THE IDAHO RIVER JOURNEYS STAFF

Idaho River Journeys has been a Middle Fork of the Salmon River outfitter for forty years, and we have an outstanding crew. Our Salmon River rafting and fishing guides come from varied backgrounds, have worked together for a number of seasons, and are passionate about sharing their knowledge about the Middle Fork of the Salmon River with our guests. They will show you their favorite places along the way, hike with you to magnificent vistas, help you with your fly casting, introduce you to kayaking, and make you feel welcome visiting this remarkable wilderness. You will enjoy spending your vacation with them.

Libby Tobey
Libby Tobey Missoula, Montana
Libby’s passion for kayaking, adventures, and researcher has led her to explore and work in interesting places all over the world. After her undergraduate degree, she continued her studies by pursuing a master’s degree in resource conservation at the University of Montana, with a focus on international conservation and development. Libby is planning her thesis on salmon migration, culminating with an epic adventure, kayaking the headwaters of all the salmon river drainages to the ocean.
Patrick O’Connell
Patrick O’ConnellBozeman, Montana
A crew and guest favorite, Patrick brings an infectious joy on every Middle Fork trip. Originally from Dubuque, Iowa, Patrick studied environmental science at the University of Iowa. His passion for the outdoors led him to Bozeman, Montana. During the winter he works a variety of skilled labor jobs, and trys to ski as much as possible. Chances are you can find him at Bridger Bowl Ski Area, exploring the ridge. He’s probably the best Iowa skier in Montana.
Galen May
Galen MaySandpoint, Idaho
Galen has carved out a life in the outdoors, river guiding on the Middle Fork and ski patrolling at Schweitzer Mountain. With an outgoing spirit and infectious positive attitude, Galen ensures that friends, co-workers, and guests can’t help but have a good time. Her eagerness to share the fun, the beauty, and the natural history of the river makes for great memories that last a lifetime. With an eye toward the future, Galen intends to continue guiding, patrolling, and pursuing a degree in business, which will allow her to continue on her adventure.
Ry Grivetti
Ry GrivettiTerlingua, Texas
Ry got his first job as a guide at 15 years old, he worked out on the Channel Islands exploring seas caves and leading multi-day kayaking trips. As his passion for guiding grew, Ry ventured beyond the ocean and started working on rivers. Guests will find that Ry is a gifted naturalist, interpreter, and birder who never tires of sharing his love of the natural and cultural history of the Middle Fork Salmon. He spends the winter months in Big Bend national park running canoe trips. His home is a 100-year-old mining cabin with no electricity or running water and the closest cell service being 80 miles away, exactly how he likes it.
Eli Harrison
Eli HarrisonBend, Oregon
Eli attended Dartmouth College where he spent his undergraduate years playing basketball and studying political and environmental science. After college, he began guiding on the Middle Fork and the Aniak River in Alaska. When he’s not guiding, Eli manages Cedar Lodge, a helicopter fishing operation in New Zealand. He is a patient and enthusiastic teacher and is always happy to help guests get a line in the water.
Sunny Wyatt
Sunny WyattPocatello, Idaho
Sunny grew up exploring the mountains and rivers around Pocatello, Idaho. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Puget Sound in Spanish and molecular biology. After several years working as a ski patroller in Bozeman, Montana, she returned to school and finished a degree as a Physicians Assitant. She made the transition from guiding full-time to a career as a PA at the Pocatello hospital. Regardless of her crazy schedule at the hospital, Sunny is still able to pursue her passion for outdoor activities, and work a number of trips each season.
Skip Volpert
Skip VolpertSalmon, Idaho
Skip has more than 150 Middle Fork trips and hopes to do another 150. He knows of many amazing side hikes and looks forward to taking guests on morning sunrise treks. He is a wonderful fly-fisherman and loves sharing his fishing knowledge. Skip is an avid photographer and often sets up his camera at night to take long-exposures of stars and capture the Middle Fork landscape. If you have a DSLR camera make sure to bring it, and Skip will show you how to shoot the incredible Idaho stars.
Julia Hatch
Julia HatchBozeman, Montana
After making the move out west from upstate New York, Julia fell in love with the Middle Fork. Looking to make the move permanent, Julia worked as a ski patroller for the Yellowstone Club out in Big Sky, Montana. Her passion for wilderness medicine led her into a nursing career, and she currently works at the Bozeman hospital. Beyond her medical knowledge, Julia has a warm, easy-going personality. Guests thoroughly enjoy connecting with and talking to Julia. Above all, she’s an amazing mentor and role model for young women in the outdoors. 
Keri Knudsen
Keri KnudsenPocatello, Idaho
Originally from Minnesota, Keri moved out west to attend nursing school in Colorado. She now lives in Pocatello, Idaho, working in the cardiology department at the Pocatello hospital. Keri is an expert botanist and avid birder, often pointing out wildlife and plants from the raft. Guests find her vibrant spirit and supportive personality very approachable and comforting. When not guiding, Keri does community work with her medical expertise, often volunteering with Doctors Without Borders.
Drew Harrison
Drew HarrisonSisters, Oregon
Drew’s calm personality and demeanor, paired with years of guiding experience, makes every day on the Middle Fork with him enjoyable and memorable. Drew is from Sisters, Oregon. Where he developed his fishing skills early, exploring the bountiful rivers and mountains that central Oregon has to offer. Drew is currently applying to med schools, and plans to start in 2023. In his free time, he’s recording new music, backcountry skiing, and challenging his brother (Eli) to feats of strength.
Jo Schroeder
Jo SchroederSalmon, Idaho
Jo is a true representation of the best qualities in guiding. Her local knowledge, positive attitude, and hard work make every trip with Jo a delight. She has been guiding on the Middle Fork since 2004. Growing up in Salmon, Idaho, the Frank Church Wilderness was her backyard playground. Jo now owns and manages a commuter airline based in Salmon called Gem Air. Aside from work, she is an integral part of the community. She volunteers on many local boards and holds down the defense for the women’s Salmon hockey team. With her experience guiding on the Middle Fork, Jo exemplifies being a veteran guide.
Dave Walter
Dave WalterMissoula, Montana
Dave is a multifaceted guide, working year-round river seasons. He spends his spring on the Kern River, summer and fall in Idaho, then summers again in New Zealand. On a trip, you can find Dave leading hikes, sharing Middle Fork history, teaching guests how to fly fish, or simply playing a fun campfire game. His vast experience, welcoming personality, and knowledge make Dave a much sought-after guide. He is a friend to all, and by the end of the trip, we guarantee you will be calling him “Montana Dave.”
Hannah Fast
Hannah FastNorthfork, Idaho
Hannah is an avid fly fishing guide. She mostly works September fly fishing trips on the Middle Fork. Hannah loves all aspects of fly fishing and is passionate about helping people learn and advance as anglers. Her wealth of knowledge, patient personality, and constant encouragement make fishing in Hannah’s boat an experience unlike any other. When not casting a fly line, Hannah enjoys birding, ultra long-distance running, woodblock painting, and raising twins with her husband, Geoff, in their strawbale house.