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Great Yellowstone Trip (Late Spring 2018)

I'd wanted to photograph Yellowstone in Winter/Spring for the longest time, but had trepidations... read more

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BigFeet16
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We had been to both locations previously but really enjoyed our time with the Backcountry Journeys... read more

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LENGELL
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Chicago, Illinois
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Backcountry Journeys Photography Tours & Workshops offer you a seamless adventure travel experience where we handle the details so you can focus on photography. Our world-class service and small groups allow for a personalized experience that allows you plenty of one on one time with your instructor.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I'd wanted to photograph Yellowstone in Winter/Spring for the longest time, but had trepidations about enduring extreme low temperatures (YNP can reach way below zero in winter). When Backcountry Journeys offered this late-May safari, I couldn't resist. Including our highly competent guide, Chris Gheen, there...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had been to both locations previously but really enjoyed our time with the Backcountry Journeys' team. Everything was well coordinated and top of the line. We had great meals and stayed in very nice hotels, while getting great photography tips and constructive picture critiques....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been on many photo workshops but this was the first one that was totally inclusive: transportation, hotel and all meals were included in the price. The trip was well organized by very knowledgeable guides. I have already booked another trip with Backcountry Journeys.

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Reviewed May 19, 2018

I had such a wonderful time with Russ and Crystal in Fairbanks - their dedication to hunting for the Northern Lights is truly unparalleled. Seeing the northern lights is a lot of luck with weather and light activity, but Russ and Crystal did their very...More

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RussNordstrand, Owner at Backcountry Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks so much Ruth! I hope you are well and we look forward to seeing you down the road sometime!

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Reviewed May 19, 2018

This was my third trip with Russ and Back Country Journeys, each one is better than the last. Russ and Crystal go above and beyond to get their guests the best experience and the best photo opportunities. On this trip we operated out of Fairbanks...More

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RussNordstrand, Owner at Backcountry Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks Fred! By the way I haven't forgotten to send you those dogsledding pics - things just keep getting in the way. I'll try and have them to you this week :)

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Reviewed May 19, 2018

Just completed the Canyons of Utah photography tour with Russ and crew from Backcountry Journeys! This was one of the best vacation experiences of my life! Not only were the guides knowledgeable in photography, cameras & camera gear but they also were very knowledgeable about...More

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RussNordstrand, Owner at Backcountry Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks so much Tony for the review! Looking forward to the next time we shoot together! Cheers :)

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Reviewed May 19, 2018

Joined Backcountry Journeys on Costa Rica wildlife photography tour in April 2018. Russ and Cristal did an excellent job of taking care of everybody on the trip from arrival and departure in San Jose. Logistics were well organized and included all lodging, meals and transport...More

Thank Rob L
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RussNordstrand, Owner at Backcountry Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks again Rob! Hope to see you on another one someday soon. Just back from Yellowstone & heading to Alaska next week!

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Reviewed May 18, 2018

My hiking tour from Back Country Journeys was an an exellent exciting adventure. Thanks to Russ and Russell for leading myself and others through a great tour through The Tetons and Yellowstone park. They are experts and pros who share all the help/ advice that...More

Thank Jeff J
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RussNordstrand, Owner at Backcountry Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Haha. Thanks Jeff. It was a BLAST having you along on the trip. Lots of fun and I hope you were able to get some great images. What a fun crew. Hopefully ours path cross soon. If I don't see you until then I'll look...More

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Reviewed May 17, 2018

Once again, a great workshop. Very informal and relaxed. Russ and Russel have super spotting abilities. Their knowledge of the animals and history of this area is amazing. They were always available if there were questions about set ups or compositions. Great restaurants for dinner....More

Thank Roy N
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RussNordstrand, Owner at Backcountry Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks so much Roy! It was great having you up there. What a fun group we had. Hopefully you were able to get some great images? After our session with the mousing coyote I am now convinced that my lens has lost sharpness...sending it in...More

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Reviewed May 17, 2018

Decided to take my wife on a photography tour, I had been with Russ and Crystal on another tour, I decided this one would be a good one to go on. We had a great time, Lookout Inn was awesome, food was great and our...More

Thank Tommy H
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RussNordstrand, Owner at Backcountry Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks Tommy! It was awesome having you and Sheila down there. Fun group for sure :) I'm going to be hitting you up about that Gator trip to Louisiana!

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My trip which was within a month timing had higher elevations still with snow and some of the passes closed. That being said it's the first time bears are coming out of hibernation and with new cubs and a significantly lower... More
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