Bill and Margot Zell met at summer Camp in Ontario Canada where they had the privilege of doing 4-6 week canoe trips in the Canadian Sheild. They never recovered.

Bill, a computer science geek bounced around a few mega corporations before ditching it all to become a NOLS instructor. He has taught Whitewater canoeing on various rivers around the US.

In 1992, he started a rafting company, Montana Whitewater near Yellowstone Park.

In 1996, he invited Margot out to work for him as a guide in Montana. She took him up on it. That fall, they went on a 12 day NOLS scouting trip on the Turnagain River in Northern British Colombia. Bill and Margot Fell in Love. They paddled the Spatsizi River into the Stikine and then hit the Bowren Lakes which froze up on them. Since then, they have paddled many rivers in the West and Northwest together. Bill is a certified canoe and kayak instructor and they both guide raft trips.

They have done two canoeing expeditions in Mongolia, the second of which was funded by the Shipton Tilman Grant. They paddled the entire length of the Khovd River in a month and a half and then hitch hiked across the Gobi Desert. Ask them about the $100 Turnip.

Paul Mason is the son and former paddling partner of Bill Mason, well know Canadian canoeist, author and filmmaker. Paul co-authored the fourth in a series of instructional canoeing books- his volume entitled "Thrill of the Paddle" - an exciting and informative book about Extreme Canoeing. Paul won a bronze medal in the '93 Worlds for freestyle canoeing and is also a commercial illustrator. For him, the most fun part of canoeing is learning new tricks and sharing them with enthusiastic paddlers.
      Jen and Jim have been guiding raft trips on the Salmon River in Idaho for 5+ years. Not only are they seriously informed about the Natural and Human History of the Salmon, but they are also intimately acquainted with each rapid and secret spot. They have also paddled tons of other rivers of the Western US in canoe, kayak and raft. Whether they are rowing big rigs full of gear or slicing through technical rapids in their tandem canoe, they have the moves that make it look easy.

They specialize in dressing up in Bunny suits to prepare gourmet meals by the river, sparing no detail to make every breakfast, lunch and dinner the best meal you've ever had. Jim specializes in Asian cusine with all the fixins and Jen cooks up delicious cinnamon buns and jet fuel coffee.

Their whitewater expertise and relaxed demeanor make sharing a river trip with them a great experience.

They're also pretty funny!