The most important part of any wilderness vacation is the guides
The hiring and employing of our guides is the most important thing we do to ensure a quality and meaningful experience. Solitude’s guides are experienced, happy, clean, and well-compensated service professionals.
With an excellent staff of guides, all else follows: luxurious accommodations in the middle of the wilderness, prompt and enthusiastic service, spectacular food, and overall comfort.
Adam is from Maine (which he insists grows the world’s best potatoes) and has guided fishing and big game hunting in Idaho, Oregon, Colorado, and Montana. In the winter he drives a snow cat for Whitefish Mountain Resort. Adam enjoys downhill skiing, touring the backcountry, pursuing mountain lions, elk, and deer, and taking river trips with his family (which consists of 2 dogs, 9 chickens, and a lovely girlfriend).
“I got a small taste of what guiding was like, and never looked back.”
Roger has guided the Grand Canyon, the North Umpqua, and is now settled on the Middle Fork. Roger received a BS in Environmental Studies from University of Oregon and an MS in Deaf Education from Western Oregon University. During the off-season, he teaches deaf and hard-of-hearing students in Eugene.
“My father liked to brag that he wouldn’t honor my high school diploma unless I could get him from Paradise to Leaburg Lake on the Mackenzie without getting any water in the boat.”
Mike grew up along Oregon’s Mckenzie river, the birthplace of the Western river drift boat., and built his first boat at age 11. When he’s not on the Middle Fork, he runs WyEast Expeditions, which leads school field trips; he takes nearly 2000 kids out each year. He first floated the Middle Fork in 1977, and has been back ever since.
“You make a special bond with the river every time you run it,” Charles says. “Every trip is different, and I am never bored of looking at some of the most beautiful country in Idaho.”
Charles is a native of Salmon, Idaho, and is currently finishing his degree in Biology and K-12 Physical Education at the University of Montana Western. When he’s not on the river or in class, Charles loves spending time on his family’s ranch at Poison Creek, Idaho.
“I love seeing little kids grow up and come back with their own kids”
Dano is a 4th generation Idaho boy; his family came to Idaho as pioneer settlers. One Great Grandfather, James Hawley, was the federal territorial prosecutor, and another one, Daniel Harrington, was a well known frontier guide and Indian fighter. He’s been guiding since 1972, and in the winter he is a heli-ski guide at Sun Valley Heli and does avalanche control work.
This will be Bill’s 13th year on the Middle Fork, but having grown up along the Salmon and Lemhi rivers, he has been boating since he was 10. Bill’s grandfather, Walt, was a celebrated whitewater kayaker – and even helped create the sport. Bill is a graduate of Boise State University, and enjoys kayaking, rafting, steelhead fishing, playing hockey, and snowboarding when he’s not on the oars.
In the off season, I spend time with my wife Erica and dog Tucker. We love to travel and spend much of our time on near and far adventures. I have a small wood and metal shop for building custom furniture however I am in the process of shifting gears and devoting most of my time to building custom decked river dories.
Guiding for me is a great way to share my love and passion for the river with others. I love that people do not have access to their phones or internet. The wilderness helps create a connection with people that is hard to find these days. Guiding also creates an opportunity to teach people new skills, whether fishing or rafting, it is fun watching people learn and test their new skills.
"This was my first time using dry flies. Being able to see a cutthroat come up to the surface and take the fly is a blast! The "Solitude experience" was priceless. Willi and his crew are tops." - Dan L, Texas