• Expedition: Apr 13-18, 2014
  • Kingsburg High School
  • Yosemite National Park: Little Yosemite Valley

Four students from Kingsburg High School took their week of spring break to pursue a wilderness expedition in Yosemite National Park. The highlights included pushing themselves up the steep Mist Trail, removing 15 illegal fire rings from Little Yosemite Valley, navigating off-trail to a knob above Quarter Domes, learning about Sierra Nevada ecology, playing "Hot Seat," and creating purple flames. The group was silly, open, and compassionate in looking out for one another, and they showed a lot of personal and interpersonal growth.


On this trip we hiked over 20 miles. It was hard for a lot of us and easy for some. We learned many different things that will help us in life. I learned a quote: “Slow is smooth and smooth is fast.” That quote is very useful to me. It reminds me that going or taking things slow is okay because my goal will be reached.

The trip let me see many things. The waterfalls were beautiful and the view from the dome was fascinating. I will never forget this trip.

4-19-2014, by Cari

I enjoyed my time here in Yosemite. I am grateful for this opportunity. I would like to do this again some day. We had a lot of strength and courage spiritually, physically, and mentally to climb the mountain. I learned the importance of this place and how to conserve it. I cleaned fire rings and faced my fear of heights. I also made new friends.

Group Jenna Nevada

Standing atop Nevada Falls with WildLink educator Jenna.

Group Mist Trail

Hiking Yosemite's Mist Trail.

Group Vernal Falls

Vernal Falls.

Group Off Trail

Coming down from the off-trail adventure near Quarter Domes.

Group Martijn

Removing illegal fire rings from Little Yosemite Valley backcountry campsite with NPS Wilderness Ranger Martijn.

Purple Flames

The famous purple flames.

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