"A wilderness, in contrast with areas where man and his works dominate the landscape, is an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled, where man is a visitor who does not remain"
Spend a week making films in a remote wilderness area of the high Colorado Rockies: think Robert Flaherty making films in the arctic, or the photographers of the American Civil War doing wet-plate photography at the battle fields in a portable darkroom (only both warmer and safer!)
We will spend a week off-trail in the high mountains, shooting, processing, and watching films. We will be immersed in our subject, the wild outdoors. We will practice zero-emissions techniques, carrying out any chemistry that is left over, leaving, in the words of John Muir, only footprints -- and trying not to leave many of those! Our goal will be the exploration of our relationship to a wild landscape, both as people and as filmmakers. We will shoot by day, and process, print, and project (yes, project!) by night, all in a truly wild location several days walk from the nearest road. We will carry all our equipment on our backs -- equipment which has been pared down and made light-weight, and which is entering its fourth generation for this trip, being continuously improved based on each year's new experiences .
This will be an unforgetable experience, and is limited to six participants.
Guide Robert Schaller, in addition to providing the filmmaking expertise, is an experienced climber, backcountry traveller, and wilderness guide who has been visiting remote areas since he was six weeks old. He holds an industry-standard Wilderness First Responder certifiction from the Willderness Medical Institute (a part of NOLS), as well as a HAM radio operator's lisence and equipment for emergency communications. Gourmet vegetarian food is provided (arranged by our guiding chef extrordinaire, Cynthia Sliker).
Participants will be required to bring adequate backpacking equipment and clothing. This trip will be at high altitude (10,000 - 12,500 feet), and will be on rugged and strenuous terrain. No glacier travel or technical rock climbing will be required, but familiarity with wilderness travel is a plus. Experience is not required, but good health and good physical condition are.
If you're interested in participating, please let us know!