Dear SYMG travelers:

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to unfold, we want to keep you informed about how we are supporting you and your travel plans. Our team wants you to know that we are doing everything possible to ensure your travel safety and provide flexibility when it comes to booking your trip with us.

We are actively monitoring public health information resources (including the WHO and CDC) so that we can provide informed responses to any questions or concerns related to travel to our destinations in Yosemite and the High Sierra. As an informed traveler, we encourage you to use these resources as well. Our customer service team is available as always at (800) 231-4575 or info@symg.com to discuss any questions you may have as you prepare to book your next adventure. 

When you register, we recommend purchasing travel insurance to safeguard your travel investment.  In addition to your standard coverage, consider adding “cancel for any reason” with your travel protection plan. Contact TravelGuard for specific questions regarding their policies related to the coronavirus.

Ian Elman, President

Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides

Ian Elman
Simply put, I still love to guide! Spending over 25 years as a guide has been the best way to spend my life. I love the beautiful places we go, sure, but it’s the great people we share those with that make the lifestyle so rewarding. I have walked the entire John Muir Trail with you, climbed in the Peruvian Andes with you, scaled the Mexican Volcanoes with you, mountaineering in Argentina, rafting and kayaking Costa Rica, Fly fishing in Montana and Utah, and of course thousands of hiking days in our backyard of Yosemite and California’s High Sierra! I enjoy giving back to the community by offering trips and programs for charities and school groups. I enjoy the challenge of the logistics of having dozens of trips out in the backcountry (sometimes hundreds of people across the Sierra) all at the same time. I find great pleasure continuing to fulfill SYMG’s mission statement on a daily basis including providing fulfilling employment and lifestyle for all of the guides and aspiring guides in our organization. Someone recently asked me, “still doing that camping thing?” I smiled and proudly said “ Yep, still doing the camping thing…”