$250 – $850

Backcountry Wildflowers of Ice Lakes, San Juan Mountains, CO

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Ice lakes trailhead

806 Washington 107

Durango, CO 81301

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Join professional photographer, Joseph Roybal, in the second annual photo workshop set in the incredible Ice Lakes area of the San Juan Mountains July 27-29, 2018. The location of this excursion lends itself to being a bit more strenuous than most and to accommodate this I have arranged for our group to make our way into the backcountry with our gear being carried by llamas. Each llama has the capacity to carry 70lbs, which will give each participant 35lbs of gear she and he can bring in with them. I will be organizing an Organization and Information Meeting as time nears to get all participants together where we will go over a packing list of what to bring with you answering questions and assisting wherever I can. This trip is a blast and I encourage anyone interested in participating to please keep in mind the Ice Lake area is a pretty strenuous hike in, however with the animals carrying most, if not all, of your load this will help immensely. We will all need to stay the night in Silverton the evening of the 26th July to pack our panniers and go over llama handling techniques.


A detailed Daily Agenda is below. In the Organization and Information Meeting I put on the calendar for participants will be a great time to ask any questions you may still have. What I would like to also mention: if anyone at any point during the weekend simply wants to rest or is tired and wishes to stay in camp, would prefer to photograph a different location than we are as a group, to feel free to do so. My goal is to go over technique, composition and my approach to a scene doing this during the daylight in a great general location for all of us to shoot together and then fan out allowing for each participant to come away with their own unique images. I also utilize two-way radios for each participant to ask questions direct to me as they wish.


Daily Agenda, subject to change based on weather & participant interest (photographic portion):


Arrival Day, Thursday July 26: Everyone is to meet at The Inn of the Rockies at the Historic Alma House at 4pm where we will introduce ourselves and meet our group for the weekend. Right away we will head over to Bill, our llama owner’s place, to sign paperwork and pick up our panniers for the weekend to be able to simply load them onto the animals Friday morning. We will all have a group dinner together after our meeting and get to bed to be ready for an early start Friday morning. We will begin packing our panniers, but first will go over techniques to help cut weight when backpacking for you to take and employ in your future trips/hikes. You can certainly arrive earlier and check into your rooms/wander the town.

Day 1, Friday, July 27: Depending on how our evening was spent last night for sunset and astro-photogrpahy, we will either photograph sunrise in Upper Ice Lake Basin or make our way up the hill from basecamp for sunrise. All of this will be weather-dependent. After sunrise all participants are free to do as they wish, FREE TIME :) If you would like to hike around the area, scout Upper Ice Lakes for your evening photo, please feel free! We will again have an early dinner and ascend to Upper Ice Lakes for sunset and I would like to again attempt for Milky Way this second night if possible/weather permits after sunset.

Day 2, Saturday, July 28: Photograph sunrise and head back to camp. We will have a light breakfast, break-down camp and load up aiming to be back to the car park by 1:00pm where Bill will meet us and we will unpack the panniers and load our vehicles ready to head home. The nature of this photography workshop is to learn new techniques pushing your photographic creativity to the limit and into a new level. For those of you who are not familiar with backcountry tactics and general well-being, I assure you this is a highly travelled area that should not intimidate you. During the weekend all participants are welcomed to go at their own pace and fitness level, please listen to your bodies. This will truly be a packed weekend of photography, camping, and story-telling under the stars. I have designed this out of a desire to help those individuals achieve a goal they may never have thought possible: to truly experience and live the life a landscape photographer getting into one of the state’s most beautiful and rugged landscapes filled with Columbines, pristine blue water and vistas you can’t make up - it's of a fairytale. I love guiding, teaching and most of all sharing my knowledge with all of you and want to help everyone achieve their maximum potential.

Day 3,Sunday, July 29: This will be our last morning in the gorgeous backcountry where we will photograph our final sunrise before heading back to camp for breakfast and then breaking camp down. We will be loading our panniers and hiking back out this morning saying goodbye to our backcountry campsite and new friends made during the trip. Our scheduled arrival time back to the Mineral Creek Campground parking lot is 1:00 pm where our llama pickup will be awaiting us. We will simply unload our panniers and pack up our vehicles to be ready to head home. Anyone that wishes to stick around and grab a cheeseburger and beer in Silverton to recap the trip is welcome!

Fees for this course include:

Workshop, llama rental, tent use while camping, meals while in the backcountry. I am also including a post-processing video for workshop participants at 50% that uses Tony Kuyper’s Luminosity Masks and is a complete workflow. For this trip everyone will be sleeping in pairs in large and spacious tents. Should anyone wish to sleep solo, feel free to bring your own tent, however you will need to inform me prior so I can make adjustments if necessary and you may be responsible for the transporting of it due to load limits of the animals. For meals I will be purchasing delicious Mountain House meals for breakfast and dinner, lunch will be lighter e.g. nuts, dried fruit, chocolate, salami, cheese, crackers - as example. We will have some wine on-hand to relax with as well as tea and hot chocolate. I ask should anyone have strict dietary requirements they let me know so I can accommodate this.

What is NOT included:

Personal transport to/from Silverton, accommodation in Silverton. For accommodation: I have blocked out rooms in one of Silverton’s most quaint and unique B&B’s for the group, the Inn of the Rockies at the Historic Alma House. It is a small house and the owners will take great care of us. The general nature of this type of lodging being a smaller B&B is most rooms will have two beds, however those who call in and book soonest will have priority on their arrangements. There are enough rooms for everyone for the night of the 26th, prices range from $139 up. Please ask for Betty and tell her you are a part of the Joseph Roybal Photography Workshop. Phone: 970.387.5336

Required Gear:

Each participant will need to have: Sturdy hiking boot (I love Danner Mountain Lights) that you have already broken-in, rain jacket/shell, synthetic base layer (x2), wool insulating layer(s) as it does get chilly at night (upper body and leggings -HellyHanson Lifa Merino StayDry are awesome!), beanie (hat), light gloves/mittens, wool socks (x3), Exoficio underwear (2x), extra AA/AAA batteries, water filter (I love the Sawyer Squeeze, if you wish to go bigger, the larger MSR is great), shoes for hanging out around camp like Crocs (please keep them closed-toe, no flip-flops), blister prevention kit (Moleskin), first-aid kit (band aids and antibiotic cream) and general toiletries (toothbrush/paste, toilet paper, moist towelettes, hand sanitizer, bug spray, ibuprofen). It sounds like a lot, but it really isn’t and the llamas will make easy work of hauling it all in. We can discuss all of this in our Meeting that I aim to have in mid-June to allow time for everyone to buy and try anything they will need.

Camera Gear:

Filters (Breakthrough Photography are recommended), tripod, memory cards, extra batteries, cable release for long exposures, small travel umbrella. Lenses to cover all of your "ranges", but please try not to double up e.g. carrying two wide-angle lenses like the 16-35mm and then a 24-70mm. For example, I carry my 14-24mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.8, and 70-300mm f/4-5.6 plus filters and accessories. For night photography you will ideally want to have a wide angle lens (approx ~15mm focal range w/ F-stop of 2.8 or faster).

Misc Gear:

Snacks, Kindle, lantern for tent and anything else you think you will need. Please keep in mind this is a backcountry camping location and there are no facilities in the area. We must and will practice backcountry techniques and mentality of “pack it in, pack it out” respect for our gorgeous nature to preserver it for others to enjoy. I will go over these techniques in the class coming up, location and date both TBD. If you cannot make this class I will hold a Google Hangouts with out of town participants. Until then, please take a look at the information below and visit the Ice Lakes website to get an idea of the area, map of the terrain, lay of the land and vertical feet gained for reference. Note: the llamas will stay at camp once we arrive, we will be completing the final 1-1.5 mile hike to Upper Ice Lakes on our own.

How to Get There:

From Denver: Car: Drive I-70 to Grand Junction and follow I-70 W to I-70BL W/US-6 W in Clifton. Take exit 37 from I-70 W. Next take US-50 E and US-550 S to Silverton.

Air: Nearest Airport: Montrose; Airport Code: MTJ For participants arriving via Montrose Regional Airport there are many car rental company options. Should anyone be willing to carpool, let me know and I will help make arrangements and connect you with other members of the workshop.

Ice Lakes Trail Hiking Info:   Distance: 7.0 miles (round trip) to Ice Lake 8.4 miles (round trip)  Elevation: 9,840-ft. at Trailhead 12,270-ft. at Ice Lake  Elevation Gain: 2,430-ft. to Ice Lake 2,552-ft. Difficulty: moderate-strenuous

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Durango, CO 81301

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