Women’s All-Inclusive Main Salmon River Adventure 2022

Our incredibly popular Women’s Main Salmon River trip is back,

and it’s better than ever! Steph and Lexi created this experience during one of Lexi’s Zumba classes; it’s evolved and grown over the past decade. 2022 is YOUR year to join our women’s all-inclusive Main Salmon River adventure.

This summer we are featuring TWO spirited professionals to add to our river experience. We’re super excited that Lexi Keller, this trip’s co-founder, is BACK (thank goodness, this trip is always better with her), and we’re also looking forward to introducing you to our good friend, Sarah Marcus, Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Lexi will be leading our group in river-side fitness sessions and discussions, and Sarah will be providing in-depth self-development therapy and exercises in keeping with 2022’s theme of Acceptance. We’ll spend 6 days on the river. No phones, no traffic, no distractions. We’ll laugh, grow, explore, eat, sleep, and learn more about ourselves, all on the slower pace of river time. This trip will meet in Salmon, Idaho and we’ll be floating the Main Salmon River August 7-12, 2022.

For further information, contact Steph Bernt Ellis, riversprite87@gmail.com, (208) 993-0655. For more information about our Main Salmon River trips in general, visit here.

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2022 Theme: Acceptance

As women, acceptance is a theme we sometimes struggle with. “Accepting WHO we are, and WHERE we are on our journey is something I can really dive into,” says Lexi. Sarah and Lexi will provide a growth-focused experience: mentally, physically and emotionally, as you enjoy a fully-supported river adventure. Each day will be uniquely organized to match the pace of the river and include journaling, yoga, group discussions, hiking and mindfulness activities.


About Sarah, Lexi and Steph:

Sarah Marcus: Hello! I am Sarah. I have a few roles in my life; my most cherished is being a mother. I appreciate the growth and love from being a wife, I enjoy being a social worker and feel blessed to be a healer.

I was raised in Montana and Idaho, developing a love of animals and natural surroundings at a young age. I rafted the Main Salmon for the first time on a guides’ training trip in April of 2010 while it was chilly. That trip lit a spark and I have been mesmerized and enchanted by the river ever since.

I earned my master’s in social work from Boston University and while the city offered vast new experiences and lessons, the river and a life closer to nature called to me. I moved to Salmon, Idaho in 2013 to work part time at Lemhi Valley Social Services. Three years ago, I became a mom and I now have two precious boys. I love sharing the river with family and friends and believe we learn and grow abundantly along the banks of a river, breathing fresh air in communion with Mother Nature. The natural rhythms of nature and healing intersect beautifully and have always had a special place in my heart. I am very excited to share my knowledge and hold space for our time on the river to connect, play, learn and grow.

Lexi Keller:

I am a health and fitness instructor, self-empowerment advocate, rancher’s wife, homemaker, and a busy mama to five adventurous souls who make sure there’s never a dull moment in my life. At times that’s a good thing, and other times it’s exhausting!

The ability to exercise has been a huge blessing in all aspects of my life. It has been my mood booster, stress reliever, confidence builder, and the key to my own mental health.

I am passionate about life, and strive everyday to see the JOY through the hard, the BLESSING through the mundane, and the BEAUTY through the mess. I am happy to be joining Aggipah River Trips for the most epic girls’ trip ever: whitewater rafting, adventure, fun, positivity, peace, serenity! See you in August.

About Aggipah River Trips and Steph:

Aggipah River Trips is a local family operation. We have been in business since 1977.  We have a variety of trips available, but they are all on stretches of the Salmon.  We think it is better to stay on one river, and know it better, than to spread out over a number of rivers in different states. 

Aggipah provides six-day river trips on all three wilderness sections of the Salmon–the Middle Fork, the Main, and the Lower Salmon. In addition to conventional multi-day summer float trips, specialty trips include: fishing trips for trout and steelhead; combination horse-back/float trips with high-lake trout fishing; trips with nights at lodges along the river instead of camping; off-season trips with maximum solitude, wildlife and wildflowers, and private, charter trips. We often run special-interest trips with topics such as Western American history, women’s wellness and fitness trips.   

Bill, my father and founder of Aggipah, has spent nearly 60 years learning the Salmon River country, floating each summer. He introduced me to the river as an infant, and took me on my first 6-day float at age four. I’ve been running a boat each week in the summer since 1996. I have been involved with running our business for more than 25 years. I served two terms on the IOGA’s board of directors.  Local history is an interest of mine, which led me to earn a BA in history at Boise State University. I am currently pursuing my RN in the off-season. Other interests include backpacking, camping, skiing and fitness. I have been raising my two young sons on the river, with my partner Brian, continuing our family’s tradition.

Our trips are first class, with Dutch-oven and open-fire cooking, regional dinner wines, ice and fresh, local foods throughout the trip, tables and chairs, and top-quality equipment.  Our guides are mature, educated and selected for particular ability.  Many of our guides live in the Salmon Valley, which offers our guests a better perspective of the region. We hope to see you this summer for a trip that’ll leave you wishing for more river time.

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