Capturing Glacier’s Night Sky Photography Course

Capture moments of Montana's starry night sky

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Distance

1.5 Miles

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Elevation Gain

100 Feet

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Difficulty

Easy

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Cost Per Person

$100

Hike Overview

January 21, 2023: Montana is the land of big skies. These grand, wide open spaces are awe-inspiring, even more so at night. Come learn how to capture a moment of Montana’s starry night sky. We will be surrounded by glacially-carved peaks reaching to the heavens, and iridescent reflections of alpine lakes, each accented by the cover of night. We will be using night-time photography to discover parts of the park unseen by most visitors.

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Capturing Glacier’s Night Sky Photography Course

Hike Overview Continued

Montana is the land of big skies. These grand, wide open spaces are awe-inspiring, even more so at night. Come learn how to capture a moment of Montana’s starry night sky. We will be surrounded by glacially-carved peaks reaching to the heavens, and iridescent reflections of alpine lakes, each accented by the cover of night. We will be using night-time photography to discover parts of the park unseen by most visitors.

Meeting Place: Apgar Visitors Center

Itinerary:We will begin the course by meeting at Field Camp at 7 p.m. to go over photography basics, including functions of the camera, settings, and extended exposure photography. We will observe the night sky, with its constellations and moon presence to notice their effects on night time captures. The course will last 4-5 hours, after closing comments and instruction, followed by packing up materials and returning to Field Camp. Expect a late night, in order to allow enough time to take photos at Logan Pass after the sun sets. We will arrive back to Field Camp around midnight or later.

Equipment: Come prepared for all types of weather, it can be cold and windy in the high altitudes. Comfortable shoes, rain gear and extra layers are highly recommended. Cameras with manual settings, assorted lenses, clickers and tripods are highly recommended, as they will not be provided. A headlamp or flashlight will be required for walking around Logan Pass. A smart phone with the following apps: Moon, Skyview and Star Walk, are suggested but not required.

Physical Requirements: Very little difficulty, up to a one mile walk on a flat boardwalk. Must be able to stay up past midnight.

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What to Expect On Your Capturing Glacier's Night Sky | Photography Hike

We will engage in a mixture of classroom and field instruction. We may walk over loose rocks along the shore. We will be hiking up to 1.5 miles with up to 100 feet in elevation changes.

Hike Details

  • This program meets at Apgar Visitor Center, West Glacier.
  • The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m. Please arrive 15 minutes early.
  • There is a maximum number of 13 hikers per trip.
  • Glacier National Park Vehicle Pass required, purchase at recreation.gov
  • On-site parking available
  • This program has a minimum guest count of 3 people. In the unlikely case we don’t reach that number, you will be notified prior to the event.

What to Bring

Come prepared for all types of weather, it can be cold and windy in the high altitudes.

  • Dress very warmly, hats, gloves and extra layers
  • Warm, insulated footwear that can handle snowy or icy terrain
  • Cameras with manual settings
  • Assorted lenses
  • Clickers and tripods are highly recommended, as they will not be provided
  • A headlamp or flashlight will be required for walking around Logan Pass
  • A smart phone with the following apps: Moon, Skyview and Star Walk, are suggested but not required

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