Escalante Llama-Assisted Backpack Workshop-2020


Escalante Llama-Assisted Backpack Workshop-2020

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Instructors: Don Rommes and Bruce Barnbaum

April 19, 2019 9:00 am - April 25, 2020 5:00 pm

Workshop Fee: $2900

Deposit amount: $250 (non-refundable)

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Top Photograph: Barnbaum - Neon Canyon Waterfall Pour-off and Tunnels

Escalante Canyons Llama-Assisted Backpack Workshop

Fence, Choprock and Neon 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 marvelous 2019 Escalante Backpack workshop has just been completed, and we are looking forward to offering another hike into the marvels of the Escalante River canyons in 2020. Next year we will head downhill from the rim through Fence Canyon, with it’s wonderful cottonwood trees to a base camp at its confluence with the Escalante River. From there we have easy access to Choprock and Neon Canyons, two of the most remarkable in a remarkable set of remote canyons. The workshop begins Sunday morning, April 19 after breakfast at 9 a.m., but we ask all participants to arrive the evening before (Saturday, April 18) 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, April 19, 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.

Barnbaum: Indian Head Bas Relief, Wolverine Canyon

Barnbaum: Indian Head Bas Relief, Wolverine Canyon

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 trailhead named “Egypt” to the confluence of Fence Canyon and the Escalante River. From there, over the next several days, we explore the Escalante Canyon, Choprock, Neon and Fence Canyon.. On Friday, April 25, 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.

Barnbaum: Pentstemon at Alcove, Little Death Hollow

Barnbaum: Pentstemon at Alcove, Little Death Hollow

On the final day of the workshop (Saturday, April 25) 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.

If you have any questions, please contact Bruce Barnbaum at his email address of or his home phone at (360-691-4105).

To register for this workshop via the website, please pay the full amount ($2,900) 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:

Download the workshop application to your computer from here: 

Workshop Application.doc  or a PDF version: Workshop Application.PDF

Print it out, fill it in, and send it to:

Bruce Barnbaum Photography Workshops

P.O. Box 1791

Granite Falls, WA 98252