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August 27-31, 2024
Rocky Mountain National Park, CO


  • Mandy Lea Photo is an authorized permittee of the National Park Service.
  • Kendrick Callaway is Wilderness First Responder, Adult/Child CPR, AED & Airway Management, and Epinephrine Auto-Injector certified.
  • Mandy Lea is Basic First Aid and Adult CPR certified.


Join Mandy and Kendrick on a guided backpacking and camping trip to the heart of one of the most scenic national parks in the country! Feel free to bring along camera gear since your guides are experienced photographers! During five days and four nights we’ll journey to the thin air over 12,000 feet elevation; hiking about 25 miles and gaining over 5,000 vertical feet on our point-to-point route. This trip isn’t for the faint of heart, but your efforts will be rewarded with views most people only dream about!


Our route will take us to several of the most famous alpine lakes in Colorado. The surrounding 13,000’+ peaks (including the park's lone 14,000' mountain, Longs Peak) and peaceful alpine lakes create the feeling of being in a fairytale land. You might even have to pinch yourself just to make sure you’re not dreaming…


It’s hard not to be inspired and awestruck by the rugged beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park. Mandy and Kendrick are so drawn to the area that after a few years of teaching photography workshops in the Park they just couldn’t pass on the opportunity to take people deeper into these mountains. Hiking to over 12,000’ elevation will test your limits and is only intended for those in decent physical condition. On this trip we will provide more services than your typical backpacking and camping experience. Our goal is to take people to a place they might not be able to reach on their own and share our knowledge of backpacking, hiking, camping, and photography.



  • Services of two experienced backcountry backpacking guides
  • All necessary backpacking and camping permits
  • Photography instruction, if interested
  • Pre-trip review of each individual’s backpack and all the gear they intend to bring.
  • Three nights of backcountry camping in beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • All meals while backpacking
  • We will set up and take down camp, but will take time to teach anyone how to do this, if interested
  • We will cook all meals
  • Camping gear
    • Ultralight one or two-person tent
    • Ultralight and compressible down sleeping bag—rated to 20 degrees or less
    • Inflatable sleeping pad
    • Inflatable pillow and pillow case
    • Osprey backpack
    • Trekking poles
    • Dinnerware kit (Plate, bowl, coffee mug, long-handled spork)
    • Bear boxes (to protect food, toiletries, etc.)
  • Transportation to/from the trailheads where we begin and end our hike



  • National Park Entry Fees
  • Transportation to/from Estes Park
  • Accommodation in/near the Estes Park, Colorado area before/after workshop
  • Any food/drinks purchased before/after our hike (even if we meet as a group for these meals)
  • Personal snacks, drinks, and preferred foods during the workshop. If you have any special food/drink preferences then bring those items for yourself.


Read our Terms and Conditions before registering for any workshop

Rocky Mountain Backpacking Adventure

  • Lodging reservations are the responsibility of each attendee. To ensure you have a place to stay, please make reservations as soon as possible when completing workshop registration. For ease of travel, we recommend arriving the day before the workshop begins and staying the night that the workshop ends, but that’s up to each person. We recommend staying at one of the following:

    • RV/tent campgrounds in the Estes Park area
      • There are several options for campgrounds in the Estes Park area. There are privatly owned campgrounds, National Park campgrounds, and city campgrounds. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions! 
    • Boondocking (dry camping for free—no hookups) on nearby National Forest land is also available. Contact us if you’re interested in this option and we’ll share our favorite spots!
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