Buck Dewey, Joni Dewey, and Heinz Sippel work to remove the duck boat ramp.

RIVER OF NO RETURN

Buck Dewey, Joni Dewey, and Heinz Sippel work to remove the duck boat ramp.

The Families Brave Enough to Cross The River of No Return Are Getting Their Own Show

These homesteaders must rely on themselves, the help of their neighbors and a seasoned set of survival skills to survive in this remote wilderness.

River of No Return tells the story of a few intrepid homesteaders whose only direct way to access their remote Idaho land is by way of plane or jet boat. The latter journey involves a harrowing boat ride through Class 5 whitewater rapids on the Salmon River, also known as “The River of No Return.” A body of land that Lewis and Clark described as “foaming and roaring through rocks in every direction, so as to render the passage of anything impossible.”

“They call the River of No Return the River of No Return because it’s just too damn tough to get back up.” Buck Dewey explains.

Within the 2.3 million acres of secluded wilderness lives a small community dependent on the pilots, boat captains and each other to survive. The challenges of backcountry life in the Frank Church Wilderness are on full display in River of No Return.

Wilderness life comes with its own unique rule book including - no motors outside of your property, respect thy neighbor, and leave no trace. The residents of “The Frank” range in age from twenty to beyond - all with the goal to live life on their own terms.

Pete Metz with his dog, Hildie on a mountain.

RIVER OF NO RETURN

Pete Metz with his dog, Hildie on a mountain.

Photo by: Peter McCabe Pictures.com

Peter McCabe Pictures.com

RIVER OF NO RETURN premieres Sunday, October 6 at 9pm ET / PT on Discovery Channel. In addition to watching the series on Discovery, viewers can check out new episodes each week by downloading the Discovery GO app. Viewers can join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #RiverOfNoReturn, and follow Discovery on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

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