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.

Drew Harrison
Drew HarrisonSisters, Oregon
Drew is from Sisters, Oregon. He developed his fishing skills early, exploring the bountiful rivers and mountains that central Oregon has to offer. After finishing school, Drew became a 12th-grade math and science teacher in Hailey, Idaho. He is a favorite guide among the IRJ crew. Drew has a warm, gregarious personality, making him a friend to all, plus he plays incredibly on the guitar.
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. Since graduating, she has been passionate about wilderness medicine. After several years working as a ski patroller in Bozeman, Montana, she returned to school. Now she is working towards her physician assistant degree, which she hopes to complete in the next few years. Sunny’s positive attitude and joy for being on the river are contagious among the guests.
Dillon Cole
Dillon ColeMammoth, CA
Growing up around the diverse waterways of Florida, Dillon developed an affinity for all things water-related. After moving to California for college and discovering everything the West offers, he hasn’t looked back. When he’s not guiding, Dillon spends his time surfing, climbing, and traveling. Dillon is passionate about the “river life,” and will bring that enthusiasm to everything in life–both on and off the river.
Libby Tobey
Libby Tobey Missoula, Montana
As a kayaker, adventurer, and fun seeker, Libby’s goal is to work in places that inspire her. This motivation has led her to guide all around the globe. She has returned to a waterway closer to home: the Middle Fork. Even with all the traveling, Libby manages to keep studying as she works towards a graduate degree at the University of Montana in resource conservation, with an emphasis on international conservation and development. Her research focuses on water and land-related issues and damage from climate-related events.
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.
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.
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 prides himself on teaching people how to cast. 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. Besides 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.
Chris Falcone
Chris FalconeKetchum, Idaho
Originally from College Station, Texas, Chris developed an appreciation for the outdoors when his family moved to Sun Valley, Idaho. His love for the wilderness led him to a degree in bioenvironmental science from Texas A&M. Since school, Chris has been an active traveler. He has explored vast parts of the world stretching from South America to India. For Chris, it’s both the larger and smaller experiences that he enjoys with guests. Whether it’s teaching guests how to kayak, or his personable rapport with guests on his raft, Chris makes floating the river relaxed and fun.
Jo Schroeder