Instructors: Dennis Mammana and Paul Johnson
$105 / $95 for ABF Members
Upgrade your desert experience by staying overnight in cozy, rustic yurts at the base of Borrego Palm Canyon! This season, ABF has planned three overnight courses that offer an in-depth look at the many sides of Anza-Borrego. All activities are based out of the yurts inside Borrego Palm Canyon Campground.
Participants share quarters in traditional yurts (round canvas structures on concrete pads with a wooden lattice framework and canvas roof). Each yurt is outfitted with four twin-size cots with 5-inch foam pads. Toilets are onsite and a restroom building with showers is just a short walk away.
Price includes two days of instruction, a one-night stay in a yurt and entry into Borrego Palm Canyon’s day-use area. All meals are on your own, there is a covered picnic area available for meal preparation.
Shoot the Night Sky Photo Session
Saturday, Nov. 29, 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Join noted night sky photographer Dennis Mammana at the Yurt Camp as he demonstrates the basics of capturing the night sky with your camera. Participants will need a camera that can be operated manually and a good tripod, and must have a good working knowledge of their gear including manual focus, adjusting ISO, aperture and shutter speed.
Sunrise and Slot Canyon Photo Session
Photo by Paul Johnson
Sunday, Nov 30, 5:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
After an evening of learning to photograph the night sky, Paul Johnson will offer an opportunity to learn to photograph the transition from night to day. The group will stand on Font’s Point to watch the sun come up across the Salton Sea, and learn the techniques for capturing this dramatic event. Bring the same equipment you used for the night sky class, including tripod, camera, lenses and a polarizing filter if available. We will return to Borrego Springs for breakfast, and then venture out again to shoot photographs in a classic slot canyon, where the sky is only a thin strip above the canyon walls. The emphasis in both trips will be to find the right combination of subject and light, and then how to use the camera’s controls to capture that image.
Sunday's trips will require four-wheel-drive. Bring warm clothes and a hat and plenty of water. Breakfast will be in restaurant of your choice in The Mall, before we go out to the slot canyon in mid-morning. The slot canyon trip will involve a walk of approximately one mile round trip in a sandy canyon, with plenty of stops along the way. There is one spot where we will need to scramble up a rocky slope, and there will be plenty of help if anyone has trouble. Total driving distance will be approximately 50 miles.
Classes Will Meet: Both class sessions will start at the yurts, so simply be ready for the session at the time indicated.
Information on check-in and other logistics are included in the confirmation email you will receive after completing registration.
Participants staying at the yurts should bring the following items:
Food for all meals
Camp or cook stove and fuel
Sleeping bag / pillow / bedding
Flashlight, headlamp, and/or electric lantern
Reusable water bottle
Camp mug or cup
Shower towel/hand towel
Libations or other drink