Idaho River Outfitter Trips

Looking for something fun to do this summer? Add these Idaho events to your calendar:

Writing, Photography, History and Jazz Highlight Offerings

Visitors who take an early evening hike above the village of Stanley, Idaho in June or early July, are likely to hear Jerry Hughes playing the trumpet, practicing for the jazz trip his outfit hosts every summer on the Salmon River. It has become a tradition with Hughes River Expeditions and one of their most popular offerings. “I’m not as good as those other guys,” says Hughes, “but I’m just as loud.”

This summer Idaho river outfitters are offerings specialty theme river trips that go beyond traditional rafting and kayaking. Specialty trips this summer will include photography workshops, a writing clinic and jazz trips. Here are samples of what some of Idaho’s outfitters are offering this season.

Middle Fork Writers Workshop with Tim Cahill, August 17 -21

Tim Cahill, a founding editor of Outside magazine and author of several books about adventure travel, will be offering a writing workshop this August on Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Co-teaching with Cahill will be Michael Shapiro, a travel writer whose stories have appeared in National Geographic Traveler, the Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle. For information contact Idaho River Journeys, 1-888-997-8399.

Snake River Photo Workshop, June 15 – 20

Photographer and river guide, Boyd Norton, will conduct a photo workshop on the Wild & Scenic Snake River June 15-20, 2011.  In addition to helping participants with photography, Boyd will share the history of efforts to save the Snake River in HellsCanyon from the High Mountain Sheep and other proposed dams in the 1960’s and 1970’s.  Boyd and other members of the Hells Canyon Preservation Council led the successful political battle that eventually preserved America’s deepest Canyon.  His photography and article in Audubon Magazine (January, 1970) were invaluable contributions to the campaign. For details contact Hughes River Expeditions, 1-800-262-1882.

2011 Salmon River Jazz Trip, July 12-16

Each evening, Jerry Hughes with help from a jazz trio plays for an hour before dinner.  The musicians set up on huge, pure white sand beaches, in the middle of spectacular canyonlands, and the music echoes off canyon walls.  Perfect acoustics.  This year’s trio features bass, keyboards, and a saxophone soloist.  Enjoy evenings listening to jazz on Idaho’s River of No Return. For details contact Hughes River Expeditions, 1-800-262-1882.