Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River, Yosemite National Park.

Best of Yosemite, Part 2: Backpacking Remote Northern Yosemite

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By Michael Lanza

Under a sky lacking even one tiny cotton ball, and so blue you want to pour it into a cup and drink it, Todd and I walk across Tuolumne Meadows, carrying full but light backpacks and hearts full of anticipation. Across the creek-cut meadows, Cathedral Peak knifes into the stratosphere, and domes of polished granite bubble up above the treetops. The temperature hovers around 60° F, the air is as calm as a monk.

When you’re hiking on a September morning at 8,600 feet in the high country of Yosemite National Park, life floats intoxicatingly close to perfection.

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2 Responses to Best of Yosemite, Part 2: Backpacking Remote Northern Yosemite

  1. Thuc   |  September 18, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Hi Michael, I’ve been a big fan of The Big Outside for a couple years now but have never commented before, I don’t think!

    This post brought back so many good Yosemite memories for me. Only visited the Park for the first time in July and already can’t wait to come back. You are so lucky to be so close to it! I estimate that I am probably about at least 20 hours from it, from Sydney!

    What you wrote about the vicious cycle and the irrepressible desire for adventures really resonates with me. I definitely obsess over my own outdoors dreams until it gets too much and I just have to drop everything and book it in.

    I loved the Yosemite wilderness. The Valley is beautiful but the crowds definitely turn me off a little. I did Clouds Rest in July and Mount Hoffman was second on the list – will have to do it next time. There was also a moment on our hike where we ran out of water and I had the same “WHY?!” thoughts running through my head!

    Love reading your stuff and thought you should know 🙂

    • MichaelALanza   |  September 19, 2016 at 6:46 am

      Hi Thuc, Thanks very much for the kind words (and I hope you subscribe; see box above, at the bottom of the story). And good on you for making the effort to travel to Yosemite. You will be able to return there many times and that park will continue to amaze and inspire you, as it does me. Keep in touch.

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