I took friends and family on the Middle Fork of the Salmon in August 2011. We immediately began planning a return trip. The river is amazing with dozens of rapids, amzing scenery, multiple ecosystems and pristine wilderness. But it is Al, Jeana and the Solitude River Trips team that made the journey a trip of a lifetime. Al's knowledge of the lure and the lore of the Middle Fork is larger than life. The side trips to hot springs, historic camps and homesteader cabins were all amazing. Al's guides are all first rate -- as boatmen, storytellers, cooks and companions. Did I mention the food? Each day brought new culinary delights but Al's Fried Chicken probably edged out the thick cut steaks -- barely! The beer and wine were cold and the ice for stronger drinks was plentiful. Thanks to a massive sweep boat that goes first in the AM with all but day gear -- you really cannot believe those guys take it through the rapids -- you arrive in camp with tents set up, bags and pads unrolled. All you have to do is find a chair near the bar. We hope to return this summer with family and more friends to introduce them to the joys of the Salmon with Solitude. Whether you are a first time wilderness rafter or a seasoned pro, Solitude is the way to go. Randy Scheunemann, Whitefish, MT
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