Backpacking Yosemite — A Photo Journal

Me resting on the edge of Taft Point

What?

This is the first of a sequence of posts belonging to the “Backpacking Yosemite” series. It should give you an overview and serve as a table of contents. The series is more a journal than a travel guide book, but I’m sure you’ll find it useful when you’re planning to visit Yosemite. All posts will contain our personal insights and experiences, with an additional focus on photography. If you enjoy the pictures showcased in this series, please check out Steppschuh Photography.

Where?

Of course we’ve hiked through the most famous parts of Yosemite, such as the Valley, Wawona or the Tuolumne Meadows. But we’ve also spent a few days and nights in the beautiful nature outside of Yosemite. Our trip started in the Stanislaus National Forest and one of our last hikes reached from the Inyo National Forest to the Ansel Adams Wilderness. More details later on.

Photo locations from our trips

Who?

We’re 3 guys in our mid-twenties from Berlin, Germany. We’ve met during our studies at the Hasso Plattner Institute and now work together at a software engineering company called neXenio. None of us is an overly experienced backpacker, but we are fit, passionate and survived the trip. Now we have some impressions to share!

Marvin, Robert and me at Glacier Point

Why?

My first time visiting the USA was 6 years ago. It was a round trip along the west coast and I had the chance to visit a lot of the most popular cities as well as quite a few national parks. All of them were amazing, but Yosemite blew me away. I’ve sworn to myself that I’d come back and explore the park beyond the main roads.

Although I’ve been to the USA multiple times since then, last time for the Google I/O, I’ve never managed to plan the trip to Yosemite. That was until January of this year, when I told Marvin and Robert about the trip and they committed.

When?

Our USA trip started on September 12th and ended on September 30th in 2018. We’ve spent 15 days in Yosemite, each one backpacking. It was just a few weeks after the national park reopened after being closed because of the Ferguson Fire, which burned 96,901 acres. Obviously the landscape was still recovering from that incident, more about that in the upcoming posts.

Ongoing wildfires along the way to Olmsted Point