Canyons of Escalante Adventure
Location - town of Escalante, Utah.
Dates: October *** - ****, 2018
Tuition - $1700 per participant (limit: 6 participants).
Instructor: Alex Mironyuk
Deposit: $500 (PAYMENTS ACCEPTED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE BALANCE)
During the last several years southern part of Utah turns to a real tourist Mecca. You can see there a lot of roads improvements, new paved viewpoints, hotels and restaurants. Due to enormous tourist traffic you can't be alone in solitude at the most iconic Southwest places, like it was even 4-5 years ago.
In this workshop you will get a chance to see absolutely different Utah. I will show you that mountain desert the way how it was thousands years ago - untouchable by humans, where all creations were done our Mother-Nature by wind, rains and ice.
We will hike to the very remote and hard to reach canyons and will enjoy the view and the beauty of that places. We will camp overnight and billions of stars will stay over our heads.
All our physical efforts would be worth of unforgettable experience, emotions and, of cause, unique pictures of those places and wonders that less than 0.0001% of tourists can see in their own eyes.
This workshop is designed to master your photography skills and also to boost your creative process. This entire workshop is hands on and I will be with you every step of the way covering composition, camera settings, chasing the light, night time photography, focus stacking, panorama shooting and much more.
Workshops highlights: The whole time we will drive in our 4 wheel drive truck or SUV on rough roads and will enjoy the scenery that not too many people can see at all. We will stay 3 nights in the wilderness far away from other people, cities, paved roads and can enjoy nature's beauty and the Milky Way over our heads. Another 2 nights we will spend in hotels. Canyons of Escalante are a unique photo-destination where you have to have your camera ready 24/7. You will be guided by yours truly and my team.
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to strength. This Workshop Involves everyday hikes with backpack or without it over rugged terrain and featuring anywhere up to 500 - 800 ft of elevation gain.
Fitness Level: Like any outdoor nature photography workshop, a reasonable degree of fitness is ideal. We will be engaging in moderate - strenuous physical activity. Be prepare hike up to 10 miles a day with all your photo gear and camping supply (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, food and 1 - 1.5 gallons of water.
Transportation: Transportation on 4x4 truck or SUV is included in the tuition.
The closest major airports are Las Vegas, NV or Salt Lake City, UT, where you can rent a car to get to Escalante, UT. You can leave that car in a hotel in Escalante while we will be in a wilderness. When possible we prefer that participants carpool with each other to help limit our impact and get to know each other.
Lodging: We will spend the 2 nights at a hotel (included in the tuition) and 3 nights in the primitive camping.
Our group will meet at the hotel in Escalante, UT around 3 PM where you can meet everyone and get to know each other. Keep in mind that it's about 6 hour drive from Las Vegas or Salt Lake City, so plan your arrival time. After a short introductory meeting we will go to our very first sunset photo-session at the Cedar Wash Arch.
Night in hotel
Our final Itinerary will depend on the weather, water level in some places and lighting conditions, which is very hard to predict so far ahead. Other words, our itinerary is very flexible especially in Escalante area were our photo opportunities are endless.
In general, our plans might be described as:
Early morning we are going to a seldom visited Little Valley to our sunrise session. The main photo subject that morning would be tall hoodoos that have some chocolate color.
After breakfast depending on weather conditions and water level we wil go to one of the following canyons: Zebra, Pick-A-Boo, Spooky, Willow Gulch.
Afternoon we will start our journey to one of the most beautiful canyons on entire Southwest - we are going to the Coyote Gulch. But today we just approaching to it, so we will have our evening photo-session on the rim of the Escalante River Canyon with breathtaking view.
Night in camping on the rim
Whole day we will discover the Coyote Gulch.
Whole length of the hike is about 12 miles, but we split that hike to two days, so for today we need to hike just 5-6 miles. But don't be foolish with that short distance - you will want to stop almost every 300 - 500 feet to take some pictures and just enjoy the entire beauty of that place. So that will be kind of challenge to get to our camping site before dusk. That day we will visit 4 waterfalls, 3 natural arches, 1 natural bridge, countless alcoves and water rapids. .
Night in camping
First part of that day we will continue hike the Coyote Gulch toward our cars. Afternoon we will visit one of the most unusual and picturesque
arch - Sunset Arch Another our option for that evening is Dance Hall Rock with countless unusual potholes.
Night in hotel
After rest in hotel we will start our most strength adventure - we are going toward the farthest point of our journey toward the Reflection Canyon. First of all we need to drive more than 40 miles on rugged unpaved road. After that we will hike cross country without established trail more than 9 miles with all our gear to the rim of the Reflection Canyon, where we will have another breathtaking view over tributary of the Colorado River with two island on the bay which are laying 500' below our feet. Needless to say that this the place for our sunset and sunrise photo-session.
Night in camping
After our very last sunrise photo-session on the rim we will hike back 9+ miles toward our car and after we will head back toward Escalante, where our workshop will be officially over.