Rafting in Idaho with Tom in 2018


Hello Friends, Fans & Fellow Lovers of the Outdoors,

Man on man! Thanks to Middle Fork River Expeditions, this past August I had the most wonderful opportunity to host a small band of fellow music-loving adventurers on a soulful rafting journey down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho! Hard to put into words— the beauty, heart and excitement of floating, hiking, camping (and eating) our way through a vast expanse of unspoiled wilderness along this gorgeous, free-flowing river.

Now, thanks to MFRE, I’ll be hosting another trip in August of 2018… this time on the Main Stem of the Salmon River

Kindred Spirits

Here’s the key info…

When: Wednesday, August 22-Monday, August 27, 2018

Where: We assemble in Salmon, Idaho, the evening of Tuesday, August 21 and embark on the river the next morning

Who: A small group (10-20) of friends and fans will join me

What: A rafting / camping / hiking / music-sharing adventure we will never forget

Cost: $1799 (details below)

A word about MFRE, our adventure tour company:

Paddleboard Afternoon

Middle Fork River Expeditions is a top-notch licensed outfit that has organized and guided these trips since 1953. I can now testify from personal experience that my August 2017 trip was every little thing that was advertised and much more.

What an delightful adventure I had alongside my great group of fellow explorers. Our expert guides set the table for us daily (literally and figuratively) and led us deftly through one of the last truly wild places in the US.

If you are feeling the call or the tug, you are warmly invited to come along with me next August (2018). I’d love to share this special place with you.

To register, email us at rafting(at)tomkimmel.com and I’ll send you MFRE’s itinerary for the trip, a registration form and a waiver form…

…or you can go directly to MFRE’s website HERE , and download Main Stem Salmon Itinerary, along with registration and waiver forms from same page.

Our expedition company’s description of our trip begins like this:

A friend paddles a duckie.

“Idaho’s Main Stem of the Salmon River accesses the most pristine and untouched terrain in the US, slicing through the 2.3 million acre Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area, the largest roadless area in the country. The Main Stem of the Salmon River is famous for its large sandy beaches for camping, warm water for swimming, great trout fishing, fun and easy whitewater, and the best hot spring in the Pacific Northwest. No river displays all these characteristics quite like the Main Stem of the Salmon River. It also boasts a canyon that is deeper than the Grand Canyon. The river has recently become famous as the best stand up paddleboard (SUP) river trip in the world for it’s warm water (75+F in August) and fun and safe wave-train rapids.”

 …And it gets better. My group in August 2017 spotted eagles and ospreys, mule deer, herds of bighorn sheep—even a cinnamon colored black bear above the beach one afternoon as we drifted by. Several times we stopped to see pictographs left behind by sadly long-gone natives… and we shared music now and again far, far away from the world of hi-technology.

Speaking for myself, it was a “soul re-set” that I found I’d sorely needed. We had tents, but most nights I just dropped my pad and bag on the beach along the river and slept like a baby beneath a crazy-bright sky far from any light pollution.



Dates of the trip proper: August 22-27, 2018. Most of us will fly to Boise, ID or Missoula, MT, and we’ll then make our way (drive, ride-share, shuttle or fly) to Salmon. We’ll meet up there for orientation and outfitting by Tuesday evening of August 21.

We’ll hit the river early the next day, and we’ll arrive back in civilization the afternoon of Monday, August 27.

Cost is $1799 per person, which covers everything except hotel for night before trip begins (and the night after, if you want to stay over in Salmon), and a discretionary tip for guides. 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. (They make it easy.)

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

So… if you’re interested or even curious, email us at rafting(at)tomkimmel.com and I’ll send you MFRE’s full description of the trip, a registration form and a waiver form that participants will sign… or visit the MFRE site directly HERE.


—Pictograph photo by Tom Schofield; other photos courtesy of MFRE

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