Idaho Salmon – Rafting the River of No Return Testimonials
5"We had an amazing trip down the Main Salmon River with Momentum. We had my Dad's 80th birthday on the river, grandkids, aunts, uncles.....ages 14 to 80 and everyone had a BLAST! The guides were friendly, knowledgeable and cooked great meals. Arriving to camp and having everything set up for you was a pleasure. I have been on many a river trip and they say you are pampered....nothing compared to Momentum! Bar and hors d'oeuvres ready for you as you get off the river, the sun sets and you relax while the guides cook 4-star worthy meals. Sam was a great leader and was able to keep the teens having fun every minute of the trip! Lane, Rick, Derek, Sammie (our kayak guide) Shana, Elsa... everyone was great! Planning another trip next summer with Momentum. (Safari-Style)" - Kelly
5"You run the best business and hire the best people I have ever been with on the river. Runner up isn’t even close… Great entrepreneurship, customer service, and execution skills are rare, but you have them all going on inside the same shop. (Safari Style Trip)" - Sean
5"This was our 6th trip with Pete and Momentum! The quality of the guides remains stellar! Thank you Rebecca, Jeff and Jane, it was great to be in your company. I have been rafting with my friends for 30 years and Momentum always takes EVERYTHING up a notch. The food is gourmet, in fact no desire to go out to dinner after 6 days on the river because we knew nothing would compare in quality!!"
5"Never before have I had every expectation met, and, once met, utterly surpassed to the point of obliteration. Maybe someday I’ll get to slide down the gravity well of a black hole. Until then, there’s Momentum…
The guides on our trip embodied a quiet confidence and calm competence that was infectious. Never once did I feel endangered, even beneath my kayak in the middle of a rapid– it happens, and I enjoyed the ride… Momentum guides could lead a one-way expedition to Mars, and I’d sign up tomorrow. They also have some great late-night stories– and the night skies have never been so clear to my jaded eyes.
The other guests on our trip were equally amazing. Between the guides and the guests, I have never been surrounded by so many kindred spirits. We were all there for a true time-of-our-lives, guides and guests alike. Once our child is barely old enough, we’re absolutely inflicting him on some folks.
The brochure proclaims gourmet meals in the wilds of, in our case, Idaho. “Gourmet” does not adequately describe the effort and attention given to these meals. To get off an already amazing day on the river to an already prepared spread of brie and crackers was mind-blowing. Every single meal, breakfast lunch or dinner, was nutritious and deeply soul-satisfying. I was enabled to make the best sandwich I have ever made for myself beside a creek across from an abandoned mine trail. I took photos of that sandwich. These guides truly do love food and sharing their love of cooking as much as they love sharing their love of nature.
I cannot recommend Momentum River Expeditions more highly. I’m not naive enough to believe that I’ve made friends for life on this trip, but I can honestly say that I met people with whom I would want to be friends with for the rest of my life.
5"Mike and I returned last week from our Salmon River trip. I just wanted to let you know that we found it absolutely fantastic! It was a little bit hard to wrap my mind around the idea of “camping” in the same sentence as “luxury”—I’m not really used to having my gear packed off, my tent set up, and appetizers waiting—but it was fantastic in every way. Great staff, great food, very well planned and organized in the many details such as transportation to and from the ends of the river, amounts and variety of food, timing of the details of each day (sending the gear boats off, having meals and appetizers prepared on a schedule). The Salmon River canyon is also a fantastically beautiful area." - Ann
5"What could we do to make the trip better?
Bring a grand piano? Actually, I can’t imagine what you could improve.
5"I've rafted and kayaked rivers throughout the West. Our 6 days with Momentum on the Main Stem of Idaho's Salmon River was a good as it gets. The guides were experienced, hardworking, and attentive. Momentum's policy of hiring only guides with at least 8 years' experience is unusual, and it clearly is working for them." - Jim
5"The team did an amazing job of setting up and breaking down the camp. The meal preparation was beyond awesome under the conditions. I have been to 5-star resorts where the food was not even nearly as good. Every meal was well thought out and paired very well. (Safari Style Trip)
" - Norman
5"I can't thank this crew enough! Not only did they make everyone feel welcome but they made a point to engage us all and get to know us... This was the best trip I have ever been on and I know my family would love to do this again! Thank you for all of your hard work, preparation, safety and above all else friendliness. We truly felt like we made new friends this trip! (Safari Style Trip)" - Tatum
5"Pam and I want thank ya’ll again from the bottom of our hearts for such a memorable Salmon River rafting trip. We will remember this forever.
Your skill and organization was tops and you were always so ready to engage with all of us even when I suppose you had to be dog tired after a long day.
We can’t give enough superlatives to describe our experience. I’ve been thinking all this week of being on the river and I was saying to Pam, ‘just think what we were doing last week at this time on the river.
5"Rowen and I had such a super time on the Salmon in July (2-7). All the guides were super at their job and great human beings, too. And the 19 of us as customers meshed really well together. What a unique and life-affirming experience. Thanks for all that you did and do, to make it possible. I can’t even imagine all that happens behind the scenes."
5"With the privilege of being frequent guests of Momentum and for “lucking out” to have Pete once again on our trip..what could be better, right? Well, let me tell you..
Every year we search for a new river to experience, preferably at high water. This year’s choice for the main fork of the Salmon a “no brainer” for us serious white water enthusiasts. The fun started the morning we met up as a group to transit to a spot closer to put in by small plane with a stunning view of the Idaho Sawtooth mountain wilderness. If one had reservations about being in a small plane, they were quickly replaced by the skill of the pilots and the scenic flight over some gorgeous scenery of the Northwest. We touched down to board a super comfy bus which would transport us to put in. Our elite group of 10 guests settling quickly and getting to know each other as the bus passed at ground level that same scenic beauty we had just viewed from the air.
We arrived at put in to meet the rest of our guides who would shepherd us safely over the next 6 days. Here’s the “what could be better” part..Pete has an amazing way about him and inspires equally amazing people to work with him. This year we met guides Jeff, Rebecca and Jane for the first time and with Jenn in “guest helper slot”. Every year we seem to meet someone new and awesome, this year no different 4 new “awesome someone’s”. It’s always a blast for us to be on the river, we know we will have a good time and that our safety will be the crew’s TOP priority. We know that Pete and his crew will cook up some incredible meals and we will NOT be losing weight on the trip the food is all “that good”. What we don’t know is who we will get to meet each year and that’s as much a part of being on the river as anything else. This year’s cozy group of 10 guests and 5 crew was as good as any, ever. We were spoiled beyond words, fed like royalty, had many good laughs and have lifelong stories to recall and relate to those who are listening.
There’s just too much to say about such a trip, a group of relative strangers and the unifying focus we love and share for 6 days of the best kind of “time out”. Thank you again Pete and crew for a fabulous trip and for sharing so much of yourselves with all of us. I can’t say enough about the luxury and joy experienced, except that it happens every time we raft with Momentum..this year as well.
5"I wanted to say that our trip was amazing. My kids were in awe of our guides – but especially Rick. They pushed themselves and met people and slept under the stars and had the time of their life. We had the oldest and youngest on the trip 10 – 74 and everyone had a blast. Thank you for making a great company and hiring the best guides! You have something really special going. I have been recommending it all day long on my first day back in civilization. "
5"Momentum puts together a top notch experience. Our family has traveled the world together and we didn’t want this trip down the Salmon river to end. We are still talking about it around the dinner table. Booking another for 2020 only because 2019 was already booked."
5"It sounds cliche and kind of unbelievable, but I really can't imagine a better trip. The guides were fun, easygoing, and really professional - all while goofing off with us, cooking amazing meals, and avoiding huge rocks in the river. If I could have spared the time, I would have gone right back to the put-in for another round!" - Kevin Flick
5"Hands down the best! Quality guides. Good food. Good communication.
Just all around professional and competent. Makes for a safe and fun trip." - Pikai
5"Rebecca, You were fantastic! We had such a great time! It was thrilling and beautiful and fun! It was very enjoyable talking with you and hearing a bit about your interesting life! Thanks for sharing it with us and for doing such a great job! -Jack and Alex" - Jack
5"We had the best time ever on the Salmon River with you guys! It was a fantastic experience and we hope to raft with you again next year. Thank you for everything.
Mike and Lori