Salmon River Rafting Adventure

July 26- August 1, 2022

Welcome To Your Adventure

Welcome to Salmon, Idaho! 

This is your go-to page for all information regarding our Salmon River Trip Adventure.  If you have a question that is still not answered on this page please email Events@My1FitLife.com for additional assistance. 

About this trip

My1FitLife Salmon Whitewater Rafting Adventure 

Known as the “River of No Return” by early explorers, the Salmon is a big mountain river. It has big water with spring flows rivaling that of Colorado’s Grand Canyon and big, fun, roller-coaster style rapids; a big, incredibly beautiful, river corridor set in a massive wilderness with peaks rising over a mile above the river; huge sandy beaches shaded by towering pine and fir trees; big side creeks full of trout (creeks that would be called rivers in many parts of the world); a long history full of big personalities, characters, and stories; a ton of wildlife including Big Horn Sheep, Black Bear, and Bald Eagle; and most importantly it offers an authentic wilderness experience.

However, despite its size, history, remoteness, and ominous-sounding nickname, the Salmon River is incredibly friendly and comfortable. It features warm summer days lasting until nearly 10 in the evening, cool nights perfect for sleeping under the stars, water perfect for swimming, natural hot springs to soak in, perhaps the best beach camping anywhere, world-class trout fishing, a ton of hiking, and whitewater that is exciting yet safe. People have said that it feels wild, untouched, and rugged but at the same time comfortable, forgiving, and almost luxurious – a journey that combines a perfect beach vacation with the solitude, beauty, vast wilderness, and excitement of a mountain whitewater river expedition.

Main Salmon River rafting is a trip everybody should experience!

This trip begins at the Stagecoach Inn in Salmon, Idaho. This night you will meet the rest of our My1FitLife Adventure group and your river guide.

The next morning we all  will be shuttled to Corn Creek where our river trip will begin. For the next 7 days and 6 nights you will enjoy the beautiful scenery, exciting rapids, and view a variety of wildlife.  The last day of your trip you will enjoy a few great rapids and then arrive at the take-out. From here you will be shuttled by bus back to Boise.

This is an oar run trip, not a motorized adventure like the Grand Canyon.

We have seen first hand the need for travel insurance. Whether it be flight cancellations, theft, sickness, or pandemic issues, we now require each guest to purchase this. It is a very affordable and could save you a lot of headaches! My1FitLife uses World Nomads, however, please use which ever company you are comfortable with. Please make sure you fully understand your coverage to ensure all aspects are covered. Our guides will need this information for confirming your hotel accommodation. 

Please be sure to inquire and fully understand about the coverage your policy includes in the case of COVID. 

Packing List

We encourage you watch the Zoom call video – it is about an hour but walks you through the trip. Please note, THIS IS FROM LAST YEAR so please don’t pay attention to the dates. This video also includes information regarding the shuttle so please also omit that information as we are chartering the flight. 

All you need to bring is your personal items in a soft-sided duffle bag  (12″x13″x24″ in order to fit into the dry bag Tour West provides) and we will provide the rest. If you missed the Q&A /Packing video you can view it HERE.

 Comfortable walking shoes and flip flops (if new, make sure you break in) Safe travel purse for days trips to put camera/money/personal items in

Two piece rain suit

2-3 swimsuits

2-3 quick drying shirts

1 lightweight dry hoodie (we will provide if they come in on time)

1 pair quick drying pants

Under garments 

A wrap around for swimsuit

2 pairs sturdy sandals or multi sport shoes that can get wet and have decent tread

Comfortable footwear for campsite

Comfortable lounge wear for camping and sleeping

Gloves (for protection of rope if needed). 

 sun protection/ sunglasses with strap/ hat

Warmer clothes (sweatpants, beanie and fleece for sleeping) for shawl in case it
gets cooler at night/light rain repellant jacket

Personal toiletries /medications / supplements / sunscreens / bug spray/toothbrush & paste

Headlamp is KEY for setting up camp/bathroom

Wilderness Wipes & hand sanitizers 

Hydro Flask with handle and large caribeeaner

Luci Solar Lamp or similar

Zip loc bags for dry storage and easy reach

Quick dry towel

Cocoon inflatable pillow or similar

Simple small first aid kit

Eye Mask if desired

Health insurance card

Travel insurance emergency numbers / family numbers

Be sure to check out My1FitLife Recommended Store for additional gear

Transportation / Accommodations

Arrive at Boise Airport no later than 1:00 pm to catch charter flight to Salmon Idaho. Charter flight will leave at 2 pm. Please arrive early to retrieve bags and be ready to board charter and leave on time. (This charter flight is included in your registration fee). On Day 7 you will also be transferred back to Boise to fly home. This transfer is also included in your registration fee. Please schedule your return flight after 6 pm. 

If you are arriving early, please watch the What’s App group chat as we will be sharing where the charter flight check in is located. 

Accommodation

1 Nights lodging at the Stagecoach Inn is included in your registration. If you are coming in early or leaving later, you can contact the hotel directly to make your own arrangements. 

Important Forms

The World Health Organization has declared the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) a worldwide pandemic. Due to its capacity to transmit from person to person through respiratory droplets, the government has set recommendations, guidelines, and some prohibitions which XYZ Company, LLC. (the “Organization”) adheres to comply.

In consideration of my participation in the foregoing, the undersigned acknowledge and agree to the following:

I am aware of the existence of the risk on my physical appearance to the venue and my participation in the activity of the Organization that may cause injury or illness such as, but not limited to Influenza, MRSA, or COVID-19 that may lead to paralysis or death.
I have not experienced symptoms that of fever, fatigue, difficulty in breathing, or dry cough, or exhibiting any other symptoms relating to COVID-19 or any communicable disease within the last 14 days.
I have not, nor any member(s) of my household, traveled by sea or by air, internationally within the past 30 days.
I did not, nor any member of my household, visit any area within the United States that was reported to be highly affected by COVID-19, in the last 30 days.
I have not been, nor any member(s) of my household, diagnosed to be infected with the COVID-19 virus within the last 30 days.

Following the pronouncements above I hereby declare the following:

I am fully and personally responsible for my own safety and actions while and during my participation and I recognize that I may be in any case be at risk of contracting COVID-19.
With full knowledge of the risks involved, I hereby release, waive, discharge the Organization, its board, officers, independent contractors, affiliates, employees, representatives, successors, and assigns from any and all liabilities, claims, demands, actions, and causes of action whatsoever, directly or indirectly arising out of or related to any loss, damage, injury, or death, that may be sustained by me related to COVID-19 while participating in any activity while in, on, or around the premises or while using the facilities that may lead to unintentional exposure or harm due to COVID-19.
I agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Organization from and against any and all costs, expenses, damages, lawsuits, and/or liabilities or claims arising whether directly or indirectly from or related to any and all claims made by or against any of the released party due to injury, loss, or death from or related to COVID-19.
By signing below I acknowledge that I have read the foregoing Liability Release Waiver and understand its contents; that I am at least eighteen (18) years old and fully competent to give my consent; That I have been sufficiently informed of the risks involved and give my voluntary consent in signing it as my own free act and deed; that I give my voluntary consent in signing this Liability Release Waiver as my own free act and deed with full intention to be bound by the same, and free from any inducement or representation.

This waiver will remain effective until laws and mandates relevant to COVID-19 are lifted.

COVID-19 Daily Self- Screening Questions

Do you have a fever (temperature over 100.4F or 38C) without reducing medications?

Do you a loss of smell or taste?

Do you have a cough?

Do you have muscle aches?

Do you have a sore throat?

Do you have shortness of breath?

Do you have chills?

Do you have a headache?

Have you experienced any gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite?

Have you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, been diagnosed with COVID-19 or placed in quarantine for possible exposure to COVID-19?

Have you been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by a medical professional or a local public health official?

If you reply YES to any of the questions in the checklist, stay home.

If you begin to feel ill while at work, you should immediately go home. If possible, avoid all public transportation, or ridesharing. See the “What Should I Do If I Feel Sick” under Novel Coronavirus Virus (COVID-19), Frequently Asked Questions…located on Student Health Services Website. You will be expected to leave campus and self-isolate until all appropriate criteria for your return are met.

Training

No training is needed for this adventure

Trip Outline

July 26th – DAY 1

Arrive Boise Airport and Transfer to StageCoach Motel Salmon, Idaho

Your trip meets at Stagecoach Motel in Salmon, Idaho. Arrive at Boise Airport no later than 1:30pm on July 26 to catch charter flight to Salmon, Idaho. Charter flight will leave at 2 pm, please arrive early to retrieve your bags and be ready to board the charter and leave on time. 

July 27-31st – DAY 2 – 6

Start our Adventure

Day 2 – Day 6 A van will pick you up in front of the motel at 8 am and transport you to Corn Creek where you will launch on you river trip. This shuttle take approximately 3 hours. Along the way you will make 1 stop at North Folk where you can purchase fishing licenses. Rafting and enjoying the scenery.

Each day you will run exciting rapids, explore unique side canyons, and enjoy the majestic grandeur of the Frank Church Wilderness Area. You will travel about 90 river miles along the Main Salmon River.

After a full day of river excitement you will arrive in camp. Guests will be given time to find their favorite campsite and then return to the rafts to create a “fire line” which is how we load and unload the rafts. You help in passing the gear on and off the boat is greatly appreciated and can help you to really feel a part of the whole river experience but if you have physical restrictions or limitation that keep you we understand. The first evening in camp your guide will give you a demonstration of how to easily assemble your tents and will be available if you need any addition help in setting those up. Tour West provides tens, a paco pad (think a thick sleeping pad), sleeping bags, sheets, camp chairs, and water-proof gear bags for everyone.

While you relax and take in the beautiful surroundings, your guides will prepare dinner. Every night is different but the menu may
include fajitas, BBQ chicken with rice and veggies, lasagna, steak and sauteed mushrooms & onions, and other fresh and scrumptious meals. At night you will enjoy chatting with the guides and guests until the fresh air and sounds of the river lull you to sleep. Each morning your guides will prepare a hearty breakfast. You will have the chance to enjoy eating before returning to your campsite to take down your cot and pack up your belonging into a dry bag. After bringing your bag down to the boats, guests participate in the fire line once again and then you are off on another adventure filled day.

Aug. 1st – DAY 7

Raft then transfer to Boise Idaho.

Finish rafting and then transfer to Boise, Idaho to fly home. Transfer is included in your registration. Please do not schedule your return flight before 6 pm. 

Trip Includes

  • 1 Night Lodging – 1st night accommodations at Stagecoach Inn in Salmon, Idaho
  • Transfer – Transfer to river from hotel.
  • River Sightseeing – Sightseeing river trip
  • River Guides – Expert guide service
  • Camping Equipment – Complete camping equipment (cot, sleeping bag, foam pad, waterproof duffel, eating utensils, tent, chair)
  • Meals – Three meals per day, plus snacks
  • Transfer – Transfer to back to Boise, Idaho
Not Included
  • Airfare – Airfare to and from Boise, Idaho. Please schedule your return flight after 6 pm. 
  • Meals – Additional Meals and/or snacks not included above
  • Trip Insurance – Trip Insurance is NOT included

Misc.

FAQ’s 

BEVERAGES: We provide cold lemonade and water all day long on the boat and in camp in the evening. If you wish to have any other beverages (soda, juices, alcohol, etc.) you must supply your own. Hard liquor should be in plastic containers. Soda, beer, and any additional beverages must be in aluminum cans (NO GLASS). Your beverages will be stowed away by the guides during the day and available to you in the evenings. You may want to mark your cans on the top with a permanent marker. You can purchase beer, wine, and soda in Salmon or at North Fork. Liquor is only available for purchase Monday through Saturday. If you are coming on a Sunday please purchase your liquor before coming to Salmon.

VALUABLES: You will want to have photo ID, a major credit card, and some cash for gratuities. All other valuables and jewelry should be left at home or in a safe location.

GRATUITIES: It is customary upon receiving a satisfactory trip to tip the river crew. It is an acknowledgement of a job well done and greatly appreciated by members of the crew. If you feel a tip is in order, the average runs between 10%- 12%. You may leave it with the trip leader and he/she will distribute is among the crew. We recommend $150-$200. This tip is divided among the crew so you can give it to any guide. 

LUGGAGE STORAGE: There is no storage at the Boise Airport and you cannot leave any luggage with us in Salmon as we have no facilities to store it in, or to have it brought to meet you at the end of the trip. If you are staying in Boise before or after your trip we recommend you store additional luggage at your hotel.

CAMERAS: We encourage you to bring your cameras with you on your trip of a lifetime! Please keep in mind there is a lot of water and sand and you will need to properly protect your camera. If you bring a phone as your camera we recommend a waterproof case similar to these at Seawag. www.seawagusa.com. If you bring a DSLR we recommend you bring them in a pelican case with a few carabiners to secure it to the raft. Also plan on bringing a portable power bankandachargeraswedonothaveawaytorechargeyourcameras. YouarewelcometobringaGoProCamera. Please make sure you bring a strap for it! Drones are not allowed.

FISHING – You may bring a small collapsible fishing rod. You can fish from the shore but not while the boat is underway. You would be fishing mainly for whitefish, squawfish, & trout. Idaho residents must have an Idaho fishing license. Out of state passengers can purchase a short-term license at North Fork on your way to the river.

PASSENGER INFORMATION FORM – We require that each passenger taking our trip fill out our passenger information form. This form will give us more information on how to better serve you while you are traveling with us. Please make sure to include on this form if there are any special physical, dietary or medical conditions
we should know about prior to your trip.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RISK FORM-We require that each passenger sign an acknowledgement of risk form. Anyone under 18 must also have the signature of their parent or legal guardian. This form must be returned to our office prior to your trip.

Who will our guides be?

Tour West feels that we have the best guides in the business. Our guides are all whitewater qualified with an average of fifteen years and hundreds of miles of river experience. Each guide is an accomplished outdoors person with wilderness first responder training, a background in natural history and the ability to make each river trip special and memorable.

Where and when will I get my river and camping equipment?

Your waterproof duffle bag, sleeping bag, sheet, small water-resistant bag and cup will be available when you meet your guide in Salmon. Your tent and sleeping pad will be available at the first night’s camp.

What items will I have access to during the day?

Every morning your waterproof duffle bag containing your sleeping gear and clothing will be loaded on the boat and packed away for the day. Your small water-resistant bag is used to store any of the items that you will need to get to during the day, such as sun screen, hat, camera, water bottle, etc.

What is the menu like?

We take pride in offering well-rounded meals that are very appetizing with sufficient quantities for everyone. Breakfast items include many traditional favorites from pancakes to omelets, fresh fruits and juices. Lunches are a favorite for many with a variety of deli meats and cheeses, salads, chips and cookies. At the end of each day you are ready for a hardy meal expertly prepared under a western sky. You’ll have fresh salads, chicken, steak, side dishes, and of course, desserts. All meals include water and lemonade to drink.
NOTE: If you have a special diet or allergies, please inform us of your specific needs so that we can determine how to best accommodate you.

Where will I bathe?
Soap is strictly prohibited on the Main Salmon River. All soaps must be disposed of above the high-water line. We recommend you bring a solar shower which will make it easier for showering at camp. Please bring one per family.

What about bugs and snakes?

The Salmon River is a very friendly place to camp. Mosquitoes and flying insects are not generally a problem. Snakes and scorpions are seldom seen. There are yellow jackets in the area so if you are allergic to this type of sting we strongly encourage you to bring an epi-pen shot with you. Most trips will have the thrill of seeing desert big horn sheep and many varieties of birds.

Can we expect rain?

We never know for sure when it will rain, so even if you are taking a mid-summer trip be sure to bring a two-piece rain suit! Ponchos are not recommended.

What are the toilet facilities like on a river trip?

During the day, all urine must go directly into the river. Which means squatting/standing near the river’s edge or wading in. There will be pit stops during the day, but if you have to go tell the guide so they can find a good place to pull over. If you need to poop during the day, the guides have a portable toilet system. Each evening we set up a camp toilet for solid waste, while urine continues to go into the river. At the hand wash station we have a “key” so you aren’t disturbed while using the toilet. The guides will explain the details of the sanitation and bathroom procedures in greater detail during on-river orientation.

For women who may be on their period while on your river trip, it’s helpful to plan ahead and pack for the unexpected. If you will be using tampons, bring a ‘Go With Your Flow Pack’ or several Ziploc bags and plenty of baby wipes. Make sure you keep these supplies handy during the day, in your provided day dry bag. When you change during the day, you can wrap the trash in a baby wipe, put that in a Ziploc and dispose of it in the boat trash system. As you will get wet a lot on your river trip, using pads is not recommended.

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