River of No Return

About

Deep in the heart of Idaho lies the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, part of the largest roadless area left in the lower 48 states. At 2.5 million acres, it is larger than Yellowstone, yet most people have never even heard of it. Designated a federally-protected wilderness in 1980 by Congress, the region is full of deep canyons and mountain forests, rivers and abundant wildlife. Otters and elk, deer and coyotes, blue birds and bighorn sheep, and newly-restored wolf populations all thrive there. Today, nine packs of wolves roam freely through the park, each pack dependent on family — raising their young and hunting together.

Working with the Nez Perce Tribe in Central Idaho, wolf biologist Isaac Babcock spent 13 years participating in the wolf reintroduction program organized in the area. Wanting to share the raw beauty of the land and the wolves with his new wife, Bjornen, Isaac proposes spending a year there as an unconventional honeymoon, documenting their days as they go along. River of No Return tells their story, the story of a couple that took on the wilderness and all its challenges. The two have come to treasure their experience in an untamed place that, for a period of time, they called home.

River of No Return premiered April 18, 2012.

Production Credits Print

PRODUCED BY
ISAAC AND BJORNEN BABCOCK

PRODUCED BY
JANET HESS

CINEMATOGRAPHY AND SOUND BY
BJORNEN AND ISAAC BABCOCK
SHANE MOORE
GABE BABCOCK

EDITED BY
HEIDI DERUITER

MUSIC BY
LENNY WILLIAMS
CHRIS BIONDO

CO-PRODUCED BY
SHANE MOORE

DIGITAL IMAGING TECHNOLOGIST
MARNI WALSH
JASON FISH

POST PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY

SOUND EDITOR
BRIAN BEATRICE

SOUND MIXER
BRIAN BEATRICE

COLORIST
JANE TOLMACHYOV

ONLINE EDITOR
DAVID GAUFF

STOCK SOUND
BOB LANDIS

WINTER FACILITIES
UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO TAYLOR WILDERNESS RESEARCH STATION

BACKCOUNTRY AVIATION
ARNOLD AVIATION
SAWTOOTH FLYING SERVICE

RIVER TRANSPORT
CANYONS, INC.

SPECIAL THANKS
PAYETTE NATIONAL FOREST
SALMON-CHALLIS NATIONAL FOREST
NEZ PERCE TRIBE WOLF RECOVERY PROGRAM
IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME
JIM AND HOLLY AKENSON
CLEM POPE
PATRICK BROWN
JIM HOLYAN
THE MURIE CENTER
BOULDER WHITE CLOUDS COUNCIL
THE MOORE FAMILY
THE BECHDEL FAMILY
BARBARA STOHLMAN
ANDY YOUNG
THE MANY INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES AND GROUPS WHO SUPPORTED THIS JOURNEY
ALL THE INDIVIDUALS WHO MAKE UP THE WILDERNESS TRAIL CREWS

PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE PROVIDED BY THE USDA FOREST SERVICE

FOR NATURE

SERIES EDITOR
JANET HESS

SUPERVISING PRODUCER
JANICE YOUNG

SENIOR PRODUCER
LAURA METZGER LYNCH

PRODUCTION MANAGER
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
JAYNE JUN

RE-RECORDING MIXER
ED CAMPBELL

ONLINE EDITOR
PATRICK KRASS

OFFLINE EDITOR
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY

SERIES PRODUCER
BILL MURPHY

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
FRED KAUFMAN

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