9th ANPAT - Denali

City Area Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
9th ANPAT Denali DOUBLE 05-SEP-2009 Michael A. Mariant $2499 $2529 Sold out

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Seven days in the beauty and splendor of rugged Alaska, focusing on Denali National Park with a closing side trip to the Spencer Lake Glacier and Iceberg Field.

Join Nikonians professional photographers Michael Mariant (Nikonians Academy Instructor and 9th ANPAT Leader), Mike Hagen (Nikonians Academy Director) and Bo Stahlbrandt and J. Ramon Palacios (Nikonians founders) in this spectacular 9th ANPAT

Itinerary summary
Upon arrival at the airport in Anchorage, Alaska on Saturday Sept. 5, we will head off via shuttle bus to our overnight accommodations in Downtown Anchorage to get settled and for a trip briefing in a welcoming dinner.

The next morning, we will board the Alaska Railroad for a scenic rail journey up to Denali National Park. On a clear day we will start to get a glimpse of the Mountain within half an hour of departing Anchorage.

Three hours into the trip marks one of the most spectacular views of Mount McKinley. North of Talkeetna we will cross the startling 918-foot Hurricane Gulch trestle, towering 296 feet above the creek below. And throughout this entire journey, we will have access to exterior viewing platforms allowing unobstructed photographic views.

We will arrive in mid-afternoon at the Denali train station and head to our hotel, operations base for our next five days.

The next morning, Monday Sept.7, we begin three days of exploration in Denali National Park in search of stunning landscape scenes and following the wide-ranging amount of wildlife, such as bears, moose, caribou and eagles. Utilizing the park's shuttle system, our tickets will provide access for 90 miles deep inside Denali park, allowing us to get off and re-board the shuttles at our photographic whims. Weather permitting, evenings after dark will include photo sessions capturing the wondrous Aura Borealis, or Northern Lights.

On Thursday Sept. 10, we board the train for our return to Anchorage, allowing for additional photographic opportunities from the exterior viewing platforms, or time to relax and edit your images in preparation for our final night slideshow.

Friday Sept. 11, our final day, starts with boarding the train for a journey to the Spencer Lake Glacier and Iceberg Field. We will spend the afternoon specifically as a private group for photography aboard rafts floating through the icebergs on Spencer Lake and up to the glacier.

Following this unique experience, we return to Anchorage for our final slideshow of images during a spectacular farewell Alaskan dinner of Wild Alaskan Salmon. A fitting end to what will be a unforgettable trip.

On Saturday Sept. 12 we head back home with a huge smile and a load of images from this our 9th Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trip (ANPAT)

From Saturday September 5, 2009 - Arrival
To Saturday September 12, 2009 - Departure

Port of entry and exit
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)

How will we be traveling
We will travel by shuttle from and to the airport
By train from Anchorage to Denali National Park and back
By bus shuttle inside of Denali National Park
By train to Spencer Lake Glacier and back
In rafts in the Glacier Lake and Iceberg Field

Cost contribution by occupancy
$2,499 in DOUBLE room accommodation
$2,999 in SINGLE room accommodation

Who is eligible
All Gold and Platinum Nikonians members
If you are not a Nikonians member yet, the system will guide you through enrollment at the moment of paying your cost contribution

  • You will learn

    • About the spirit of Nikonians
    • The fun of Group Shooting
    • Bus, train & boat group shooting etiquette
    • Tips and tricks from fellow Nikonians
    • How to make better pictures!
  • What to bring

  • Required

    • Enthusiasm
    • One single bag for clothing. Plan to dress in layers that you may remove if the day gets "hot" Temperatures can vary widely
    • A good pair of non-slipping winter boots
    • One backpack for your photographic gear
    • A good tripod
    • One camera body and at least one landscape lens and one long lens
    • Cable shutter release
    • Graduated Neutral Density filters
    • For more details, look at this link for the 9th ANPAT FAQs
  • Optional

    • A backup camera body
    • A macro lens
    • A speedlight
    • A flashlight or headlight for after dark shooting
  • What is provided

    • This an all-included trip, like all ANPATs since the 3rd
    • All transportation from the airport to the park, inside the park and from the park to the airport
    • All meals, from a welcome dinner on the arrival date to a farewell dinner the night before departure (alcohol drinks not included)
    • Water
    • Sleeping accommodations
    • Park Entrance tickets
    • Detailed itineraries and schedule for each participant
    • You should read the 9th ANPAT FAQs for detailed additional information on recommended wear, etc.
  • Venue Information

      A venue for this workshop has yet not been locked down.


Very few things can improve your photography more than an ANPAT, the Nikonians field event of the year, shooting in the company of a friendly bunch of fellow Nikonians, sharing tips and tricks, laughter and friendship, inspired by extraordinary scenery. Don't miss it!


Following 9th ANPAT - Denali workshops are organized in 9th ANPAT Denali DOUBLE:

Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
05-SEP-2009 Michael A. Mariant $2499 $2529 Sold out

Member prices are only applicable to Nikonians Silver, Gold and Platinum Members. Non-members can register as Nikonians members here. Nikonians Basic members can upgrade the membership level here. Membership payments help sustain the growth of the Nikonians community and its services such as the Nikonians Academy.