Our Guides

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 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 hails 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 possesses 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 was one of the original 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. After 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.


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 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!


Alex grew up in Salem, Oregon where he developed an early love and enthusiasm for spending life in the outdoors. Alex first started guiding river trips during the spring of 2011 in Colorado. He attended the University of Denver where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology. During the winter months, Alex works as a ski patroller and EMT at the Yellowstone Club Mountain Resort in Big Sky, Montana. While not working, Alex seeks out fun times and adventure as he pursues his passions of boating and skiing in wild places.


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.


Keith is a resident of the Flathead 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.


Erin has grown up in a river family from day one. Her dad John was a long time WRO guide as well. The Griffith family has been long time friends of the Tonsmeire’s and John has been involved in many great adventures with WRO over the years. Erin lives in Hailey, Idaho where she just finished building her new home. Erin spends her winter free time backcountry skiing. When not enjoying the outdoors, Erin owns and operates a graphic design and website company, Dirt Bird Productions. Erin has a great sense of humor and always has a smile on her face! With a lifetime of whitewater experience, in both kayaking and rafting makes her a natural river guide and very knowledgable on the water. Erin guides in Idaho on the Middle Fork and Main Salmon.


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!

Bridger Bertram

Bridger is a local from Salmon, Idaho. Bridger grew up in a boating family and was introduced to the river at an early age. Bridger got his start guiding day trips on the Salmon River near the town of Salmon. Bridger works both on the Middle Fork and Main Salmon sections. Bridger’s passion is for skiing and when not studying at Montana State University – Western, he is usually chasing snow around Idaho or Montana.Bridger’s family owes the Bertram’s Brewery in Salmon, so when you are passing through Salmon before or after your trip, stop in one of the Bertram local family brews!

Tyler Schmedel

Tyler has worked on the rivers of Montana for almost a decade. Tyler is very knowledgeable of Montana plants and natural history. Tyler started working with WRO spring of 2017 on the Middle Fork Flathead. Tyler is now guiding full time for WRO on the Middle Fork Flathead, South Fork Flathead, Middle Fork Salmon and Main Salmon Rivers. When not running rivers, Tyler spends his winters skiing in Montana and works at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Jason Scott

Jason first joined the WRO family in 2015 when he jumped on a trip in Montana as a friend of one of the guides. He and Amy hit it off and he has been spending more and more time on the river since then. Jason and Amy both enjoy traveling and kayaking, so have since been on several big kayaking adventures to Ecuador and Nepal. Jason also has a passion for horseback riding and playing hockey. Jason lives between Salmon and his family’s ranch in Montana. He spends a good portion of the year working with Amy at the Sweetwater Hollow. Jason is definitely the smartest person on the WRO crew with a PhD in astrophysics and he is also currently working on publishing his first book.

Jon Green

Jon is a local from Salmon, Idaho. Jon has been guiding and running rivers in Idaho for over 20 years. In the past Jon worked in education, teaching Idaho history in Challis, Idaho. When running challenging whitewater, Jon is definitely a good choice for a teammate on the river and is a pleasure to spend time with. Jon guides on the Owyhee and Jarbidge Bruneau Rivers with WRO. In the winter Jon also helps with our winter yurt skiing operations. When not floating rivers around the state of Idaho, Jon is usually still spending time outside in the mountains hiking, hunting, fishing or spending time at his property a few hours drive into the mountains from Salmon.

Sara Campbell

Sara has a house right here in here in Salmon, Idaho. Sara has been running rivers with friends for years on rivers around the west. She got her start guiding on the Salmon River and now guides on the Main Salmon, Middle Fork Salmon and Middle Fork Flathead. When not running rivers in the summer Sara is usually working in her sewing shop, Study Pine Gear and Repair. At Sturdy Pine she builds mesh river duffle bags, carrying totes and other river bags as well as doing misc sewing repairs. In her free time, Sara also enjoys skiing, hiking, fishing, canoeing and riding her dirt bike around Salmon.

Carly Knudson

Carly is a local from Idaho. Growing up in a very outdoorsy family from Salmon she has spent lots of time exploring all the great activities Idaho has to offer camping, playing hockey, biking and skiing. Carly is finishing up her last semester at the University of Montana in Missoula. Carly first got her start river guiding on the Salmon River on the local day section and then started guiding on the multi-day wilderness section as well. She joined the WRO team in 2018 and now guides on the Main Salmon and Middle. Fork Salmon. Carly has a very enthusiastic and positive attitude and a pleasure to spend time with on the river!

Matthew Grisham

Matthew Grisham first became addicted to river trips in North Carolina where he spent many days swimming beside his Kayak on a variety of rivers. After the hook was set he returned to his home state of Texas where he began to guide canoe and raft trips along the Rio Grande. He first came to boat the Frank Church Wilderness in 2015 between Grand Canyon trips and immediately knew we wanted more. With a passion for “Old Fashioned Adventure” and a blind charisma for anything Wilderness related it was only a matter of time before Idaho would call him back. Matthew works year round as a guide and would have it no other way, between river trips you can most likely find him at his home in the Chihuahuan desert obsessing over music or riding mountain bikes.