Meet the Crew

Our crew is something special, a handful of talents and personalities that will enrich any trip. They are fun experienced professionals that will lead you through exciting class III/IV whitewater, hike you to the top of mountain top vista's, share historical tales of years past, and relax around the campfire. We hand select our guides based on river experience, safety certifications, outdoor skills, and a personality that fosters team work and fun. Our goal is to offer you an exceptional river trip that is filled with incredible memories but also extremely safe. Take a minute to browse through their backgrounds and you will know you are in good hands.

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Clint Frank, Outfitter/Owner

Clint has been guiding Idaho whitewater for over 20 years and has spent the last 18 seasons on the Middle Fork. His career began at the age of 18 while attending the University of Montana where he was a well known guide on the Lochsa River. His knowledge and love of the Middle Fork is contagious and he actively guides on 75% of the trips. His whitewater resume includes guide licenses on the Lochsa, Selway, Main and Middle Fork of the Salmon Rivers. In the off season Clint is a professional fire fighter for the city of Sandpoint where he lives with his wife Molly, and their two children, Piper and Max.

Certifications: Emergency Medical Technician I-level, Rope Rescue Technician I,II,& III, Swift Water Technician, Ski Patrolman level 3 Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Professional Firefighter State of Idaho I, II, & III, American Heart Association BLS Instructor, BS in Forestry; U of Montana.

 

 

Molly O'Toole Frank, Outfitter/Food Coordinator/Office Manager----along with Piper and Max

Our family is the inspiration that makes all of us strive to do our best. It is Molly's behind the scenes work that makes us shine when we are on the river. With incredible recipe cards, food prep, and unbelievable organization, Molly is a huge part to the success of our family based outfit. Piper & Max are great kids who are excited to be along for the ride.  In the off season Molly keeps up on MFRT business, testing recipes, and running dogs or children in her hometown of Sandpoint, ID.  Piper is a sweet and studious 7th grader who loves all of life's activities (especially soccer). Max is a football & basketball crazed 5th grader who constantly drills his parents with questions and statistics.

Certifications: BA in Elementary Education; U of Montana

 

 

 

Robert "Scoop" Carlson

Scoop will be returning to the Middle Fork for his 20th season with MFRT. Scoop has many seasons, stories, and memories of the Middle Fork country, yet each year, in fact each trip, he finds to be different. "Everything from the weather, the clients, the river, in fact the whole territory is very dynamic, ever changing, challenging, and fresh. There is no such thing as a redundant day on the Middle Fork. I feel as if I can almost taste the energy of living when I am here." Scoop spends his off season as a back country ski guide. He lives with his wife Kathy, and his four darling little girls in Driggs, Idaho.

Certifications: Bachelor of Science in Outdoor Recreation from Ohio University, AHA First Aid/CPR, Swift Water Rescue Technician, Ski Patrolman Level II Grand Targhee Resort

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

Jon Green

Jon has spent 16 years guiding on the Middle Fork!  He lives in Salmon, ID where he learned young the beauty of our great state.  Jon has blessed us with his quiet knowledge and sure handedness in all aspects of river running.  We are excited to see Jon return season after season, he's an excellent guide and great member of our crew!

Certifications:  B.A in Biology; Idaho State University, CPR, First Aide

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jack Christiansen
 
"I love all types of water, fresh and salty, quick and still.  I'll use whatever means possible to enjoy it.  Raft, kayak, drift boat, or surfboard, if it keeps me floating, I'll take it for a spin." Raised on the beaches of California he turned his love for water into his lifestyle:  lifeguard, surf instructor, sea kayak guide, river kayak guide, and evolved into A River Guide!  This will be Jacks 6th Season on the Middle Fork, we are so happy to have his enthusiasm for water on our crew!
 
Certifications:  B.A in Geography & Minor in Fine Arts and Mountain Studies; University of Montana, Swiftwater Rescue, CPR & First Aide.
 
 
 
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Jon Lynch

Jon is returning for his 5th season with MFRT. He has guided for 12 years on Montana and Idaho waters including the Clark Fork, Smith, and Lochsa Rivers. Jon comes to us from Missoula, MT where he lives with his wife Tara and their baby girl, River. In the off season Jon works for a Missoula based home builder where he can be found building people's dreams.

Certifications:  BA in Photojournalism, University of Montana, AHA First Aid/CPR

 

 

 

 

Corey

 

 

Aaron Gordon

This will be Aaron's 9th season guiding in Idaho and 6th summer with MFRT.  His river experience includes the Lochsa, Selway, and Main Salmon as well as many rivers in Colorado. During the summer he tries to spend as much time as he can on the water fishing and rafting and loves to tie flies almost as much as he loves to fly fish!  Aaron lives in Sandpoint, Idaho with his lovely wife Rachel (whom also loves to tie flies) and their two beautiful young girls.  Aaron spends his off season as the Sandpoint High School Band Director.  Whew, he has a lot of energy.

Certifications:  BA Music Ed, Fort Lewis Durango, MA Music Ed, U of Idaho, AHA First Aid/CPR, Swift Water Rescue Technician, Master fly tier.

 

 

 

Laurie

 

 

Laurie Delaney

Laurie will be returning for a couple trips with us this summer, we grab her when we can, we love her on our team! This is one tough girl who knows how to row a boat.  Prior to the Middle Fork, Laurie spent 10 summers guiding in Alaska, Utah, and Colorado.  She grew up in Glenwood Springs, CO chasing her mom down rivers. During her off season she is an avalanche forecaster for the Utah Department of Transportation. 

Certifications: Outdoor Emergency Care, BA English, U of Puget Sound, Swift Water Rescue Technician, Ski Patrolman level II Snowbird Resort, Avalanche Forecaster.
 
 
 
 
 
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Will Sutton

Will is a fantastic fishing guide and one heck of an Ultimate Frisbee player, a world champion 5 times over. Will is also creator of the "Middle Fork Mutant" a dry fly that is irresistible to Middle Fork trout. Will lives in Missoula, MT with his wife Jona and their two adorable young children.  This will be Will's 13th season on the Middle Fork with MFRT.  It's always a great trip when Wil is on it!

Certifications: AHA First Aid & CPR, Swift Water Rescue Technician, Master Fly Caster

 
Kristen

 

 

Kristen Baunsgard

Kristin will be joining us for a couple trips this summer, another one of our favorite guides that follows her spirit of adventure, this summer she will be spending 2 months in China to open a new river expedition on the Tibetan Plateau.  Kristin will be guiding for us as much as she can then head to the mighty Grand Canyon through October.  We wish her safe travels, and look forward to hearing stories.

Certifications: BA in English, University of Washington, First Aide/CPR, Emergency First Responder.