About Your Hosts at Silver Cloud Expeditions

Your hosts, Chris Swersey and Mary Wright, have collectively guided on Idaho’s Salmon River for over 52 years. Their two boys, Duncan and Connor, have grown up on the Salmon. Mary was six months pregnant with Duncan on his first river trip; he rowed the entire 80 mile wilderness section by himself at age 13 and became a lead guide when he turned 18. Connor ran the wilderness section of the river for the first time at 3 years – he wore a life vest 24/7 on that trip. Connor also rowed the entire wilderness section at 13 and became a full time baggage boatman at 15.

Chris has guided commercially since 1988. He had a 10-year career as an award winning craft brewer and professional beer judge, and is currently the Technical Brewing Projects Coordinator for the Brewers Association and Competition Manager for the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup. He is our fishing guru and chief beer taster.

Mary started guiding Silver Cloud trips in 1990; today she runs the day to day operations, is our menu guru, chief organizer and number one wine taster. She spent many years in the restaurant business and auto industry. Mary recently completed a four year stint as Executive Director of River Discovery, a nonprofit that provides Salmon River adventure programs to teen and adult cancer survivors.

Chris and Mary continually search for new beer, wine and food pairings during the off season.

Our Philosophy

We want to share an Idaho gem, rafting the Salmon River, with our guests and have them leave knowing they are now part of the Silver Cloud family. We believe that our guests want to enjoy an authentic wilderness camping experience shared with their family and friends. We offer an escape from the pressures of everyday life – leave your cell phones and electronics behind. You will find warm hospitality, new friends, exciting boating, delicious meals and comfortable camping. See you on the river!


Silver Cloud Expeditions is a member of the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association,  America Outdoors Association and Trout Unlimited.

Silver Cloud Expeditions is a licensed and bonded outfitter and permittee of the USDA Forest Service, Salmon-Challis National Forest, USDI BLM Salmon and Challis Field Offices and the State of Idaho Outfitters and Guides Licensing Board to conduct river trips on public lands. We operate in partnership with those agencies to provide access to rivers that might otherwise be inaccessible to most members of the public.

Silver Cloud Expeditions is an equal opportunity employer.

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