Guide Spotlight: Eric

  Eric recently returned from a 3 week vacation to Morocco. This is twilight in Chef Chaouen.

Eric recently returned from a 3 week vacation to Morocco. This is twilight in Chef Chaouen.

How long have you guided with Incredible Adventures? 

I've worked at Incredible Adventures for about 9 months. I started in early May 2017.

What is your favorite IA trip? Why? 

My favorite trip to run is the Y3. With three days, you can really get away from the crowds and go hiking in the high country. You could literally spend years exploring in Yosemite and still find new places. I liked researching new hikes and areas to explore. 

What is your favorite part about our trips? 

My favorite part of the trips are the places we go like Yosemite or Muir Woods. Having a job that allows you to spend so much time in beautiful places is so fulfilling. Aside from that, the support we receive from our office is top notch. With this type of job, things will go wrong, and many times theres no way to predict or prevent them from happening. (Forest fires, government shutdowns, rockslides) One thing I love about this company is that I feel like everyone at the office has my back when I'm out on a trip.   

How long have you lived in San Francisco? 

I've lived in San Francisco for about 9 months.

Was it hard to find a place to live in San Francisco? 

The housing is competitive, but there are plenty of opportunities. Perseverance is key. 

What advice would you give to someone moving to The City? 

Don't psych yourself out before you've even gotten here. Secure a place like an air bnb or a friends couch for a week and then devote yourself to finding a room. Craigslist is the best way to find places in SF, and it might suck to be on craigslist for a few hours every day for a week, but its worth it. This week long transition period is a great way to explore some of the neighborhoods in SF. Find a new coffee shop every day and the hunt won't feel as monotonous. If theres one thing San Francisco isn't lacking, it's good coffeeshops. 

What does a week in the life of Eric look like in the summer? 

Things change every week, but a typical week in the summer might look something like this:

Sunday: Start a Y3- Drive out to Yosemite, hike down to a sequoia grove, see some viewpoints and set up camp. 
Monday: Y3- Hike up to the top of Mt. Hoffman, or Lembert dome
Tuesday: Y3- Tear down camp, give passengers some free time in Yosemite Valley and head back to SF, drop passengers off around 8pm
Wednesday: Day off- sleep in, do laundry, hang out with other guides who have the same day off, explore the city
Thursday: Muir Woods- really fun trip, and great food (Free for guides)
Friday: Y1- long day, but good money and you get a 3 hour break to nap/relax
Saturday: Day off- see Wednesday

When did you decide to stay through the winter and for 2018? 

I decided to stay for the winter pretty late in the year, around late September/early October. I was originally going to work at a ski resort, but ultimately decided to stay and work here throughout the winter. 


Guide Spotlight: 

How long have you guided with Incredible Adventures?

I started guiding for IA in March 2017. I had been living in Spain for the winter after ending a season of overland guiding, and was looking for something that allowed me to still be on the road, but also have time for a personal life, and IA offered that perfect balance.


What is your favorite IA trip? Why?

My favorite trip is the 3 day camping tour in Yosemite. We have so much time to explore the park, including some stunning areas that are a little more off the beaten path, and get in some really great hikes. There’s time for me to get to know my pax and what their interests are, and flexibility to tailor the tour accordingly.


How long have you lived in San Francisco?

I moved to SF shortly before I started guiding for IA, so in March 2017.


Was it hard to find a place to live in San Francisco?

It was a challenge to find somewhere that I thought I could call home. There’s no shortage of available rooms, but it’s very competitive and it can be tough to find a situation that suits. But luckily if you move out after only a few weeks or months, no one thinks anything of it. It’s okay to move around until you feel comfortable.


What advice would you give to someone moving to The City?

Start up costs of moving to The City are high, but you’ll be living in one of the coolest regions in the state. Also don’t worry too much about having a great room because even when it’s your day off you likely won’t be home - there’s too many amazing things to do in the city and around. 


What does your summer schedule look like over a 2 week period? 

Sunday - Tuesday: Yosemite 3 day tour!

  • Sunday - I like to head to Tuolumne Grove and the sequoias, Tunnel View and a quick walk around The Valley floor before setting up camp for the next couple of days.
  • Monday - We'll have an early start for high country and hiking. If they're not big hikers I'll run them out to Mono Lake, and then enjoy dinner at the Woah Nellie. 
  • Tuesday - Maybe we head up to Glacier Point, or if they did some strenuous hiking the day before I'll just drop the group in The Valley for free time before bringing everyone back home.
  • Wednesday - A day off! Sleep in, Philz coffee, laundry, and beers at one of SFs many local breweries
  • Thursday & Friday: back to back Muir Woods Wine & Beer Tour - my favorite day trip! Hug some trees, sip some wine, chug some beer. Everyone is happy.
  • Saturday - A day off! Brunch at Sweet Maple for bottomless mimosas and million dollar bacon.
  • Sunday -  Silicon Valley Tech Tour! I'll take the group to Facebook HQ for some selfie time to start the day off right. I'll grab some coffee at Starbucks across the street while the group goes to the museum, then go geek out with them at the Googleplex. I'll be back in the city by 3:30 and have the rest of the afternoon to do whatever I want.

Monday - Tuesday: Yosemite 2 day tour!

  • Monday - I plan to be cheerleading everyone to the top of the trail at Tuolumne Grove. I'll get all the driving done today and head up to Glacier Point for sunset, or maybe save that for Day 2. 
  • Tuesday - Show off some more Yosemite highlights before heading back to The City. Probably stop at Treasure Island before dropping everyone off.
  • Wednesday & Thursday - Days off! Laundry first because I'm an adult, but then I'll go explore Mt Tamalpais state park or Angel Island.

Friday - Monday: Yosemite, Tahoe & The Sierras Tour!  

  • Friday - I'll hit the highlights in Yosemite Valley on day 1.
  • Saturday - I'll show them the wonders of high country like Olmstead Point and Pothole Dome, wander the shore at Mono Lake, and squeeze in a walk around one of the many lakes at Mammoth. I reward myself with beers from Mammoth Brewing and a fun group dinner. 
  • Sunday - We'll grab a picnic lunch for our visit to the ghost town of Bodie, then take the scenic route over the mountains to Tahoe. I like to get there early enough to do a lake cruise or take the gondola up for sunset. 
  • Monday - We'll take a morning hike, then shoot for a late lunch in Old Town Sacramento before heading back to The City. 


When did you decide to stay through the winter and for 2018?

I knew I wanted to stay for the winter pretty much as soon as I started, because as with any job it takes time to hit your stride and feel confident. Although I took nearly two months off to do some traveling around Africa, I knew I wanted to stay for the winter because I wanted to see Yosemite in every season. I knew I’d stay for summer 2018 when IA started talking about adding new out-of-state tours.