SAWTOOTH MOUNTAIN GUIDES: Year Round Mountain Adventure Since 1985

Your outdoor experts for climbing, hiking, and backcountry skiing in and around the Sawtooth Mountains near Sun Valley and Stanley, Idaho!

Upcoming Programs & Courses

Intro to Rock Climbing Course – City of Rocks

May 24-25, 2014 – Learn the fundamentals of rock climbing in this fun 1 or 2-day course. [...]

Lead Climbing 101 – City of Rocks

May 24-25, 2014 – Learn lead climbing techniques to enable you to move beyond the top rope! [...]

McGown Snow School – Sawtooth Mountains

May 31-June 1, 2014 – Learn steep snow climbing skills such as crampon and ice axe use. [...]

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Latest News, Trip Reports & More

Trip Reports: March Showers Bring April Powder

April 14th, 2014

Early April began with new snow, a stable snowpack, and a back-to-back guided hut trips. Rare conditions like this are perfect for enjoying steeper terrain in powder, and that's exactly what these groups were looking for. Kurtis and Philippe took last year's Ski Mountaineering Camp, and they returned this season with a couple friends to tick a few more lines off their respective bucket lists. A[...]

The Chutings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

March 25th, 2014

After spending the first half of the winter skiing 25 degree powder due to high avalanche hazard, we're doing our best to make up for lost time by taking advantages of a stellar spring. The snowpack has stabilized, the Sawtooths are fat, and the weather has been unbeatable - perfect conditions to tackle Sawtooths steeps, chutes, and couloirs. As the avalanche danger abated, we began running our[...]

Why Sawtooth Mountain Guides?

Sawtooth Mountain Guides is owned and operated by IFMGA mountain guide Erik Leidecker and Chris & Sara LundyEmploying the most AMGA-trained guides in Idaho, our guides are highly skilled, professional, and passionate about what they do. Each SMG guide is thoughtful and considerate, leads an interesting life, and is a lot of fun to spend time with in the mountains. Come climb, ski, or hike in some of the most incredible terrain anywhere – our permit area encompasses the Sawtooth, Lost River, Pioneer, Boulder, and Smoky Mountain Ranges, not to mention the City of Rocks! Whatever your skill level – whether you’re looking for fun, adventure, challenge, or education – our 30 years of expertise and professional guides ensure an unforgettable experience.


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