We have always had such a great team at Montana River Guides. In 2018 the guides not only upheld our company tradition of running great river trips for our guests, but they increased the bar for next season. Thanks to all of our guides for doing such a great job and caring so much about giving our guests the best trip possible. Thanks to Ellie Turner, Sam Kinney, Willie Connell, Maelan Arciello, Jerrod Sellers, Cory Davis, Leon Beltran Laborde, Sam Johnston, Katie Matthews, Sami Stasi, Stellan Bechtold, Russell Gilbertson and Kaito Roemer. A lot of raw river talent here, perhaps more than we’ve experienced in 25 years at MRG.
Sam Kinney really stepped up this year to help Ellie manage the operation. Sam made sure we were all getting out on the river after work and brought his friendly professional approach to customer service. After high-water and guide training, Cory Davis moved over to WRI. Former guide Willie Connell returned to help out with Swiftwater Rescue Classes, high-water and mid season trip leading. Sam Johnston worked every day in July and also guided most of our river board trips. Jerrold, Leon and Maelan were the backbone of the operation and ready to step in when we needed trip leaders. We had a few new faces at MRG who really helped make us better as well. Kate and Sami started their guide training one of the coldest early April swiftwater classes on record and brought professionalism and enthusiasm to the team. Stellan showed up in June from the Ivy league and was soon jumping in to guide trips daily. Marian brought a lot of insight, experience and organization to the crew. Veteran guides Maddey “Spoons” Frey, Toots Burgmuller, Jack Scott and Paul Heffernan helped out when they weren’t working at WRI. Thanks again everyone for a great season.