Our Guides

  • Seth Tonsmeire
    Seth Tonsmeire, WRO Operations Manager

    Seth has grown up in the WRO business spending all his summers logging many river days on the Salmon River. Now, going on two hundred multi-day river trips and 12 years of guiding, he has dedicated himself to carrying on the WRO tradition of providing quality wilderness adventure in years to come. Seth spends most of his time rafting, kayaking, fishing, snowboarding/skiing, hiking, camping, and working on Hayden Creek Ranch in the winter. Seth graduated from Montana State University in 2008 with a degree in Geography and a minor in Native American Studies. Seth leads many of the WRO trips and works in Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and Canada. Seth looks forward to joining you on the river, and can be reached at seth@wildernessriver.com or 406.579.8677.

  • Amy Tonsmeire
    Amy Tonsmeire

    Amy spent all her summers growing up on the Salmon as well. Hooked at the age of 15, she has been guiding for WRO for 12 years and still can’t get enough. She knows the ins and outs of WRO, both on the river and in the office. She is a graduate from Montana State University in graphic design and business. In the off season she does freelance design, works with variety of non-profit organizations, is on the Board of Directors with the Salmon Arts Council, and is studying to obtain her HERS Energy Rater Certification. Her passions are for snowboarding, kayaking and most recently Stand Up Paddle Boarding. She is enthusiastic and loves sharing a good time with others. Amy guides in Idaho, Montana, Alaska and Canada. She can be reached at amy.tonsmeire@gmail.com or 208 940-0320.

  • Joe Biby
    Joe Biby

    Joe hales from Kalispell, Montana where he lives with his amazing wife, Anne.  Joe has been a lead guide with WRO for almost 15 years and has the stories to prove it.  His knowledge of river ecology is outstanding, as he was a professor of Biology at Montana State University.  Western Montana has been his backyard since he was a kid and he knows the Bob Marshal Wilderness complex and Glacier National Park like the back of his hand.  Joe posesses a love and fascination for remote river canyons and adventure that you can’t help but catch.  He has explored the rivers and trails of Montana his entire life, but he has a special place in his heart for the wilds of Alaska.  Joe guides trips in Idaho, Montana, Alaska and Canada.

  • Pepper Tonsmeire
    Pepper Tonsmeire

    Pepper was one of the orginal guides at WRO in the early 70′s!  He has plenty of good stories about how things use to be in the good old days.  Pepper left river guiding in the 80′s and moved to the bay islands of Honduras to run a dive resort on Barbareta.  He lived the island life for 26 years, which has also left him with many great tales of adventure from running off thieves on the island to general day to day life in central America.  Afer moving back to the states ten years ago, Pepper has traveled extensively in Central America, South America, and Southeast Asia.  Pepper has been spending more and more time in Idaho the past few years and he started guiding a few trips here and there and decided he likes spending more time on the river.  Now after 40+ years and the Tonsmeire family still running WRO, we are happy to have Pepper back on the WRO guide roster!  Pepper guides on both the Middle Fork and Main Salmon.

  • PJ Moran
    PJ Moran

    Peter Moran, or PJ, will be guiding trips with WRO starting in the 2013 season. Whitewater kayaking has been a major part of PJ’s life from a young age. His passion for whitewater kayaking has taken him on travels not only around Idaho, Montana and the Pacific Northwest, but around the world. PJ has been a rafting guide for the past five years, but on top of that has many more years of river experience. PJ spends his winters as a pro patroller at Mt. Baker Ski resort in Washington. Being on pro patrol requires high levels of first aid (wilderness EMT) and high angle rope work for rescues, which are great skills to have as a river guide too. We are excited to have PJ on the WRO team this coming river season!  PJ will be guiding on both the Middle Fork and Main Salmon.

  • Iris Frye
    Iris Frye

    Iris is from Pagosa Springs, Colorado.  She started rafting and kayaking at age 15, so she has spent many days on the river.  Iris first started working on Idaho rivers in the 2008 on the Main Salmon.  She started guiding for WRO in 2010 and works on the Middle Fork Salmon, Main Salmon and Middle Fork Flathead.  Iris has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Fort Lewis College in Durango.  When not teaching or spending days on the river Iris loves being outside mountain biking in the summer and skiing in the winter.  Iris has also built a beautiful handmade dory, which she loves to get on the water every chance she gets.  Iris is fun and a pleasure to spend time with on the river!

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    Ryan Casey

    Ryan Casey is no stranger to Idaho whitewater and river trips! Ryan grew up in the Wood River Valley of Idaho near Sun Valley, and then moved to Colorado to attend Rocky Mountain High School. He attended University of Vermont on a Nordic Skiing scholarship, where he received a degree in Food Science with a focus in Sports Nutrition. Ryan has been an avid kayaker most of his life chasing rivers around the globe. His kayaking adventures have led him to places like Madagascar, Russia, Canada, Norway, Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, France, and not to mention many rivers across the US. Ryan spent 10 years raft guiding on the Salmon River near Stanley, Idaho. Ryan also teaches swiftwater rescue courses with Rapid Action Rescue. With over 20 years of playing and working on the river, he has un-paralleled whitewater experience! Ryan spends his winters ski patrolling at Sun Valley Ski Resort in Idaho, with this other job comes high levels of Outdoor Emergency Care. It’s easy to pick out who Ryan is because he is probably the only person around that is nearly 7 feet tall!

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    Shane Moser

    Shane is from the Palouse region in Northern Idaho. He has been guiding in Idaho for 12 years and has run rafts on some of the most challenging technical runs in Idaho and Montana. Shane is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet and makes a great addition to our team. Shane has an engineering degree from Idaho State University. Some of his preferred hobbies include powder skiing, steelhead fishing, whitetail and turkey hunting and just good old-fashioned exploration. His favorite is enjoying Idaho’s great spring whitewater. Shane guides for WRO in Idaho and Montana.

  • Amanda
    Amanda LaRiche

    Amanda is a long time river guide and truely loves river trips.  When she is not guiding on the river, she is usually off on a private trip somewhere with her boyfriend Scott.  Amanda has guided on the Grand Canyon for many years running both rafts and large motor rigs.  Amanda first started working in Idaho in 2010, after moving north from the Grand Canyon.  She is a pleasure to be around and on occation plays the guitar around the campfire.  We are happy to have Amanda as part of the WRO team on the Middle Fork and Main Salmon river trips!

  • Keith Meehan
    Keith Meehan

    Keith is a resident of the Flahead valley in Montana.  Keith has a long history of guiding backpacking and rafting trips in this area.  He has done many trips on the wilderness section of the Middle Fork Flathead as well as the lower day trip section.  He has guided many hiking trips in Glacier National Park and other areas of the Montana backcountry.  When he’s not spending time in the outdoors, Keith is a school teacher in Columbia Falls, Montana.  Keith brings great experience to any outdoor adventure and we are happy to have him as part of the WRO team.  Keith guides on the Middle Fork Flathead, Alsek and Tatshenshini.

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    John Griffith

    John has been guiding on rivers throughout the Northwest for well over 25 years.  He worked on the Grand Canyon Colorado in the good ole days and has great stories from when the Grand was running a hundred thousand CFS, which never happens anymore.  The Griffith family has been long time friends of the Tonsmeire’s and John has been involved with many great adventures with WRO over the years.  John lives in Ketchum, Idaho with his wife Jini.  He spends much of his time playing hockey, skiing, managing property, looking at maps and becoming a Google Earth genius.  His great dry sense of humor and his rich rafting career makes him a great guide to spend time with on the river.  John guides in Idaho, Alaska and Canada.

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    Brent Leavell

    Brent has been guiding WRO trips in the backcountry for over 20 years and has been a lead guide on every river we offer trips on.  Brent is a kid at heart and brings a fun-loving carefree aspect to our crew.  Brent has also owned his own import business and currently is part owner of a retail shop in Bali, where he has spent many years enjoying the rich cultural setting and landscape.  He enjoys telemark skiing, hiking, biking, and traveling the world.  Brent is a pleasure to be with on a trip – he is easy going and fun loving with a smile that never quits. Brent guides in Idaho, Montana, and Alaska.

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    Gary Power

    Gary lives here in Salmon, Idaho.  In his prior life, he was a biologist for the Idaho Fish and Game and now serves on the IF&G Commisioners Board.  He is an expert on the wolf and sheep population in the Central Idaho Wilderness and knows the history of these canyons better than anyone else.  In his spare time he enjoys horsepacking into the backcountry with his wife, Tam.  Gary is a lead guide on both the Middle Fork and Main Salmon Rivers.

  • Kyle Fedderly
    Kyle Fedderly

    Kyle has been a river guide on and off for 20 years!  Before first coming to work with WRO in the late 1990s, Kyle guided on a variety of different rivers in California.  Since joining WRO Kyle has worked on all the trips that we offers.  Kyle is now married and lives in Whitefish Montana with his wife Kim.  He spends much of his winter ski patrolling at Whitefish Mountain Resort.  He is also a substitute teacher in Whitefish, and currently waiting for a full time teaching position to open up.  Kyle still guides a few trips for WRO on the Middle Fork Flathead, Middle Fork Salmon and Main Salmon.  Kyle’s long time guiding history makes him a valuable member of any wilderness adventure!

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