June Many Glacier Photo Workshop
June 22 thru 25, 2016
Join award winning photographer and author Rick Sheremeta as we photograph the magnificence and beauty of one of Glacier National Park's most spectacular areas. Our focus will be to locate and shoot interesting subject matter - lakes, streams, waterfalls, wildflowers and wildlife - all set against some of the most dramatic mountain backgrounds to be found in the lower 48.
This workshop is geared for the intermediate to advanced photographer with DSLR familiarity. Beginners, with a working knowledge of their camera, can expect to benefit as well from this experience and instruction. Each participant will be assisted at their level; however, we will not be teaching you how to use your particular camera - we will be working on photographic techniques. Rick will assist you to acquire your own vision and style. Discussions will consider proper use of equipment, camera modes, metering, filters, and personal tips. Our main concentration will be on achieving the most appealing compositions and correct exposures.
This is one of the most ideal times to visit the Many Glacier area. Wildlife is most plentiful as they have begun to descend from the still snow covered peaks to feast on the newly emerging vegetation in valley areas. Snow-melt is cascading everywhere creating magnificent waterfalls, roaring streams, and verdant meadows. And yes... wildflowers will be blooming everywhere. As an added bonus, summer crowds have yet to arrive.
This is a field workshop environment which will involve trail hiking, of some 2-3 miles each way to and from our destinations, along with elevation gains of a few hundred to several hundred feet. Elevation ranges may be in the order of 5000' to 7500' above sea level. For this reason, a participant's enjoyment will be enhanced by being generally fit and healthy - if you have some concern, please consult with your physician prior to coming.
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Tuition cost for this 4-day photo workshop tour is only $850 per participant. A $250 deposit will hold your place until May 1st - payment in full must be received on or before May 1st. Meals, lodging, transportation and other incidentals are not included in the workshop tour fee.
Take advantage of our early registration discount and save $50 off the regular workshop enrollment fee. With payment in full made at time of registration, the workshop fee is only $800. This offer is only valid for a limited time and expires on March 31st 2016.
Lodging for the Many Glacier Photo Safaris Workshop is NOT included as part of the workshop fee.
Accommodations in the Many Glacier area are limited and become harder to come by as summer approaches. You may secure room reservations directly through Glacier National Park Lodges
A maximum of 12 participants will be accepted - so to insure your place register early.
"Payment in full is required by May 1, 2016 or at time of registration if after April 30th. Participant cancellation is subject to the in effect at the time of registration, and as noted here. No Tour refunds are given for participant cancellation after June 1, 2016.
A minimum of 4 participants registered by May 15th is required to conduct the Photo Workshop. If this programs is cancelled by us for any reason, we will refund your full deposit and any registration fee paid. It is therefore suggested that you purchase Traveler's Insurance to cover program or other travel cancellations/interruptions.
A signed assumption of risk, and waiver of liability will be required of each participant prior to the start of the Photo Workshop (a copy will be furnished upon request)
This photo workshop will explore the Swiftcurrent Valley of Glacier Park also known as Many Glacier, renowned for its majestic scenery and abundant wildlife - moose, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, deer and grizzly bear are among the larger species inhabiting this region. The itinerary presented here is tentative and flexible, subject to change based on current conditions, participant's interests, and constraints beyond our control.
Accommodations in the immediate Many Glacier area are limited and fill quickly, so plan well in advance. You may secure rooms at the Many Glacier Hotel and Swiftcurrent Motor Inn directly through Glacier National Park Lodges.
The Many Glacier Campground is first-come, first-serve; and may fill early in the afternoon during mid-June.
June 21st - 6:00 PM - Meet and Greet Introduction
Interlaken Lounge - Many Glacier Hotel (Adjacent to the Ptarmigan Dining Room and Swiss Lounge). Have the opportunity to meet your hosts and Tour Leaders Rick & Dody Sheremeta, as well as other fellow workshop participants, at an informal get together. Cocktails and soft drinks are available, for purchase, from the adjoining Swiss Lounge. Additionally, you may join the group for dinner (Dutch treat) after intros in the Ptarmigan Dining Room. The perfect way to relax and get to know each other before hitting the trail in the morning.
Day 1 (June 22nd)
7:00 AM - Meet on front porch at entrance to dining room at Swiftcurrent Motor Inn (short drive or walk from MGH)
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM - We will hike the Swiftcurrent Trail first stopping at Fishercap Lake (1/2 mile) where moose commonly graze in the shallow waters. From there, we will proceed to Red Rock Lake and Red Rock Falls (+/- 1.5 miles/elevation gain +/- 200'). Based on time and energy level, we will continue on to the head of Bullhead Lake (another +/- 1.5 miles/elevation gain +/- 200') at the base of the Garden Wall. Photographing scenery, beautiful lakes, waterfalls and wildlife are our goals along this trek. There are opportunities to see and photograph moose, grizzlies and bighorn sheep along this route. We will find a picturesque spot along the trail for lunch break (bring bag lunch).
7:00 PM - Evening photography on your own or TBA
Day 2 (June 23rd)
7:00 AM - Meet at the Many Glacier Hotel (MGH) on the main level rear observation deck, south end at 7:00 AM. for morning shoot from rear deck at Many Glacier Hotel
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM - We will initially hike out to Grinnell Lake taking in the beautiful scenery. This is a fairly easy hike and a good one to begin with (+/- 5 miles round trip - fairly flat and easy except for 80' rise between Swiftcurrent Lake and Lake Josephine. We will stop all along the route for photos. There will be great opportunities for tremendous scenic shots of lakes, mountains, waterfalls, flowers and wildlife. Grizzly bear and moose may be present in this area. On the return, those who wish may board the motor vessel Morning Eagle for the trip back to the end of Lake Josephine and then onto Chief Two Guns, across Swiftcurrent Lake returning to the Many Glacier Hotel (there is a separate charge for boat tour which is not included in workshop fee). We will have a lunch break on the trail (bring bag lunch).
7:00 PM - Evening photography on your own or TBA
Day 3 (June 24th) - This will be the longest, and toughest day in the field
7:00 AM - Meet on front porch at entrance to dining room at Swiftcurrent Motor Inn
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM - We will travel by foot today along the Ptarmigan Trail to Iceberg Lake - as its name implies this cirque lake lies at the base of the famed Garden Wall and has icebergs floating on its surface throughout the summer months. The entire round-trip length of this hike is +/-9.7 miles with an altitude gain of roughly 1275' - it is one of the best hikes in the Park, and well worth it. The first quarter mile is the hardest with an elevation gain of some 200'. The next 2 miles are less steep but contimue to rise. Spectacular scenery abounds and is prime for viewing grizzly bears. We will take a short rest stop (bring snack) at Ptarmigan Falls before continuing on. The next mile, beyond the Falls, is forested with not much to see, but then we will emerge into open wildflower covered meadows with grand views and plenty of photo ops. The remainder of the trip is a steady but moderate incline up to Iceberg Lake. Occasionally moose will be encountered grazing in these alpine meadows. We will break for lunch (bring bag lunch) at Iceberg Lake - resting up for the return to the trailhead and taking ample time for photos. A rain jacket or lightweight fleece will be welcome at the Lake because it can be chilly in June. Those not wishing to make the entire trek may return to the trailhead at any time they wish - it is recommended that you not travel alone however there are generally numerous other hikers out on this popular trail. Depending on the level of the snowfield, we may have to modify this itinerary.
On the return, we will make a slight detour at the trailhead going by Wilbur Falls and on to Fishercap Lake to check for moose.
7:00 PM - Evening photography on your own or TBA
Day 4 (June 25th) -
7:00 AM - Meet on front porch at entrance to dining room at Swiftcurrent Motor Inn or TBA
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM -
Option 1 - We will travel by carpool to the outlet of Swiftcurrent Lake where we will photograph Swiftcurrent Falls. We will then travel by auto to the trailhead for Apakuni Falls. This is a moderately strenuous 700 foot climb covering roughly one mile, but the waterfall is spectacular and shouldn't be missed. Again, we will have lunch on the trail. Depending on the level of the snowfield, we may have to modify this itinerary.
Option 2 - Meet at the Grinnell Glacier Trailhead. Hike along the west shores of Swiftcurrent Lake and Lake Josephine up towards Grinnell Glacier. At this time of year, we wouldn't expect to reach the glacier because of snow, however the views and photographic opportunities along the way are spectacular.
5:00 PM - Program ends
Glacier Park is bear habitat, both black and grizzly live there. We cannot guarantee that you will not have an encounter. You should make yourselves intimately familiar and comfortable with the practices recommended by the National Park Service regarding any encounters with bears and other wild animals, prior to your arrival in the Park. Your guide will review these practices in our first meeting as well. In addition, it is likely that your guide will be carrying bear spray. Any park visitor can carry it, for their own sense of comfort and safety. Please be advised, bear spray is not allowed on the airlines. It will need to be purchased locally.
A signed assumption of risk, and waiver of liability will be required of each participant prior to the start of the Photo Tour (a copy will be furnished upon request).
Personal EquipmentWeather can be extremely variable in Glacier Park at any time and in June rain is not uncommon. Therefore it is best to be prepared for any outdoor activity. In addition to normal personal gear, this is what is suggested to help make your stay more enjoyable:
Rick Sheremeta has been conducting photo workshops in Glacier Park since 2008. When not conducting workshops, he and his wife Dody are Volunteer Backcountry Rangers at Glacier National Park.
Rick's photography has been featured worldwide in advertising and editorial media. He has been writing articles on photographic techniques, locations and gear since 1999. Rick is a frequent contributor to Outdoor Photographer, Shutterbug and Tamron USA's eNewsletter. His work has also appeared in Montana Outdoors, Distinctly Montana, Photo Techniques, and Montana Visitor Guides among others.
Rick has participated in numerous exhibitions and has many Best of Show and First Place Awards to his credit.
Hotel accommodations on the East side of Glacier Park are few and far between, and fill well in advance of the summer season as a general rule.
Please contact Glacier Park Lodges for reservations in the Many Glacier Valley.
You may wish to check out Duck Lake Lodge or St. Mary Lake Lodge which are approximately 20 miles from Many Glacier.
Camping, at the Many Glacier Campground, is available on a first come basis. This campground generally fills every day during the summer season by 8:00 AM. Other nearby camping options are at Duck Lake and St. Mary - try an internet search for these options.
Your are responsible for your own transportation to, from and during the workshop. AlpenGlow Productions, LLC is not responsible for cancellations regardless of reason or for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets and/or hotel reservations in the event of a workshop cancellation. The purchase of Trip/Travel Insurance is highly recommended.
The Glacier Park International Airport is the closest airport for this workshop
Glacier Park International Airport (Call letters FCA)
4170 Highway 2 East
Kalispell, MT 59901
There are several major car rental agencies located at or near Glacier Park International Airport. Please check their individual websites for specific information and availability.
We will make available a carpool list for any workshop participants wishing to share transportation. This will be provided as a courtesy as it may become available.
Many Glacier is located on the East side of Glacier National Park near Babb, MT.
Expect a 2-3 hour drive from Kalispell around the southern perimeter of the Park via Rt. 2, Hwy 49 and Hwy 89 to Babb. An alternate route is to take Going-To-The-Sun Road from West Glacier To Hwy 89 in St. Mary. This is a seasonal road which often times does not open until early July. It is much more scenic than the southern route but takes much longer with seasonal traffic and construction delays. Before taking this route check the Park website for Road Status. Click on the link to the right or directly on the map to go to Google Maps for an interactive map that may be of assistance in your travel plans.
You are responsible for your own meals during the the workshop. Dining facilities are available at both the Many Glacier Hotel and Swiftcurrent Motor Lodge. Inquire at those locations as to bag lunches - lunch breaks will normally be out on the trail. There is a snack bar at the Many Glacier Hotel and a camp store near the Many Glacier Campground adjacent to the Swiftcurrent Motor Lodge dining room where snacks and limited staples may be purchased.
The workshop fee includes tuition only. You are responsible for all other costs associated with your attendance at the workshop including but not limited to Park entrance fee which is currently $25 per vehicle for a seven day pass.
Glacier National Park
(406) 888 - 7800
Glacier National Park Lodges
(855) 733 - 4522
Kalispell Convention and Visitor Bureau
(888) 888 - 2308 or (406) 758 - 2800
Montana Office of Tourism
(800) 847- 4868
Registrations are accepted on a first come basis until the workshop is full. Participation in each workshop is limited, so early registration is encouraged. A deposit of $250 will hold your space until such time as payment in full is required which is generally 60 days before start of workshop, or as stipulated in workshop details, whichever comes first.
Should the workshop be full, please ask to be placed on a wait list.
Most workshops are limited to a maximum number of 12 participants unless noted otherwise in specific workshop details.
The most convenient way to register is on-line. See the Details & Registration listing for each particular course and register there.
If you prefer, you may contact us directly at (406) 857-2116.
Unless specifically noted otherwise, tuition covers instruction only. Transportation, lodging, meals, Park entry fees and any other expenses are your responsibility. Specific information can be found in the Details & Registration Section.
Workshop tuition can be paid by cashier or personal check, cash or credit card. All credit card payments are processed through PayPal for your safety and convenience. Payment in full is due on or before the cutoff date noted for each workshop.
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Transportation to, during and from the workshop is your responsibility, as are meals and lodging. Please visit the General Information Section for guidance concerning air travel, car rental, meals and lodging.
Please note that Many Glacier is quite remote and lodging is extremely limited. For this reason, we have a limited number of reserved rooms which are available to our workshop participants on a first come basis. You may secure a room during the registration process.
We have provided a suggested list of required and optional equipment for each workshop. Please Click Here for suggestions.
Your traveling companion is welcome to share your room at no additional cost. They are also welcome to participate in any informal gatherings and critique sessions that may be held. Unfortunately, they may not participate in any field or classroom photo or lecture sessions unless they have registered to participate. Glacier National Park Lodges and the National Park Service has numerous activities scheduled throughout the summer that your traveling companion may enjoy while you are attending workshop sessions.
General workshop cancellation policy for participants is as follows:
To see specific Cancellation Details for this workshop:Workshops are not cancelled due to weather - so come prepared. Itineraries and schedules may be modified from what has been advertised based on weather, trail closures, etc.
AlpenGlow Productions, LLC reserves the right to cancel any program which does not meet minimum participant requirements, as indicated in workshop details, or as a result of circumstances beyond our control. Should a workshop be cancelled, we will endeavor to notify all registrants as soon as possible, and all tuition paid will be fully refunded. AlpenGlow Productions, LLC, its officers, managers, or employees shall not be responsible or held liable for any costs or losses incurred by anyone as a result of workshop cancellation. We therefore encourage participants to consider purchasing refundable airline tickets and/or travel/cancellation insurance.
Cancellation policies are subject to change without notice. Should there be a conflict, the cancellation policy in effect at the time registration was made will govern.