Looking for a white water rafting adventure without having to leave your high-end amenities behind? How about morning coffee delivered to your tent?
Rafters thinking about booking a trip in the next couple of years on the Middle Fork of Idaho’s Salmon River should plan on leaving the French linen tablecloths, fine wines, gourmet food and solar-powered showers at home.
Far and Away Adventures has all of that covered.
In business since 1980, the Sun Valley, Idaho outfitter is accepting 2020 and 2021 reservations for trips on Idaho’s rivers featuring high-end amenities not typically found in the wilderness.
“A whitewater rafting trip only gets better when the creature comforts match the quality of the river flows,” said Far and Away owner and guide Steve Lentz. “That glass of Cabernet and a grass-fed organic steak taste that much better after a day of riding world-class rapids.”
As the 2019 season winds down, Far and Away is busy booking trips for next year with some guests inquiring about and reserving spots for 2021.
The company has just updated its web site, and a good visual representation of the trips as well as more details are available at www.far-away.com.
The bulk of Far and Away’s trips take place on the Middle Fork of the Salmon– also known as the “River of No Return” – which covers 100 miles through the Frank Church Wilderness. These six-day, five-night trips start in May and end in October. Trips are typically for travelers six and older. There are a maximum of 22 participants per river trip with up to six travelers per raft. Options at various times of the year include wooden fishing craft as well as single and tandem inflatable kayaks.
These forays include guided backcountry adventures during the day and riverside camping with warm towels delivered tent side, solar-powered showers, gourmet meals, a table set with French country cloth and fine stemware, specially chosen wines and organic, locally grown cuisine prepared by a trained chef.
Far and Away even offers a specially outfitted “sweep boat” – a large passenger raft with a wooden deck, swivel seats and capacity of six. While two other sweeps boats leave a camp site with the group’s equipment for the night, this boat carries lunch, chairs, an undercarriage tap system and a wine cellar.
Safari-style camps are located on wide river beaches surrounded by pine trees to ensure seclusion and privacy. The adventures by day are varied. In addition to running the river, guests may choose to fly fish, indulge in yoga or hike the isolated canyons of Idaho.
As water levels recede throughout the season, Far and Away adjusts its programs to take advantage of fishing and fitness opportunities. Trips launching in early September are dedicated to these activities and are very popular with couples.
In May and June when melting snow allows for sufficient water flows, Far and Away offers Jarbidge/Bruneau/Owyhee expeditions. These trips are expeditionary and self-supported in pack rafts with exploration and portages in a wilderness setting. The four-day trips on the 48-mile Bruneau River and one of its upper tributaries, the Jarbidge River, cut through the spectacular red rock canyons featuring arches and hoodoos. The rafting is fast and exciting with Class III and IV rapids on the Bruneau and up to Class V rapids on the Jarbidge. Trips are offered separately, but many people opt to participate in both segments. Far and Away expanded its offerings recently when the Bureau of Land Management increased its rafting permits on the Bruneau from two to 10 trips. The Bruneau River was named a National Wild and Scenic River in 2009 as part of the Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness Bill.
Popular among Far and Away’s guests are Personalized Charter trips. The company works closely with groups who wish to have rafts and campsites to themselves. These groups choose specific menus – often including special wines – and activities as they traverse the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Groups typically are friends celebrating birthdays or other special occasions or corporate teams seeking a bonding experience.