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Idaho Wilderness Trek Photography Tour

4 nights in a tented wilderness camp, and 3 nights in hotels


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  July or August: This photography tour is not currently in the schedule, but can be added by request

  7 nights/8 inclusive days  |  Maximum of 8 participants, and a minimum of 4 participants

  $3,360 USD per person  |  Single Supplement: 14% of the base cost of the trip

  The deposit for this photography tour is $400. Make a deposit, or pay your tour balance here

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  Arrival and departure airport:  Boise, Idaho [BOI]
  Arrival window: For a variety of travel related reasons, arriving one day early is recommended
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This photo tour will run with one or more participants. Please note that our group limit is not a requirement!  8 places are available at this time
  Updated: Monday the 24th of June, 2024

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Photography Tours to the central Idaho Wilderness


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Photography Tour Overview:
  Five inclusive days to explore a piece of the wilderness sandwiched between Idaho and Montana. We’ll go horseback into a remote chunk of the largest wilderness in the lower 48 States. Mountains, rivers, wildlife, wildflowers, cowboys and a Salmon River raft shoot, et cetera. The ‘spud state’ as it is known, is also a place to lose oneself when one considers that it’s 83,574 square miles are populated by a mere million people. That’s just 4.7 people per square mile, and is mostly the result of the vast wilderness that envelops east central Idaho and spills into western Montana. Our trek will take us into a piece of this unspoiled jewel where photographic subjects will be mountains, wildlife, wildflowers, and our own cowboys, et cetera Do join us for this refreshing sojourn. As with all of our photography tours, early and late shooting is scheduled for each day.


Our itinerary . . .
But first things first! We suggest that you set your camera's clock to the local time, as your images will then synchronize with the times in our included photo tour field notes.


Day 1  |  Boise to McCall, Idaho
Our small group will gather late morning at our gateway hotel, and we'll kick things off with the included lunch. We’ll line up the Boise skyline shot from a quiet position overlooking Ann Morrison Park, then north into the Payette River canyon where we’ll shoot scenics with a smattering of whitewater adventurers. Cascade Lake and old barns are other options for us as we continue north to McCall. The town, on the edge of Payette Lake, has been voted among the 5 most desirable places to live in recent years and you’ll see why.
McCall, 1 night

Days 2, 3, 4 + 5  |  The Wilderness
First light on Payette Lake this morning for those up to it, and following breakfast we’ll head for our rendezvous with our outfitting crew. Our four night base camp is located in a meadow below the rock-scape that is Needles Mountain in the Boise National Forest. We’ll get in on horseback, though you’ll have an option to hike, or both, if you prefer. Chief outfitter on the trip will be Mark Downing, and he and his co-wrangler will see to it that we are comfortable and well fed throughout our stay. They will also cooperate for some exclusive cowboy shots which John has set up often on the Yellowstone/Teton trips in recent years. The twilight cowboy shots will be particularly striking. 
During our sojourn there will be wildlife, wildflowers and landscapes to be shot, or you may just want to relax once in a while. We also recommend you bring your rod if fishing is your ‘bag’. John will be on hand for photographic assistance and direction at all times or as you need it, and should you have a camera malfunction, you’ll be really glad John is along!
Tented Wilderness Camp, 4 nights

Days 6 + 7  |  McCall region and Salmon River
By early afternoon we’ll be back to ‘civilization’ as it were, and enjoying the comforts of our hotel back in McCall. Dinner overlooking Payette Lake will be quite a contrast to the other ‘paradise’ we were in the midst of 24 hours earlier!
On day 7 we will skirt Payette Lake and move north for pictures of the Burgdorf and Warren communities. Each is remote and our pictures will capture the essence of what the west once was. Then down to the Salmon River via French Creek to shoot the rafters as they take a drenching in the many rapids. The rapids are why the Salmon is known as the ‘River of no Return’. Back to McCall via Riggins on more conventional roads. The included dinner on the last night of our photography tour will feature an 'It's You!' presentation of clients in action on this tour by John.
McCall, 2 nights


Day 8  |  Departure day
Following breakfast we’ll take a leisurely ride to Boise with a handful of photo stops en route, and arrive in good time for early afternoon flights.


Photo Tour Photographer/Leader: John Baker, Travel Images Photography Tours
The preceding itinerary is a copyrighted work by John Baker Photographer LLC, and Travel Images Photography Tours


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Exertion level: This photography tour is classified as 'non strenuous' to 'moderately strenuous'

You may lead your horse or ride. The choice is yours

In every other respect this photography tour is considered non-strenuous to mildly strenuous


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Photography Tour Cost, Deposit, Cancellation Policy and Enrollment Guidance

Trip Cost: $3,360 USD per person not including airfare. A 5% discount is applied to all double occupancies. A single room supplement is required for single occupancy

Single Supplement: 14% of the base cost of the trip


The deposit for this photography tour is $400. Make a deposit, or pay your tour balance here


Cancellation policy: Go here

Enrollment guidance: Go here


Included in the Trip Cost: The following items are included in the trip cost . . .

  • Photography instruction throughout the trip by John

  • All accommodations with private facilities [en-suite]

  • All breakfasts

  • Lunch on day one of the trip

  • Dinner on the last night of the trip

  • On-vehicle snacks and bottled water

  • All ground transportation

  • Airport pick-up on day 1, and drop-off on departure day. Arrival prior to day 1 is not included

  • Entrance fees for sites and activities listed below under ‘Admissions Included’

  • Following the trip you'll receive detailed field notes describing the time, place and subject of each photo stop, plus image uploads to a private web page of clients 'in action' on the trip

Not Included in the Trip Cost: The costs for these items are the responsibility of each participant . . .

  • Airfare

  • Travel costs between your home and the gateway airport and return

  • Any transportation or travel costs incurred prior to or after the tour’s inclusive dates

  • Pre-tour and/or post-tour accommodation

  • Lunches and dinners except for lunch on day one of the trip, and dinner on the last night of the trip

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Entrance fees or costs related to optional sites or activities not included in the itinerary

  • Baggage fees

  • Medical expenses

  • Personal items such as the hotel mini-bar, laundry et cetera

  • Incidental charges incurred at our accommodations such as movie rentals, internet and phone

  • Travel insurance

  • Passport or visa expenses

  • Airport departure taxes, if applicable


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