Glacier Guides and Montana Raft

What Were We Doing in 1993 that You Should Be Doing in 2017?

Whitewater rafting in Glacier National Park, of course! Trends come and go, gear gets better and better, but river magic is constant. There something else constant about Glacier Guides and Montana Raft, too. Or someone, we should say.

whitewater rafting in Glacier National Park with Glacier Guides and Montana Raft
Butte in 1993, his first year as a river guide for Glacier Guides and Montana Raft.

Throwback Thursday #3

This week’s Throwback Thursday, in honor of our yearlong celebration of 35 years in business, features a young man known to many in the Glacier National Park and Whitefish Mountain Resort communities as Butte.

More formally known as Jeff Soyland, Butte is a longterm member of the Glacier Guides and Montana Raft family. Butte is our Head Boatman by summer and Whitefish Mountain Resort Ski Patrol by winter. He’s been with us since 1993 and is a leader of all our rafting and hiking guides. Every spring, Butte imbues a new generation of guides with insider knowledge of whitewater rafting in Glacier National Park!

Randy Gayner, our Co-Owner/Founder, especially loves when our guests asks Butte where he is from — that’s Butte, America, to you! All of us at Glacier Guides and Montana Raft all have very fond memories of Butte’s Evil Knievel costume appearances. If you don’t know, Evil Knievel is Butte’s hometown hero.

Denny Gignoux, our Co-Owner/Manager and Butte’s co-worker for the last 25 years, sums up Butte best:

“Butte’s name says it all – he is the myth, the man, the legend.  He embodies the spirit of the city of Butte itself, which was once Montana’s largest city. Butte has a rock solid work ethic, endless willingness to go the extra mile, and an unfailing ability to always get things done. He holds many a great story about the rivers surrounding Glacier National Park. Glacier Guides and Montana Raft wouldn’t be the same without him.”

Thanks for spending the last 25 years with us, Butte!

Book Often, Book Early: Whitewater Rafting in Glacier National Park

Want to go white water rafting in Glacier National Park? We can’t promise you’ll go with Butte, but you will go with a river guide he’s had an enormous influence on. Check out our 1/2 day, full day, and multi day rafting options for more information!

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