Middle Fork Guides Polish Skills, Become Experts During Annual Interpretive Trip

BOISE, Idaho, May 19 /PRNewswire/ — The Middle Fork of the Salmon River Outfitters Association announced today that 30 guides, lecturers and guide trainers will push off from the banks of Boundary Creek on June 1 for the third annual Middle Fork Interpretive Trip. Founded in 2003, the trip signals the start of the Middle Fork whitewater season and is a unique way to educate guides, practice safety procedures and improve navigation skills on the coursing river.

A host of experts — a geologist, archeologist, botanist, salmon ecologist, human historian, Shoshone-Bannock tribe member and ornithologist — will accompany the guides and share their diverse knowledge of the area during the six-day, 100-mile interpretive trip.

A cooperative effort between 24 Middle Fork outfitters, the trip is designed to increase guides’ knowledge of the river and to provide an opportunity for outfitters to meet, bond and share river experiences. Safety, etiquette, history and teamwork will be emphasized on the trip.

“The feedback from previous trips has been outstanding,” said Jeffe Aronson, area manager for Echo River Trips and founder of the Middle Fork Interpretive Trip. “This trip offers our dedicated employees an opportunity to learn more about the rich history of the river they guide; we believe this heightened awareness translates to an increase in our guests’ satisfaction.”

A typical day on the interpretive trip includes an early morning botany walk or bird watch, several stops throughout the day to study Native American pictographs or canyon geology and evening lecture topics ranging from wolf reintroduction and cougar safety to native fish habitat and homesteader history.

“We learn a lot during this trip — about each other and about the amazing river we spend our summer’s floating,” Aronson said. “It’s high-water season which helps us test and improve our guides’ skills, and we having a great time doing so.”

Action Whitewater Adventures, member of the Middle Fork Outfitters Association, is donating the boats, camping gear, and other supplies needed for the Middle Fork Interpretive Trip.

About the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

The 2005 interpretive trip signals the start of the whitewater season on Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River. One of the top ten whitewater rivers in the world and one of only eight rivers to be included in the original ‘Wild and Scenic Rivers Act’ of 1968, Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River is the crown jewel of the national wild and scenic river system. The river carves its passage through the center of the Frank Church — River of No Return Wilderness — the largest and most remote wilderness area in the lower 48 states with nearly 2.4 million acres of rugged and diverse terrain.

About the Middle Fork Outfitters Association

The Middle Fork Outfitters Association is a group of 24 area outfitters committed to providing fun, safe and family-oriented excursions down Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River. With exclusive trips for kids of all ages (six years to 80+ years of age), the Middle Fork Outfitters Association offers guests a genuine river adventure and opportunity to connect with family while leaving behind cell phones and the hectic pace of everyday life. For trip schedules, area maps, and more information, please visit — http://www.idahosmiddlefork.com/.

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