mb.

Top Adventures to Take Before You Die

free climb el Capitan

In the movie Braveheart, Princess Isabelle said “Death comes to us all.” None of us can avoid death … So why not make the best of the time that we have here on Earth? National Geographic Magazine posted an article of the most extreme adventures to put on your bucket list. The key to their bucket list is to make sure you complete the items alive! Some of them are not for the weak.

Their bucket list includes summiting Everest, surfing in the North Pole, free climbing Yosemite’s El Capitan and exploring Patagonia. Sounds like one hell of a bucket list.

Click here for the full list of National Geographic’s most extreme adventures for you bucket list.

Do you have a bucket list? Are there any extreme adventures you plan to take before you kick the bucket? Post a comment and share them with us.

Winters of My Life – A Yosemite Hutkeeper’s Story

Jonathan Burhop is a nonfiction filmmaker, among other things. He has produced and worked on shows for The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and TLC. Burhop’s newest piece is Winters of My Life – which was featured on Vimeo by the staff. In just a few short days the video has gained thousands of viewers and started discussion about the life and experiences of the featured subject.

From Vimeo:

Winters of My Life is a portrait of Howard Weamer. For the past 35 years he has spent his winters as a hutkeeper in Yosemite’s backcountry. He fills his days writing, reading, photographing, and being an ambassador to mountain culture. This is a brief look into his world and why he chooses to stay.

What did you think of the film? I really enjoyed it – just wish it was longer! Would you like to live a similar life and spend your winters as a hutkeeper in Yosemite? Post a comment and let us know.

Trail Talk: The Old West One

It’s Friday and time for another edition of Trail Talk – except this time you’ll notice something different. For the first time, we’ve attached a podcast to our Trail Talk blog posts. It only makes sense to actually talk about the blog content given the title of these posts. I ask that you go easy on us as this is our first go at a podcast. Over the next few weeks will work on editing, music, content etc. I’ll also try not to sound so monotone!

We might exploring into new content for podcasts but to kick things off we’re going to stick with Trail Talk and discuss some of the hot outdoor topics from other blogs around the internet. As soon as I can figure out how to get it on iTunes I’ll do that too, but for now you can download the mp3 or listen here:

Download Trail Talk MP3

For those of you just looking for a quick links to a good read I’ll go ahead with the normal Trail Talk process. Today we have an acclimation day on Denali at 17,000 feet, a look back at the American West, tips on how to stay alive in the Grand Canyon, a traveler’s checklist for Yosemite National Park, and an epic mountain biking trip to Mt. Graham.

Acclimation Day on DenaliWild Snow
Bodie State Historic ParkModern Hiker
Grand Canyon Early June UpdateGrand Canyon Hiker’s Blog
Traveler’s Checklist to Yosemite National ParkNational Park Traveler
Around the MountainBikepacking and Endurnace Mountain Biking

If you listened to the podcast, I’d love it if you posted a comment with your critiques – it will only help us get better. And as always, send us your links to awesome outdoor blog posts so we can include them in the next edition of Trail Talk.