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Mountains, Alpine Lakes and Wildflowers in Backcountry Wyoming

July 17–23, 2024

Aptly named, the Cirque of the Towers is a round glacier-carved valley ringed by towering granite mountains. Extremely remote, the cirque was rarely—or perhaps never—accessed before its naming by climber Orrin Bonney in 1941. Today, it is a fabled destination for climbers, backpackers, and photographers able to make the multi-day journey. Join us on an adventure into the wilds of Wyoming!

The cirque is located in Popo Agie Wilderness, accessed by a single trail that winds between numerous alpine lakes and among wildflowers. While many elect to traverse the trail on foot, we’ll use horses to carry us high into the mountains. Don’t worry if you aren’t a skilled rider—our experienced outfitters will match each of us to our sure-footed horse, so you can concentrate on enjoying the view. Our gear will follow us, safely packed on the pack horses. Once at our comfortable, fully-outfitted camp, we’ll have plenty of time to photograph this extraordinary area. You’ll have great views from your tent, but we’ll also explore the nearby alpine valleys, lakes, and waterfalls on day hikes. Since it will be springtime in the mountains, meadows full of wildflowers are even possible. Your veteran landscape photography instructors will teach you several techniques: focus stacking, shallow depth of field, composition building, and more. You’ll also learn to create stunning nighttime images under some of the darkest skies in the country.

Ready for a wild photographic adventure? Join us!

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Location

Wyoming, USA

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Tuition

$8,995

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Dates

July 17–23, 2024

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Fitness Level

Challenging

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Availability

Open for Registration
Limited to 8 Guests

Itinerary

This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions, and other factors.

July 17, 2024: We’ll meet up at the Diamond 4 Ranch at 4:00 PM for an orientation about riding from one of the wranglers—we’re happy to help with any questions you may have on getting there. The Ranch is about a 4-hour drive from Jackson Hole, WY, and the last hour is on a windy gravel road that ascends 3,000 feet in elevation. Afterward, we’ll have an early dinner, finish our last-minute packing, and get some much-needed sleep ahead of the next day’s long ride. Diamond 4 Ranch is located at 9,000 feet in elevation, so this overnight will help our bodies acclimate for our 9,500-foot alpine camp.

July 18, 2024: We’ll begin the day with a hot cooked meal on the lodge’s deck, followed by an introduction to our horses and a review of rider safety. There will be sack lunches packed for the day and plenty of fresh filtered mountain water. Our ride will take most of the day—with frequent stops along the way for rest and photography—so we’ll plan on arriving at camp by 4:00 PM. Supplies will already be in camp, but everyone is expected to help set up the tents and fill water containers. Once settled into our private tents, we’ll have time to take a brief walk to photograph sunset. Dinner will be under the stars, around the warm glow of the campfire.

July 19–21, 2024: Each day will start well before sunrise with hot coffee and snacks. We’ll make our way to our sunrise shooting locations, mainly in the dark, arriving just before the alpine glow begins. We’ll plan for a big hot breakfast in camp following each morning shoot, followed by some downtime for rest. The afternoon hikes will start at various times based on the location chosen. You must walk to each location carrying your camera pack, water bladder or bottle, rain gear, and lunch. Some days when the weather permits, you might walk more than 3 miles, especially if the group is all willing to explore more locations. On return, dinner will be waiting for us under the stars. On nights with clear skies, we’ll photograph the stars over glacial lakes and gnarled pines.

July 22, 2024: On this final morning in camp, we’ll enjoy the sunrise over a favorite small lake. Then, after a hot breakfast, we’ll pack up and begin the 15-mile ride back to the Diamond 4 Ranch. You’ll be a riding pro by now, so relax and enjoy the views from the saddle! We’ll be back before dark, with time to enjoy a hot shower before dinner.

July 23, 2024: We’ll have breakfast at the ranch, then meet for an extended image review and post-processing instructions. While there is no permanent electricity at the lodge, we’ll have a generator, projector, and large screen at our disposal. The workshop will wrap up at noon when we’ll depart the ranch. If you’re driving back to Jackson Hole for your flights home, plan on 4 hours. It’s best to reserve a hotel that night and fly out on the 14th.

Camp life

The first and last nights are at the Allens Diamond 4 Ranch and camping in the wilderness for four nights. The wilderness camp is fully outfitted with two wranglers who prepare all the hot meals. There are mosquitos this time of year, and there are rain showers. The nylon waterproof tents will keep you dry, and there is enough for everyone to sleep in their own tent. Bring your own pad, sleeping bag, and travel pillow for a comfy night out.

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Fitness

Challenging: You can handle a strenuous 15-mile horseback ride in and out and up to 3 miles of walking each day at elevations of 9–10,000 feet.

Flights

Arrive Jackson Hole Airport (JAC), Jackson, Wyoming anytime on July 16, 2024. Flights out can be made anytime on July 24, 2024.

What to Bring

Please see our page How To Prepare For Your Workshop. We will send you a detailed information document 90 days before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear and clothing recommendations, and more.

What’s Included

  • Shared lodging. Tents are single. Cabins are shared.
  • All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop
  • All permits and park fees
  • All transportation during the workshop
  • Tips for crew, drivers, and local guides
  • Fully outfitted, guided camping
  • Photographic guiding and instruction from 2 pros
  • Image reviews and post-processing instruction
  • Adventure, fun, inspiration, and a great time!

Not Included

  • Travel to and from Allens Diamond 4 Ranch, Wyoming.
  • Passport and visa fees (if applicable).
  • Any meals or accommodations before or after the workshop dates.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Medical Evacuation Insurance (required).
  • Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended).
  • Anything else specifically not listed as included.

Payment Terms

  • Your deposit of $3,995 will hold your space in this workshop.
  • Further payment of $3,000 is due by December 1, 2023.
  • The balance is due not later than April 1, 2024.
  • All of our standard Terms and Conditions apply.
  • Need special payment arrangements? No problem, just ask us.

Testimonials

“Congratulations on hiring Joseph Roybal! He is clearly a master of all aspects of his craft, an exceptional leader and team player and he's superb at understanding the group's needs as well as those of each individual. He did an outstanding job of ensuring we had the basics down pat, understood and tried new techniques in the field and in the post processing of our images. He is a wonderful addition to your team and will be a significant asset in the months and hopefully years to come! ”

— Andy Partridge, Atacama Bolivia Salt Flats '23

“I would have rated it 5 stars even if i only had my iPhone camera. Apart from the photography the location and logistics was outstanding. Joseph was great. A wonderful workshop! ”

— Rob Bartlett, Cirque of the Towers '22
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