Escalante Llama-Assisted backpack workshop-2019
Top Photograph: Barnbaum - Green River Overlook, Utah
Llama-Assisted Backpacking Workshop
Moody, East Moody, and the Escalante River Canyons
Llama Backpack Workshop Instructors: Don Rommes and Bruce Barnbaum
Outfitters: Llamas 2 Boot Outfitters, Boulder, Utah
(Includes llamas carrying camping gear and all meals, prepared by experienced and knowledgeable outfitters.)
The 2019 Escalante Backpack workshop will feature a hike into three extraordinary canyons: The Escalante River Canyon, itself, Moody Canyon and East Moody Canyon, two of it’s exceptional tributaries. The workshop begins Sunday morning, April 21 after breakfast at 9 a.m., but we ask all participants to arrive the evening before for an informal dinner, meeting all the participants and instructors, relaxing and getting a good night’s sleep before the start of the workshop.
Sunday morning we meet indoors for orientation, discussion of photographic issues, and information about the 5-day backpack hike (which begins the next day). Sunday afternoon we go outdoors for a half-day “shakedown hike” to see if everyone has all needed gear, if you’re in good physical condition for the backpack, and to start our close student-instructor relationship.
Monday morning we meet the llama guides (with whom we’ve worked for more than 10 years) to give them 15 pounds of our personal gear plus a tent, sleeping bag and pad (either your own or ones supplied by the guides), for them to take on the llamas to our campsite. You then carry your camera gear, lunch (which they prepare) water and any other needed gear (jacket, hat, etc.) for the day’s hike from the Moody Canyon trailhead to the confluence of Moody and the Escalante River. From there, over the next several days, we explore the Escalante Canyon, the blue-walled East Moody Canyon, the Rincon and other outstanding features within hiking distance. On Friday, April 27, we hike back to our trailhead, and back to our motel for a welcome shower, and a great dinner nearby. This is remote, astounding country seen by very few people, and done with photography instructors ready to help you throughout the hike. (NOTE: We have scheduled this specific hike for the past two years, but a rockslide in the upper range of Middle Moody Canyon, our access route, has prevented llama access to the canyons. In 2019 we'll try again, but we'll have an alternative set of fantastic canyons set in case the rockfall has not been blasted away to allow llama passage. All canyon in the Escalante complex are fantastic, and all are radically different from one another, so our back-up will be equally fantastic.)
On the final day of the workshop (Saturday, April 27) we meet indoors to review all student work (photographs brought to the workshop, and/or ones made during the backpack). This always proves to be a highlight of the week, as instructors and students discuss the qualities of the images, and seek ways of improving your photographic output.
Don Rommes (Gold Beach, Oregon), a neonatologist by profession, long ago embraced photography as an outlet for creative self-expression. His initial explorations of the remote canyons of southern Utah with a large format camera served as the perfect counterbalance to the stressful environment of an intensive care nursery.
Bruce Barnbaum is as widely respected for his photography as he is for his educational and art books. His “Essence of Photography” was awarded the best photo-eduction book of 2015 by German publishers and booksellers. He works traditionally in black and white; digitally in color.
If you have any questions, please contact Bruce Barnbaum at his email address of email@example.com or his home phone at (360-691-4105).
To register for this workshop via the website, please pay the full amount ($2,850) or the non-refundable deposit ($250) using your Visa or Mastercard credit card (sorry, no other credit cards). If you register with a deposit, the full payment will be due 6 weeks prior to the workshop.
Alternatively, to register by regular mail:
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