Kurt & Heidi Armacost
Elijah Saltzgaber a.k.a Eli
Audrey is a native Idahoan and began her career as a river guide in 2008. Born and raised in Emmett, Idaho, Audrey has enjoyed living, working, and playing in a variety of locations around the west, including Oregon, California, Montana, Colorado and Mexico. She attended the University of California Santa Barbara where she earned a degree in Creative Studies and Exercise and Health Science. She also has a M. Ed from Montana State University. Working on the river three months a year ultimately lead to working in a classroom as a teacher for the other nine months of the year. Audrey currently lives in McCall and teaches high school English and drama. When school’s out, she enjoys snowboarding, working out, gardening, baking cookies, kayaking, and being on stage.
My name is Jocelyn, you can call me Joce, Jose, Saucy, whichever suits you best or by golly you could even give me a new nickname. I am a lover of the outdoors. Whether it’s skiing, biking, hiking, boating, hot springing, or foraging, I’ll participate in just about anything. I am a Boise State graduate with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. In addition to guiding for Hells Canyon Raft, I work with several sawmills in Idaho and Washington, as an environmental consultant. I also volunteer as an Emergency Medical Technician in my rural home town of Riggins, Idaho. Life is sweet down here in the canyon and we look forward to sharing it with you on the river.
I am a ski instructor in the winter months and driver extraordinaire for Hells Canyon Rafting in the summer time. I became a Seattle transplant two years ago, and before that lived in Oregon and Iowa. My loves are family and all things northwest, except the rain. In my spare time I love skiing, biking, hiking, Pilates and becoming acquainted with this beautiful state of Idaho.
My Washington life: school bus driver, piano teacher, martial arts instructor, software trainer for law firms, jewelry design and sales, ski instructor and ski patrol, kind of all over the place, but never bored!
My Idaho life:: PSIA Level 2 Alpine certification, Children’s Specialist 2 (CS2) – highest PSIA child specific accreditation, Senior Specialist 2 (SS2) – highest PSIA-NW adult specific accreditation, PSIA-NI Board of Directors Representative Hiking Club, biking road and off, running, skiing, skiing, skiing, teaching skiing, training instructors, home projects and training to become a Pilates instructor.
As a sophomore in high school, I was on a Ski Club trip that brought our group to McCall, Idaho in 1978 from Walla Walla. I fell in love with the area but did not return until the mid 2000s to vacation with family. Upon my husband’s retirement last year we finally made our move to McCall.
Growing up in the mountains of Utah, Abi has had a lifelong passion for all things outdoors. A guide since 2012, she has logged thousands of river miles on the Salmon and Snake rivers in Idaho. While not on the river, she works as a Lift Operator at Solitude Mtn. in Salt Lake, UT. Abi has two degrees in economics and political science from Utah State University, is trained in swift water and wilderness rescue, and is currently working on obtaining an EMT license.
Sean Gould was born and raised in McCall, Idaho. He began guiding for Hells Canyon Raft in 2015. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder (WFR) from Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS and a certified Swiftwater Rescue Technician from Wilderness Rescue International. He has a Doctorate degree in philosophy from the Universiteit van Tilburg in the Netherlands. In the winter he works as assistant program director and glorified snowboard instructor at a local non-profit hill, The Little Ski Hill.
A fourth generation Idahoan who grew up on a farm/ranch in southern Idaho.”I had always loved Idaho, but truly didn’t realize all it had to offer until I moved away. After 10 years, I was drawn back home to Idaho. It was then that I could recognize and appreciate all the incredible resources available and access to some the most amazing whitewater in the world!” With 12 years experience he would rather be on the river than just about anywhere else. During the off season he is an avid hunter, fisherman, skier, snowmobiler, and hiker. “I love knowing that the snow I enjoy all winter in our mountains becomes the very water I enjoy in the summer in our rivers.”
Anneke grew up in the dry, desert valley of Phoenix, AZ, but has always been drawn to rivers and oceans. With family in Idaho, and her first thrilling and scenic rafting trip on the Salmon River as a teenager, the seed was planted for her to become a raft guide. After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2012 with a B.A. in Social Welfare and Geography, she has tried on many hats and lived in many places, but has always held a love for wild places and for the joys that come from sharing them with friends and strangers. In 2015, she began guiding for a rafting company in California’s gold country, where she worked two seasons, and then moved to Idaho where the rivers are many, the winters are long, and the people are warm. She enjoys hiking, swimming, storytelling, cooking, and a good solid pun.
Jamie Valle spent his budding youth roaming the mountains of McCall and kicking soccer balls. After high school, he attended the College of Idaho and graduated with a degree in English Literature. In 2016, he spent the year coaching children’s soccer for Arsenal Football Club in London, the Philippines, and Israel. It was during this time abroad that he heard the mountains and rivers calling, and he decided to return home to enjoy the amazing access to the outdoors. In the winters, he spends his time skiing and teaching children how to ski.
A renaissance man that grew up in McCall, Idaho, it took Barry many years of odd jobs, failed careers, and traveling across 30 countries on 5 continents to realize that Idaho is where he wanted to be. As a guide he gets to exercise his love of rivers and the Idaho wilderness as well as create flawless Pineapple upside down cakes.