Guests on our trips can sometimes have varying ability levels and different expectations when it comes to the physical nature of a tour. Because this can be challenging in a group travel setting we offer different “travel styles” to ensure YOU are getting YOUR best trip possible!
When selecting a Backcountry Journeys tour you can be assured that no matter which tour you pick that we will provide the same world-class service, personal attention, and an overall seamless adventure travel experience.
But we’d encourage you to seriously consider and decide on the tour style before registering because there can be a notable difference in activity level between the two styles. This is a detail that can be the difference between you having a tour that is just right for you, or perhaps completely wrong. Each tour will clearly note which style category it falls into.
But what does ‘standard’ and ‘hiker photo’ really mean?
‘Standard’ tours will involve nearly no hiking or extensive walking whatsoever. The majority of our shots on ‘standard’ tours will be designed so as to require little physically from you to get to “the shot.” This being said, our tours typically are visiting National Parks and other wild places that are off the beaten-path. Even on ‘standard’ tours, you will need to be able to maneuver in-and-out of vehicles as well as be able to physically handle some uneven terrain and short distance walks (think from a parking lot to a vantage point). If you register for a ‘standard’ tour, please expect shots that require hiking or extensive scrambling will NOT be on the itinerary, even if they are nearby. These tours will have a “difficulty” rating of 1.
‘Hiker Photo’ tours will involve some hiking necessary to reach some of our shot locations. If a particular shot requires a hike to achieve, the tour will earn the ‘hiker’ indication. Please note that ‘hiker’ tours are still photography-based, and as such daily activities will be designed around the photography schedule – with photography being the prime objective. Please reference the day-to-day itinerary to ensure you are familiar with the extent of the hiking involved so that your expectations are properly met. The extent and difficulty of hiking on ‘hiker photo ‘tours will be indicated with a sliding scale “difficulty” rating between 1 (easiest) – 5 (most difficult) as described below.