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Lake O'Hara 2017 Landscape Photography Tour
Thu, 21 Sep 2017, 7:45 AM – Fri, 22 Sep 2017, 6:30 PM MDT
Lake O'Hara is THE best place in the Canadian Rockies to photograph the fall colours of the Alpine Larches.
Location: Lake O'Hara in Yoho National Park
Start: Sept. 17, 2017 at 7:45am
End: Sept. 18, 2017 at 6:00pm
Cost: $1075.00 + GST for ILPA members and $1275.00 + GST for non-ILPA members (ILPA members will recieve a $200 refund on their registration after theirregistration process is complete.
What's Included: Certified International Guides Association, IGA, hiking guides, professional photographer artistic leaders, meals, lodgings, Parks Canada back country user premits and transportation along the restricted access 12 km road to Lake O'Hara.
Number of Tour Guests: 10
Number of Photographer leaders and Hiking Guides: 4
The 5 member leadership team: Brian Merry (tour organizer and leader) and Kazue Merry (professional IGA hiking guide and assistant cook), another professional hiking guide (TBA), another professional photographer to co-lead the tour (TBA), and, most importantly, a very experienceud back country chef!
Lake O'Hara is a specuacularly brilliant blue alpine lake set in a small, high mountian valley nestled up against the west side of the continential divide. The Eastern boundary of the region is Mount Victoria, whch is the same beautiful mountain seen in the World famous landscape photograph of Lake Louise, except for the oposite side. Lake Louise is about 8kms East of our base in Lake O'Hara, over Mount Victoria and the Continental Divide.
Most people who've been to Lake O'Hara agree that this is the best scenic little valley in all of the Canadian Rockies. And, it is highly competitive to get a spot on the quota restricted buses that transport visitors there.
Come and join us on our 7th annual Lake O'Hara Landscape Photography Tour based at the Alpine Club of Canada's Elizabeth Parker Hut. This beautiful log cabin Alpine Club of Canada hut It is located a mere 800m meters along a hiking trial from where the buses drop us off on the morning of Sept. 17th. The hut has one large co-ed dorm room with bunkbeds equiped with mattresses, which we lay our sleepings out on to sleep the night away.
We'll enjoy beautiful meals prepared by experienced backcountry chef, Kelly Mager, from Backcountry Bistro. This will be Kelly's 7th year with us leading the cook team. Yep, Kelly has been with us from the beginning. She loves this area as much as I do and she loves coming back to join us on the tour, year after year. I must admit that the amazing food she prepares is one of the highlights of the tour.
We'll spend our time hiking around the valley at a photographer's pace enjoying the amazing landscape photography locations that the area has to offer. It seems that every few minutes I spend hiking down any of the trials in Lake O'Hara I see another world class landscape photography scene revealing itself in front of me around every other corner. They just keep on coming and coming and coming... This place is incredible!
The Lake O'Hara trial system is known as the best in the Canadian Rockies for hiking through spectacular scenery. I, for one, can't get enough of this place. I've visited the area for both climbing and photography close to about 40 times now since the late 1990s.
Your Leadership Team:
The leadership team of professional photographers, IGA certified Hiking Guides and I will use our experience in the area to maximize your time here, putting you in the best places to take your own landscape photographs. We will have multiple hikes going out each day lead by the different photography leaders covering low, medium and higher impact terrain while using the established Parks Canada hiking trials. You'll have the option to do your own self directed hiking and photography around Lake O'Hara as well if you would like to do that. The 3 km hike around Lake O'Hara is beautiful, and it has about 100m of elevation gain/loss around the entire loop.
What to expect:
- Expect to hike 5-10 kilometers a day in terrain varying from 3 kms of flat terrain around Lake O'Hara to 8-10 kms with 1000 feet in elevation gain/loss return into some of the high glacial cirque valleys surround Lake O'Hara.
- Be prepared for all possible mountain weather including early fall snow/rain to bright, warm and sunny weather. Bring your down jacket AND your sunscreen.
- Dorm style co-ed accommodation at the Elizabeth Parker Hut, the Alpine Club of Canada's most beautiful alpine log cabin complex. The hut is warmed by a wood burning stove. A three season sleeping bag rated for about -10 C will be fine.
- Gormet meals prepared by Kelly Mager - former head chef in a trendy Toronto restaurant - turned full time professional backcountry caterer.
- Landscape Photography. We'll be photographing the famous grand landscapes of Lake O'Hara.
- Night sky photography session.
And most of all,.. be prepared to be blown away by the beauty of this place! I'm not kidding!