Middle Fork Guide Book Wins Award
Last summer, to the delight of many of ECHO's Idaho guides and guests, a new guide book became available for the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The Middle Fok of the Salmon River: A Comprehensive Guide, by Matt Leidecker, is not just a mile-by-mile guide to the rapids on the Middle Fork, but also an excellent resource for history, geology, campsites, hiking trails, and wildlife in the canyon. It also contains outstanding photographs and stories about the Middle Fork . Rafting guests enjoyed following along in the book as they floated down the river, pointing out waterfalls, plants, and marvelling at photos of the rapids at high water levels. The book also provides descriptions for running eight of the biggest rapids on the Middle Fork including Pistol Creek, the Tappan Rapids, Devil's Tooth, Redside, and Webber. These descriptions are very useful visuals for adventurous folks who choose to go in an inflatable kayak, or "ducky."
Because of the vast information it provides about the Middle Fork canyon, the high-quality guide recently won for the outdoor advenutre guide book category at the National Outdoor Book Awards. The book awards are part of the larger National Conference on Outdoor Recreation and Education. Matt Leidecker a photographer and river guide on the Middle Fork of the Salmon, is also the author of Impassable Canyon - A Journey Down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Both of these books would make excellent gifts for anyone who has ever been, or is planning to go on a rafting trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon. You can purchase them online at Matt Leidecker's Web Site.