Grizzly Bears: Up Close and Personal

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This ultimate 7 day and 6 night nature adventure is perfect for any wildlife and nature enthusiast! Our destination: a remote bear camp operating since 1976 and only accessible by helicopter deep inside the British Columbia wilderness. 

A total of eight of us have been granted exclusive use of this camp where you will photograph amazing bear activity that includes fishing on the spawning salmon, bears swimming in the pools and playing along the banks.

We will all meet at our hotel in Whitehorse on July 23rd, 2016 and enjoy a welcome dinner together. We will get to know each other and discuss what you can expect during our time with the Grizzly Bears. We overnight in Whitehorse and leave at 7am next morning for a 2 hour drive to the helicopter pad. Our Grizzly Bear adventure begins as we board the helicopter for an exhilarating and scenic trip to our home base for the next few days. On our way you will pass over some of northern British Columbia’s most beautiful wilderness locations. When we arrive at our base camp, we will have the opportunity to experience a closeness and intimacy with the inland grizzly bears seldom experienced, and normally only see on the Nature Channel.

Location:

Northern Canada

Tuition:

$7,995

Dates:

July 23 - 29, 2016

Fitness Level:

Easy

Your Pros:
Availability:

One Spot Left

I’ve worked with Andy Williams and Marc Muench for nearly two years. They are consummate professionals in every regard. Their respect and enthusiasm for all levels of photographers ensures a gratifying experience for everyone. My only regret is not being able to travel with their team as often as I’d like.
— Gordon Saperia, Lightroom '12, SB Outback '13, Death Valley '14, Iceland '15 and several more in '16

Exclusive and Intimate Wildlife Photography Experience

Important note: nature is nature, and we don't control it. In fact, our bear camp is one in which humans are the guests, and the bears have citizenship! We expect many bear encounters, and many great photographs—but we simply cannot control what happens. Everything is 100% natural, no baiting and no interference. Based on past experience, this is an excellent time for bear visits and photographs!

When you arrive by a 45 minute helicopter ride at the camp, you know you are in an area virtually untouched by man. Giant spruce and cotton wood trees tower over the clear rushing water of the river. The camp is built riverside and offers comfortable heated cabins of double occupancy, and a main lodge with kitchen and dining room facilities where our chef provides excellent meals 3 times a day, and by night, an area to sit as a group and regale in the day's exciting photo opportunities.

During our days you will be photographing the Grizzly bears that are drawn into the area of the camp to fish and feed on spawning pink as well as chinook salmon. This fishing ritual of the Grizzly bears has been going on for decades in that specific area and within the last 30 years the bears became very accustomed to the presence of the camp and its inhabitants. Thus, they will go about all their normal daily activities – including fishing, eating their prey, interacting with each other and much more – in and around camp. This provides exceptional photographic opportunities all around the clock. Guests are literally living in the world of grizzly bears from the time they get up in the morning until their head hits the pillow again at night. Here, virtually all bear age- and sex-classes are present – from large adults through to females with cubs. While yearling and third-spring cubs are more commonly seen, there is always the chance of seeing and photographing small cubs-of-the-year.

Get Close

There are three ground-based locations to view and photograph the bears. One of these is the platform adjoining the main lodge (ground- level) and the two others are locations along the river where we can view the bears fishing. Each location offers different scenery and backdrops. So most of the Grizzly bear viewing and photography is done “face to face” on the ground with a guide. You also have the option of being put out at one of the two platforms where they can view and photograph bears and other wildlife in a non-guided situation.

Because of the closeness of our viewing sites and the excellent viewing opportunities from the deck of the lodge and viewing areas, the physical fitness level required for this wildlife adventure is very basic -- anyone can participate! As an added benefit, You will also learn about bear behavior from our expert guides and owner of the camp, Phil. Phil is a seasoned bear expert that has an intimate relationship with the bears that have been calling this location home for generations. Phil will be on hand during the workshop to answer all your questions regarding the species, the location and the salmon spawn that is occurring.

What’s Included

  • All meals, transportation (including helicopter to the lodge), lodging (double occupancy), photographic guiding and instruction from the time we meet on July 23, 2016 until the time we say goodbye after breakfast on July 29, 2016. 
  • Accommodations at the lodge are double occupancy with either queen or twin beds. There is a central shower, plenty of hot water. Restroom facilities are outhouses. Laundry is available in camp.

Whats Not Included?

  • Round trip airfare from your home to Whitehorse
  • alcoholic beverages
  • personal items and gifts
  • tips for guides and camp staff
  • anything not specifically mentioned in "What's Included" above.

Payment Terms

Your deposit of $4,000 will hold your space. Final balance of $3,995 is due not later than May 1, 2016. Payment is by your personal check - if you need other arrangements, just ask.

All of Muench Workshops Terms and Conditions apply - but for this workshop, your deposit is a firm commitment and is not refundable, which is why we recommend travel insurance.

Additional Information

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