We are seriously dedicated to providing the most comfortable, convenient, and unforgettable wilderness experience in North America.
Originally formed in 1976, Solitude River Trips is a constant innovator of Safety, Service, and Backcountry Gourmet. We are proud of our challenge to provide the best Wilderness experience and adventure vacation in the West.
Many of the members of the Solitude community return to float the Middle Fork with us time and time again, relying on Solitude’s unwavering service, food, and guiding.
Willi Cannell grew up on the Maine coast. When he wasn't exploring his father's classic wooden boat shop, he was sailing on the deep blue. Willi has always had an awe and respect for the powerful freedom found in our wild environs.
When his family relocated to Idaho when he was 10, Willi was introduced to outdoor leadership at The Community School, and he has been attached to Idaho's wilderness ever since. He started guiding in the Frank Church Wilderness while attending college at St. Lawrence University, and has remained there ever since.
Willi and his girlfriend Kat enjoy traveling the world, but central Idaho will always be home. The majesty of this beautiful area helped them discover a slogan: 'You live and you learn…to stay in Idaho.'
Willi is an avid paraglider, backcountry skier, sportsman, historian, and explorer. In the winter months, Willi coaches at the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation as an alpine ski racing coach.
Al and Jeana Bukowsky, of Merlin OR, started Solitude River Trips in 1973.
"I truly believe that the more people to experience the Middle Fork, the better this world becomes." - Willi
Kat is a successful photographer of landscape, portraiture, weddings, architecture, fine art, and photographic storytelling. Her beautiful work can be seen at her website here.
"The 6 days that I spent with you all was like nothing I have ever experienced. The Middle Fork of the Salmon River is like no other place I have ever been. You and your crew made our time there so effortless and calm. I cannot thank you enough for that" - Mark H, TX