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Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides

Yosemite National Park, CA, USA
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About Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides
SYMG is a leader in the active travel and mountain guiding world, providing carefully planned and executed trips in the most spectacular wilderness areas of California. SYMG was started in 1991 by three friends offering hiking trips into California's mountains in hopes of more closely meshing lifestyle with work. Now, over 25 years later, we've shown thousands of people the beauty of Yosemite and the High Sierra and have been named one of the "Best Outfitters on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure Magazine.
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Malcolm S wrote a review 2 Oct
Killiney, Ireland18 contributions5 helpful votes
Amazing support pre trip as I had to reschedule 3 times due to COVID. Guides knowledge, experience, and chefmanship unparalleled.
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Date of experience: September 2022
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William R wrote a review Sep 2022
Fort Worth, Texas26 contributions12 helpful votes
Well done SYMG!! A group of 12 dedicated and accomplished backpackers scheduled their 7 day Yosemite Grand Traverse and the trip was flawless. From logistics and organization through 60 plus miles on the trail, this was a lifetime experience. Our guides, Rachael and Wyatt, were outstanding rock stars with incredible stamina and experience in the Sierras. Fun to be around, extremely strong, capable and knowledgeable in the backcountry, and good trail chefs! The food was fantastic and plentiful. Their local knowledge about geology and flora was always interesting, and the more I pressed, the more information I'd get. One day, I casual asked Wyatt what the genus/species of a flowering plant we had first came across (trying to stump the chump) and he casual whips it out. Rachael is an experienced climber and we were gradually able to pull exciting details out of her humble nature. Their flexibility and easy going personalities made for such a comfortable trip. One day, a few of us wanted to get some extra miles and bag a local peak, Wyatt took a look at the peak, looked at his watch, grabbed a water bottle and said "let's go". He guided us up a steep approach and a final vertical scramble that was a top 3 view of the trip. Bottom line, if you asked for something, these two would drop what they were doing and made it happen. Make no mistake, you have to be in Great Shape, or you will suffer on this trip. So train hard and be prepared and the trail miles will glide by and the scenery will be more appreciated. This was a trip of a lifetime with the views, serenity and seclusion. For the first 72 hours, we saw 2 people who were just exiting the trail as we were on mile 4. All of our campsites were unique and incredibly beautiful. Oh, and a shout out to Becky and Becca in the front office who helped put it all together, answering my relentless questions and requests with patience. Excellent customer service!! We came away with stories and memories of a lifetime, so thank you SYMG for a great trip! We will definitely be back for more in the Sierras and SYMG!
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Date of experience: September 2022
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Emma wrote a review Aug 2022
Thames Ditton, United Kingdom18 contributions4 helpful votes
We did an day walk coving part of the Mist Trail and John Muir trail. Amazing walk a big chunk of which we couldn’t have done ourselves. Our guide Quap was really interesting and kept us all engaged for the full journey - no mean feat when you have four teens
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Date of experience: August 2022
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LeAnn S wrote a review Aug 2022
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Guides were great! Food was amazing for a 3 night 4 day backpacking adventure in the Ansel Adams Wilderness.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Peter N wrote a review Aug 2022
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this was the hike of a lifetime done with the excellent leadership of our SYMG guides Connor and Laurel. It was definitely the most physically challenging thing i’ve ever done. We had a great group, outstanding guides who prepared top notch meals everyday!! the weather cooperated for the most part with only two days of rain after we had set up camp. this was my second trip with SYMG. i had a similar excellent hike on the Yosemite Grand Traverse last summer. i would recommend SYMG to anyone who wants an exceptional high sierra adventure. great team leaders, great food and most importantly lots of fun along the way even though you’re working hard. Such a great way to take a special vacation with family, friends or by yourself. the bond that develops between you and your fellow hikers is truly special. everyone on the trip learns from one another and a lifetime of memories is created.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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