2010 Middle Fork Salmon, Idaho-trip reports.

We haven’t posted here for some time now and it hasn’t been for a lack of material.  Feels like we’ve been full-on since we returned from Ecuador the first part of March.  It was upon our return that we learned from our Middle Fork of the Salmon outfitter that the snow pack in the Pacific Northwest was looking bleak. It seems that all the winter storms had been swinging further south, dropping their snow on southern Oregon and much of California.

We never tire of this view. Sawtooth Mountains near Stanley, ID.

March is a long way from late June, the launch date for our first trip. Idaho is always full of surprises and, true to form, surprise it did.  A very wet spring turned everything around to the point where we had concerns that it might be too high.  With our first trip on June 25th we started watching the gauge with great interest earlier that same month.  In a matter of two days it surged from 5 ft. to over 8 ft.  We were pleased to see it begin a steady slide downward to 4.02 in time for our first put in. For our second trip on July 3rd it was at 3.5 ft.

The Middle Fork gauge topped out at over 8 ft. in early June.
Early morning light the day of our put in.

We got our stellar core raft guide crew of Tessa, Dewi and Colleen  and had the good fortune of working with newer Middle Fork guides Alex and Alyson.  Many familiar faces on both trips as well as some new folks from as far away as Germany, Scottland and Alaska.

Rafts with a view. Our camp at upper Marble on our second night on the river on the first trip.

I’m lacking whitewater shots this time around so let me share some Middle Fork scenic moments with you.

Downstream view from Little Pine area.
The view looking downstream from a ridge high above Little Pine camp.
Water droplets catch sunlight at the aptly named Veil Falls.
Colleen Winters happy about a successful flip of her dutch oven pineapple upside down cake.
Hikers pause at the overlook at Veil Falls.
Kayakers and hikers take in the view at Waterfall Creek at the start of the Impassable Canyon.
A group of drift boats floats and fishes a section of the Middle Fork.
June 25th Kayak group Middle Fork Salmon, ID
Our June 25th Middle Fork group.
The gang on our July 3rd trip.
Upper Cliffside_Middle _fork_salmon
The beautifully textured wall at Upper Cliffside Rapid.

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