Summer is the best time of year to backpack in the Washington Cascades. This year we will be partnering with professional outdoor photographer Elise Sterk to guide you through the backcountry to beautiful landscapes and teach photography techniques to capture the wonder of our surroundings.
*NOTE HIKER REQUIREMENTS:
This retreat is accessible to anyone who can hike 4 miles a day, with 2,000’ of elevation gain, carrying a pack that weighs 30lbs.
At our Photography and Backpacking Retreat we will spend two days and one night backpacking to Lake Ann, followed by an evening at Slug Ranch in Anacortes, Washington. Over the weekend our instructors (Wilderness First Responders and Leave No Trace practitioners) are there to help teach the basics of backpacking and answer any questions you may have. This retreat is accessible to anyone who can hike 4 miles a day, with 2,000’ of elevation gain, carrying a pack that weighs 30lbs.
This workshop is designed for beginner and intermediate photographers. During our backpacking portion of the retreat you will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of photography as well as techniques focused on lifestyle, portrait and night photography. During our evening at Slug Ranch, Elise will hold a post-processing and image critique session. The small group setting of this retreat creates an intimate group dynamic and maximizes individual attention. Following our editing lessons, guests will have access to a three pack of Lightroom Presets to help understand how different looks are achieved.
Staying energized and nourished on the trail is a top priority, and just because you’re in backcountry doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in tasty food. Over the weekend our instructors will create nutritious plant-based meals for the group and share tips on how to make simple and healthy backcountry meals. And of course, desserts. We strong believe long days of hiking are made easier with treats at the end of the day.
REQUIRED PHOTOGRAPHY GEAR:
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
Elise is a lifestyle and adventure travel photographer living in Jackson, WY. Having grown up in the mountains, she is skilled in a number of backcountry sports that allow her to capture unique moments from the wild. Elise's photography focuses on documenting the connections and interactions between humans and the natural world.
As a personal goal, Elise would like to not only play the role of workshop host, but also do her best to document your experience to leave you with images of yourself that you can be excited about. Elise also has a social presence of over a quarter of a million people and often utilizes her reach as an additional means of sharing branded content.
Select Clients Include: Adobe / Facebook / Olympus / Subaru / Jackson Hole Mountain Resort / Inspired by Iceland / Visit Montana / Visit Idaho / Travel Belize / Palladium Hotel Group / Springhill Suites / Days Inn / Royal Caribbean / Nature Valley / The North Face / Eddie Bauer / Fjallraven / Backcountry / Stio / Topo Designs / Lucy Activewear / Keen / Chaco / Reef / 10 Barrel Brewing / Budweiser /
The majority of women come to our retreats alone - somewhere around 90%. If you are hesitating to join because you would be coming solo, please know that we expect a majority of our participants to be joining by themselves, seeking community.
We generally have a wide range of ages at our retreats. The average tends to fall anywhere between the ages of 26 to 45. But we have had quite a few women in their 60's join as well. It really is up to the attitude and physical ability of the participant.
ABSOLUTELY. We will teach everything from how to pack a backpack to cooking gourmet meals in the back country. However to maintain a positive experience for everyone hikers need to be able to hike up to 4 miles a day, with 2,000’ of elevation gain, carrying a pack that weighs 30lbs.
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We do! We require a 50% non-refundable deposit with the remaining payment required 30 days prior to the retreat. If you'd like to use this option apply the discount code DEPOSIT at checkout to make your first payment and reserve your spot
We have a very strict cancellation policy. Please review it before committing to this retreat.