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Hunt’s Photo Adventure: Alaska Grizzly Bear Adventure (Deposit)

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$1,000.00

Photographing Coastal Brown Bears (Grizzly Bears) in their natural environment in Alaska at Katmai National Park, Lake Clark National Park, and the McNeil River Bear Sanctuary

(Arrival: June 28th or 29th) Workshop: June 30th to July 7th, 2022

We strongly recommend arriving on June 28th to acclimate to the time change.

Instructors: Don Toothaker and guest instructor

Price: $7499 (includes lodging & most meals- see below for details)

Deposit required: $1000. Final payments due 90-days prior to trip.

Recommended prerequisite: Basic Knowledge of your Camera

Group Size: Limited to 10 attendees with two instructors

Workshop Description
Located in the southeastern corner of Alaska, along Bristol Bay and the Gulf of Alaska, are some of the finest bear photography locations in the world. Katmai National Park, Lake Clark National Park, and the McNeil River Bear Sanctuary all provide incredible opportunities to photograph grizzly bears in their natural environment as they fish for salmon, dig for clams, and feed on meadow sedge grasses. Each daily excursion will feature two instructors to help teach and inspire you during this incredible adventure. Each daily excursion is fully guided by some of the best guides and bush pilots in Alaska. Safety for photographers, and the bears, is of the utmost importance at all times as we pursue the best photographic opportunities available to our group.

Trip Highlights
• A once in a lifetime Photo Adventure to some of the best grizzly bear photography locations in the world
• All Lodging, food, guides, daily bush flights, daily maid service and waders are included
• Hands On guidance and instruction photographing grizzly bears in their natural, wild environments as well as constructive image reviews and discussion
• Small group with a maximum of 10 guests with 2 instructors
• Magnificent Scenery in a true wilderness environment
• Fun and comradery and the adventure of a lifetime!

Your trip does not include:
• Price of flights to and from Anchorage and to Lake Iliamna, baggage fees, hotel and food in Anchorage, car rentals, and lodge gratuities NOT included
• Trip insurance (recommended for all attendees)
• Certain meals at start and conclusion of Workshop in Anchorage

Notes about transportation and lodging
• Attendees must fly to Anchorage, Alaska on/before June 28, 2022. We strongly recommend a day to acclimate yourself to the time change before the start of the workshop.
• Attendees must make all of their own flight arrangements to and from Anchorage
• Attendees must make their own hotel reservations in Anchorage (for June 28th & 29th). We Recommend Staying in one of two Anchorage hotels. Both hotels are close to the airport and have airport shuttles.

The Lake Shore Inn & Suites (907) 248-3485
Very Basic Hotel with good prices

The Lakefront Anchorage Millennium (907) 243-2300
Upscale Hotel Overlooking Lake Hood

Itinerary- Alaska Grizzly Photo Adventure

June 28 – Arrive Anchorage Alaska

June 29 – Arrive Anchorage Alaska

June 30 – Drive to Seward Alaska for a full day on the bay photographing wildlife and landscapes. We will share the cost of 3 rental cars to take for the day.

July 1 – Leave for Lake and Penn Airlines in Anchorage at 7am. Check in, pay for tickets, weigh in, and leave for Lake Iliamna. Seats will be saved for you via reservation, but each person will pay for their seat upon arrival at Lake and Penn Air. Round trip flight to and from Lake Iliamna is about $400.00. Arrive at Iliamna Airport at 9 am and then be transported to the lodge to drop off luggage. Most likely we will be flown out to photograph bears if conditions allow that afternoon.

July 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 – Our days start with a wonderful family-style breakfast followed by a “fly-out” to photograph bears all day. During these days there may be alternative photography options when possible. Each day will be dictated by weather conditions and bear activity. We will return to the lodge in the evening for a hot meal and rest for the next day.

July 7 – Workshop concludes. Depart the Lodge for Iliamna airport at 8 am. We will fly back to Anchorage on Lake and Penn Air and arrive about 11am. Flights home from Anchorage should NOT be booked any earlier than 2pm.

What to Expect

This spectacular photo adventure is based in the remote village of Lake Iliamna. The village and our lodge are surrounded by 18 million acres of wilderness that consists of Katmai National Park, Lake Clark National Park, and McNeil River Bear sanctuary. These wild and remote areas are accessible only by specially equipped bush planes flown by incredibly experienced pilots. Our home for this epic adventure is Jerry's Adventure Lodge located on the shores of Lake Iliamna. The lodge's host, Jerry Jacques, has been leading bear excursions here since 1978 and is regarded as one of the best in the business. Jerry's Adventure Lodge is family run, environmentally friendly, and safety conscience at all times. Each day, after enjoying a hearty home cooked breakfast, we will climb aboard our bush planes and fly off to some of the most incredibly wild locations for bear photography on earth. After landing we will hike into the best locations possible. You will carry your camera gear while wearing waders and wader boots. You should be able to walk approximately 5 miles a day on dirt roads, walk ways, uneven grassy ground, or in river beds featuring moving water, mud, and rocks. It IS a workout. It is also a truly incredible adventure.

Daily excursion locations will be determined by your tour leaders and Jerry each morning based on weather and bear activity. The lodge has access to numerous locations in the Alaskan Wilderness so each day promises to be an exhilarating and memorable experience for all. Grizzly bears fishing for salmon is action packed. Grizzly bears digging for clams or eating sedge grass is an intimate and exciting experience. At the end of the day the group will return to the lodge for a hearty hot meal and discussion from the day's events.

Guides are with us at all times for safety. They and your tour leaders will be provided with bear spray whenever in bear country. Your guides and pilots have years of experience with bears and will lead us each day with an emphasis always on safety.

Accommodations and Food
The lodge is located in the remote village of Lake Iliamna directly on the shores of Alaska's largest lake for which the village was named. The lodge is about a 15 minute drive from the small regional airport that we arrive at from Anchorage. Guests will stay in small efficiency cabins on the property next to the main lodge. Two guests per cabin; there is no single occupancy. Each cabin has two full sized beds, unlimited electricity, and a private bathroom. The lodge finalized major upgrades to the septic system as well as improvements in the main lodge this year.

Hot breakfasts and dinners will be served in the lodge each morning and evening. We will eat as a group. Meals are prepared fresh daily by the chef who can cater to both meat lovers, vegetarians, and any dietary restrictions. If you have special dietary requests please call the lodge at least 3 weeks before your arrival so supplies will be on hand to meet your needs. Bagged lunches are taken with us each day and eaten in the field. The lodge is equipped with a fireplace, a pool table, and ample table space for us to gather for meals, relaxing, editing images, and have class discussions too. There is a large screen TV that we can utilize for image review during any weather delays or in the evening if time allows.

Getting Around
The lodge utilizes large SUV's when necessary for local ground transportation to and from the local airport as well as any local destinations for photography. Transportation to and from prime bear locations is done by small bush planes equipped with floats for landing on water, radios, and survival gear. Each plane can take 7 passengers. Each plane is meticulously maintained for safety. On days of ANY inclement weather we will NOT fly!

Physical Ability:

– We will walk up to 5 miles a day carrying our camera equipment and packs while wearing waders and wading boots. Most often the hiking is on dirt roads, but there will be hikes in tall grasses through meadows as well. At times the terrain in the meadows and along the river banks are uneven.

– We will wade through water to exit planes and possibly wade through moving water to reach good bear viewing locations.

– We will utilize small bush planes that seat no more than 7 guests for all of our local transportation to and from bear locations. These planes take off and land on water. If you have difficulty getting in and out of a small plane or any fear of flying in small, propeller planes, please consider carefully

Photography Skill Sets: All Levels of Photographers are Welcome. While this is a photography workshop, non-photographers may also register, but please note that we will emphasize photographing on the workshop.

Recommended photo gear:
•Camera with a variety of lenses. Wide, standard, telephoto, super-telephoto are all recommended. You don't need to bring every lens, but you will likely want a variety, from 24mm to 600mm. Rentals are available from rentals.huntsphoto.com!
•Sturdy Tripod with head and quick release. A gimbal head would be helpful, but not necessary.
•Extra memory cards & Extra camera batteries are essential
•Laptop and external hard drive

Misc: When we get closer to the Adventure, we will send recommendations for what gear to bring, both photographically and personal wear. When necessary, Jacques Adventure Lodge will provide gear, such as Gore-Tex waders and wading boots.

Notes about registration
•Follow the registration link below to make a deposit. Our registration is at our parent-site, huntsphoto.com.
•A $1000 deposit is required to hold your spot for this trip. The total cost of this trip is $7499. Final payment is due 90-days prior to the trip. Cancellations can only be made up to 90-days prior to the trip.
•When you sign up for this Adventure, you will receive a confirmation email that you have paid.

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