Aptly named, the Cirque of the Towers is a round glacier carved valley ringed by towering granite mountains. Extremely remote, the cirque was rarely – or perhaps never – accessed before its naming by climber Orrin Bonney in 1941. Today it is a fabled destination for climbers, backpackers and photographers able to make the multi-day journey. Join Marc Muench and Michael Strickland on an adventure into the wilds of Wyoming!
The cirque is located in Popo Agie Wilderness, accessed by a single trail that winds between numerous alpine lakes and among wildflowers. While many elect to traverse the trail on foot, we will be using horses to carry us high into the mountains. Don’t worry if you aren’t a skilled rider, our experienced outfitters will match each of us to our sure-footed horse, so you can just concentrate on enjoying the view. Our gear will follow us, safely packed on the pack horses. Once at our comfortable, fully-outfitted camp, we will have plenty of time to photograph this extraordinary area. You will have great views right from your tent, but we will also explore the nearby alpine valleys, lakes and waterfalls on day hikes. Since it will be spring time in the mountains, meadows full of wildflowers are even a possibility. Both of your veteran landscape photography instructors will be teaching you a number of techniques: focus stacking, use of shallow depth of field, composition building and more. You will also learn to create stunning nighttime images under some of the darkest skies in the country.