Middle Fork River Expeditions

America Outdoors Confluence

I just attended the America Outdoors Confluence in Reno Dec 6-8, 2011. It was well attended by many ricver outfitters and horse pack outfitters. It seemed to have less International Outfitters like they did in the past. Below is a list of Vendors at the show. As you can see, it is heavily favoring river rafting outfitters and also has many companies from idaho represented.

The 2011 AOA Outfitter Expo features the Top Suppliers in the Industry! Manufacturers and suppliers of t-shirts, liability insurance, rafts/frames, zip lines & challenge courses, printing, internet services, novelty items, fleece and outerwear, sleeping pads, waterproof bags, pumps & inflators, helmets, PFDs, waste management products, marketing services, sun glasses, and much more will be represented. No need to try and spread yourself too thin; bring your buyers to take full advantage of the trade show!


Achilles Inflatable Boats – Achilles River Rafts & Kayaks. The longest lasting on the river, made with Achilles csm fabric. Booth 215, 217, 219

Administrative Resources – Payroll, Workers Compensation, and Human Resource Services, 3 options to choose from, including options that will help you evaluate Workers Comp costs, SUTA, and other potential savings. Help with filing for Health Insurance Accounts and retirement accounts. Booth 806

Adventure Office – Adventure Office’s Central Reservation System (CRS): Take Reservations, Manage and Maintain your Inventory, Track Leads and Fulfill Inquiries, Process Payments, Assess Business Performance, Enlarge your Distribution Network. Booth 505

Adventurous Joe Coffee – Whole bean and ground Fair Trade Organic certified specialty coffee and coffee making gear by GSI Outdoors, Aero Press, Primus, Chemex and Hario. Booth 322

AdventureApps -Web-delivered software for waivers. Booth 519

AdventureRes, LLC – Reservation & Information Management System. Booth 809

AIRE, Inc. – AIRE/Tributary rafts, catarafts, inflatable kayaks and accessories. Booth 115, 117, 119, 121

ALPS Mountaineering – Tents made “Outfitter Style” with heavy duty 4 oz. floors and extra large #10 zippers, self inflating air pads with 600D bottoms, and mummy/rectangle sleeping bags – ideal for Outfitters! Booth 401, 403, 405

Arctic Reservations – Reservation management designed for and by adventure outfitters – Arctic Reservations manages customer relations, scheduling, and bookings so that you can focus on delivering great experiences. Booth 404

Beyond Coastal – Beyond Coastal Natural suncare, skincare and lip balm. Booth 805

Beryl Minghini Sales – Name-drop custom t-shirts and apparel. Booth 418, 420

Bridgford Foods Corporation – We offer a full line of shelf-stable, no refrigeration required, ready to eat sandwiches & meal kits with 36 month shelf-life. The product tastes great, requires no heating, and provides an average of 300 calories, 11 grams of protein and 35 grams of carbohydrates per sandwich. Booth 517

Canyon Coolers, Inc. – High end professional grade insulated coolers and ice chests; the premier choice for river runners, hunters, fishermen, outfitters, guides and outdoorsmen. Our goal is to have great customer service, the best coolers, and the best pricing available on the market. Booth 422

Cataract Oars – Cataract oars, paddles, accessories. Booth 423

Caviness Woodworking Company, Inc. – Boat Paddles, Canoe Paddles, Rafting Paddles, Kayak Paddles, Safety Paddles, Miniature Paddles, Boat Oars, Rafting Oars, Oar Locks, and Related Accessories. Booth 407

CBIZ Insurance Services – All forms of property and casualty insurance for outfitters for over 20 years. Booth 410

Challenge Design Innovations – Zipline Tours, Challenge Courses, Equipment, Training. Booth 807

Clavey River Equipment – Avon and Vanguard Inflatables. The very best in hypalon and pvc boats. Booth 903, 904, 905

Compendium – Business Blogging Platform. Booth 506

Confluence Internet Services, Inc. – Web design, search engine optimization, database design, web martketing. Booth 304

Coolworks – CoolWorks.com provides unequaled exposure for employers recruiting for “Jobs in Great Places.” Booth 503

Demaree Inflatable Boats – We manufacture inflatable boats in Friendsville, Maryland. We also make waterproof bags and do repairs on our boats. Booth 508, 510, 609, 611

Design by Moira/The Chain Gang -Affordable beaded jewelry fashioned from natural elements accompanied by plush, handcrafted scarves. Whimsy abounds! Proceeds benefit “The Chain Gang” providing blankets to those in need. Booth 523

Down River Equipment – Hypalon and PVC rafts, catarafts & frames, oars, pfd’s, wetsuits, dry bags, pumps, helmets, etc. Booth 123, 125

East-West Printing – Screen printed and embroidered resort and staff wear. Full line of best-selling river map t’s, and performance fabric river gear.Booth 400, 402

EPOP Studio – EPOP Studio specializes in multimedia experiences that excite, engage, inspire. We build dynamic websites, mobile websites & apps. Booth 509

EMI Sportswear – Full line of Sportswear for all ages. Resort apparel, “Green Weekend” featuring sustainable bamboo, organic cotton, and recycled cotton. Amazing line and custom art. Great Quality, Great Value! Booth 114, 116

Evergoing Products Group LLC – Inflatable whitewater rafts, kayaks, catarafts,, dinghies, tenders, ribs and pontoons. Booth 910, 911, 912

Flow Reservations – Reservation system and internet application for outfitters. Booth 522

Fund Your Dream – Merchant Services including credit card, check guarantee and gift card services. Booth 214 Sponsor of the December 6 Coffee Break

G.A. Printing – Lower your cost, not your expectations with our beautiful rack cards and brochures. Booth 515

Gattuso Distributing, Inc. – Suntan lotion, aqua shoes, sandals, sunglass floaters, waterproof cameras, waterguns, masks, goggles, inflatables, rope, koozies, novelties, too many summer/water related items to list. Booth 300, 302

HeaterMeals – HeaterMeals Self-heating meals, and Cafe2Go Self-heating Beverage Kits. Booth 502

High Range Designs – Laid-back, screen printed garments, hats and accessories. Booth 414, 416

High Wind Productions – Printed Sportswear – T-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts. Embroidered hats, polos, staff shirts. Booth 315, 317, 319

Huge Sportswear – Screen printed apparel, posters, and custom coffees. Booth 301, 303

Hyside Inflatables – Inflatable rafts, kayaks, paddles and accessories. Booth 318, 320, 419, 421 Sponsor of the Best Ideas Wine and Cheese Closing Session, December 8.

IR / Industrial River & Surf – Industrial River & Surf is a company that was founded by Immersion Research to supply outfitters with the necessary essentials to keep their customers returning year after year. We make, and offer the following: wetsuits, splash wear, neoprene booties and socks, neoprene gloves, drysuits, sprayskirts, and guide/staff shirts and shorts. Booth 406

Inflatable Technologies – Boat repair, maintenance & custom solutions – urethane coatings, logos, full line of national warranty, graphic and custom services & graphics. Booth 808

ISODISC – Silkscreen printed CD-R, DVD-R and Packaging. Booth 504

Jack’s Plastic Welding – Catarafts, Rafts, Paco Pads, Paddle Cats, and Dry Bags. Booth 901, 902

Jackson Kayak – Kayaks for touring, fishing, recreation and whitewater; including models designed specifically for outfitters. Booth 601, 603

Lakeshirts – Comfortable outdoor clothing geared to promote our wilderness areas and the outdoor environment. Booth 500

Man of Rubber – Quality Gear – Products for both on and off the river. Booth 800, 801, 802, 803, 804 Sponsor of the name badge lanyards

Maravia – Maravia rafts, catarafts, and silverback pads. Booths 514, 516, 615, 617

Merle Daniels – Souvenir apparel & gifts, tees, sweats, hats and glassware. Booth 122

Midwest Raft Distributors -Hypalon inflatable rafts and paddlesports equipment. Booth 305

MV Sport- Resort clothing manufactured for quality and style. Great to promote outdoor activities for outdoor enthusiasts. Fashionable, affordable, high-quality apparel for the whole family. Booth 208, 210

NRS / Northwest River Supplies – Your one stop source for: inflatable rafts, catarafts, kayaks, wetsuits, PFDs, paddles, oars, drybags, straps, safety equipment and more. Booth 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 113, 203, 205, 204, 209, 211 Sponsor of WI-FI in the Exhibit Hall

Ohiopyle Prints, Inc. – OPI – OPI features the latest designs and garments for river runners. Check out our best selling maps and combos. 30 years of river experience for all of your outfitter needs. Booth 216, 218, 220, 222

Ouray Sportswear – Decorated sportswear and headwear company that began in the Colorado Rockies in ’65. Techniques vary from screen printing, embroidery, tackle twill and much, much more. Booth 309

Paddlesports Warehouse – Manufacturer, distributor and importer of quality rental grade equipment and proven retail items. We supply liveries, rentals & outfitters with everything you need but the boat! Booth 200, 202, 204

Paluski Boats/Valley Paddles – Paluski Boats kayaks and canoes, and kayak & canoe accessories. Booth 321, 323

RecreTec Manufacturing, Inc. – Whitewater rafting equipment, steel and aluminum rowing frames, dry boxes, campsite counters, bbq’s, anchor systems, fishing platforms, oarlocks and oar towers. Booth 905

RESMARK Systems Combine the efficiency of a desktop application with the power of an online reservation and marketing engine. Increase sales and save time and money. Features include online reservations, tour packaging, group management, and a fully-automated e-marketing system. Booth 223 Sponsor of the Bowling Party & Tournament December 7th

Rocky Mountain Rafts LLC – Rocky Mountain Rafts sells high quality PVC rafts and catarafts with welded seams and Leafield valves. The best value rafts in the U.S. Booth 810, 811.

Sattler Insurance Agency -Commercial Insurance: including property, liability, inland marine, and commercial automobile. Booth 311

Sawyer Paddles & Oars – Sawyer paddles & oars and sport racks. Booth 501

SEA-LECT Designs – Paddlesports hardware and repair solutions including footbraces, hatch covers, and fishing accessories. Booth 206

Selway Fabrication – River Bank Toilet System and the Mini-Bank Toilet System. Booth 511

Shred Ready – Shred Ready designs, manufactures, and distributes helmets for kayaking, canoeing, and rafting. Booth 507

SOTAR/White Water Mfg. Inc. – Manufacturing custom Sotar 40 ounce Urethane Rafts, Catarafts, & Kayaks made in the USA. We also sell frames, oars, dry bags, sleeping pads & other accessories to meet all your boating needs. Booth 907, 908, 909

Star Inflatables/Woosung CNA – Quality commercial inflatables at the best value! StarTrack bottom wear patches, tough 4000 denier floors, free logos, and great service! See why repeat customers continue to purchase our Bug Series boats! Booth 913, 914, 915, 916

Thompson-Gusic Insurance Group – Outfitters and Guides Insurance Programs. Booth 900

Triptiva – Reservation & Management Software. Booth 307

United Van Rentals – 15 Passenger and 12 Passenger Van Rentals and Short Term Lease. Ford and Chevy Vans. Booth 408

Wilcor International – The #1 supplier to the vacation industry with the largest variety from one source. We proudly research and develop new & innovative products to help make your business prosper! Including camping goods, fishing gear, pocket knives, impulse jewelry, hand crafted wood gifts, magnets, mountain lodge decor & much more. Booth 118, 120

Worldwide Outfitter & Guides and XINSURANCE – Prime Insurance Company offers a better way to buy liability insurance. The Association has provided insurance services to the outdoor industry for over 30 years. Sponsor of the Opening Social December 5. Booth 306

Middle Fork Prints

Joshua Roper Photography in Boise, Idaho is offering canvas art prints of stunning images from around Idaho and The West. For the holidays, an image of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River is featured at 10% off to all MFRE clients. Please visit the print gallery for print size options.

Print Gallery: www.joshuaroperphotography.com/prints

Tom Crum Centering Hint

From Tom Crum e-mail, dated Dec 1, 2011. Tom and Cathy Crum have floated with MFRE on the Middle Fork Salmon the past 2 years and are going to raft the Grand Canyon with MFRE and Tour West this April.

“The Magic of Quiet

The snow is falling quietly here in the Colorado Rockies, lightly coming to rest on the naked November branches and creating a soft white blanket on the ground below. The earth is going to bed for the winter. The quiet time is what Mother Nature chooses now, the time for hibernation and recovery – time to rest. Of the many things we have to be grateful for this season, we often forget to give thanks for a very important one: the beauty and healing spirit of quiet.

Some days the world seems to have lost its sense of nature’s quiet time. Everything is digitally alive – phones, computers, televisions, clocks, vehicles – and we all seem so busy about some thing or another. I love the noisy, frenetic craziness of it all, but only in its place.

Nearly 40 years ago I went to a three-month-long intensive meditation training program in the Swiss Alps. Knowing that, within weeks, I would be expected to meditate for six to eight hours a day was daunting to a young guy who had trouble sitting still at all. But I was determined to somehow struggle through, to see if there was anything to that “meditation stuff” that people told me would be so good for me. At first I had to ease into the practice, but by the time I was meditating alone for six to eight hours a day – in 30-40 minute segments with breathing exercises and yoga asanas in between – I didn’t want to stop. Although the length of time I spend meditating nowadays seems like a baby step compared to when I was in Switzerland, it is still a blessing that helps me let go of my addiction to the thinking, ego mind and relax into the big picture, into the mystery – where I find creativity, connection and love.

Isn’t that true in your experience? Isn’t it from the place of mystery – of quiet – that you often become open and awake? Where you recognize that it is not the ego that provides the most fulfilling path, but the quiet, the letting go?

In our lives there is much physical activity, lots of great interaction, lots of information being shared. But we can make a point to start each day learning and practicing the art of meditation and the appreciation of silence. During activity too – such as while skiing – we can periodically return to quiet – listening to the sounds of the mountain and of our skis in the snow. In our Magic of Skiing program we like to end the day with a silent run. Connection to the environment deepens, our awareness expands, and joy and learning accelerate. In quiet we find the moment. We find the magic.

Thomas Crum”

Tom is an amazing man and teacher. We are blessed to have his presence on the river.

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