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Adventure Sun Valley

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Salmon, ID, USA
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About Adventure Sun Valley
For 23 years, Adventure Sun Valley has been offering expertly guided whitewater adventure trips on the Middle Fork, from action-packed day trips to longer expeditions The Middle Fork Salmon River in Idaho boasts over 100 miles of free flowing, crystal clear water and is regarded as one of the top 10 whitewater rivers in the world.
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Jim J wrote a review Sep 5
Creedmoor, Texas11 contributions4 helpful votes
Just returned from a week long float trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River with ASV. We had a great time. Every aspect of the trip was great. Brad has created a great group of guides lead by John including Todd, Justin, Meg, Connor, Elliott, Cody. All were knowledgeable and very capable. If you have the skill to kayak going on the river in a “duckie” (inflatable kayak) is an awesome experience. The food was outstanding and more than we could eat (but we did anyway). Being off the grid, no cell or internet, for a week was very different but enjoyable. The last two nights we slept outside the tent under the stars with the river providing the background noise. Cannot say enough about the people, service, food and everything that went with the trip. ASV is an awesome way to see the Middle Fork!!!!!!
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Date of experience: August 2022
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Response from 586bradleyf, Owner at Adventure Sun Valley
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you so much! I wish everyone was able to come down this incredible river and have the experience of being "off the grid" for six days, no one ever seems to want to leave it!! We are so glad you had such a good time and thank you for taking the time to write a review of your experience. We hope to see you again. Regards, Brad Frei Owner
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Heidi B wrote a review Aug 2022
Virginia Beach, Virginia5 contributions
Fabulous trip! Our first time to Idaho and it did not disappoint. River guides were all amazing, knowledgeable and all around great people. Highly recommend this trip to anyone. Great communication before the trip and leading up to launch day. Our kids (ages 8, 8, and 10) had such a great time.
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Date of experience: August 2022
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Response from 586bradleyf, Owner at Adventure Sun Valley
Responded Aug 22, 2022
We are so glad you have a fabulous trip, we enjoyed your family too!! Brad Frei Owner
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Linda V wrote a review Aug 2022
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This experience was a trip of a life time! Not only is it a beautiful, pristine place to visit, the staff was exceptional! The guides are very experienced and made me feel very safe and comfortable. The food was absolutely delicious! I highly recommend Adventure Sun Valley to anyone who wants to raft on the Middle Fork of the Salmon!
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Response from 586bradleyf, Owner at Adventure Sun Valley
Responded Aug 22, 2022
Thank you, thank you ... it's wonderful guests like you that make this job so much fun. It is a true delight to share it with families and friends who have never been to this vast wilderness area. Brad Frei Owner
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Susie Wieland wrote a review Jul 2022
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Rafting down the middle fork with ASV will always be the first thing we suggest when anyone asks if we have a travel recommendation. The guides are exceptional at turning strangers into friends, keeping children entertained and giving guests the best experience possible on the middle fork. This trip will educate, entertain and make you want to stay forever!
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Response from 586bradleyf, Owner at Adventure Sun Valley
Responded Jul 24, 2022
I couldn't agree more, I am so proud of this guide team. They love what they do, they love being with the guests and each other! I'm so glad your family got to become part of their ever expanding network of friends. Thank you again for coming and thank you for your kind comments. Brad Frei Owner
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ddkellers wrote a review Jul 2022
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My (our) third time with ASV and they never disappoint. Went in 2010, 2017 and now in 2022. River level was 3.28' at put in on 7/4/22. 2.92' when we took out around 10am on 7/9/22. A great level for our group. Making reservations, getting info, support with planning, etc. is so well done with ASV and Diana (she runs the office, reservations, etc.) is so friendly, helpful, and amazing in making sure everything is organized and everything goes smoothly prior to the start of trip. Do not wait until last minute to make reservations as trips fill up fast. (Think 6 - 12+ months in advance, depending on dates) Once we arrived in Stanley (a bit of an adventure in itself due to a temporary road closure heading toward Stanley due to a small fire along the road) we got settled into the small town of Stanley, ID that has amazing scenery and some good places to eat, do any last minute shopping , etc. ASV offers a free shuttle from Boise airport to Stanley the day prior to the trip which is awesome and saves having to rent a car and then leave it parked for a week in Stanley. ASV then shuttles people for free, if they wish, back to Boise airport the morning after getting off the river. The whole group met prior to the trip start to hear guide led orientation, meet others on the trip, and get ASV furnished sleeping bag, pillow and gear (camp to camp) and day (stay with boats) bags. Brad Frei is the owner of ASV and has been for about 20 years. He often goes on the trips and is one hard working, friendly, experienced owner, river guide, leader, and a pretty fair corn hole player. Everyone meets the day of the trip launch about 8:30am outside the main lodge in town, loads on a bus and rides about 1.5 - 2 hours to the put in at Boundary Creek. Then it is onto the MF and into over 2 million acres of wilderness. I know many people may not like the term glamping (glamour camping) but the service by ASV of setting up camp, cooking the meals (including great lunches at cool spots on the river), packing camp, etc. allows for everyone to focus on paddling, hiking, socializing and just having a great relaxing trip. The guides are great. Friendly, knowledgeable, and an incredibly hard working team. They provide confidence in the rapids and safety is clearly a big part of their focus in the rapids and in camp as well. ASV also allows people to bring and paddle their own boats if they have the requisite skills and experience. My oldest son paddled a kayak (Jackson Zen), a work buddy paddled an IK, and I brought my Aire Lynx and we paddled the entire 100 miles which was awesome. ASV guides were very supportive and provided excellent guidance in the rapids and set the lines in the bigger rapids for us to follow. Meals were all 4 or 5 star, especially for being on the river. Mornings started with fresh coffee ready by 6:30am around a campfire with breakfast around 8am followed by everyone packing up and getting ready for a day on the river. Guides break down the camp (we usually pitched in as we could but they do have a system) and usually on river by 10am. Lunch along the river around noon or 1 and then to next camp between 4p and 5p. Appetizers usually served around 6p with dinner around 7:30p. Then socializing and games until 10p or later. Typical day is 15 - 20+ miles of river paddling with fun and challenging whitewater. Some days are mild and some days are more exciting. 1st 20 miles are the most challenging for whitewater but there are plenty of great rapids sprinkled throughout the lower 80 miles and the river always has good current. Lots of great hikes and interesting stops that tell the history of the river as well. Stops at a few of the hot springs along the river are also great. On the 6th day, we got to the takeout that is actually on the Main Salmon river (last two miles) and greeted by ASV bus and a nice box lunch and drinks. Then we said goodbye to the great guides and traveled back to Stanley (about 4.5 hour drive). Cannot say enough great things about ASV and the trips they run on the Middle Fork of the Salmon. Totally recommend them for people and groups of all ages, backgrounds, experience, interests, etc. Hard to imagine someone not having a good time with ASV on the MF.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Response from 586bradleyf, Owner at Adventure Sun Valley
Responded Jul 24, 2022
Well now ... what more can I say, besides do you want to write our marketing materials hahaha. We loved having you back again, it's always a pleasure to pick up where we left off when old friends visit us again. AND - what an excellent water level you had this year, lots of excitement!! Thank you for taking the time to mention all you that you did mention in your review, it's truly appreciated. Can't wait to see you on trip #4! Brad Frei Owner
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