New Trip: Earth Photography from Space

We couldn’t be more excited to announce the release of our newest, space-based Photography Tour, Earth Photography from Space!


We’ve been ironing out the logistical challenges to this itinerary for years, and after much planning, debating, we can now launch (pun intended-sorry) Backcountry Journeys’ first-ever Shuttle-Based tour designed specifically to photograph Earth from our private space shuttle!

We get it, regular old terrestrial photography isn’t for everyone. We now have the perfect offering for those who are tired of having their photographic explorations being limited by being stuck on Earth.


If you’ve never been to space – and you are into Earth, and stars, and maybe the moon– then you need to go on this trip! This trip is planned at just the right time to not only catch a ride on an impending shuttle launch but also it is timed to a moment when we will be able to capture the moon and earth in the same composition. A rare event, indeed!

This is a hard-won effort as reservations for transportation on the shuttle have only recently come available with the recent purchase of NASA by Amazon and Coca-Cola. Rides from Earth, to space, are being offered these dates were only available via a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-style quest to find a “Golden Ticket” style lottery. Backcountry Journey’s own Russ Nordstrand personally purchased and consumed over 45 pallets of Coke in order to secure our “Golden Ticket” to space.

While on this tour we’ll awake early to photograph “golden hour” which PhotoPills indicates we’ll have a direct view of your hometown on mornings 1-3, as that timing has us passing over North America. We’ll take a break to rest up during the harsh light of mid-day before reconvening for some astrophotography before a wonderful dinner before retiring each night to our cozy quarters. The shuttle is equipped with an excellent restaurant featuring several dehydrated meal options, a full-service bar, a great room with a large fire-place and for the hikers in the group, opening the hatch will allow you to access a hike, which really amounts to floating off into space never to be found again.

We have two sets of dates scheduled for this summer only! See below for more information. If you are interested in this trip make your reservations now, as this once-in-a-lifetime departure will no doubt sell out quickly. Join us on this journey, a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience! 

And if you haven’t figured it out yet…. April Fools!!!!

Kenton Krueger







Kenton Krueger grew up and spent the first 33 years of his life in the corn country of Omaha, Nebraska. After studying aviation at the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Aviation Institute, he “conned” his way into the newsroom at the award-winning Omaha World-Herald where for 3+ years he wrote and photographed news articles on a variety of topics such as community events, travel and even mixed martial arts for the sports department. Yet something was missing. While on backpacking trips to Grand Teton and Grand Canyon National Parks in the mid-2000’s he was quick to realize that the wild lands of the western United States stoked a fire in his heart like nothing else could. This realization led to relocation to Flagstaff, Arizona, and he hasn’t looked back. He has spent the past several years guiding guiding backpackers, hikers and photographers into the wild places of the American West such as Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Parks as well as in the Grand Staircase Escalante in southern Utah. In addition to backpacking and camping, his adventures include rock climbing, exploring the slot canyons of southern Utah, mountain biking, and bagging 14ers in Colorado’s San Juan Mountain Mountain Range. Kenton is a trail runner, former pilot, newspaper photographer and writer. Kenton looks forward to utilizing his years of guiding experience, combined with his passion and experience behind the lens to provide memorable and unforgettable experiences at the wild places we will visit together.

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