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GUIDES & SAFETY

Guides

Boundary Expeditions employs the best professional outdoorsmen. Each trip is guided by experienced licensed guides; our guide to guest ratio is higher than other companies allowing us to customize each trip to our guest needs and provide great service. Each member of our crew brings forth a unique personality that collectively makes for a fun and safe trip for our guests.

All of our crew are active outdoorsman and willing to share their enthusiasm and knowledge with others. You will find our guides’ zest for life and adventure contagious as they share, teach, laugh, and enjoy each day with you on your trip. You will note how hard they work and how well they work as a team, making you feel secure and relaxed as you travel with them through this incredible place they choose to spend their entire summer. They are a great example of working hard and playing hard. You will be amazed at how well they take care of you and your group with a smile, confidence, and positive attitude.

OWNERS/TRIP LEADS

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Justin Howells, Co-Owner & Guide

Justin started rafting on the upper Main Salmon River running day trips for Triangle C Ranch in Stanley in 1997. That fall, he moved out to the Middle Fork and has been spending river season out there guiding ever since. Working on the Middle Fork changed his life direction and allowed him to make lifelong friendships with the guides he worked with. In the fall and winter, Justin and his wife enjoy traveling and skiing around the west. Finding a warm beach or desert is a nice contrast to what the winter usually brings at his home in Big Sky, Montana.

Justin has a close connection with the Middle Fork of the Salmon – he feels it’s a very special river on every level. Every trip is a little bit different and amazing in every sense of the word. Once you are on the water time stands still and you are living moment to moment without any distractions from the outside world. Guides are some of Justin’s favorite people to be around as you are always learning, laughing and sharing stories.

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Eric Ladd, Co-Owner & Guide

Eric has been a raft guide for 20 years, including work as a commercial guide in Colorado and also leading trips in a trip leader capacity on western rivers like the Grand Canyon, Middle Fork of the Salmon, Main Salmon, Selway and others throughout Montana and California. Eric co-led first descent rafting expeditions in Tibet in 2007 and 2009 on the Salween and Yangtze Rivers.

Founder and CEO of Outlaw Partners and L&K Real Estate, Eric brings over 25 years of experience in real estate sales and development, marketing, restaurant management, resort operations and expedition guiding – holding senior positions with industry leaders Vail Resorts, Yellowstone Club and Everlands. Eric has a strong passion for supporting charity organizations that focus on preservation of land, rivers and wildlife and is also involved with charitable groups in Nepal.

LEAD GUIDES

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Parker Thornton, Guide

This is my sixth season working on the Middle Fork of the Salmon. After spending summers in a cabin on the Middle Fork throughout my childhood and calling this amazing river my home for the past 6 years, I am more excited and eager than ever to get back on the water come spring. When I’m away from the Middle Fork I attend school at Montana State University in Bozeman where I study Fish and Wildlife Management. In my free time I enjoy skiing, skydiving, and long walks on the beach. Cant wait to share this magical place with you!

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Dagny Deutchman, Guide

Dagny is a Salmon, Idaho local and has been rafting the Main and Middle Fork of the Salmon since high school. She is currently finishing up a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a minor in Dance at the University of Montana. Dagny is involved in Missoula, Montana’s local food scene and volunteers monthly at a local food cooperative. Dagny has worked at several fine dining establishments and has a great love for cooking and eating fresh foods. When she’s not studying or cooking you can catch her painting, playing guitar, writing poems for publish, or dancing at weekly tango events.

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Todd Richey, Guide

Todd Richey has been in love with the river and the parts in between since he was 15 years old. 15 years later, this love has taken him to 3 continents, 9 countries and multiple first descents. Adolescence in the Philadelphia metropolitan area gave him an appreciation for the urban landscape, but also enlightened him on the lack of the natural world for which his soul would thrive. Leaving for college in Missoula Montana, where he currently lives, he graduated with a BA in Recreation Management and International Development. Post Graduation in 2008, he explored the many occupations of the river including; river ranger on the Tuolumne river in California, fly/river guide, raft co. manager, safety kayaker, and photo-film kayaker.

In the winter months, you’ll likely find him in Chile, taking advantage of the southern hemisphere summer river season. Fly fishing, climbing, surfing, photography, poetry, cooking, and fine carpentry are his pastimes when not working the river. He loves sharing his tales on and off the water and looks forward to swapping stories with you while you both are floating down the one of the most sacred river corridors in North America, The Middle Fork of the Salmon.

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Lara Sagatov, Guide

Lara got her first taste of whitewater on the rivers of New England while taking a kayaking class at Hampshire College in Massachusetts. From there she migrated south to guide on the Nolichucky River in North Carolina for two summers. After a long, winding path of jobs guiding various outdoor activities including climbing, backpacking and dog mushing among others, Lara returned to whitewater when she traveled to Idaho for the first time. She has since guided on the Lower Salmon, the Middle Fork of the Salmon and the Snake through Hell’s Canyon.

She spends her off seasons driving or sailing to new destinations, running a small-scale functional design business in the Columbia River Gorge, getting better at playing her banjo, discovering new trails to hike, run or snowshoe, and boating all the new rivers she can- her most memorable this past season being the Illinois River in southern Oregon. She can’t wait to share the magic of the incredible Middle Fork with you!

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Jason Moore, Guide

Jason’s passion is exploring rivers around the globe. Expedition boating has taken him to China, Tibet, and Costa Rica including multiple first descents. Domestically, Jason has guided rivers from California, Colorado, Utah and Idaho, all the way to West Virginia. From the Class V creeks of the Central Rockies to the high-volume Colorado River through Westwater, Cataract, and the Grand Canyons, Jason has navigated ways to keep his feet wet and sleep with stars overhead.

Jason has worked as a professional river guide and guide trainer, competed in Class V whitewater races and still continues to teach as a wilderness medical educator when ever he gets the chance.

When he’s not on the river, Jason holds multiple professional roles including working as an epidemiologist while also practicing clinical medicine as a physician assistant in the specialties of general surgery, trauma and critical care.

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Ben Hawkins, Guide

Born and raised in Austin TX, Ben soon moved out west after discovering the rivers and whitewater of Central America with Outward Bound. With the seed planted, he moved to Utah where he earned a BS in Adventure Outdoor Programming from the University of Utah. He got his start guiding adaptive river trips on the Colorado River in Moab, Utah. Then he took the small drive up to Jackson Hole, WY to explore the new rivers and world class skiing it had to offer.

Over the last 7 years, he’s guided numerous trips down the Colorado River through Cataract, Westwater, and the Grand Canyon, to name a few.  He couldn’t be more excited  to share his River passion with you all on the Middle fork of the Salmon where he experienced his first River trip over 15 years ago!

GUEST GUIDES, TRAINEES, THERAPISTS

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Josh Timon, Guide

Josh caught his first “bug” of running rivers with Outward Bound in 8th grade. It was that trip down the Yampa and Green rivers in NW Colorado and Utah where Josh started learning about rivers, flows, navigation and the amazing experiences of multi day river expeditions. Since then Josh has floated the Grand Canyon, Westwater Canyon, many stretches along the upper Colorado and Eagle rivers, Desolation and Grey Canyons to name a few.

What draws Josh back to the river is the adrenaline rush and respect of the power of the river as well as the experience of Mother Nature while enjoying some hard-to-reach areas only navigable by boat. The Middle Fork of the Salmon offers an environment made up of world class fishing, natural hot springs, breath taking camping sites and a camaraderie that will last for years. Josh’s passion on the river will be exhibited when you sit down for meals as he enjoys the challenge of cooking in the elements.

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Brian Ladd, Guide

Brian is passionate about mountains and rivers and have spent the last 20+ years climbing, fishing, ski touring, kayaking, and rafting. He has served as an alpine patroller for National Ski Patrol and hold an active certification in Outdoor Emergency care and am a licensed Emergency Medical Technician in Oregon.

The Middle Fork holds a special place in Brian’s heart and over the years he has come to appreciate the power and sacredness of this very special canyon. His favorite memory of this river was an intimate trip with friends and brother in 2014 when he made the descent in my drift boat, which helped me refine my river reading and rowing techniques in a hard-hulled boat.

Rapids can be had anywhere. Brian feels fortunate to have the opportunity to share this special canyon and environment with new clients (new friends) and the fact that it just happens to have a dense and exciting collection of whitewater is the icing on the cake. When not on the river, Brian runs a real estate team in Bend, Oregon and spends as much time outdoors with his amazing wife and kids as possible.

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Cameron Scott, Guide

Cameron Scott has called the Central and Eastern Rivers of Oregon his home waters for over 20 years. A passion for floating rivers started in his early teens and it has been his calling ever since. With an average of over 100 days a year on the sticks on the Lower Deschutes River as a Fly fishing guide for trout and steelhead and multiple trips every year on the Wild and Scenic John Day river living in a crazy hectic world centered around the solitude and beauty of river life is a life he considers well lived and it is something he longs for almost every day of his life.

His favorite river trip in the past 20 years was a cancellation permit he was able to join in on with Eric and Brian Ladd, on the Middle Fork of the Salmon last July. The river levels were at 2.4 feet and dropping and he had agreed to float the river in a brand new plastic composite drift boat that Brian Ladd had just bought. We picked it up the night before the trip in boise and spent the next 5 days trying to dodge boat crushing boulders, huge drops and skinny water slots. It was the most adrenaline filled trip he has experienced in the past 20 years and one he won’t ever forget.

When not floating rivers or chasing the elusive steelhead all over the state of Oregon, Cameron is a custom home builder in Bend Oregon.

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Kelsey Dzintars, Swaper Trainee

It took Kelsey just a few days on the Middle Fork with Boundary to realize she wanted to make it a part of her life. Eight weeks later, she was back for guide training. An artist and graphic designer from the Black Hills of South Dakota and now based in Bozeman, Montana, her work has been consistently influenced by her natural surroundings.

With her paintings she aims to evoke the emotions we feel in the presence of wilderness settings in hopes of fueling conversation and action in conservation. She loves to share these passions and will put a brush in the hand of anyone interested in getting in touch with their inner artist with the Middle Fork as muse.

Kelsey spends the winter months snowboarding, boating and rambling around the west with her eccentric mutt while working on creative projects.

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Henry Hall, Swaper Trainee

This will be my first season on the Middle Fork of the Salmon. After working as a gear boy for two years on the Gallatin in Big Sky, and sending my first trip down The Middle Fork last year, I am so stoked to be part of The Boundary Expeditions crew this year!

I attend The University of Denver, where I study film, and Emergent Digital Practices. In my free time I compete on The Freeskiing World Tour, I also enjoy mountain biking, and spending time in Montana Can’t wait to be on the river with you this summer!

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Callie Stolz, Wellness Leader

Callie is the heart and soul of Santosha Wellness Center in Big Sky, Montana. Callie teaches yoga, practices Ayurvedic Medicine, and does a variety of bodywork and massage therapies.

Callie developed a passion for yoga, meditation and holistic healing nearly 20 years ago when it proved to be an integral part of her own healing journey. She is excited to share these opportunities for growth in the great outdoors with others in search of wellness and adventure.

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Black “Betty”, River Scout

Betty will join many Boundary guests on their journey’s through the Impassable Canyon and has logged countless river miles. She is a lab/pointer mix, born on a Montana farm with a strong passion for hunting, fishing and skiing.

She has a keen eye for rising fish and usually spends her afternoons sitting on the shoreline with guests pondering thoughts of the amazing landscape of the Middle Fork.

Safety

Safety is our number one priority. Our guides strictly follow and exceed whitewater rafting industry standards for safety. All of our guides are swift water rescue certified and are wilderness first-aid caregivers. We will have an EMT on every trip.

All guests are required to read and sign a standard insurance waiver. Once on the river, every guest will be given a safety talk and hands-on personal instruction on safety in whitewater and backcountry conditions. The backcountry is exciting, exhilarating and can be unpredictable. We strongly urge our guests to listen carefully to their trained guides.