Rafting in Idaho with Tom in 2017


Hello Friends, Fans & Fellow Lovers of the Outdoors,

Thanks to Middle Fork River Expeditions, in late August—*August 24-29, 2017—I’ll be hosting a musical rafting trip in Idaho down the gorgeous Middle Fork of the Salmon River! MFRE is a top-notch licensed outfit that’s organized and guided these trips for many years. They’ll take us on an unforgettable, safe and fun adventure through spectacular, unspoiled wilderness.

*We’ll assemble in Stanley, Idaho on the evening of Wednesday, August 23, and the trip proper begins the next morning.

Our expedition company describes the trip:

20080718_middlefork_1110-editmf-campfire-banner“The Middle Fork of the Salmon River is the premier wilderness rafting trip in the US. It’s gin clear water flows 100 miles of Wild and Scenic free-flowing river, through the largest roadless wilderness area in the US and in a canyon that is deeper than the Grand Canyon.  

“Named by National Geographic as one of the top 3 river trips in the world, the Middle Fork will provide you with a vacation of a lifetime.“It has a half dozen natural hot springshot-spings-jpg throughout the canyon, blue ribbon trout fishing, and more than 100+ rapids grade I-III (IV in June). The Middle Fork of the Salmon is an unspoiled, remote and pristine wilderness much as it was 100 years ago or more.” 


As you may know, I’m a long-time river runner who’s rafted and kayaked all over the world. The Middle Fork has been on my wish list for years, and I couldn’t be more excited about hosting a group of friends and fans on this musical adventure… as we (me, you, our guides) will be sharing music in the evenings. 



The details:

—Dates of the trip proper: August 24-29. Most of us will fly to Boise, ID, and I’m told we’ll network ride-sharing to Stanley. We’ll all meet up there (Stanley, ID) on Wednesday evening of August 23 for orientation etc, and we’ll hit the river early the next day. We’ll finish up on the afternoon of Tuesday August 29.

—Cost is $2399 per person, which covers everything except hotel for night before trip begins (and night after, if you want to stay over), tip for guides, and if water levels are lower (which is likely when we go), a $130 charge to be flown in to a remote put-in spot. The rafting company provides tent, sleeping bags, dry bags, rain gear etc… and of course all meals… and they’ll give us a list of what we need to bring. 

—James Ellsworth is the owner of MFRE. He’s a nice guy and an old pro, and he (or one of his people) will be able to make your reservations for our group… and supply any other info you might need. 

If you’re interested, email us at rafting(at)tomkimmel.com and I’ll send you a full description of the trip, a registration form and a waiver form that participants will sign.

Last, but not least, here’s why I’m most excited about this trip:

  • the pristine wilderness of the beautiful Middle Fork of the Salmon 
  • the soul-healing that happens on the water, away from my hectic world
  • undisturbed days and nights along the clean, clear water
  • geothermal hot tubbing beside the river
  • excellent meals prepared by the staff
  • leadership of seasoned guides lets me relax and go with the flow
  • music in the evenings (mine, the staffs… and yours?)
  • fellowship—the river attracts kindred spirits

So if you feel the “call of the wild” please get in touch. I’d love to have you along.



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