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Rip Rap Ramble and Photo Scramble

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Have you ever wanted to take a backpacking trip and hone in on your photography skills while hiking through the wilderness? If so, this is the trip for you!

Let’s go hiking, camping and painting with light in Shenandoah National Park!

Cost: $150 (includes 2 expert guides, food, and fun)

This is not your regular backpacking trip with a camera. We will incorporate light painting into our evening’s entertainment! What is light painting you say? Light painting is using flashlights to light various objects that you want to show in your photograph.

Here are an example of what painting with light looks like (this photo was taken in the pitch black of night)


This is the pond we will be working at right next to our camp site! How would you light it up? Maybe lights under the water? Maybe lights focused only on the waterfall? We can do all that and more!


The experts:
Meegana Henry is an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker who has also hiked thousands of miles in the United States from the East to the West Coast. Meegana is CPR, First Aid, and Leave No Trace certified and is a Merrell Ambassador. She is ready to help you set up camp, cook dinner, practice Leave No Trace techniques and advise on what to bring, how to pack your pack and any tips and tricks you might need.

Vincent Knaus graduated from the College of Fine Arts at the University of South Florida with a B.A. in studio art/photography. He has been teaching photography since 1982 and he is the owner of Create Photographics LLC. Vincent will be giving tips and techniques that will help you make better photos.

When: Saturday October 8th 10:00 A.M.- Sunday October 9th 12:00P.M.

Where?: Meeting at Rip Rap Trailhead Parking, Mile Marker 90 on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park

Provided: dinner, breakfast, an informational meeting about the hike and what to expect, a wilderness first-aid certified guide, a professional photography guide, light-painting tips and demonstration, camping and hiking guidance

This is a BYOG (Bring Your Own Gear) primitive backcountry camping experience. The Rip Rap Trail loop is 9.8 miles long. We will be hiking 6 miles on day 1 and 3.8 miles on day 2. Remember, there are no bathroom facilities. Please pack enough water and snacks for a full day and a half. It is better to carry too much in and not use it than need it and not have it.

Hike at a glance: 9.8 mile trail, 2,503 ft. ascent and descent, rocky terrain, open views, foliage covered trail, creek view, pond, photography tips and tricks, camping guidance, cascade waterfalls

*Shenandoah Entrance Fee is $20.00 per car unless you already have a Shenandoah Pass or National Parks pass (Not Provided).

*Last Bathroom facility is at mile marker 83 on Skyline Drive (7 miles from the trail head).

*Meal choices to be provided upon sign up.

Call River Rock Outfitter at (540) 372-8708 to sign up!



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