Dear John and Cathy,
Thank you so much for the great time I had during my visit at Yosemite. The hike was certainly the highlight of my trip. I wrote a review in Viator, as well as Trip Advisor. Will do so for Yelp too. Take care and I will be in touch in the future!
Victoria DyBuncio, CA 11.22.13
Thanks for the email Catherine. I will forward this to the other guys. We all had a great time on the hike, hopefully we can do another trip with YExplore. Hi Catherine. Will John put the pictures from last week’s trip on the web site on some point? If so can you let me know when he does. The guys had a great time on the hike last week. We are still talking about it. Thanks Jim.
Jim Blumenthal, VA 11.14.13
Just wanted to pass on to you how much I learned from Robb during Wednesdays photo session. It was a great day and I came away with some fantastic photos and tips. I really appreciated Robb’s thoughtfulness and efforts to answer all questions and make clear his objectives. I really enjoyed it!
Tony O’Geen, CA 11.3.13
Thanks we had a great time, and learned tons from Robb, excellent instructor. Just disappointed Yosemite was closed, but that was out of your control.
Susan Hagel, CANADA, 10.5-6.13
Robb Hirsch was excellent to work with and enjoyed the 2 days.
Ann Wiszniak, CANADA, 10.5-6.13
Unfortunately due to the US Gov’t shut down we were unable to visit the High Sierra’s. Despite this our photographer Robb Hirsch was able to provide us some great photo opportunities in other areas outside the park.
Ann Wiszniak, CANADA, 10.4.13
Had a great hike with John as our guide! Informative and tailored to exactly what we wanted.
Celia D’Arienzo, NJ, 10.1.13
Our entire group of six thoroughly enjoyed our nature hike with David Lukas. Yosemite is a beautiful place, but it took on so much more meaning after hearing David speak about it…it’s history, it’s plants and animals, etc…as we hiked through the park and David shared his knowledge. He answered every single question that we had in such a passionate, easy to understand way that we all left there feeling truly enriched by his presence. Even the two people who had been to Yosemite several times before learned so incredibly much from David. He was a wonderful guide. I would also like to commend Yexplore for being such an easy to work with company. They were totally on the ball…keeping in touch with us (Catherine), asking questions, and designing a hike that centered around our interests. It was a pleasure to deal with them and it was money well spent, in our opinions!
Janet Walsh, NJ, 9.27.13
This hike (Half Dome) will be remembered by our family for many years to come. It was a memorable experience. John and Thomas were great helping us know what came ahead and how to complete the different challenges successfully. Their technique for climbing with the cables and the safety belts were also great to give us the confidence we needed to complete the climb. Finally, they are both very nice people to have around for this 12-hour hike. Great Job!!!!
Pablo Ceballos, CT, 9.23.13
Catherine – thanks for arraigning an amazing trip. It really was fantastic and Matt was a pleasure to hang out with. I have a few photos – do you want me to forward them on for your website?
Matt O’Neill, Hong Kong, 9.12.13
Thanks for such meticulous attention to all the details towards making this a very rewarding experience.
Marty Shapiro, CT, 9.23.13
Got the pics! SO SO SO GREAT! Thank you!
I reviewed you guys on Trip Advisor and FB. If I can do anything else, please let me know!
Shelley Matteu, LA, 9.6.13
We REALLY enjoyed our hikes with John and Gabe in Yosemite.
Lisel Macenka, MA, 8.31.13
I apologize for not taking the time earlier but I wanted to take a minute and let you know of my experience hiking halfdome with Yexplore. Although I was disappointed with myself for not making it to the top, I was very pleased with the service Matteo provided. He is a very informative and entertaining young man, who represented Yexplore very well. He kept us going at a very comfortable pace and answered any and all questions along the way. Again, my only disappointment of the day was with myself. Since I failed to make it to the top of halfdome only means I’ll be back again next year. In closing, I want express my appreciation to you personally, for the wonderful job that you do. You made the whole process very simple and provided every detail along the way. You were very patient and courteous with myself and my wife (Annette) with our many questions. It truly was a pleasure dealing with you. Keep up the great work !!
Tom Gill, CA, 8.23.13
We took two tours through YExplore–one in the Yosemite Valley and one that went up Sentinel Dome and Taft Point. Both of our guides (Matteo and Mark) were incredibly knowledgeable and excellent with our three children, ages 8, 9 and 12. They were able to share the history of the park–everything from bears to nature to rock formations to the geography of California–and tolerated and even welcomed the many questions that we had! We really feel like we got the most from our time at Yosemite as a result of having the YExplore guides. I would definitely use them again and would recommend them to anyone who is headed that way.
Laurie Shapiro, NY, 8.19.13
Awesome guide Mark took my 2 teenage sons out for a North Dome hike. They both really enjoyed it so much!! Great experience, great Guide. Kathryn in the office was also very kind, helpful, and professional. The company’s love and respect for Yosemite was evident! Highly recommend!!!
Traci Griswold, TX 8.14.13
I wanted to share the picture of us with our tour guides. Please pass it along to them. Unfortunately we don’t have one with Lindsey from the hike in Mariposa Grove but I think the others on the tour took a group photo. What a great experience we had on both hikes. Thank you for all your help and hopefully we will be back out there to explore the park some more!
Chase Sandler, NY, 8.12.13
We enjoyed both hikes with Lindsey IMMENSELY! 9 AM worked great for us. Thanks for everything; especially your flexibility. We had a wonderful time. Will check back in with you again after we finish the rest of our vacation. We’ll be back home Aug 12th.
Becky Hiller, Cameron and Sabi, WA, 8.7.13
Catherine and John
Thank you so much we had a wonderful hike at Dog Lake and Lembert Dome.
I am working in a photo book gift for my sister from her visit to California. I wondered if the photos John took on the hike might be posted for download anytime soon.
He got some great group photos and I would love to use them.
Mary MacLellan, CA, 8.2.13
Joshua Cripp is an excellent guide, I had a great time learning about the finer points of photography and a different perspective of Yosemite. Excellent day and recommend it to others.
Joseph Devasahsyam, Australia, 7.29.13
I just wanted to give you some feedback on our recent family hike on July 14th. We loved every minute of it! Mateo did an incredible job. He did a wonderful job engaging both our sons–11 year old and 6 year old. So much so, my younger son did not complain once during the entire five hour hike. Mateo was super upbeat, a wealth of information, and clearly passionate about his work. I will definitely recommend your company–and Mateo–to any family and friend planning to visit Yosemite.
Heidi Ames, IL, 7.27.13
The hike was amazing and the guide made the day more enjoyable!!
Carla Montefusco, NJ 7.26.13
Absolutely wonderful and worth getting up early to head out with our fabulous and well informed guides! John is dedicated to what he does and it is contagious! Gabe was an expert as well and we loved our breathtaking views and insightful information we learned from both. WOW!
Jennifer Cooper, GA 7.10.13
The hike (Half Dome) was fantastic, thank you for your assistance.
Steve DeVetter, CA, 6.26.13
The trip was everything we had hoped for and more. James McGrew was knowledgeable and informative. He taught both of us many things concerning the biology, ecology, and history of the park and how it was formed which we were not knowledgeable about. I feel the trip with him has given us an even greater appreciation for this magnificent national park. Thank you for a wonderful and enlightening day.
Shelby Acton, VA, 6.23.13
Excellent! We loved Pete, what a wonderful human being!
Naseem Alizadeh, CA 6.12.13
You did a freaking FANTASTIC job John! Thank you so much for all your great meticulous care and delightful company in leading us to our first successful SAFE high altitude hiking adventure to summit Half Dome! Fred and I are still floating through our days relishing on this wonderful outting. THANK YOU.
Tammy Li, IA, 5.30.13
Good morning Catherine,
Thank you so much for recommending, Matteo Fiori as our guide! We had an amazing time with him. Matteo was funny, very knowledgeable, encouraging and most of all patient 🙂 Please tell Matteo we said Hello!
Daisy Herrera, CA, 5.2013
Our hike with Mark Petersen was great. so much depends on the guide and his personality. Mark was very pleasant company and his knowledge of the area added greatly to the day. i give him high marks.
David Brody, NC, 5.19.13
We had an amazing two days of hiking with YExplore. This family-owned operation exceeded expectations. The hikes were well planned, safe, and our guide was knowledgeable and charming. We can’t wait to go again next year!
Wendy Bolker 4.17 -18.13 San Francisco, CA
We had an amazing two days of hiking with YExplore. The owners John and Catherine De Grazio were great to work with. The hike was well organized, safe, and our guide, John was very personable and knowledgeable. We can’t wait to use YExplore again on our annual Yosemite trip.
Wendy Bolker 4.17 -18.13 San Francisco, CA
We really liked our experience with the guides, Gabe and Dan. They were very knowledgeable on a host of topics aside from the flora and fauna of the region. They were also great with the kids, and extremely personable.
Michael Vele, NJ 4.11.13
Both Gabe and John were interesting and pushed us.
Rebecca Ryan, OH 4.4.13
We had an amazing experience with John. He was so knowledgeable and patient with my kids. The day was perfect and we covered so much in a relatively small amount of time. I never had a moment when I worried about our safety. I loved the personal touch that your company offered. We will always remember this hike and will gladly recommend your company to others!!!
Lisa Marx, MD, 4.2.13
We have visited Yosemite valley multiple times over the years but after hiking with John with YExplore, we felt like we gained a whole new appreciation about all aspects of Yosemite NP. John was extremely knowledgable and was sure to keep our hike at a reasonable pace for all to enjoy. I think he got the ultimate compliments from our 14 year son and friend when they exclaimed, “That was awesome” and “yea, John is cool”.
Jo-Anne Dao, CA 3.21.13
We enjoy our trip so much !! our guide, John was very knowledgeable and charismatic, he was very patient and kept our pace at all times. We will for sure plan another trip with you !
Marcela Sepulveda, CA 2.18.13
John our guide was kind patient and informative.
Marne Hendriks, Babylon, NY 2.15.13