June 23 through June 26. June 23 is set-up day with an evening clinic. 
The Frying Pan and Hagerman Pass crags are 45 minutes north of Basalt, Colorado, west of Aspen, in west-central Colorado.
All meals are provided from the evening of June 23 through lunch on June 26. Breakfast and dinner are served at the campsite. Lunch is in the field, and also provided, as are snacks and drinks. Vegetarian and special-needs diets are accommodated.
Anyone with an interest in climbing photography is qualified. Previous courses have included novice to pro photographers, and some students have gone on to professional photography careers.
No. You only need to be enthusiastic about climbing photography.
Paid enrollment is limited to 15 students to maintain a high student-to-instructor ration
Due to the remote location of the photocamp, Rock and Ice will set up a group campsite with an outdoor pavilion and kitchen.
Drive to Basalt. The nearest airport is in Aspen, about an hour away. Grand Junction airport is 2.5 hours away. Denver is the closest major hub, and is 3.5 hours away.
100% refund 45 days before the first day of the class. No refund after 45 days. If you are not satisfied with the class you can receive a full refund!
$1,599, includes campsite and amenities, meals, snacks, drinks and photography permits.


The Frying Pan/Hagerman Pass area has a variety of rock including some of the best granite bouldering in Colorado, bolted Wingate-style sandstone sport climbing, and granite cragging. The area is sub-alpine with creeks, lakes and high peaks.


Now in its ninth year, this three-day course puts you in the field as a professional photographer, under the watchful eye of climbing’s top pro shooters. Learn the tricks for lighting, composition, getting in position, anticipating movement and more, from the photographers who have succeeded in the field.

  Jon Cardwell repeats a 5.13d at the 2013 Photo Camp, held at Redstone,Colorado. Photo by student Tim Guffin.


Days are spent in the field photographing our climbing crew. Sessions will include natural and artificial lighting including reflector use, capturing action, getting into position, composition, gear. In the evenings you’ll return to the group campsite for a catered dinner, photo processing, and a critique of your day’s work by the instructors. The goal is to improve your photography each day and have you go home with professional-level photos.


This year's instructors are  David Clifford, former photo editor of Rock and Ice and Trail Runner,  Andy Mann and John Evans. David has been published in Outside, National Geographic Adventure and other leading magazines. To view his work click here. Andy Mann is co-founder of 3 Strings Productions, a regular contributor for National Geographic and continues to document climbing as often as possible, most recently on expeditions to Greenland, Polynesia, Peru and Patagonia. John Evans is the former marketing director for Petzl, has been shooting professionally since 2001, and is published commercially by EMS, REI, Cabelas and Mountain Gear. You can view John's work here.


Other instructors include Rock and Ice editor Jeff Jackson and publisher Duane Raleigh, and art director Randy Levensaler.


Each student will receive a photo-assignment agreement—you’ll be shooting as a professional, gaining invaluable insight into the field, and getting the opportunity to have your photos published in Rock and Ice. Every student will get the opportunity to have photos published in a gallery on rockandice.com. To see the galleries from 2012 and 2011, click here and here. To see the latest, from 2013 click here. For the 2014 gallery click here. IN 2013 AND 2014, OUR STUDENTS HAD TWO ROCK AND ICE COVER PHOTOS!
Carlo Traversi at the 2014 Photo Camp. Photo by student Aaron Matheson.


This a unique photo camp, and the only one of its kind in the climbing world. The Photo Camp fills quickly; we suggest you reserve your place as soon as you can. A 50% deposit guarantees you a place in the Photo Camp. The balance is due 20 days before the start date.

Email: draleigh@bigstonepub.com or 



Five-Ten, Adidas, Edelrid sponsor the Photo Camp. Attending the Photo Camp gets you industry introductions and insider knowledge—learn what these companies look for in photos and expect from photographers.






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Hagerman Pass, Colorado


June 23-26, 2015


Group Campsite.


Includes campsite and amenities, meals, snacks, drinks and photography permits.


David Clifford

David Clifford
View David's Work

Jeff Jackson

Jeff Jackson

Duane Raleigh

Duane Raleigh

John Evans

Andy Mann