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9 years ago Posted in: Blog Comments Off on Randy Hess, An Idaho Rafting Pioneer

Rest in Peace Randy. Randy Hess, a fellow outfitter on the Upper Salmon passed away this week. He owned White Otter Outdoor Adventures for the past 30 years.

He will be dearly missed by Roni and I.

Roni is having a very hard time with this news. Randy was her favorite person in Stanley, she looked forward to seeing him every summer. She will miss their chats, joking and referring to her as his Stanley girlfriend. Randy’s support and generosity to her during her difficult battle with a back injury will not be forgotten. She always felt he was one of the few people who understood her and what she was going through. She is doing much better and recovering, part of this is due to Randy’s love and support.

As for me, I have lost a great friend and mentor. Randy was a pioneer in the Stanley rafting community, and his void will never be filled. Though we were competitors, I always looked at Randy as more of a partner. Thank you for taking me under your wing and teaching me the ins and outs of the rafting business in Stanley. I will miss our dinners at Redfish were we would talk about life, business, employees, politics… Randy always supported me and my business from the beginning; I truly appreciated that, and will not forget it. Randy’s help and knowledge last season with the 358 person trip was priceless. I am a better person, businessman, employer, boater, and friend for having the opportunity of knowing and spending time with Randy.

Randy spent more time rafting on the Upper Salmon than any other person in history. I will be creating a memorial along the river in Randy’s honor. I plan to formally name a rapid after Randy in hopes that you will watch over the river, keep us safe and never be forgotten.

Thanks for living the life you lived, rest in peace Randy.

-Jared

9 years ago Posted in: Blog Comments Off on SAC Employee Ski Day

The 2008 SAC employees met at Solitude Ski Resort on March 27th for our “Annual SAC Ski Day”. It was a great day on the mountain with good friends and fellow employees. We played in the snow all morning and ended the day with a BBQ in the lot. With 100% employee return and a huge snowpack, the 2008 season looks almost too good to be true. Give us a call to join a great group of guides on an Idaho Rafting Trip this summer.

9 years, 1 month ago Posted in: Blog Comments Off on Idaho Mountain Biking

Sawtooth Adventure Company started the 2008 Mountain Bike season off in Moab,Utah. Spring finds us skiing fresh powder in between riding buff single track in the Wasatch and making mad-dashes to the desert to get our pedal fix.

Mountain Biking Idaho

Don’t miss another summer without exploring the amazing single tracik trails the Sawtooth area offers. Sawtooth Adventure Company offers half day trips along with overnight rides for all ages and abilities. Give us a call to explore the possibilities. 1.866.774.4644

See you soon
-Jared
Guided Mountain Bike Trips in Idaho

9 years, 1 month ago Posted in: Blog Comments Off on Salmon River Rafting in Idaho

Sawtooth Adventure Company offers a variety of family style rafting trips on Idaho’s Salmon ‘River of no Return’. SAC’s trips on the Salmon River range from 4 hour family style trips near Sun Valley, Idaho to 5 day all-inclusive wilderness rafting vacations. SAC prides itself on the top-notch trips we offer and the charming group of guides we employ. During all of our trips we stride to offer the highest possible customer service while maintaining a relaxing, down-to-earth experience for our guests. Explore our adventures at the Sawtooth Adventure Company Website. Give us a call 1.866.774.4644 to start planning the ultimate family vacation

9 years, 1 month ago Posted in: Blog Comments Off on Rafting Trips in Idaho

Rafting Sun Valley IdahoThe 2008 Salmon River Rafting season is just around the corner. A 120% snow pack and forecast calling for a wet spring and slow melt-off has us super excited about the upcoming season. Our phones have been ringing and reservations are stacking up quickly. 2008 has the potential to be the best river season the Salmon River has seen in a decade. Don’t waste time, the popular trip dates are filling up, call and reserve your adventure today. 1-866-774-4644

9 years, 2 months ago Posted in: Blog Comments Off on Entrepreneurial Internship in the Outdoor Recreation Industry

Sawtooth Adventure Company offers a variety River Rafting Trips in Idaho and we are looking for a summer intern. If a summer in the Idaho mountains gaining valuable business, recreation, and hospitality management experience sounds good to you, apply for the SAC internship.
The SAC Intern is exposed to nearly every aspect of the company. Due to the intimate size of Sawtooth Adventure Company, our entrepreneurial internship offers you the opportunity to see all aspects of what it takes to run your own outdoor recreation business.

Applicants should be highly motivated self-starters, who are able to see the big picture, yet still pay close attention to details. Owning your own business requires flexibility, creativity, and drive, so interns must be able to go with the flow while anticipating problems and responding to the unexpected.

Benefits

  • Excellent outdoor industry reference
  • You will learn the good, the bad, and the ugly of owning/operating a business in the Outdoor Recreation Industry
  • Wage
  • Housing
  • Guide Training: We take training and safety seriously. When we get done with you, you will have solid river skills.
  • A 5-day Guide Training trip on the Salmon River. We take training and safety seriously. When we get done with you, you will have solid river skills.
  • Friends and Family Discount of 15% on all trips.
  • 30% discount at Palmer’s Cafe
  • Relationships and contacts for a lifetime
  • FUN

Skill and Experience Requirements

  • Creative and critical thinking skills
  • Enjoys using a computer and has the desire to learn about online marketing.
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Ability to organize multiple, complex tasks
  • Ability to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Excellent customer service skills

Dates: May- July
Academic Requirements:
Undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students with a minimum 3.0 GPA may apply.
Professor reference required.

Receiving College Credits:
We will work with you and your college to fulfill all internship requirements required to receive credit.

To apply, please prepare the following for your application:

  • Cover letter and resume including three references (academic and employment only, no personal references please)
  • Call 1-866-774-4644. We want to talk to you.
  • Email jared@sawtoothadventure.com
9 years, 2 months ago Posted in: Blog Comments Off on Sawtooth Adventure Co. in Latin America?

Sawtooth Adventure is excited about its future Latin America Operations located in Southern Nicaragua near the small pacific costal town of San Juan Del Sur. SJDS is located in the Rivas region of Nicaragua, 30K north of Costa Rica. This small fishing village is slowly being discovered for its pristine beaches and abundance of quality surf breaks. During 2008 we will break ground on the lodge in hopes of an October 2009 completion. Stay tuned for additional details.

Give us a call, we are back in winter wonderland answering email and phone inquiries about our all-inclusive Main Salmon river rafting trips and day trips near Sun Valley, Idaho. 1.866.774.4644

9 years, 3 months ago Posted in: Blog Comments Off on Idaho Snowpack!

Hold on to your hats, tighten your life jackets, and hang on! We are going to have a gooooood water year! Of course, no one should predict the weather except God and fools (and that goes double for Stanley, Idaho weather), but things are looking great. Right now at the end of January, we are sitting at 125% of a normal snowpack. That’s a lot. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited. On the day stretch, we will be running our High Adventure trips for quite a while. Plus, our multi- day wilderness adventure vacations on the Main Salmon will have lots of water and lots of fun. Are you ready for summertime fun? I know I am.

9 years, 4 months ago Posted in: Blog Comments Off on Winter Is Here!

Winter has arrived to Salmon River country. At the top of the river, in Stanley, it has been quite cold. Last week a blizzard brought snow, but it was hard to tell exactly how much. The wind blew over 30 mph for 24 hours. Some spots in town were bare and others had three foot snowdrifts. I couldn’t sleep with the racket the wind made trying to take off my roof. The next day it warmed up and rained. The day after that it cooled off and snowed. And so it goes. Stanley, ID weather is unpredictable. This image is from the Sawtooth webcam. It shows what the 100 year round residents of Stanley experienced today. Well, 99 of them. I’m in Manhattan.

9 years, 5 months ago Posted in: Blog Comments Off on Going Down In Grand Style

I love wilderness rivers. There’s something about slipping around that first corner, away from all ties, being completely self-reliant. It makes my heart soar. I remember Sawtooth Adventure Company’s first Main Salmon trip. I remember making that first corner alone in our gear boat, the Big Banana. I was crying, laughing, shouting, babbling all at once. My whole soul screaming ‘this is it!’ That alone was worth all the work.

On October 28th, 16 of us drifted around the first corner of a three week Grand Canyon float trip. We were a long way from the high, green, cool Salmon River. It was my first time. We were lucky and we knew it. Friends, I’m here to tell you, floating a new river, one unknown to you, is one of the best experiences in life. Do it.
One of the best parts of guiding multi-day river trips is watching guests experience the Main Salmon for the first time. In the movies, when the pirates open the chest, the treasure is so bright it reflects on their faces. I get to see that look on faces all summer long. You make reservations, you get the gear together, you travel, and then, one day, you get in the boat and slip around that first corner…

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