August 7, 2014 Hiking, SummitsDespite the recent cooler temperatures, things are heating up here at SMG. We’re in the peak of our summer season with lot’s of exciting trips coming and going. It’s been a fantastic summer so far – recent rain showers have cooled things off and kept the high mountains green and full of wildflowers. We’ve been incredibly thankful for smoke-free skies despite a few fires earlier this summer.Here’s a short summary of what we’ve been up to…make sure to check out the photo gallery below!A late-July ski descent of McGown’s north couloir…better late than never!Several day hikes to the Sawtooth’s incredible high alpine lakes, including the always classic Saddleback Lakes beneath the Elephant’s Perch.A successful Expedition Inspiration climb of Thompson Peak (the Sawtooth’s highest) with local athlete Melissa Arnot.A group of six successfully made it to the roof of Idaho – Mount Borah.A couple backpack trips (including one fully-portered trip) exploring some of the Sawtooth’s most scenic terrain.Several custom family camping, hiking, and climbing trips based at our Canyon Camp.And of course, a number of intro rock climbing programs with some fun families and kids!And it’s far from over! Coming up in just this next week, we’re running a Wilderness Experience trip with long-time SMG partner Terry Tillman, helping with Warriors Rock – a vet’s program at the City of Rocks, and taking some adventurous kids to the Finger of Fate! Stay tuned… Better late than never! A late-July ski descent of McGown's north couloir. Expedition Inspiration climbers just below the summit of Thompson Peak. This summer's Expedition Inspiration climbers in front of Thompson Peak. Recent moist weather has kept things green and fire free! Looking towards Braxon Peak from Saddleback Lakes. Cooling hot feet in Redfish Lake Creek. Climbing the pass to Warbonnet Lakes. Baron Lakes below. Packrat Peak and the Mayan Temple. Feather Lakes with Warbonnet in the background. In case you were wondering why they're called the Sawtooths! Lingering Elephant's Head. Upper Redfish Lakes. A nice 12" cutthroat in Upper Redfish Lakes. Home sweet home. The sun rises on Packrat Peak and Upper Redfish Lakes. Hard to believe this really happened!