Friday, July 13, 2007

July 8-13, 2007 Middle Fork Trip

It is impossible to imagine a better rafting vacation than on a river other than the Middle Fork of the Salmon. The last six days have been absolutely incredible. The fishing picked up dramatically, the water stayed fun and exciting, and, of course, once again we had great company. We saw a ton of familiar faces from trips in the past and met many new friends. This certainly was a trip to remember from a wildlife perspective.

The wildlife count:
1 wolf (a definite first for most), 1 bear, 1 golden eagle, 1 beaver (a first some guides as well) 16 river otters, 7 rams, 23 sheep, 1 rattlesnake, and plenty of grouse and chukar.

Our camps:
Day 1: Greyhound Creek
Day 2: Marble Right
Day 3: Shelf
Day 4: Wollard
Day 5: Stoddard



Here are some shots from throughout the week (click the shots to enlarge them):

Tom hanging out:


Surf's up at Wollard!


Stoddard Creek pictographs:


Pete tests out the mint at Veil Falls:


Paddle crew, day 5:


A pause in the action:


Marty above Wollard:


Swimming above Marble, day 2:


Lunch at Mist Falls, day 5:


Lindsey tests out the oars:


Jo at Waterfall Creek:


Haystack rapid, day 4:


Marty and Mandi drenched after the confluence, day 6:


Debbie and Dale on the hike to Veil Falls:


All smiles above Wollard, day 4:


Big horn sheep, day 5:


View from the ridge above Marble Right:


Ridgeline above Marble Right Camp (day 2):


Lake Creek Blow-out:


Day 2 paddle crew:


Mandi and Joe below "The Chutes" rapid:


A special thank-you to everyone who made this trip extremely fun and exciting!

-Andrew W, Tom T, Jo S, Julie G, Skip V, Mark E, and Will V.

11 comments:

Justin said...

Great trip! Thanks again. Will send some pics and video soon.

Justin

Gail Tolbert said...

Amazing trip! Thank you for an incredible week and for the many memories we took with us. Not only was the rafting amazing, but we will cherish the frienships we made along the way as well.

Gail

Nance said...

So FUN!!!! Thanks everyone for being there with me. I never felt alone (even though I came alone). Man, I can't believe how well everyone did physically on the trip. All the kayakers rocked!!!
Nance

Let's go rafting! said...

It really was a great trip and thank you all for the great memories! I just posted a quick video of some random clips throughout the week... enjoy!

Will Volpert

Mandi said...

The trip was Great! I had so much fun! And I am totally doing it again! Once again it was great and I hope to see all the guides again!
Mandi

Marty and Ben said...

Thanks for an incredible family trip!! We loved the exciting rapids, great food, amazing scenery, and the comraderie..we miss all of you! From your Fla family...

the smartest volpert (skip) said...

This trip was filled with great memories. Everyone on the trip bonded from day one. Thanks for a sweet trip.

jim Hill said...
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jim Hill said...

I wish everybody could have met ZEM in Loon Creek spring. Unforgetable
I don't know about everybody else but that river changes me everytime I go down it.
Where can I send my resume?
Thanks IRJ.

jim Hill said...

I wish everybody could have met ZEM in Loon Creek spring. Unforgetable
I don't know about everybody else but that river changes me everytime I go down it.
Where can I send my resume?
Thanks IRJ.

jim Hill said...

Sorry for the multiple posts. Most of my brain is still floating down the river.