Yosemite winter trip 2020 trip agreement

Yosemite Falls going down  a cliff

This will be updated before the next time we go to Yosemite, and likely filed under different year.

To go on the De Anza College Outdoor Club Yosemite Jan. 31- Feb. 2, 2020 winter trip, you (and a parent / guardian if you are under 18) will need to agree to all the following, some of which might be new to you even if you went camping in the winter before or went on this trip before.

Signing up will go much faster if you read this carefully in advance of coming to sign up for the trip.

Do not print and sign this page, there are other parts to fill out / initial on the official trip agreement.

Please note that the document might change before you sign it AND additional trip rules might need to be made during the trip.

To sign up you will need to pass a “quiz” to show that you actually DID read the material about the trip, so reading this page twice could be wise.

If you are under 18 years old, your parent/guardian must sign documents in person. Since there will be no overnight supervision by the college (with the exception of some daytime activities), parents/guardians of under 18 year old students are expected to be at their overnight accommodations. If parents/guardians also want to participate in official club activities, they can take a De Anza winter quarter class to become a student.

You must agree to all these rules. If you don’t want to abide by any of the rules, then (yup, you guessed it) don’t sign up for this trip.

Along with this form you will need to sign a release. You can print and fill it out in advance by going to:
field trip release (especially important if you are under 18 since a parent/guardian will need to sign it in person.)

snow camp oversized rain jacket: To sign up for the trip you must show us your good, waterproof rain jacket and pants. We will not accept a rain poncho. We will not accept thin, easily torn temporary rain gear like they sell at airports for emergencies. Your snowboarding gear could be snow-proof, but not actually waterproof out in the rain.

If you choose to camp, we would also like to see your tent, to be sure it will be adequate. You can pitch it at the pool deck. Some people have told us past years they had a great tent but brought one that was not and ended up sleeping in their car.

Read more details about the right gear at snow or rain camp must-haves

Times/places to find us to sign up are at: Outdoor Club Coming Attractions

The last chances to sign up for the 2020 trip are: Fridays, Jan. 10, 17 and 24 from 1:40-3:00 p.m. in S56. A first aid class will be in session so you will need to sit in the back and might have to wait for a bit to get help.

During Club Day (unless it is rained out) Thursday, Jan. 23 from about 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at our table in the main quad (where the biggest fountain is). IF Club Day is cancelled due to rain, we might have a table near the main fountain for the Yosemite trips signups.

Saturday, Jan. 11 at the pool, 11:50 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 18 at the pool, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. A swim class will be in session so you might have to wait a bit to get help.

AND last chance to sign up for the Yosemite National Park trip, at the pre-trip meeting, Saturday Jan. 25 (signups starting at 10 a.m., pre-trip meeting 11:30 until 1 p.m. or MAYBE as late as 2 p.m. This might be a time people can arrange carpools or caravans, or make arrangements to share overnight accommodations.

waterfall with rainbow in mist


Print name _______________ (the name used on college records, not a nickname you prefer)

Home Phone__________________ cell______________________Age______

Email________________________ Emergency person__________________Their phone_________________

emerg persn’s relationship to you (mom? friend?) _________________________

Have you camped before? Circle y / n

Been in the snow? y / n

Camped in steady, heavy rain for hours y / n ?

Camped in snow? y / n

Been on this trip with us before? Circle y / n If yes, how many years?

Been on an event with the Outdoor Club? Circle Y / N, if yes, which event/year?

The event begins and ends at Yosemite. De Anza/Foothill district, and therefore the club, does not arrange carpools, so people signed up for the trip will arrange their own transportation and pay for their own gas.

Circle one I know I can’t drive and I have no ride planned / I won’t drive, but I have a ride planned (with whom?_____________) / I will drive and I can give rides / I could drive/give rides, but I’d prefer not to /I will drive, but I have my own plans and my own passengers

I will drive, but I will be making my own plans and do not want to give rides.

CIRCLE again: My plans above are certain OR my plans above still need approval from a parent/guardian
and/OR my plans above still require getting a vehicle in shape and/OR my plans above still require renting a vehicle and/or my plans still require getting tire chains and/ OR (describe) _______________________________

Make, model, color & license # of car you will drive_______________________

Number of people you could give rides to (with lots of room for gear):

If you already have plans, name the people you will give rides to: ______________________

Date/time you expect to leave for the trip:___________

I will check my emails every day until the trip______

If you can give a ride, or need a ride, do you give the club permission to give your phone number & / or e-mail to anyone associated with the trip? circle yes / no

I will (choose one) – come to Yosemite National park for the day _____ camp in the park _____ stay overnight at Curry Village in (describe type of overnight accommodation) _____________________ stay at a Yosemite overnight accommodation not in Curry Village (describe) _____________________________.




College De Anza Outdoor Club
Course title Yosemite Trip
Destination Yosemite
Date – 1/31 to -2/2, 2020

I understand and accept that for good and sufficient reasons the Foothill De Anza Community College District is not providing transportation for the field trip described above. As a consequence, I will be responsible for my own transportation whether as an individual or cooperatively with other students. I will in no respect rely on the instructor or other District employees for direction or supervision of my transportation.

Consistent with this acknowledgement, I will indemnify and hold harmless the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, its Board of Trustees, the individual members thereof, all District officers, employees and servants from all claims for money or damage arising from my transportation during this field trip.

(Initial one of the following statements)

_______ I am 18 years of age or older and I will be the Participant.

_______ I am the parent or legal guardian of the Participant who is under 18 years of age to whom the above statements apply and for whose benefit I am executing this Agreement.

I have read this Acknowledgement and indemnification and understand its terms. I execute it voluntarily and with full knowledge of its significance.

Signature of Participant or Participant’s parent or legal guardian________________ Date_______

photos below by Quang-Tuan Luong/terragalleria.com
, all rights reserved.

Quang-Tuan Luong winter sunset Half Dome: photo by Quang-Tuan Luong winter Yosemite sunset with Half Dome in pink light Quang-Tuan Luong winter sunset Yosemite Valley: photo by Quang-Tuan Luong winter sunset Yosemite Valley with some of the peaks in bright light

Print name (your name) has read and agreed to all the pages about the trip at the Website: marydonahue.org and the things below for the Outdoor Club Yosemite winter trip.

When you (or your parent/guardian) fill out the actual form, in person, you will put your initials, not an “X”, in the space after each statement/paragraph to agree to the terms of this trip.

Before I offer/promise rides to people I will be sure the vehicle runs reliably, be sure chains can fit on the wheels, make arrangements for snow chains, get permission of anyone I need to borrow the vehicle from, get permission to drive in the snow from anyone who would need to give permission AND get time off from work __________

I will have the courtesy to let my driver/ passengers/the Outdoor Club know immediately of changes to my ride needs or ability to drive. _____

If I park at the campground or anywhere near tent cabins, hotel rooms, I will turn off my car alarm____ I will disable the loud beep that goes off when the keyless remote is used to unlock the car OR I will take the remote off the keychain and use the key to unlock the door(s). ________ I will disable the beep that goes off when the trunk is opened / any other beep ____ In the interests of letting others sleep, if I can’t disable the beep(s) (or disconnect the beepers) I will not drive that vehicle or I will park it at the back of a day use parking lot. If I rent a vehicle I will learn how to turn off car alarms/disable beeps at the rental business, BEFORE I leave for the trip and be sure the rental company will let me use chains.______

If I camp I will bring at least one full length insulating sleeping pad and not just sleep on an air mattress, a blanket or the ground ____ I will bring a dome-shaped tent with a full rain fly that goes all the way down the sides and I will pitch it with the rain fly on even if the weather looks good.______
If I put a tarp under the tent it will not extend out from under the sides __________
Are you bringing your own tent? (circle yes / no ) if yes, brand name?/make/model:
Will you share it? (circle yes / no/ I’ll decide later ) if yes, with whom?

If I use a dining canopy and there is any chance of snow I will take it down (if I am not under it shaking snow off ) so it won’t collapse and possibly get damaged or damage a tent or person under it. ____

I will follow all National Park, trip and De Anza rules. Since the Rangers can impound my car/food or fine me if I don’t follow food storage rules, I will be responsible for fines, (the college/club will not pay the fine which can be even more than $5,000)_______ I will keep all food and toiletries in the food storage locker or hotel room except when I am actually using them. _____The park service says food farther than arms length is too far away and behind the back is an invitation (to animals), so I will sit (or have a partner sit) within arms reach of all food I bring out ______ I will shut and latch the door to the food storage box immediately after moving anything in or out _____ If I drive or ride in a truck I will be certain someone stays in the back of the truck to guard gear from raccoons until it is all unloaded and dealt with________ I will make sure the doors are shut on my vehicle as each item is unloaded so raccoons don’t get in ________ I will make sure the vehicle is completely clean of my and others trash, food/toiletries at all times____ No daypacks or containers that are shaped like food containers, even empty water bottles, will show through the windows of my vehicle/the vehicle I ride up in ____

I plan ahead with people I am sharing a campsite or tent cabin food storage locker with to be sure we limit what we bring and can fit all the food, toiletries, and cooking gear in the locker.________ I will not padlock the food locker unless everyone has a key______

At bedtime I will triple-check my day pack, jacket and pants pockets for candy bars, chips, flavored chapstick or anything else that could attract animals into my tent, tent cabin or car.____ When I pack I will not mix food in with other gear _____ Since styrofoam ice chests and drinking cups can break up in to bazillions of pieces that can’t be cleaned up, I will not bring anything styrofoam _____

I will bring a telephoto that is big enough for the photos I want and not endanger myself or others by trying to get close to animals for pictures.___ I will not photograph or videotape (includes using a GoPro) anyone on the trip without their permission___

USE OF MY LIKENESS: I understand that during the trip the club advisor may photograph or videotape me. To the fullest extent allowed by law, I waive all rights of publicity or privacy or pre-approval that I have for any such likeness of me or use of my name in connection with such likeness, and I grant to De Anza College, the outdoor club and the faculty advisor and assigns permission to copyright, use, and publish (including by electronic means) such likeness of me, whether in whole or part, in any form, without restrictions, and for any purpose. _______ If I do not want to be in a group photo I will stand apart / move apart from the group while it is being taken._____

I will bring everything on the list of required gear at the Snow or rain camp must-haves website page._______ I will not wear cotton socks _____ I will bring a real flashlight or headlamp (not just my cell phone). _____
I will bring three full liter bottle(s) of water for my personal consumption on any hike_________

I will not use alcohol or mind-altering substances on the trip and I understand this is an enforceable rule even for people over 21. I accept that part of the reason for this rule is that since people will be sharing rooms or tents with people they are not related to, it can be uncomfortable or even dangerous to share an overnight accommodation with someone I think I know well who turns out to be quite different when they are not clean and sober. _____

I further understand that use of alcohol in the cold is especially dangerous, not only because of the larger potential for slipping on icy or snow-covered surfaces, but for not being able to keep warm since the effects of alcohol can make my body more vulnerable to the cold. I realize that medical/recreational marijuana is illegal in a national park, even if it is legal in the state the park is located in._______

I will not bring any firearms or tazers even though they may be legal in Yosemite____ I will not use a drone, since they are illegal in the park ___ I will not bring pets _____

I will go to a Ranger station and check about the trail I want to hike the morning of any hike ___ If I hike above the valley floor or ski away from the free groomed cross country trails at Badger Pass, I will do so in a group of minimum four people so if something happens to one of us there is someone to stay with the injured/ill person while two others go for help _________ If I hike above the valley floor I will stay on the trail(s), with this possible exception: if I want to get a closer view of the snowcone at the base of upper Yosemite Falls I will go off trail only a maximum of 15 feet, in a group of four or more people and stay in the top of the boulders high above Yosemite Creek near the trail. (And therefore not get close to the snowcone or the frozen creek area and risk losing my footing and sliding off the edge to my death)___________ If I hike to Mirror Lake I will not hike above the valley floor, beyond the regular trails and into Tenaya Canyon, which is extremely dangerous even in the summer._____

I will obey trail-closure or warning signage, closed gates, barrier fences and/or advice from Rangers that I not use any trail________

I acknowledge that the official club activities will be – – a 7 a.m. (yup, at sunrise) Saturday morning (probably coffee/hot chocolate, snacks), plans-for-the-day-meeting, (why 7 a.m.?? because the free bus to the ski resort / ranger snow shoe walk leaves at 8 a.m. from very near the Curry Village lounge, about a block away from the campground, (slightly later at other locations) and the longest hike takes all day, so people need to get moving early). The 7 a.m. meeting, (which could be at the Curry Village lounge, a campsite if the weather is good, or another hotel location) may be the time most people finally decide what they are doing on Saturday. A possible club activity might be a tour of Yosemite Valley on the free shuttle bus with the club advisor Saturday morning after the plans-for-the-day-meeting. Another official club activity will be optional brunch Sunday after people pack up. _________

I will not try a summit hike (including Half Dome) or camp anywhere that a wilderness permit is required. ___________
All other activities, including sightseeing, skating, hikes (including a walk/hike or snowshoe walk with a ranger), photo walk with a professional photographer, rollerblading, biking, climbing, skiing, sledding or snowboarding are not club events. ________

I will wear a helmet for climbing, biking or rollerblading even if I am over 17.___________

I will not put on perfume/cologne before brunch – people sitting near to me at brunch may have allergies. I will not wear dirty camping clothes to brunch. I will instead plan to get a shower and put on clean Friday casual type clothes, or even a dress for ladies or a jacket/vest/tie for men. ¬¬¬¬¬¬________

Since noise is the first thing people complain to Rangers about (plus, out of consideration to trip members who would like to listen to Mom nature’s sound), I will bring personal headset radios/tapes, and turn my car stereo off before I enter the campground. (Acoustic guitars are encouraged, drums, tubas etc. are not allowed). _________

If I want to get someone’s attention in another campsite, I will go there and talk to them, not yell long distance___

I won’t walk through other people’s campsites to get to the restroom, to the bus, to another of our sites____

I will not get into my vehicle at night and run the engine to warm up (thereby waking up everyone in the vicinity and possibly running down the battery so the car won’t start later)________

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Since voices can be amplified in the restrooms, if I am too wet and/or cold, I will hang out in my tent, the cafeteria or the laundromat, not in the campground restrooms ____

I will have snowball fights in a vacant part of the campground, not in my campsite or near other people. I will try to think safety, including packing the snowballs loosely with no rocks, not aiming for faces and only play with people who want to.

snowball fight:

I understand the need to follow campground quiet hours rules. I understand that it is impossible to keep a big group of people around a campfire quiet late at night. I know that the De Anza group got a warning from a Ranger to pack it in and be quiet in 2002 or be evicted from the campsite and the park because of this. I know that another group in the campground was kicked out of the park that night because of noise. I will start being fairly quiet at 8 p.m., two hours before the quiet hour. I will cheerfully help put out the campfire at 9:50 p.m ________.

I agree that if we have a big group camping, campfires will be restricted to one or two center area campsites so we have a buffer of non-campfire extra quiet sites between us and other people____ I will bring only firewood purchased in the park or gathered in the park away from Yosemite valley, or presto logs from home, not cut up lumber/logs/branches type firewood from home. _____

I will be responsible for staying next to any campfire I start or finding someone else to do so if I leave the fire ring area___ I will have four gallon-sized bottles of water to put the fire out. _____

I will tie back my long hair when working around a campfire/stove. _____ If I am roasting marshmallows and one catches fire I will not wave it in the air to put the flames out._____

upper Yosemite falls winter 2011: upper Yosemite falls, snow ocvered cliffs and low clouds

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Interesting weather does not cancel club events unless the park is closed.***NO REFUNDS, except if the club cancels the trip before the trip starts ***. ______ If I sign up for this trip before winter quarter and it turns out that I am not a student winter quarter (and/or I am not a DASB card holder) and therefore can’t go on the trip, OR If I pay for the trip before doing paperwork and then do not get the paperwork done and in the hands of the faculty advisor before the trip, I realize I will not get a refund and I will not just show up in Yosemite and try to participate____

I agree that due to the large number of people expected to sign up for this trip, the club may not be able to call/email or contact anyone if there are changes and I might even arrive in Yosemite National Park before I learn that part or all of the trip has been cancelled_______

I will get time off work or whatever is necessary _____ to be able to attend the MANDATORY pre-trip meeting at noon, Saturday, January 25 at the pool deck. This will be the time for last minute announcements, and a good time to have your tent, boots, or clothes looked at, to consult about food or other plans. Last minute carpools and shared overnight accommodations are often arranged then.

The club will provide: a first aid kit and possibly a water purifying pump for the main trip member hike. Trip participants are responsible for any other gear, including tent, sleeping bag/pad, and other personal gear, and all other expenses including food, gas, skiing and brunch. _______

Where I stay overnight (campground, tent cabin, cabin or hotel room) will be up to me (or I could come up just for the day Saturday – but people rarely do) _______

Since there will be no overnight supervision by the college, parents/guardians of under 18 year old students are expected to be at their overnight accommodation. If parents/guardians also want to participate in official club activities, they can take a De Anza class, such as an online class. _______

The trip is open only to De Anza students. Therefore, people signing up will not try to pass off a friend as a student or tell friends to get their own campsite to get around club rules. _______

I will follow the rule that campsites, activity areas and all park restrooms, stores, restaurants, etc. and anywhere that smoke might drift into where people are, are non-smoking. ______

I acknowledge that I can read this contract at the website: marydonahue.org and I will not get a hardcopy of it___

I realize that I can get kicked off the trip if I break any trip, park, club or college rules (and/or if law/rule breaking by others causes the club advisor to cancel the trip) and I will not get a refund. The Park Rangers could make me pack up and leave the park even in the middle of the night, depending on what I did/what happened_____

You can be expelled from the trip, required to leave, and reported to the college if we determine that you are:

Unwilling or unmotivated to participate and shoulder your responsibility as a member of a wilderness expedition team, including following all trip and Yosemite National park rules

Posing a danger, through misconduct or unsafe practices, to yourself or others, including approaching animals too closely, feeding animals and not following food storage rules

Defiant, harassing behavior, inability to control your temper or otherwise compromising the emotional safety of others,

Using alcohol, drugs (including prescription medication not prescribed to you or sharing your medication)

Using tobacco products anywhere the park says you can’t or that others must smell/breathe the fumes.

Initial here to agree to the above_________

Have you ever been suspended/dismissed from a school/college for any length of time, ranging from part of one class session to an entire quarter/semester or permanently? Yes/ NO If yes, why?

Have you ever been disruptive in a class or broken class rules in the syllabus? Yes/ NO If yes, what did you do?

I will check my emails every day until the trip______

I will understand all the trip rules well enough before I sign up that I will not debate them during the trip Initial______

If any trip participant is pregnant, they must provide a note from their doctor, on the doctor’s letterhead, stating that it is completely safe for her and the baby(ies) to participate. If any trip participant has a serious condition, such as a heart condition, asthma/significant allergies they must provide a note from their doctor, on the doctor’s letterhead, stating that it is completely safe for them to participate. If any trip participant has a serious condition, such as a bipolar disorder/anxiety disorder, substance abuse, or the like, the Outdoor Club needs to know this at least three weeks in advance of any event, so as to seek, where appropriate, a doctor’s assurance that the participant can safely participate and has possession and knowledge of use of necessary medications, and to be sure that the trip members are prepared to deal with special needs, failing which the person may have to be refused participation (subject to Americans With Disabilities Act issues, worked out in advance with De Anza Disabilities Support Programs and Services (DSPS) counselors ). I am saying that this does not apply to me _______ OR I am saying that I have _______________ condition or that I am _____ months pregnant.

Cardiac Risk Factors include (circle any/all) • High blood pressure • Diabetes • Current or prior cardiovascular disease • High blood cholesterol/triglycerides • Smoking •
• Family history of heart disease (family member who’s had a heart attack at less than 50 years of age).

A stress ECG with one month of the trip is required if you had a heart attack OR:

1. Are over 25 years old and have 2 of the above cardiac risk factors.

2. Are over 40 years old and have 1 cardiac risk factor or anyone of any age who leads a sedentary lifestyle.

4. Are any age with known coronary artery disease.

5. Completed a cardiac scan and has a calcium score greater than 10.

6. Are over the age of 60.

If this applies to me (circle any/all that do) I will provide a written note from my doctor stating the date of the stress ECG and the results and the statement from the doctor(s) that I can participate in the trip. _______

It is important you understand that there are risks. Some adventure programs say that they can guarantee your safety. The Outdoor Club does not. The risk of injury, even serious injury or death, is unavoidable in the outdoor environment in which we travel. Indeed, much of the value of an Outdoor Club adventure lies in learning how to identify hazards and adapt behavior, not only on the trip, but also for a lifetime of enjoying the outdoors.

Initial to agree to this______

I acknowledge that I can read this contract at at the website: marydonahue.org and will not get a hardcopy of it. ________

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Half Dome from near campsite winter 2011: Half Dome with alpenglow and low clouds

Waiver: In consideration of being permitted to participate in any way in the field trip hereinafter called the Outdoor Club winter Yosemite trip / optional brunch, I, for myself, my heirs, personal representative or assigns, do hereby release, hold harmless, waive, discharge, and covenant not to sue Foothill-De Anza Community College District, its Board of Trustees, the individual members thereof, all District officers, employees, volunteers and servants from liability from any and all claims including the negligence of Foothill-De Anza Community College District, its Board of Trustees, the individual members thereof, all District officers, employees, volunteers and servants resulting in personal injury, accidents, or illnesses (including death) and property loss arising from, but not limited to my participation on the Outdoor Club winter Yosemite trip / optional brunch Initial _______ I certify that I am fully capable of participating in this activity. Initial_____

Indemnification and Hold Harmless: I agree to INDEMNIFY AND HOLD Foothill-De Anza Community College District, its Board of Trustees, the individual members thereof, all District officers, employees, volunteers and servants HARMLESS from any and all claims, actions, suits, procedures, costs, expenses, damages and liabilities, including attorney’s fees brought as a result of my involvement in the Outdoor Club winter Yosemite trip / optional brunch and to reimburse them for any such expenses incurred. Initial _____

Assumption of Risks: Participation in the Yosemite winter Yosemite trip / optional brunch, carries with it many risks which can not be eliminated or even minimalized, even with trip rules and protocols, regardless of the care taken to avoid injuries. The specific risks vary from one activity to another, but the risks, which I understand and appreciate, include, without limitation, by way of example:

1) emotional distress, fatigue, hunger, thirst, illness, exceeding my physical or emotional capabilities

2) property damage or loss

3) trauma caused by dehydration and/or weather including mild to extreme hot or cold temperatures and injuries from lightning hit or near hit, avalanche, wind, falling ice or rock, frostbite, immersion foot, being hot, cold, wet or uncomfortable

4) minor injuries such as scratches, bruises, sprains, sun/wind burn, animal/insect bites, allergic reactions, rashes or other poisonous plant exposure

5) risks related to hiking, walking, biking and camping including equipment failure, blisters, getting lost or disoriented, illness from unclean water or food handling, risk of head or other bodily injury from slipping/tripping/falling, (including normal terrain and/or uneven or slippery terrain, including debris, talus, snow, ice, sandy or wet surfaces), risks related to carrying/lifting packs/equipment, and if it becomes allowed in Yosemite, risks from normal handling or mishandling/storage of bear spray

6) risks relating to using campfires and camping gear, including cuts, burns, pinched fingers, bruises, smoke inhalation, carbon monoxide poisoning, equipment failure despite reasonable care and use

7) careless or reckless behavior on the part of myself or other trip members despite reasonable, but not full-time, supervision and careless or reckless behavior on the part of third parties

8) diseases such as Hantavirus or rabies

9) major injuries such as eye injury or loss of sight, broken bones, dislocations, joint or back injuries, heart attack, heat stroke, hypothermia, stroke, concussions, animal bites, poisonous snakebite, and other wildlife, natural hazards or animal encounters

10) catastrophic injuries including drowning, loss of limbs, paralysis, permanent trauma and death.

Initial _______

I have read the previous paragraphs and I know, understand, and appreciate these and other risks that are not specifically identified that are inherent in the Outdoor Club winter Yosemite trip / optional brunch. I hereby assert that my participation is voluntary and that I knowingly assume all such risks including significant ones, which cannot be prevented. Initial ____

Severability: The undersigned further expressly agrees that the foregoing waiver and assumption of
risks agreement is intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by the law of the State of California and that if any portion thereof is held invalid, it is agreed that the balance shall, notwithstanding, continue in full legal force and effect. Initial _______

I further agree that the venue for any legal proceedings shall be in Santa Clara County California. Initial _______

Acknowledgment of Understanding: I have read this waiver of liability, assumption of risk, and indemnity
agreement, fully understand its terms, and understand that I am giving up substantial rights, including
my right to sue. I acknowledge that I am signing the agreement freely and voluntarily, and intend by my
signature to be a complete and unconditional release of all liability to the greatest extent. Initial _______

I have read the above trip agreement and understand its terms. I execute it voluntarily and with full knowledge of its significance. I have no questions or have had any questions about the trip or trip rules answered.

Print Name________________ and Initial (don’t put an “X”) one of the following statements:

_______ I am 18 years of age or older and I will be the participant.

_______ I am the parent or legal guardian of the Participant (name: _____________________ ) who is under 18 years of age to whom the above statements apply and for whose benefit I am executing this Agreement. I will be at the student’s overnight accommodation.

Signature of Participant or Participant’s parent or legal guardian______________________ Date______________

Parent or legal guardian info:

name __________________________________ and age _________of parent or legal guardian if they signed

home phone number of parent or legal guardian if they signed:_________________

cell phone number of parent or legal guardian if they signed:_________________

type of photo ID parent or legal guardian if they signed:_________________

and license/ ID number ____________________


NPS photo sunset color on El Capitan with river in foreground


For info on the logistics of where to pitch your tent, dealing with iced car door locks, staying warm and comfy overnight and more, go to: First-timer’s instructions Yes, a lot of this applies to people who will stay at a hotel instead of the campground.

Most people will take four, 4 1/2 or maybe five hours to drive to Yosemite. If you don’t want to set a new record for taking too much time to get to Yosemite (currently the winter trip record is 13 hours by a guy who didn’t use our directions and drove around the mountains all night), then read
Snow camp carpools and driving directions.

Prepare for winter driving has a link to bad weather driving tips, tips for using tire chains, tricks for dealing with frozen car locks, how to prepare your vehicle for winter driving, a winter survival kit for your car and what to do if you get stranded.

Did you read Safe driving in rain and fog ?

Will it actually snow during our trip? Maybe, maybe not. Snow camp weather, hike safety and first aid considerations

What if it storms so much on the winter trip they close the road to the ski resort? We won’t be able to ski or take one of the long hikes. Will there be anything to do except hide in the car, play cards at the laundromat or go online at the Lodge? The answers are at: Things to do during a Yosemite snow storm besides hiding in your tent

Yes, below are tracks of a black bear that the student is comparing his paw to . ..

person puts his hand in the snow next to a bear paw print

Road trip advice and etiquette has links to radio station guides and gasoline prices across the country.

For a laugh and for pictures of tents to NOT take on our trips scroll down to the bottom of Camping Blunders

There’s easy camping info at: Have more fun camping and camping solutions for women

For the answer to the question: How do I convince my parent(s)/guardian that I can go on this trip? or How do I convince them to pay for some gear for the trip? Go to: Snow camp FAQs

Places to take photos of Half Dome, Bridalveil Fall, El Capitan and Yosemite Falls.

Having read everything, you can take a peek at a few of the required pre-test questions at:
Snow camp pre-test sample questions.

You can take a short walk to the view below, or hike all the way to the top of this waterfall, one of the tallest in the world. This view of Yosemite Falls in February is from the far left hand portion of the lower Yosemite Falls walkways/trails. Read about the hike to the top at Upper Yosemite Fall hike.

  waterfall in three sections