Tombstone Territorial Park
Located just south of the Arctic Circle, between the Bering and Beaufort seas, Tombstone Territorial Park encompasses over 2,100 sq. km of rugged mountain peaks and permafrost landforms, bisected by a rocky divide. Jointly administered by the Yukon Territory government and the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation people, the park provides refuge to abundant wildlife, including Dall's sheep, two species of caribou, moose, black bears, grizzly bears, numerous smaller mammals, and at least 150 species of birds.
While the park boasts year round beauty—earning it comparison to the legendary Patagonia region—it really shines during autumn. It is then that the park’s varied flora erupts in shades of crimson and yellow, and we’ve timed our Tombstone Workshop to coincide! Join Muench Workshop pros Marc Muench and Kevin Pepper, and our local outfitters, as we seek out the most expansive landscapes, varied wildlife, and even (if we are lucky!) the dancing aurora borealis.
We’ve arranged for the perfect base camp in this remote region, comfortably outfitted with a wall tent for meals, personal tents for sleeping, and plenty of home-cooked hot food and drinks to keep you warm and fortified. Our priority during the four nights of camping is to fly into and camp at Talus Lake. Talus Lake is an amazing wilderness lake just beneath the jagged peaks of the Tombstone region. This is a separate alpine camp miles from anywhere and requires a 15 mile hike or helicopter flight. Our outfitters will arrange the helicopter to fly us in and they will setup camp at Talus Lake and provide all the cooking. We have a weather window of 4 nights from our base camp for this opportunity. Weather permitting, we’ll be traversing the park on foot, by vehicle, and by helicopter—you’ll have photographic opportunities from every angle.
This workshop begins and ends in Dawson City, with a wealth of local mining lore to serve as our backdrop. Bring your camera, hiking boots, and a sense of adventure for this journey into the wilds of the Yukon!
Muench Workshops hires local outfitters who carry all required permits and certifications.
Yukon Territory, Canada
August 29–September 5, 2020
Itinerary and General Information
Aug 29, 2020: Fly into Dawson City from Whitehorse, Canada. You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. After a meet-and-greet and dinner, we’ll visit one of several local vantages to photograph the northern lights (weather permitting).
Aug 30, 2020: After a hearty breakfast, we’ll begin our adventure into Tombstone Provincial Park. Our drive will meander through pine-covered foothills, then wind its way up to the steep snow-covered mountains marking the Park’s entrance. We should see spring greens fade to light green and yellow as we gain elevation. We’ll begin photographing along the highway at one of many potential locations before we reach our base camp. Once in camp, everyone will have time to unpack and place their gear and luggage in their own tent. Each tent will be equipped for rain and with a nice thick sleeping pad (you supply your own sleeping bag). We’ll have time to eat dinner in camp before heading out (weather permitting) for more night photography.
If the weather cooperates, we’ll fly straight into Talus Lake on this first day! We would spend 1 to 2 nights at Talus Lake before flying back out to our base camp for the remainder of the 4 nights.
Aug 31–Sept4, 2020: Four full days to explore both inside the park, and further north in the vast tundra across the surrounding tundra. There are no other towns here, just wilderness. We have also scheduled a helicopter to take us up into the high peaks of the park, including Tombstone Mountain. Mornings will come early, as we’ll seek to photograph sunrises, but don’t worry, there will be plenty of hot coffee! After daybreak, we’ll have a hearty breakfast before setting out for a day of exploration. We’ll be keeping our schedule flexible to take advantage of the best light, but a hot dinner will always be waiting for us when we return.
Sept 4, 2020: If weather permits, we’ll take in one final sunrise from camp before it’s time to pack up and drive back to Dawson City. We’ll be ready for our first hot showers, and a little downtime to go through images. After a group image review, we’ll enjoy a last dinner together (in a restaurant!).
Sept 5, 2020: The workshop concludes after breakfast, and you are welcome to schedule your flight back to Whitehorse at any time. We will provide a shuttle to the airport.
What To Bring
Please see our What to Bring page now for guidelines on packing. Approximately 90 days before your workshop, you will be sent a PDF with more specific instructions.
Double occupancy lodging (Single available, just ask)
Fully outfitted base camp
All ground and air transportation during the workshop
Photographic guiding and instruction from Marc and Kevin
Tips for local guides and drivers
Fun, inspiration, and great images
What’s Not Included?
Air travel to and from Dawson City, passport and visa fees (if applicable), and items of a personal nature such as laundry and alcoholic beverages. Medical Evacuation Insurance (required). Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended). Anything else specifically not listed as included.
This is a great opportunity to photograph a still undiscovered place, with two leaders well-versed in the region. Don’t hesitate—click the SIGN ME UP! button below.