Tombstone Territorial Park - Arctic Circle

Invitation only!

This is a scouting trip with Marc Muench and Kevin Pepper to the Tombstone Territorial Park. All logistics have been made and taken care of as usual, and you may be required to help us scout. The big difference is that we are confirming exact photography locations for future workshops. All the details are listed below.

For this workshop we proudly work with our Canadian licensed guide and pro, Kevin Pepper Photography in Woodstock, Ontario.

Location:

Yukon Territories, Canada

Tuition:

$5,800

Dates:

Aug 27 – Sept 3, 2017

Fitness Level:

Moderate to difficult

Availability:

Sold Out

Itinerary

Travel to whitehorse Aug 26, 2017 – You will be recommended a hotel where you will spend the night before catching your flight out to Dawson City the following day. 

Drive with Kevin and Marc from whitehorse to Dawson, about 8 hours including a few photo stops. If this is something you wish to do, you will need to arrive in whitehorse on the 25th and be ready to begin the drive early on the 26th. 

August 27, 2017: You arrive in Dawson City. We will pick you up at the airport and take you to our hotel in Dawson. Here you can get settled and spend the balance of the afternoon exploring the history of Dawson City before dinner.

That afternoon we will also sit down as a group with Tombstone Territorial Park Staff and our local guide, Jessie, for a briefing in the back country.

After a group dinner we will head down the Dempster Highway to preview the landscapes that we will be flying over the next day.

Tombstone is just north of Dawson City, easily accessed by the Dempster Highway… as we will see today. But tomorrow we will enter the “Patagonia of the North” and return to the time when the only people here were the First Nations: the Tr'ondek Hwech'in, Na Cho Nyak Dun, Gwich'in First Nations, and the Inuvialuit people. Everything else was wildlife: Caribou. Moose. Dall sheep. Bears. Wolves. And the beautiful gyrfalcon.

This is the land where craggy, black granite pinnacles point to the sun. Where hidden valleys are settings for crystalline lakes. Where every summer the tundra explodes in a crazy carpet of colors that delight the eye and confound the camera. And where the only forces that have truly touched the landscape are wind, water, and glaciers—except in the northern Beringia areas where the glaciers did not form, and where mammoths, steppe bison, scimitar cats and other giants of the ice age roamed.

Stay at Aurora Inn in Dawson City.

August 28, 2017: After breakfast we will head to the airport to meet with our private helicopter charter that will take us 11km deep into the Tombstone Mountain range. Our destination is the Talus lake and Grizzly Lake area of Tombstone Territorial Park.

This pristine area is in the center of Canada’s version of Patagonia. The landscapes are otherworldly and the silence is deafening.

Because we are sleeping under the stars during these nights we can keep our eye out on the skies for our very short window for northern lights. Total darkness is at 10:45pm and blue hour starts at 5:45am. This gives us almost 7 hours of dark enough skies to watch for northern lights while in one of the most remote areas of Canada, just a few degrees from the arctic circle.

Remote camping in tent.

August 29–30, 2017: We will hike to different vantage points through numerous side trips we can do from the lake, including Grizzly Pass and Mount Monolith / Twin Lakes viewpoint.

Our hiking trails will take us into different valleys to photograph some of the iconic mountain ranges that are part of Indian folklore before humans were keeping records.

On the morning of day four you will fully understand why you have entered an area where very few souls will ever visit as you stand, camera in hand quietly in the middle of a vast, spectacular valley surrounded by nothing but a large sky and the looming mountain peaks. We promise an experience you won't forget.

On this morning we will be picked up by private chartered helicopter and flown even farther north to Azure Lake. A destination inside Tombstone Territorial Park that’s not to be missed: the dazzling and aptly-named Azure Lake.

Our helicopter pilot will pick us up, fly north and land to give you time to photograph from this extremely secluded area.

Because we are sleeping under the stars during these nights we can keep our eye out on the skies for our very short window for northern lights. Total darkness is at 10:45pm and blue hour starts at 5:45am. This gives us almost 7 hours of dark enough skies to watch for northern lights while in one of the most remote areas of Canada, just a few degrees from the arctic circle.

Remote camping in tent.

August 31, 2017: After one last sunrise photo shoot we will get picked up by our private helicopter charter and taken back to Dawson City over the mountain ranges of Tombstone Territorial park.

We will spend the night in the Aurora Inn to clean up and eat a restaurant meal. 

September 1, 2017: We pack up again for another night of camping in a different area of the Tombstone Mountains. We will drive all the way to this campsite where we have the opportunity to photograph the high peaks from many different angles. 

September 2, 2017: We'll spend the morning and most of the day exploring the many local regions for views of the high peaks, then drive back into Dawson City for our final night.

September 3, 2017: Today is departure day. One final morning to wander through the history of Dawson City before we take you to the airport late in the morning to catch your flight home.

What’s Included

  • Single Occupancy Lodging
  • All meals during the workshop
  • All transportation during the workshop
  • Camping equipment, tent - sleeping bag - pad
  • Photographic guiding by 2 pros
  • All permits, entrance fees, tickets
  • Local guides and camp cook

Whats Not Included?

Your flights to and from Dawson City through Whitehorse and your hotel rooms, if needed in Whitehorse. Items of a personal nature. Alcoholic beverages. Gratuities for local guides. Trip and cancellation insurance. Anything not listed as included.

Payment Terms

Your deposit of $2,500 will secure your place on this workshop. The balance of $3,300 will be due not later than May 1, 2017. All of our standard terms and conditions apply. Need special payment arrangements for your deposit? No problem, just ask us.

Additional Information

This is a small group expedition, designed to maximize scouting time and explore new photographic regions.