DESERT SOUTHWEST WORKSHOP, 16 - 27 FEBRUARY, 2021

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Grand Canyon View from Toroweap

DESERT SOUTHWEST WINTER WORKSHOP
29 NOV - 9 DEC, 2020

(10 DAYS/10 NIGHTS)

with Jeremy Woodhouse

You now have the opportunity to join me on this custom-designed tour in the American Southwest. From 29 Nov - 9 Dec, 2020, we will be traveling to some of the most breathtakingly beautiful sites in the region—and, if we are lucky enough to get an early snowfall, it will be all the more beautiful.

Winter is the ideal time to visit the desert. With most of the tourists gone, you'll fill your lungs with fresh, crisp air each day. Enjoy the silence as the snow dampens all sound and highlights the wonders of the landscape.

The itinerary is being kept flexible so we can hit the best places for snowy landscapes.

Requirements
You should be pretty fit. You will be comfortable hiking up to 10 miles in a day, you will be OK sleeping in tents for 2 nights (possibly in frigid conditions), and you will be prepared to endure full days of photography activity.

You will need a head for heights, and a joyful attitude at all times.    

Places we will visit will include Zion NP, Bryce Canyon NP, White Pocket, Alstrom Point and Reflection Canyon (Lake Powell), Toroweap, and more.

If you believe that you are up for this book your spot now!


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Reflections at White Pocket

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Water Puddles, White Pocket

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Snow on the Brain, White Pocket

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White Pocket

Itinerary

Pre-tour: Nov 29— Las Vegas | Kanab
Arrive Las Vegas and rent a car, or self-drive from your home to our meeting spot in Kanab, UT 192 miles (3 1/2 hrs).

Meet & Greet in Kanab. We will meet in the lobby of the Best Western Hotel at 7:00PM

Kanab is in a unique position surrounded by the beauty of Zion National Park, which makes it easy for our Kanab hotel guests to get away from it all in comfort.

Day 1: Nov 30 — Kanab| Page
Sunrise at Zion Overlook with setting full moon. Midday excursion to a slot canyon. Sunset at Alstrom Point with rising full moon.  

Do you feel the need to be in a beautiful expansive space with magical landscaping? We are the right hotel for you with breathtaking views and spacious public spaces. Voted 'Best View' hotel in Page-Lake Powell, AZ. 

Day 2: Dec 1 — Page
Sunrise at Horseshoe Bend. Midday at Wire Pass & Buckskin Gulch. Sunset at Toadstools.


Day 3: Dec 2 — Page | Bryce | Escalante
Sunrise at Bryce Canyon. Drive to Escalante. Sunset at Devil’s Garden. Overnight in Escalante.

Circle D Motel and the adjacent Circle D Eatery is independently owned and operated. We are centrally located in the heart of Escalante, on Scenic Highway 12 between Capitol Reef National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. 

Day 4: Dec 3 — Escalante | Reflection Canyon
Early AM departure for Reflection Canyon. Overnight at Reflection Canyon.

O/N Camping

Day 5: Dec 4 — Reflection Canyon | Escalante
Sunrise at Reflection Canyon. Sunset at Sunset Arch (if folks aren’t too tired). Overnight in Escalante.


Day 6: Dec 5 — Escalante | Bryce | Kanab
Sunrise at Bryce Canyon. Drive to Kanab. Sunset at Inchworm Arch.


Day 7: Dec 6 — Kanab | White Pocket
Full day at White Pocket (sunrise + sunset). This will be the longest day day but with lots to photograph.


Day 8: Dec 7 — Kanab | Toroweap
Sunrise spot TBD based on conditions. Leave midday for Toroweap. Sunset at Toroweap.

O/N Camping

Day 9: Dec 8 — Toroweap | Kanab | Great Chamber
Sunrise at Toroweap. Return to Kanab. Sunset at Great Chamber.


Day 10: Dec 9 — Kanab | Zion | Vegas
Sunrise hike to Observation Point in Zion. Return to town by midday. Workshop is finished and folks can return to Vegas.

END OF TOUR


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Winter Sunrise at Bryce Canyon NP


Arrival, Departure

​Arrival & Meeting Place 
We will meet at the Best Western Hotel at Kanab, UT. Our meet and greet and dinner will be at 7:00PM

​Departure 
Kanab, UT


Weather 

Daily high temperatures decrease by 5°F, from 50°F to 45°F, rarely falling below 35°F or exceeding 60°F. The lowest daily average high temperature is 45°F on December 30.

Daily low temperatures decrease by 4°F, from 26°F to 22°F, rarely falling below 10°F or exceeding 35°F.

For reference, on July 9, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Kanab typically range from 59°F to 92°F, while on January 3, the coldest day of the year, they range from 22°F to 45°F.

The weather at White Pocket in the high desert is likely to be quite a bit colder so be prepared to bring warm clothing.

2 SPOTS OPEN

TOUR COST: $5,880
OUTFITTING FEE: $125 (OPTIONAL)

GROUP SIZE: ONLY 4

On this exclusive workshop you will have a 2:1 client to instructor ratio.

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Tour Price Includes

  • Single Accommodation Lodging
  • 4X4 transportation to our shoot locations
  • Fees & Permits: Parking fees and State & National Park entry fees
  • Guiding to locations, local knowledge of the light and weather patterns, and best locations based on those conditions
  • One on one instruction in the field 
  • Post processing sessions: We will have post processing session in our down time where we sit down together go over workflow and post processing techniques, all with masks

Tour Price Excludes

  • Travel to and from Kanab, UT.
  • Meals: We will be careful when eating meals with social distance of paramount importance. All meals are the responsibility of the participant (unless you elect the outfitting option where your meals while we camp will be included).
  • Camping Equipment: If you bring your own tent and sleeping bag, there is no charge. If you would like us to provide you with these items there will be an additional $125/person for outfitted backpacking

    Paying by check

    If you would like to pay your deposit and/or balance with a check, please make the check payable to: Pixelchrome, Inc and mail it to:

    Nicole Woodhouse
    Pixelchrome, Inc, 
    605 Rouen Drive, 
    McKinney TX 75072

    Paying by Wire Transfer

    If you would like to pay by Wire Transfer please contact nicole@pixelchrome.com for bank account details.


    Dress for the Weather

    • Personal Gear List
    • Sturdy hiking footwear, thick hiking socks, and long pants.
    • Several warm layers. For the most comfort, we recommend wearing moisture wicking base layers. A fleece or down jacket will help keep you warm and a waterproof shell or coat should be worn on the outside.
    • Snow pants or gaiters that you can seal around your boots to keep snow out. If your snow pants aren't insulated, make sure you wear an insulating base layer.
    • Warm hat, thick gloves, and glove liners (useful to operate your camera controls).
    • Micro-spikes or micro-traction devices will help when walking on slick surfaces. Snowshoes will not be needed for where we're going.
    • Headlamp in case we are hiking in the dark.
    • Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Sun Hat
    • Water bottle

    Photo Equipment Checklist

    • Sturdy tripod and ballhead
    • Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera Body.
    • Wide Angle Lens. Frame frame - aim for 16-35mm range or wider. Crop sensor, 10-22mm.
    • Mid-range zoom lens in the range of 24-100mm.
    • Telephoto lenses will come in handy in Bryce and the Grand Canyon. Anything in the 70-400mm range.
    • Circular polarizer filters are useful. Bring any ND filters if you have them.
    • Extra batteries, memory cards, and cleaning supplies.
    • Remote cord for your camera.
    • Laptop if you wish to backup your photos or follow along during the post-processing instruction.

      Covid-19 Precautions

      Instructors will wear masks while teaching at close range

      Clients are encouraged to wear masks whenever they are at close range

      Where possible, we will practice social distancing. Tripods 6ft apart.

      You are encouraged to wash hands frequently and use hand sanitiser. 


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