Rafting the Colorado River in Grand Canyon

Morning in the Granite Gorge

A Photographic Journey Through The Grand Canyon

April 25 to May 5, 2022
Limited to 12 participants - SOLD OUT

I have floated the length of the Colorado River thru the Grand Canyon numerous times on photography expeditions and also on a National Park Service trip. This is a special place, and one that I believe everyone should see and experience at least once in their life. For this bucket list trip, I have partnered with Tour West, an official concessionaire for the National Park Service. All of our river guides are professional boatman with a passion for the Grand Canyon. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the majesty of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River.


TRIP ITINERARY

April 25th: We will meet at Ceiba Adventures* in Flagstaff, Arizona and then Ceiba will shuttle us in their vans to Marble Canyon Lodge** where we will spend the night before the river trip.

April 26th: We will meet our river guides and start our adventure at Lees Ferry, mile 0 of the river trip.

May 5th: This is the last day on the river. We will take out at Diamond Creek, 226 miles downstream of Lees Ferry. Ceiba will have a shuttle vehicle there to pick us up and take us back to Flagstaff. Don’t expect to be back to Flagstaff much before early afternoon.

* You can leave your vehicle at Ceiba in their secure locked facility for a fee of $4.00 per day.

** Private, single-occupancy lodging at Marble Canyon Lodge is included.


WHO IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR?

This workshop is for anyone with a spirit of adventure, and it is open to all skill levels. We will be hiking into several side canyons with a moderate to difficult fitness level required. Our river guides lead the hikes and assist in getting you to the photo locations. This trip is also open to non-photographer spouses, family members, and friends. All are welcome!


LIFE ON THE RIVER

Each morning your guides will prepare a hearty breakfast. Immediately after breakfast you will make a “sack lunch” which you will keep in your day bag on the boat. After you eat your breakfast and make lunch, you will return to your campsite to take down your cot and pack up your belongings into a dry bag. After bringing your bag down to the boats, guests participate in the bag line once again and then you are off on another adventure filled day.

Most days include rafting for a few hours at a time, stopping for scenic side-canyon hikes and photography sessions, bathroom breaks, and lots of fun, laughter, learning, and excitement in between.

After a full day of river excitement you will arrive in camp. Guests will be given time to find their favorite campsite and then return to the rafts to create a bag line︎ ︎which i︎s how︎ ︎we load and ︎unload ︎the ︎rafts. You︎r help in passing the gear on and off the boat is greatly appreciated and can help you to really feel a part of the whole river experience, but if you have physical restrictions or limitations that keep you from participating in this you are not required to.

While you relax and take in the beautiful surroundings or work on your photography, our guides will prepare dinner. Every night is different but the menu may include fajitas, BBQ chicken with rice and veggies, lasagna, steak and sautéed mushrooms & onions, and other fresh and scrumptious meals.

At night you will relax on a cot under a vast canopy of stars as the fresh air and rhythm of the river lull you to sleep.


PHOTOGRAPHY SESSIONS

The are many photo opportunities on the river including shooting from the boats, hiking the side canyons, and in and around camp before breakfast and in the late afternoon. There will also be the opportunity to photograph the night sky above the canyon. There will be organized group photography sessions, typically during our hikes of the side canyons, during which I will be providing instruction and sharing ideas. At night after dinner, we will discuss what our plans and goals are for the following day.


WHAT IS THE MENU LIKE?

We take pride in offering well-rounded meals that are very appetizing with sufficient quantities for everyone. Breakfast items include many traditional favorites from pancakes to omelets, fresh fruits and juices. Lunches are a favorite for many with a variety of deli meats and cheeses, salads, chips and cookies. Dinner includes: fresh salads, chicken, steak, meals with an international theme, side dishes, and of course, desserts. All meals include water and lemonade to drink.

NOTE: If you have a special diet or allergies, please inform us of your specific needs so that we can determine how to best accommodate you.


WHAT'S THE WEATHER LIKE?

Spring is a great time of year to be in the canyon. While the canyon is known for being incredibly hot during the peak of the summer months, our Spring trip has cooler temperatures with highs on most days in the upper 80s and occasionally in the low 90s (29-35°C). Overnight lows are typically in the 60s and can dip into the 50s (17-12°C).


TRIP PREPARATION

Participants in this river trip and workshop are provided with a 25-page PDF packed full of useful information so that you can make the most of this unique and rewarding experience. In the PDF you will find:

  • A detailed gear guide covering what clothing to bring and how to pack.
  • Camera equipment recommendations including what lenses to have and much more.
  • How to protect your camera gear on the river.
  • Information regarding battery and memory card management.

There will also be a pre-trip orientation session via a Zoom meeting 1-month prior to the trip. In this orientation I will be presenting demonstrating how I pack my cameras and lenses in addition to covering many other topics. The Zoom meeting will be recorded and available to be played back at your convenience.


POST-TRIP LIGHTROOM INSTRUCTION

I will be providing a post-trip Lightroom instruction session via Zoom on June 4th using photographs made during the river trip. I'll share my approach to editing raw images using both global and local adjustments to create moody and impactful images. The Lightroom session will be recorded for later playback.


WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • Four professional river guides who are all whitewater qualified with hundreds of miles of river experience. Each guide is an accomplished outdoors person with a background in natural history and the ability to make each river trip special and memorable.
  • Two boats: a 37 foot and a 22 foot motorized boat. We have arranged to have a second boat on this trip so that the photographers can bring more camera gear!
  • Life Jackets – of special whitewater design.
  • Meals – all meals on the river starting with lunch the first day and ending with breakfast the last morning. All meals are expertly prepared and cooked by our guides.
  • Cooking facilities – all cooking items including eating utensils.
  • Camping toilet facilities, toilet paper and supplies.
  • Beverages – unlimited water and lemonade. Coffee, tea & hot chocolate in the morning.
  • Camping equipment including; Tent, and ground cloth (tarp), sleeping bag, cot, and a comfortable sleeping pad.
  • Waterproof bag – 16”X 33” 108 liters to put your personal duffel bag into during the trip.
  • Small water-resistant bag --9.5”X 20” 22 liters--accessible at all times) for personal articles.
  • Transportation from Flagstaff to the put-in at Lee’s Ferry and from the takeout at Diamond Creek back to Flagstaff.
  • Lessons on geology, ecology, and the history of the river.
  • Professional photographic guidance and instruction.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?

  • A dry bag to protect your camera pack.
  • Padded case for your tripod, and a dry bag for this to slip into.
  • Alcoholic beverages. You are welcome to bring your own.
  • Personal items, i.e. clothing, water bottles, medications, etc. Medical Evacuation Insurance Travel Insurance
  • Anything not listed on the 'What's Included List' above.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

We recommended that you fly into and out of either Flagstaff Pulliam Airport, or Phoenix Sky Harbour Airport. It is approximately a 2.5-hour drive from the airport in Phoenix to Flagstaff.


WORKSHOP COST & PAYMENT TERMS

The cost for this workshop and river trip is $5280.00. Your deposit of $1200 will reserve your spot on this trip. A second payment of $2040.00 is due by October 1, 2021. The final payment of $2040.00 is due by December 15, 2021. All of our standard Terms and Conditions apply.

The National Park Service requires all photography workshops to list the outfitters cost as well as the additional workshop component of the trip. The Tour West cost is $4080.00 per guest, Adam Schallau Photography workshop cost is $1200.00 per participant.


JOIN US!

Please contact me if you would like to be placed on the standby list for this trip of a lifetime!



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Clear Creek Falls
Forever Vanishing
Return of Sacred Waters
Musical Waters
Granite Gap
Inner Stillness
Matkat Labyrinth
Radiant Falls
Andromeda over the Canyon
Pink Rush in Granite
Shades of Cyan
Twilight on the Palisades
Sunset from Saddle
Ancient Vista