In the adventure travel industry, people are everything. Our company is no exception. We’re pleased to introduce to you the staff who make Idaho Afloat a great outfitter to join on your vacation, and a great place to work.
White water enthusiasts, owners and designated agent for Idaho Afloat. Dave started whitewater kayaking and rafting in earnest in 1990. He has run most of the west’s most popular white water rivers and has been enjoying river running, fishing, hunting, hiking, skiing, snowmobiling and generally any outdoor activity Montana has to offer. Dave, being born and raised in Southwest Montana, and Teri, being born in Williston, ND, have had plenty of opportunity to enjoy what the west has to offer. In 2007 they decided to share their passion for the great outdoors with others by becoming an outfitter. With the support and assistance of partners/family members they now own and operate Idaho Afloat. When asked if he ever tires of running the same stretches of river Dave said, “I never tire of running those same stretches, I’m always excited to share the experience with new people. The trips, like the river, are dynamic and never the same. There is always something new and different take away from each trip.” In the off season Dave and Teri enjoy spending time withe their 5 grandkids. With the help of Ty and Kate they also operate another family business in Anaconda.
Depicted as “A Man of Many Rivers” by Cascade Outfitters, David moved west with family from Sparta, IL to the mining area of Butte/Anaconda, MT where he grew up. He married, had four kids and started running rivers at the ripe age of 50. Senior (as he’s known in the boating community) bought his first raft in 1995 and then purchased Idaho Afloat with family in 2007. Now, at the age of 74, he still enjoys sharing time on the river with old friends, new acquaintances, ten grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. If you happen to get lucky enough to have Senior on your trip you will surely enjoy getting to hear of his river adventures over the years.
Ty grew up rafting rivers in the western U.S. with family and friends. He eventually found himself in Missoula, MT working as a commercial guide on the Clark Fork and Blackfoot rivers. In Missoula he met his wife, Kate, who was attending the University of Montana. Kate was first introduced to whitewater rafting on an Outward Bound trip through Desolation Canyon in high school and enjoyed the multi day experience. Upon Kate’s graduation they departed on a 30 day trip on the Colorado river through the Grand Canyon, then moved to Anaconda to be closer to “real work” and family. When the opportunity to be part of Idaho Afloat arose they couldn’t pass it up. Ty loves spending his summers on the water meeting people from all over the world and Kate manages the office…and their two small children.
Andrew (a.k.a. Simple) was introduced to whitewater when he moved to Montana from Mississippi. While he began as a day trip paddle guide his real passion is for the multi-day trips. His river resume includes Desolation Canyon, Middle Fork of the Salmon, the Lochsa, and 2 30-day trips on the Grand Canyon, among others. Simple is a true river rat; if you look back and notice he is not in the boat check the water, he might just be cooling off or maybe floating a rapid for thrills. When he is not on the water he loves to hunt, snowboard, and ride his dirt bike.
As a transplanted Easterner, John didn’t grow up on the river but has made up for it in his adult life. John started rafting after answering an ad in the newspaper in while serving in the Air Force in Spokane, WA. That first season on the Salmon inspired a love of rafting in general and the Salmon River in particular. John moved back east and over the next 15 years, fit guiding river trips in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Montana, in between raising a family and getting his teaching certificate. John now lives in Spokane with his wife and two daughters, teaches in an alternative high school and looks forward to spending his summers sharing his favorite river with you.
Mark Ransford has been running whitewater since 1996 when he floated the first of 3 trips down the Grand Canyon. Since then he’s been down the Middle Fork of the Salmon, the Lochsa, the Tatshenshini in Alaska, and numerous trips in Montana and Idaho. Mark has enjoyed the outdoors since he was in diapers. In addition to rafting, he’s an avid backpacker, hiker, fisherman, skier, and he likes to cook as well. Having just retired from 30+ years as a mixed practice Veterinarian, he is looking forward to guiding and meeting new folks.
Parker is a 19 year old college student from Missoula, MT. He is Dave Sr’s grandson, so of course he has spent a lot of time running whitewater! In the off season you’ll find him at the local ski hills. Parker is very friendly and loves meeting new people.