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Limit 10 spaces | $6,895* Closed
Expedition August 4 - 11, 2018 | View other workshops

Wind River with Charles Cramer and Jerry Dodrill

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Renowned landscape photographer Charles Cramer and highly acclaimed adventure photographer Jerry Dodrill will team up to lead a small group to the dramatic granite spires, alpine lakes, and meadows in Wyoming's Wind River Range. "The Winds" are the most alpine range in the northern Rockies, with soaring granite peaks reminiscent in many ways of the High Sierra Nevada but less well known and more lightly visited. The alpine wildflowers in the meadows and nearby lakes and streams offer excellent foregrounds for photographing the east-facing Cirque of the Towers and other nearby peaks, which catch spectacular alpenglow at sunrise.

This is one of North America's great mountain wildernesses, but don't take our word for it. Following a summer 1999 horse pack trip into the Winds, internationally acclaimed mountain photographer Galen Rowell wrote the following in his April 2000 column for Outdoor Photographer magazine:

"The Wind River Range is my favorite in the Rockies. Warm, relatively dry summers create a paradise for backpackers, climbers, and photographers. Hundreds of peaks rise over 12,000 feet above glaciers and snows that last late into summer. Melt waters cascade into alpine basins filled with meadows, open pine forest, and countless lakes before joining into rivers separated by the Continental Divide."

Charles Cramer and Jerry Dodrill will lead photography outings morning and evening, and whenever else the light and weather conditions offer compelling opportunities. Night photography of the high-elevation starry skies can be amazing too. Options for midday activities will include scouting hikes, talking photography, relaxing around camp, reading, napping, fishing, lake swimming, etc. Beyond the phenomenal landscape and wildlife photography opportunities, these pack trips provide an excellent shared experience with other passionate photographers, enjoying fireside stories and camping under the stars.

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Our itinerary begins with a group orientation and dinner at Diamond 4 Ranch at a place called Dickinson Park, Wyoming, on the east side of the Wind River Range (Lander is the closest large town). Our first night will be spent at an elevation of 9,200ft. in the ranch's rustic cabins, which will serve to help acclimate us to the elevation. After a hearty breakfast the next morning, the experienced wranglers of Diamond 4 Ranch will lead our group on a horseback ride to camp at Lizard Head Meadows. The horses are docile and very familiar with the trail to our camp, our base for five nights at an elevation of 10,000ft. – where a camp manager and backcountry chef will take great care of us. This is a "drop" or "spot" trip, meaning that all of our gear, coolers of fresh food, etc., will be carried in on horseback, and our camp will serve as our base for short hikes to explore the Cirque's rich photographic opportunities. After the wranglers pick us up on August 10 and we ride back to the ranch, we'll drive to our hotel in Lander, Wyoming, for a celebratory dinner, followed the next day with a group image edit, review, and critique session, finishing up by 3pm.

Join us for this world-class opportunity to photograph and learn in the high Rockies, and leave with a portfolio of mountain images and deeply moving memories of an experience of tranquility, camaraderie, fun, and adventure.

No prior horseback experience is necessary. The trip is limited to 10 participants, and includes photographic instruction and guiding throughout by Charles and Jerry, expert horse packer services, mounts and pack stock (the horses), camp staff services, tents, all meals, and lodging the night before and night after the pack trip.

Charles Cramer

After spending seven years of college studying classical piano, Charles Cramer visited Yosemite National Park, and soon realized he wanted out of those tiny practice rooms!  Realizing the similarities between interpreting music and interpreting a negative, he soon became enamored with making prints. Thirty years later, he is recognized as a master landscape photographer and printmaker, first for his darkroom-based dye transfer printing, and for the last several years in digital processes.  In 1987 and again in 2009, Cramer was selected by the National park Service to be an artist-in-residence in Yosemite. 

He has taught workshops since 1988 for the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite. His Spring and Fall workshops there fill almost instantly.  He has also taught for the Palm Beach workshops in Florida, Anderson Ranch workshops in Colorado, and the John Sexton Workshops in California.

Cramer has been profiled in magazines including Outdoor Photographer, PhotoVision, View Camera, PhotoTechniques,  Outdoor Photography (UK), Camera Natura (Sweden),  and Popular Photography (China). His work has been published by National Geographic Books, Sierra Club, and the Yosemite Association.  He is also included in the books  “Landscape: The World’s Top Photographers,” published in 2005, and “First Light: Five Photographers Explore Yosemite’s Wilderness,” published in 2009.   His work can be seen at many galleries and at  

Praise for Charlie Cramer's teaching style:

"Charlie couldn't have been better. He's a gifted teacher - gentle - helpful - makes subject matter clear” –Tom U., California

"Charles is a brilliant instructor. He is organized, precise and thoughtful in approach.” –Woody S., Colorado

“Everything exceeded my expectations, exponentially!” –Julie J., Oregon

"Charlie is a national treasure as a photographer and an instructor.” –Kerby S., California

"That Charlie Cramer is a superb teacher is well known and firmly established. 
What is less well known perhaps is a crucial and distinguishing core element in Charlie's teaching: he makes it possible for people to make their own pictures, however differing in style and subject from his own work, and to make those pictures better.” –Jed W., California

Jerry Dodrill

Jerry Dodrill is an award-winning landscape and adventure photographer who in the early years of his career was a protégé of the legendary Galen Rowell. An unrelenting passion for photography and outdoor adventures made it clear that Jerry was not destined for a desk job. An avid climber for twenty years, he feels equally at home in a rocky bivouac or a soft bed. In college, pre-med classes gave way to studies in fine art and weekends spent scaling Yosemite's granite walls. Photography was at first a byproduct of his adventures but quickly became his artistic medium of choice as he captured each experience with a concise aesthetic and quality of light revealing his inspiration.

Jerry's adventures have led him around the globe. He has climbed all the major walls in Yosemite Valley, at crags across the West, close to a hundred summits in the Sierra, and peaks in Bolivia, Argentina, Kyrgyzstan, and China. His full embrace of the many disciplines of climbing have led to many adventures and tales best told late at night around a raging campfire.

Jerry holds degrees in fine art and photography, which in 1997 led him to work for acclaimed photographer Galen Rowell at Mountain Light in Berkeley. There, he managed Galen's gallery space and workshops, an amazing experience (akin to a photographer's bootcamp).

Since 2000, he has been pursuing his own adventures and photography career. Jerry's immense talent and creative eye have been well recognized through international awards and exhibition in fine galleries, such as the Ansel Adams in Yosemite, Mountain Light, Mumm Napa Valley, and the Banff Center for Mountain Culture. Through his numerous workshops for Mountain Light Gallery, Visionary Wild, and Sierra Nevada College, and college-level teaching at Pacific Union College in Napa Valley, he has proven himself as a highly engaging and effective photography teacher and workshops leader.

After running his own gallery on California's North Coast for five years, he now resides in the Sonoma County town of Sebastopol, California, focusing on commercial and editorial assignment photography, exhibitions of his work, and sharing his vision and expertise with others. Jerry's work has been featured in many ad campaigns, books, and publications and is represented by Aurora Photos. Editorial and commercial clients include The North Face, Vanity Fair, Sunset, Men's Journal, Outside, Alpinist, Rock & Ice, and Climbing magazines. Expert in Photoshop and digital color management, Jerry is regularly sought out as a color pre-press manager for high-end photo books, and as a fine digital printmaker. He was also recently recruited as a design consultant for the exciting new outdoors-oriented photo pack company MindShift Gear, a spin-off from Think Tank Photo.

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Jerry Dodrill portrait: © Grant Ordelheide.


  • Alpenglow on granite peaks, mirror lakes, crystal-clear creeks, alpine wildflowers and meadows, and the peaceful solitude of one of the most beautiful mountain settings in North America
  • Our camp is strategically positioned to access a range of awe-inspiring landscape opportunities within easy hiking range
  • Photographic instruction and guiding by Charles Cramer and Jerry Dodrill throughout the trip
  • Our gear will be carried horseback, as will we.
  • Backcountry catering by our camp staff
  • On our final day, we will hold a constructive group critique session at our hotel in Lander.

Accommodations & Travel


Our first night will be at Diamond 4 Ranch, in shared rustic cabins (each cabin has several beds). In the backcountry, our camp will be at 10,000 feet in Lizard Head Meadows. Tents and catering are provided. On the last night following the pack trip, we will relocate to Holiday Inn in Lander, Wyoming, in preparation for a day of projected photo review and critique. All meals are included.

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Riverton, WY Airport (RIW) is 30 miles from Lander, served by United commuter flights from Denver, and Hertz car rentals are available there. Jackson, WY, airport is 3 hours from Lander. We will help coordinate participant carpools to Diamond 4 Ranch at Dickinson Park, Wyoming, on the east side of the Wind River Range. The horseback ride to camp is about 16 miles (approx. six hours). From our base camp at 10,000ft, we will make hikes of anywhere from a 1/2-mile to four-miles (total round trip) with limited elevation gain to access our photographic locations. Summer temperatures tend to range from highs in the 70s and lows in the 30s. Afternoon thunderstorms are not uncommon.


Beyond being an opportunity to photograph a spectacular wilderness and to learn from two leading pros and the other passionate participants, this backcountry expedition is about taking time to get to know a place, how the light and weather play across the landscape, how the geology and ecology make the Winds special. This expedition will provide ample time for unrushed photography in the field, hands-on instruction and one-on-one mentorship, hikes to get out into the landscape to incredible locations, and time to just relax and enjoy the place.

Charles and Jerry are generous, professional, and good-humored workshop leaders and excellent hosts who care deeply about providing a meaningful experience that exceeds expectations. Their combined diversity of expertise and experience in photography, natural history, and wilderness travel makes them a fountain of knowledge and a highly effective team.

Summer in the Wind River Range offers a tremendous range of excellent photographic opportunities, from broad, panoramic vistas and classic "near-far" landscape compositions with dramatic clouds building each day. There will be ample opportunities for wildflower photography, close-ups, abstractions, motion studies, and creative experimentation. We will certainly see wildlife, such as black bear (there are grizzlies farther north in the Winds, but they haven't been seen where the group will camp), elk, moose, mule deer, bald eagles, hawks, and mountain songbirds. Participants will have time for a thoughtful approach to photography that encourages experimentation and creative development.