oldhikerQ wrote:Things have certainly gone downhill, IMHO, since Aramark took over the concession.
Certainly not a fan of theirs.
Well...Can't say that I totally disagree - unfortunately, whoever is in charge, seemingly does not understand what they are stewards of, or know how to run our unique wonderland in a way that both pays homage to the culture and benefits all...yet.
Aramark's prides itself / caters to / has a history of good, quick food. They are successful at it. Feed the masses, cleanliness, paying crowds in a city atmosphere - the Valley. "Safe Food Practices" are stressed big-time...(BTW, a yearly required 3-hour class - lots of temperatures checked hourly in little boxes). Anyway, not so much though on what products backpackers, climbers, PCTers, JMTers, fishermen, cyclers (us?) really need.
Little things like aaa batteries, chapstick, gas canisters, Deet, sunblock, (TP?), chalk and climbing tape, ice, etc are all too often missing from the shelves. For me, not understanding the importance of these items is just one of the areas where they miss the mark.
Yosemite is unique, has a long history - services here too have evolved for reasons. Some of these services like shuttle buses, food drops, post office, BP campgrounds, recharge stations, permit quotas, HSCs - these are mostly non-profit but are celebrated and/ or have proven to be necessary. Aramark does not understand why these are important either and thus their cooperation/interaction with the park itself suffers. Ultimately, we then suffer. Aramark is a large public corporation (with shareholders) setting blanket policies...all emanating from New Jersey.
Maybe this year they will understand Yosemite's quirks a bit more.
just my 2¢