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  • Directors: Jonathan Shannon
  • Format: Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sierra Nomad Photography
  • DVD Release Date: March 10, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00099XXWY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,563 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is a 2010 revision of our best-selling DVD (initially released in 2005).

This edition explores Yosemite Valley and beyond including; Tuolumne Meadows, Hetch Hetchy, the Mariposa Grove, Glacier Point and Tioga Roads. Trails covered include: Half Dome, Yosemite Falls (Upper & Lower), the Valley Loop Trail, Mirror Lake, the Panorama Trail, Bridalveil Fall, the Mist Trail, the 4 Mile Trail (Glacier Pt.), Taft Pt., Sentinel Dome, North Dome, May Lake, Soda Springs, Glen Aulin HSC (White Cascade), Pothole Dome, Lyell Canyon, Wapama Falls, Mariposa Grove (Giant Sequoia), Wawona Point and Chilnualna Falls.

Hikes range from very easy to very strenuous. Many of the trails have several options enabling you to shorten or lengthen the hike; some can be backpacked.

Special Features: Park Overview provides road, store, lodging and camping information, etc.); Be "Bear Aware" gives instruction on how to be a good "guest" in the bears' home.; Hiking in Yosemite includes tips on how to hike safely in this mountain setting, when the best time to visit Yosemite is, and more!

Viewing Options: Either select trails one by one, or "Select All Trails" and have them all play automatically.

Audio Options: Narration and Music or Music Only. Exercise to video footage from the world's premier hiking destination!

Review

"A great DVD on trails all over the park." --YosemiteFun.com

"A great DVD on trails all over the park." --YosemiteFun.com

"A great DVD on trails all over the park." --YosemiteFun.com

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It's definitely not a replacement for the DVD, but it does provide a quick summary of each trail.
Jennifer N. Pope
I found the information and photos to be very appropriate - they included descriptions of the views, flora, fauna, geologic features, and interesting side trips.
Rebecca Sowards Emmerd
Popular trails in Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, Toulumne Meadows, Hetch Hetchy, Wawona and Mariposa Grove are covered--21 day hikes in all.
T. Sullivan

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer N. Pope on June 26, 2005
As a native Californian, it's somewhat surprising that I'm still relatively unfamiliar with the trails in Yosemite. I have visited Yosemite, but I've only completed a handful of the shortest hikes. I'm planning on spending some time in Yosemite this summer and this DVD and companion booklet is becoming an invaluable aid.

The DVD is arranged by hike and each hike is in a photo slideshow-type format with narration. I found the pictures beautiful and the narration informative and pleasant. The DVD provides a wide array of information about the flora, fauna, and landscapes of Yosemite.

I found the Companion Booklet to be a useful addition to the DVD. It also gives you something to bring along on the trail when the DVD can't be with you. It's definitely not a replacement for the DVD, but it does provide a quick summary of each trail.

It's easy to see that this DVD and Companion Booklet is made by someone who loves Yosemite and knows it well. As well as knows what information hikers and backpackers need and want to know. I'm very much looking forward to future hikes in Yosemite.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Matenkosky on June 22, 2005
I've been hiking in Yosemite for years and I still found little tidbits of information I was unaware of. Along with basic trail directions, the author injects information on local plant life and geology. I'm very anxious to get out and explore some of the "new" destinations that I've learned about in the DVD. An added bonus is the companion guide book. The companion guide book would make a handy carry-along when out on the trail.

It did take me a little time to get used to the DVD navigation, but I'm kind of new to the DVD technology. Another thing I would have liked to see was more featured trails! I can never get enough of Yosemite!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Sullivan on March 26, 2010
This DVD provides a wealth of information for hiking throughout Yosemite National Park. Popular trails in Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, Toulumne Meadows, Hetch Hetchy, Wawona and Mariposa Grove are covered--21 day hikes in all. Each hike contains information about the difficulty level, water availability, and restrooms; and usually states the distance and elevation gain.

I viewed the edition released in March 2010. This edition has beautiful video offering panoramic vistas of Yosemite Valley and breathtaking views of most (but not all) of the waterfalls covered in the hikes. Watch the spray accumulate on the camera lens to discover how wet (soaked!) you will get hiking to some of these falls.

"Yosemite National Park (Jon's DVD Hiking Guide)" will appeal to both novice and seasoned Yosemite hikers. It offers a solid overview for those who have not yet been to Yosemite. The producer/narrator tells us that the Four Mile Trail would be on his list of hikes if it were his first time to visit Yosemite and he could hike only two trails. He does not tell us what the second trail would be but the video itself provides the viewer with plenty of information to make a reasonable assessment about this for him/herself. With 21 day hikes covered, even an experienced Yosemite hiker is likely to find trails that he/she has not yet trekked. This video does an excellent job of showing scenic highlights from the trails so a hiker can know which trails will be of most interest to him/her and frequently shows alternative routes that may be taken for the return portion of the hike.

There are minor ways in which this video could be improved. First, the "Trail Statistics" section is hard to find.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Clay Shannon on April 12, 2005
I've always loved Yosemite, so delving into this DVD was a bittersweet experience--it brought back good memories, which was the "sweet" part, but it also made me yearn to be back in that amazing valley and it's indescribably beautiful environs. It is bitter to be here instead of there ("here" being just about anywhere besides Yosemite).

If this DVD does not make you want to lace up your hiking boots and head for the hills, you're probably completely immune to the exhilirating rush that spending time among the scenic wonders of the world brings to those who are open to such thrilling experiences.

The scenery is magnificent; even seen on a screen rather than in reality, the effect upon the soul is simultaneously invigorating and soothing, like a hot cup of coffee on a crisp morning.

But "HG-YNP" is not just comprised of pretty pictures and "the weather is fine-wish you were here" postcard scenes. It contains detailed information on several specific hikes: how difficult they are, their duration in both miles and time, when the best time to go is (regarding weather and crowds), etc.

If you're planning a trip to Yosemite, the jewel of the Sierras, this DVD will help you to preapre for your trip in advance so as to make the best use of your time there. It will whet your appetite for the trip and get you primed and ready for your grand adventure.

On the other hand, if you are unable to make it to Yosemite in person just yet, do the next best thing: travel along vicariously with "The Sierra Nomad" as he leads you through the wonders of Yosemite, the mountain kingdom non pareil.
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