• Expedition: Mar 15-20, 2015
  • Kingsburg High School
  • Yosemite National Park: Hetch Hetchy

Four students from Kingsburg High School headed into the mountains for a expedition to Hetch Hetchy, the hidden gem of Yosemite. After spending a day exploring in Yosemite Valley, the students headed to Hetch Hetchy reservoir for a beautiful hike to Rancheria Falls. Highlights of the week included helping a National Park Service wilderness ranger remove illegal fire rings, setting up tarps to sleep under, hanging out by the rainbows and rapids of Rancheria Creek, overcoming many false summits to finally arrive at the top of LeConte Point, finding a historic trail register, and collecting mugwort.

Monday 3/16/2015

Today was a comfy day. We woke and went through the motions of showering, then breakfast, then wifi at the lounge (definitely a challenge fighting for the reception with other Curry-ers). As we packed our bags, the excitement of each individual grew. The day went on as the notches on our boots did. More and more, we realized we were experiencing something as special as our precious wifi: the greatness of Yosemite. I feel very enthused to get to witness this magical place yet another time. I look forward to the days to come and the beauty to be taken in. -Tristan

On Oshaugnessy

Getting pumped for the adventure around Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.

Wednesday 3/18/2015

Today was a cooldown day. The hike in to our campsite was very long and tiring. I am having a great time so far and I am looking forward to the challenge hike. I hope to come out here again one day! -P.S. to anyone else who reads this keep your head up, the views only get better. -Hailey

Campfire Ring Removal

Removing illegal campfire rings in the backcountry.

Thursday 3/19/2015

Today was the challenge hike day. We hiked to LeConte point. We left camp at 6:15. It was still dark but we managed on the way up. We crossed a bridge with a great view of the waterfall. We also found some tracks from bears and deer on the way to the top. There was lots of fake summits one after another until finally we reached the top. The view is great no matter where you look from. It's a lot of work, but it's worth it in the end. -Alex

Meadow Lunch

Lunch with a view!

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