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Redside Guide Liaisons

The main duties of the Guide Liaison are to educate themselves and their fellow guides on the Redside Foundation’s services, distribute Redside information in their community and provide on-the-ground feedback to the Redside Foundation Executive Director & Board. In addition, Guide Liaisons set ethical standards in the guiding community, hold themselves to high expectations, and set an example for all; helping to provide an open avenue of communication and connecting Idaho’s guides and the Redside Foundation.  


Clearwater - Seneca Kristjonsdottir

Including Lewiston/Clarkston, Moscow/Pullman, Orofino & Kooskia


Seneca has guided on the Salmon and Snake Rivers in Idaho since 2010. She is most happy on a boat, whether it is a raft, dory, jet boat, canoe, or kayak. In her time away from the river Seneca works as a beekeeper and travels with her small dog, Midge, to somewhere with fresh air and a good view. Spending most of her childhood summers sleeping in the backyard teepee in a small mountain town on the Front Range of Colorado, she has always been a lover of the outdoors and wilderness. Seneca is a strong believer in storytelling and the role humans choose to play in protecting, participating in, and living in wild places. 


Lochsa/Selway - Sara Sweeney

Including Lowell, Syringa, Missoula & the MT Bitterroot Valley


Sara, often known simply as 'Sweeney,' began guiding on a whim after being invited to row Riggins, Idaho big water in 2011 - completely unaware of what the heck was going on, she was hooked pretty much immediately! After spending multiple summers in Riggins while attending the University of Idaho, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and a minor in Outdoor Recreation Leadership.

Her passion for river running and sharing wild places has deepened considerably over the years, opening the flow to countless incredible experiences, unbelievable relationships, inconceivable synchronicity, and ultimately a greater understanding and appreciation of the vast interconnection present in the world around us. The love is strong in this one!

Sara is a guide for Three Rivers Rafting and Hughes River Expeditions on the Lochsa, Selway, Middle Fork Salmon, and Lower Gorge Salmon. She spends her winters as a ski patroller at Schweitzer Mountain in Sandpoint, Idaho where she lives in a refurbished train caboose with her most furry and loyal companion, Charliedog. Sweeney absolutely adores smiling and laughter, practicing yoga, sharing long and sometimes awkward hugs, river toes, creating art/music/poetry/dance, snow sports, and (of course) being on the river with her very best friends.


Central West - Patrick Condon

Including Riggins & McCall

Patrick started training in 1995 on the headwaters of the Salmon River with Two M River Outfitters. He trained with Kirby Powers and Nancy Jolie and was licensed in 1996. He lived and worked out of Sunbeam Village. He has guided every season since then, guiding on the Main, Middle and Lower Forks of the Salmon, as well as the South fork of the Payette.
Patrick has also guided in Argentina, Chile and Peru. He currently guide for H2O Idaho on the Lower Salmon and in the off season has filled his time with travel, seasonal work and local fishing.

Central West - Fred Taylor

Including Riggins, Grangeville & Whitebird


Fred is entering his fourth year as a river guide. He grew up in White Bird Idaho, attending high school in Grangeville and Riggins. He grew up on the Salmon River, rafting and fishing down towards White Bird and Hells Canyon.

He currently works for Mountain River Outfitters and continues to explore his photography passion.

Fred will be graduating in May 2018 with his degree in Outdoor Recreation with a minor in Geology and Outdoor Recreation Leadership and is interested in Wilderness Therapy as a future career.

Central West - Marisa Mirviss

Including Riggins, Grangeville & Whitebird


A rosy-cheeked 5-year-old, Marisa met the River on a two-day trip down the American with her dad. Whether in a kayak, a raft, or swimming, she spent her childhood almost entirely in the water. She spent a few years wandering the country with her banjo and her mutt Huckleberry, but something called her back to guide rivers.

As a retired itinerant folk musician, she has guided since 2011 from New Mexico to Northern Washington. She found the Idaho community while on a private trip down the Lower Salmon, where she shared a beach with the non-profit LEAP and 20 veterans. She now guides for LEAP and occasionally for OTT. Marisa feels that the River saved her from herself, and she loves to share the stories, wisdom, and magic of the canyons and waterways with others.

Central East - Jo Schroeder

Including Salmon, North Fork, Challis & the Pahsimeroi

Jo grew up in Salmon, Idaho, and started swamping for Outdoor Adventures (now Idaho River Journeys) on the Middle Fork and Main Salmon rivers when she was 16 years old. She started guiding a few years later, and this will be her 16th season (I think...). She only runs a few trips a year now, but she still looks forward to river season all year long.

Jo currently spends most of her working life with her family's business, Gem Air, which flies rafters and backcountry enthusiasts into the Frank Church and Bitteroot-Selway wildernesses. Her favorite part of the job? It keeps her connected to the guiding community.

Central East - Landon Moores

Including Salmon, North Fork, Challis & the Pahsimeroi

Landon started guiding in 2007 as a gold panning and scenic guide in Alaska. She has been guiding every season since then on the Middle Fork, Lower Salmon, Hells Canyon, Owyhee, and Bruneau among others. She is currently in her eighth season with ROW Adventures primarily on the Middle Fork of the Salmon. In the off season she works as a trip leader in Cuba sea kayaking and hiking. In her free time she enjoys reading, talking too much, and fishing.

Central East - Kate Stoddard

Including Salmon, North Fork, Challis & The Pahsimeroi


Kate grew up in Boise, Idaho and was turned on to rivers by her father who worked on the Middle Fork of the Salmon around the time she was a "twinkle". She got her undergraduate in philosophy and photography, and went on to earn a masters in the science of nutrition with the help of the Redside Foundation scholarship. Kate is now a Salmon, Idaho resident eager to give back to the river community that shaped her. 

Sawtooths - Shelby McGarry

Including Stanley, Ketchum, Hailey & Wood River

Shelby was born and raised in Arizona. This is her second year in Stanley, Idaho guiding for Mystic Saddle Ranch. She loves the outdoors whether it's hiking, riding, fishing, climbing, etc. She also loves to explore new places whether its on the back of a horse or in a car. She just graduated with her Associates in the Arts and will continue to further her education. Her hobbies are fly fishing, photography, and training horses.


Sawtooths - Courtney Smart

Including Stanley, Ketchum, Hailey & Wood River

Courtney grew up in the Chicago area. While earning her BS in Criminology from Arizona State University Courtney began guiding paddle boats and running a lunch camp on the Upper Salt River. During college she gave up competitive swimming for competitive body building. After a brief stint in the real world, she went on a Middle Fork, Main Salmon combo trip. It was the fall of 1993. After that journey she changed gears to move to Idaho and work as guide, putting both her swimming and muscles to work and forgetting all about law school and the then goals of a big fancy life. She has never regretted the change and holds the Middle Fork canyon responsible for saving her life. Courtney has worked in the British Virgin Islands as a galley chef and tour guide, and as a flood rescue volunteer on the Mississippi River. Like most guides, as long as there is water to get in, Courtney is happy.

Twenty four years later and Courtney still works as a river guide, but recently began fly fish guiding as well. In 2006 Courtney married her best friend, a U of I graduate and Sun Valley Ski Team Coach, Steve Smart.

Courtney recently published a cookbook titled River Food. It was inspired by the amazing guides she has worked and cooked with over the years in Idaho. In the fall of 2017 you will find her guiding at Silver Creek, rowing a boat, learning to hunt, connecting guides to the Redside Foundation, cooking great food, and selling her book.



Including Driggs, Victor & Rexburg


South - Dagny Deutchman

Including Banks, Lowman, Boise, Twin Falls, Owyhee & South

Dagny Deutchman is a Salmon, Idaho local who has strong family ties to the community. Dagny started swamping for Silver Cloud Expeditions on the Main Salmon at the age of 15. Since the start of her rafting career, Dagny has worked for a smattering of companies on the Main Salmon and the Middle Fork of the Salmon in Idaho, as well as the Clark Fork River in Montana. 

Dagny currently works on the Middle Fork of the Salmon and looks forward to each spring. In the off season she often travels. In her spare time she enjoys late nights of tango, trying to convince literary journals to publish her obscure poetry, sticking her nose deep within a book, and full-body laughing with friends. 


Panhandle - Tess Howell & Tanner Welch

Including Coeur d' Alene, Sandpoint & North

Bio coming soon.