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  • Photo Inspiration: Sawtooths in Winter

    April 20, 2016
    No trip report, no ski shots, no people. Just photos of the remote Sawtooths in their spring blanket of snow. We all love to ski, but most of us are u...
  • Trip Report: Custom Ski Mountaineering Course

    April 14, 2016
    What do you do when a group of skilled local skiers ask you to arrange a custom Ski Mountaineering Camp for them? You say yes please and thank you! ...
  • Ski mountaineering season is here! (And other news)

    March 3, 2016
    Our favorite time of year is upon us...the snowpack is getting deep, weak layers have healed, and conditions are conducive to exploring the high mount...
  • Winter Update: Powder!

    January 17, 2016
    After an incredible December left us with 150% of normal snowpack, the snow shut off for the first part of January and left us wondering if the early ...
  • Winter Update: It's On!

    December 14, 2015
    The seemingly slow start to the 2015-16 winter came to an abrupt end with a series of firehose storms targeting central Idaho. Over the past week, t...
  • Guest Blog: The Packrat Circuit

    August 26, 2015
    This post was written by an impressive young woman who completed a challenging off-trail hiking loop with her dad back in June. We thought it would be...
  • Mid Summer Happenings: Kids Camp, snow on Borah, and more!

    July 31, 2015
    Summer is well under way and so far it's been a good one. After the heat wave in June produced 95 degree temps in Stanley, since the 4th of July it's ...
  • Featured Route: Warbonnet Peak

    July 17, 2015
    With its distinctive leaning summit tower, Warbonnet Peak is easily one of the most recognizable peaks in the Sawtooths. Remote, wild, and surrounded ...
  • Melting snow means the high country is good to go

    June 30, 2015
    It's quite apparent looking up at the mountains surrounding Stanley and Sun Valley that there is little snow left in the higher elevations. A light w...
  • Conditions update - summer's here!

    June 8, 2015
    The snow is melting in the mountains allowing hikers and climbers to start nudging into the high country. Our summer guide training wrapped up last we...
  • Spring Powder & Ski Mountaineering

    April 14, 2015
    Just when many had given up on winter, April rolled in with some of the best powder skiing since December. A series of cold 6-12" storms blanketed th...
  • Mid-Winter Update: Avalanche courses, and finally the snow returns

    February 11, 2015
    After an epic December filled with powder, above average snowfall, and relatively stable conditions, January was a little disappointing. Still we m...
  • Great start to the New Year

    January 13, 2015
    After such a powder-filled December, what will the New Year bring? Time will tell of course, but so far we've seen less stormy weather and a stable ...
  • A Christmas To Remember!

    December 28, 2014
    December delivered the goods and most mountain weather stations are showing 120-130% of average snowfall. Contrast that to last season's dismal start,...
  • Open For Business!

    December 11, 2014
    It's been an early start to the winter and we've been scrambling to finish projects that we thought had more time to finish. But that's a good probl...
  • Winter's Here (Now Keep It Coming!)

    November 16, 2014
    There comes a time each year when the season has clearly changed from fall to winter. Summer and fall activities like hiking, running, and biking be...
  • Late Summer Adventures: Photo Gallery

    August 30, 2014
    Whew! Our summer is simmering down, and we finally have time to relive the fun. August was a busy month and we ran a number of exciting trips across c...
  • Classic Alpine Climbs of the Pios

    August 14, 2014
    While we're better known for the classic alpine rock climbs of the Sawtooths, the Pioneer Mountains southeast of Sun Valley hold some of our best mode...
  • Heat of the Summer: Mid Season Update

    August 7, 2014
    Despite 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 ...
  • 2014 Sawtooth Kids Camp & More!

    July 27, 2014
    Last week a number of enthusiastic kids took the Sawtooths by storm! The younger generation has always played an important role in what we do at SMG,...
  • New Summer Programs!

    July 10, 2014
    Sawtooth Mountain Guides is cooking up some exciting new programs for this summer! Whether you hope to get deeper into the mountains or climb to their...
  • Sawtooth Conditions Update - Time to Hit the Trails (and Rock)!

    July 2, 2014
    A stormy late winter left a deep blanket of snow in the Sawtooths that has been slow to melt. But recent warm weather has melted a lot of the snow an...
  • Summer Begins! Guide Training 2014

    June 11, 2014
    Summer comes on slow in the Sawtooths - it can feel warm and sunny in the valley, but the high peaks are still locked in snow. So when does summer off...
  • Trip Reports: March Showers Bring April Powder

    April 14, 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 te...
  • The Chutings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

    March 25, 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 tak...
  • Schooling and Getting Schooled: Midwinter Report

    February 25, 2014
    Whew. The first half of the winter is done and gone - where did it go? Read to find out, or skip ahead to the photos! Avalanche Education We taught ...
  • Early Winter: Avalanche Courses and Powder...Finally!

    January 15, 2014
    It's mid-January, and we're full steam ahead on our avalanche education programs and guided ski trips.In early January, we hosted an American Inst...
  • Trip Report: Backcountry Skills Course 2013

    December 18, 2013
    Our Backcountry Skills Course is one of our favorite programs and an excellent way to kick off a new winter season. It strikes the perfect balance bet...
  • Winter 2014: It's On!

    December 4, 2013
    While a few skiers and riders have been out and about over the past few weeks (ourselves included), the snowpack has been thin and the skiing generall...
  • Japan: Bottomless Powder in the Land of the Rising Sun

    November 26, 2013
    Have you wanted to ski the bottomless powder of Japan's northern island, Hokkaido? Eat sashimi, udon and tempura? Soak in the onsen after a day of tou...
  • Ready For Winter!

    November 11, 2013
    After the incredible summer-like weather of October, November came in with a welcome blast of winter. The mountains are beginning to don their winter ...
  • What's Up? Fall News 2013

    October 27, 2013
    Guides The most significant guide news is that long time SMG guide Marc Hanselman is about to be a father. His wife Heidi is due in mid-November. All...
  • Costa Rica Corporate Trip

    October 13, 2013
    Many of you may not know that SMG has been running custom corporate trips for over 20 years. Working primarily with investment companies, over the yea...
  • Portered Base Camp at Imogene Lake

    September 8, 2013
    Early September might be the best time for hiking in the Sawtooths...fewer people, cooler temperatures, and the occasional rain shower to freshen thin...
  • Traveling Light Hiking Trip - Toxaway to Hellroaring

    August 21, 2013
    We get a number of inquiries from folks looking for the experience of a multi-day backpacking trip without the struggle of carrying a heavy backpack. ...
  • 2013 Sawtooth Alpine Kids Camp

    August 3, 2013
    We had another successful, albeit different, Sawtooth Alpine Kid's Camp this summer led by kids camp veterans Ryan and Matt. Kids at heart, Ryan and M...
  • Family Camping Trip to Alpine Lake

    July 31, 2013
    Sara just returned from guiding a 4-day custom family camping trip to Alpine Lake in the northern Sawtooths. This adventurous family had just finish...
  • Womens Sawtooth Backpacking Trip - July 2013

    July 13, 2013
    Sara just returned from a backpack trip through the heart of the Sawtooths with two wonderful women from California and Colorado. Starting at Petit La...
  • Sawtooth Hiking & Backpacking Season in Full Swing

    July 4, 2013
    With an early start to summer and the recent hot weather, Sawtooth trails are opening up ahead of schedule. Most of the popular trails have melted out...
  • 2013 Summer Guide Training

    June 13, 2013
    The summer season always begins with guide training. This is a great way to leave images of powder and couloirs behind and dust off the cobwebs for da...
  • Extracurricular Activities: the AMGA

    May 26, 2013
    The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) certifies guides in three disciplines: rock, alpine, and ski mountaineering. Each discipline typical...
  • Ski Mountaineering Camps 2013

    May 6, 2013
    This spring we ran two Ski Mountaineering Camps at the Williams Peak Hut. While snow was rapidly disappearing in the valley, we found excellent condit...
  • Williams Peak Hut Ski Mountaineering

    Girls Backcountry Ski Trip to the Williams Peak Hut

    April 24, 2013
    Last weekend, Sara returned from guiding a trip at the Williams Peak Hut with four women from the Ketchum/Hailey area. With recent cold weather, they...
  • Williams Peak Hut Ski Mountaineering

    SCOTT Sports at the Williams Peak Hut

    April 12, 2013
    This past week, SCOTT Sports and a host of media folks/gear testers joined Sawtooth Mountain Guides for three days of backcountry hut skiing and ski m...
  • Trip Report: Work Meeting on Imogene Peak

    March 20, 2013
    Meetings are a necessary evil with most jobs, and operating a guide service is no exception. Our advice: meetings are better when there are no boardro...
  • Ski Mountaineering: The Gear We Use

    March 5, 2013
    Erik Leidecker raps the crux on the Grand Mogul's Boy Scout Couloir.While no one gets sick of skiing powder, when March rolls around our thoughts ...
  • Trip Report: Williams Hut with the Vermont Powder Pigs

    February 26, 2013
    I'll be honest, conditions in the Sawtooths were a little grim. But then 4-6" of new snow arrived, and so did the Vermont Powder Pigs. The surprise st...
  • Trip Report: Mid-Winter Couloir Skiing

    February 13, 2013
    Michael left his home turf in the Wasatch last weekend to join Sawtooth Mountain Guides for a couple days of ski mountaineering. A month long dry spe...
  • Winter Returns to the Northern Sawtooths

    January 30, 2013
    How quickly things change! Less than a week ago, we were lamenting the recent dry spell during an adventure ski tour in the Sawtooths. Weeks of dry we...
  • Transitions at SMG - the Past, Present, and Future

    January 3, 2013
    “A Sense of Place” - The Past, Present, and Future of Sawtooth Mountain Guides By Kirk Bachman With the coming of 2013, Sawtooth Mountain Guid...
  • Epic Start to the 2012-13 Winter - Slideshow

    December 29, 2012
    With high pressure finally on the horizon, now seems like the perfect time to reflect on the epic start to the 2012-13 winter and share some of our fa...
  • 2012 Backcountry Skills Course Trip Report

    December 11, 2012
    All of us at Sawtooth Mountain Guides are passionate about backcountry skiing, and we love sharing this passion with others and helping them gain the ...
  • Snowpocalypse vs. Williams Peak Hut ... Hut Wins!

    December 4, 2012
    The recent Snowpocalypse event delivered somewhere between 4-5" of water to the Sawtooths. If this storm had been a cold one with average density snow...
  • What's in Erik's Pack?

    November 20, 2012
    As the backcountry ski season approaches, now's a good time to dust off the cobwebs and remember what needs to get packed for that first ski trip of t...
  • Fall work at the Williams Peak Hut

    November 20, 2012
    The Williams Peak Hut is dialed and ready to go for another winter season of good times, good friends, and good turns!We've made a number of impro...
  • Sage School at the City of Rocks

    September 8, 2012
    The Sage School 6th graders from Ketchum joined Sawtooth Mountain Guides in the City of Rocks a few days ago to learn the basics of rock climbing. It ...
  • Warbonnet Colors

    August 29, 2012
    Ask any guide at SMG where they would like to go hang out and climb for a week, almost everyone will answer "the Warbonnet area". The east fork of the...
  • Horstman NW Ridge: Beautiful Sawtooth Alpine

    August 15, 2012
    Fourth pitch of the ridge, with a long way to go!Recently Guides Ryan Jung, Megan Flynn and I headed off to climb one of the more classic and leas...
  • Sawtooth Bouldering

    August 1, 2012
    Although the Sawtooths are better known for their stellar alpine routes and walls, there's also some quality bouldering to be had.  Hanselman and Mar...
  • Climbing Warbonnet Peak

    July 27, 2012
    Guide Marc Hanselman checked in from a recent trip to Warbonnet, with David and Andrew Koning. Deep in the range, this peak is truly a classic climb ...
  • The Spaghetti Traverse

    July 20, 2012
    During early July I spent 9 days guiding in France, Switzerland, and Italy.  Ellen Singer and I did a hut-to-hut link up called the Spaghetti Trave...
  • Rock-n-Raft: New Adventure Option

    July 16, 2012
    Sawtooth Mountain Guides is partnering with Sawtooth Adventure Company to offer "Rock-n-Raft". This full day adventure combines rock climbing at the ...
  • New Climbing at Trail Creek

    June 25, 2012
    SPF 40 is the newest of three crags located on the Sun Valley side of Trail Creek Pass, a scenic dirt road that winds its way through the mountains No...
  • Alpine Climbing on McGown

    June 13, 2012
    June conditions often provide excellent alpine climbing, as the firm snow makes for great cramponing on the steeps, and easier travel over the lower...
  • More Winter Scenery

    March 21, 2012
    A recap of some personal touring earlier in March.  Always fun to be getting out in the Sawtooth Range… ...
  • Ski Mountaineering Stoke

    March 6, 2012
    Since March has turned the corner, and we’ve got some springtime weather in the forecast for later this week, its time to start thinking about sprin...
  • Hut Based Avalanche Courses

    January 20, 2012
    The past couple weekends (1/6-8 & 1/13-15) SMG held two level 1 avalanche courses at the Williams Peak Yurt.  Participants hiked in 6 miles - to ...
  • Boulder Ice

    January 12, 2012
    A day out in the Boulders - nice weather, great scenery and one of the best challenging ice climbs in Central Idaho.  The pillar is steep and sustain...
  • BC Skills - Skiing & Riding at the Williams Peak Yurt

    December 19, 2011
    Stanley and the shadow of the Sawtooth MountainsLast weekend we kicked off the Winter 2011/12 ski season with the Backcountry Skills Camp - a cour...
  • Smith's Prospecting Idaho: Season 2 Episode 10

    December 16, 2011
    In March 2011 the Smith team joined SMG's Clark Corey at the Williams Peak Hut and scored big with conditions
  • Early Season Ski/Snowboard Stoke - Magazines Feature SMG

    November 15, 2011
    As winter is moving in, the magazines are coming out with coverage on all the trips that happened last season.  In both Frequency Snowboard Magazine ...
  • The Leideckers in Europe!

    July 17, 2011
    For the second summer in a row I have been guiding in Europe based from Chamonix, France.   This year since June 18th my family and I have been liv...
  • New route!

    July 14, 2011
    For those looking for some easy-access moderate routes, 'Tanline' is a new 5.8 bolted route located on the SPF 40 crag at Trail Creek.  Below, SMG Gu...
  • East Summit of Heyburn

    July 8, 2011
    On July 3, SMG Guide Marc Hanselman and client James Gilespie topped out on the East Summit of Mt. Heyburn.  This year's heavy snowpack made for a st...
  • The Grand Mogul

    June 21, 2011
    Last Wednesday, SMG Guide Marc Hanselman led clients Erik and Neil up the Boyscout Couloir on the Grand Mogul.  Under bluebird skies, and with great ...
  • Women's Clinic at the City of Rocks

    June 18, 2011
    This past weekend, SMG Guide Marc Hanselman and Diana Lincoln-Haye hosted a Women's Rock Climbing Clinic.  The aim of the clinic, as designed by Dian...
  • June 11th Bachelor Party Event at Trail Creek

    June 14, 2011
    SMG Guides Erik Leidecker, Drew Daly, and Katie Bono took this crew out to the Trail Creek crags for one last hurrah before a Sunday evening wedding a...
  • Guide Training and Season Kickoff

    June 14, 2011
    This past Thursday and Friday, SMG Guides were hard at work getting ready for the bulk of the 2011 guiding season.  Thursday saw guides refreshing th...
  • Ski Mountaineering Camps Wrap up the Season

    May 9, 2011
    Even though there is still tons of snow up high, our 2 ski mountaineering camps traditionally close out the ski season for guiding.  We didn't ski co...
  • Custom Ski Mountaineering~~Neil Bradshaw

    April 13, 2011
    Trei's Haute FaireApril 7 thru 10 provided great powder skiing and high mountain adventures for Neil Bradshaw's return annual adventure to the ...
  • Ski/Snowboard Mountaineering Photos

    March 30, 2011
    Here's some photos from recent mountain adventures...good conditions lately and April is looking nice.-Clark
  • Snowboarders attack the Sawtooths

    March 28, 2011
    Last week I had the pleasure of joining 6 talented snowboarders to the Williams Peak Hut.  The roster included long time pro Mike Basich, Deeper athl...
  • Springtime Skiing

    March 15, 2011
    As March has rolled around terrain up high is looking nice and filled in.  Before the last round of storms we were able to get up high and ski a few ...
  • Out and About

    March 4, 2011
    Although we've been pretty busy in January and February, we have managed to get out and explore the mountains on our free time.  Now March is already...
  • Custom avalanche courses, continued training, and even some personal skiing?!

    February 20, 2011
    Well it will finally start to slow down for us in the avalanche business for the season. Outside of our normal scheduled courses, we've run quite a f...
  • January Avalanche Courses

    February 2, 2011
    Well, its been another busy month with avalanche education.  We've had our regular scheduled Level 1 courses, and mixed in between several custom cou...
  • Ice Climbing...

    January 22, 2011
    With such a killer snowpack this year, its hard to give up a free day to do something other than skiing.  However, there are other activities that ar...
  • FA Athlete Spotlight: Zach Crist

    January 17, 2011
  • K2 at the Hut

    December 24, 2010
    December has been a great month at the yurt so far.  Right after the BC Skills course, the K2 snowboard guys spent a few days at the hut testing gear...
  • BC Skills...plenty of powder

    December 18, 2010
    Last weekend was our Backcountry Skills Course at the Williams Peak Hut.  We focused on interpreting the avalanche bulletin, rescue skills, backcount...
  • SMG in Ecuador: The Source of La Nina

    December 17, 2010
    Drew Pogge and I decided to start the ski season off with some ski mountaineering in Ecuador.  Big peaks, glaciers, cool summits, a foreign country; ...
  • The Season Begins - La Nina Delivers!

    November 30, 2010
    Last week ,before Turkey Day, Kirk, George, Raina, and I hauled some loads up to the Williams Peak Hut, did some hut maintenance, and enjoyed the 1ft ...
  • Sawtooth Halloween Day ushers in Winter

    November 1, 2010
    A Big La Nina weather pattern is forecasted for the coming winter, and the winter crew got our yurts up earl...
  • Summer Wrap Up

    October 14, 2010
    Its been a good end of the summer season, with a variety of trips and warm temps into the fall months.  The past couple months we've climbed the supe...
  • Fall Alpine Climbing

    September 20, 2010
    Yesterday, Drew and I decided to get out and climb!  We left during the wee hours of the morning and rendezvoused at the Mt. Borah Trailhe...
  • Kaplan Family Thompson Trek

    August 17, 2010
    The Kaplan family headed out with Co-Owner and Guide, Erik Leidecker, for a trek in the Mt. Thompson area.  Here is what Avery had to say about the...
  • SMG in Chamonix

    August 12, 2010
    We cannot display this galleryI just returned from a month of guiding, climbing, and vacation in Chamonix, France!  As many of you know SMG guide Mar...
  • More Blue Bird Days in the Sawtooths

    August 11, 2010
    Winter Guide, Mike Hatch joins guides Drew and Clark for a beautiful day of climbing on Warbonnet.
  • The Classics are Classic!

    July 18, 2010
    We cannot display this gallery While SMG guides have been out putting up and scoping out  new and exciting routes we haven't forgotten that the class...
  • New Route in the Pioneers: "Sky Pilot"

    July 8, 2010
    We cannot display this gallerySMG guides Marc and Drew climbed what they believed to be a new alpine route out Wildhorse Canyon in the Pioneer Mountai...
  • July 5th Climbing at the Super Slabs

    July 6, 2010
    July 5th Climbing at the Super Slabs.Another beautiful day in Redfish Canyon! 
  • The Wards and Watkins at the Slabs

    July 6, 2010
    Marc and Erik climbed with Bob, Darcy, and Hana Ward, and Mitch and Linda Watkins all from Twin Falls, Idaho last Friday.  There was a dusting of sn...
  • Full Time Office Staff...

    July 3, 2010
    Sawtooth Mountain Guides welcomes Sarah Halas and Megan Flynn to our team as the new office managers.  Sarah and Megan will be working in our 3...
  • Switching gears

    June 11, 2010
    SMG got some good turns in this spring, and we were skiing until the end of May.  Although there is still a good amount of snow up high, guides here ...
  • SMG in AK (again)

    May 30, 2010
    Alaska seems to have a strong pull on guides from SMG.  Kirk heli ski guided there for years, Erik has done numerous trips, Marc H. has done guide tr...
  • Spring Ski Mountaineering (AKA Chute School) in the Sawtooths

    May 28, 2010
    Sawtooth Mountain Guides put on its ever popular spring ski mountaineering courses (AKA Chute School) over 8 days the last two weeks of April at the W...
  • Neil Bradshaw Spring Hut Trip 4/15-18/2010

    April 29, 2010
    Neil Bradshaw put together a great group of guys from the Wood River Valley to come and partake of the fine spring ski conditions at the Williams Peak...
  • Erik Boe and Gang Get the Goods!

    April 15, 2010
    Last weekend Kirk and I had the fine pleasure of guiding Erik Boe and five friends for 4 days up at the Williams...
  • Erik returns from Alaska

    April 8, 2010
    Erik just got back from Alaska, where he was testing gear.  This included heli skiing based out of Haines and a plane assisted ski expedition in the ...
  • Best Ski Conditions of the Season!

    April 6, 2010
    Here it is beginning of April and since the 29th of March the Sawtooths have picked up 3ft. of new blower pow-pow!  All the models indicate the preci...
  • Ski Footage

    April 5, 2010
    Spring Ski Mountaineering in the Sawtooths!  This was all shot Spring 2010 and footage of skiin...
  • Ski Mountaineering Spring 2010

    April 5, 2010
    A quick edit of some skiing and snowboarding in the Sawtooth Range, Winter and Spring 2010.
  • February Guiding, and March Ski Mountaineering Stoke...

    March 15, 2010
    During February and the first part of March SMG has been busy with guiding and plenty of skiing on our own time.  That's right, we not only ski for w...
  • Yep, the Sawtooths are skiing good...

    February 14, 2010
    Although Idaho and a good part of the NW is suffering from a marginal snow year, the Sawtooths continue to hold true to its reputation of having a dee...
  • Sawtooth Hotel Skiing - Spending a weekend exploring the Sawtooths

    February 1, 2010
    In January Marc Hanselman and a group from Ketchum came up to spend a weekend in Stanley at the Sawtooth Hotel. ...
  • January Avy Courses

    January 27, 2010
    This Winter Season is about Good-Decision-Making & Terrain Selection & Dialing Down Ambitions for Big LinesFollowing early...
  • Level 1 at the Hut

    January 12, 2010
    This past weekend Kirk, Hatch and I (w/ help from fellow Stanley splitboarder & yurt master Trei) had our 1st Level 1 Avalanche class at the Hut....
  • First Ascent Avalanche Training

    January 9, 2010
    Here's the short video FA made on their avalanche training here in the Sawtooths.-Clark
  • More Snow and Avalanche Courses...

    December 27, 2009
    From the 2nd day of the BC Skills Camp (12/12) to Thursday 12/17, the Sawtooth received about 1.5 feet of snow.  This brought the average depths at t...
  • First Ascent & SMG early season tour

    December 23, 2009
    Make sure to check out their blog throughout the year too.-Clark
  • Backcountry Skills Course 12/11-13 2009

    December 22, 2009
    In the middle of December Sawtooth Mountain Guides instructors Mike Hatch and Clark Corey ran a Backcountry Skills Course up at the Williams Peak Hut ...
  • 1st Turns in the Sawtooths!

    December 5, 2009
    Yesterday we ventured out, in hopes of finding a few turns, getting some exercise, and checking out a new zone.  Well, the skiing up high wasn't bad ...
  • Cobb Peak Ice

    October 15, 2009
    SMG guide Drew Daly and I got out yesterday to check out the ice on the lower flanks of Cobb Peak.  The climbing is located at 10,000 feet and we app...
  • Summer Photos

    October 8, 2009
    Baron Spire and Baron Lakes.Community School Juniors on top of the Super Slabs.Ellen Singer underneath the Grand Aguille.Warbonnet Basecamp at t...
  • North Face of Mt. Borah

    October 8, 2009
    On Monday Sept. 21 Frank Gould and I climbed the North Face of Mt. Borah.  Although the face looked pretty melted out, it was acutally in great shape...
  • Northeast Ridge of the Devil's Bedstead West

    October 8, 2009
    On August 7th Robb Hamblen and I climbed the Northeast Ridge of the Devil's Bedstead West in the Pioneer Range.  The route entailed about 1600 feet o...
  • SMG Intern Returns From Alaska

    July 19, 2009
    SMG’s summer intern, Taylor Ganz, has recently returned from a month of climbing and guide training in Southeastern Alaska.  After being flown ont...
  • McGown Peak, July 5

    July 19, 2009
    July 5: After an ominous start Erik Boe, Jeff Tumelo and I (Erik Leidecker) managed to summit McGown Peak via the North Couloir.  The route was melte...
  • Titus Ridge, July 14th

    July 19, 2009
    July 14th: Panda and Holly on Titus Ridge. They navigated with map and compass from Titus Lake!
  • Thompson Peak, July 9 - 10

    July 19, 2009
  • Horstmann Peak

    July 19, 2009
    July 18 - James Gillespie and Rob Freeman on the top of Horstmann Peak
  • Sawtooth Chute School 4/30 - 5/3/09

    May 14, 2009
    Our last spring ski mountaineering course of the season drew a packed house.  Sawtooth Mountain Guides co-owner and IFMGA guide Erik Leidecker along ...
  • Ski Mountaineering Course 4/23-26

    April 29, 2009
    Sawtooth Alpine Ambience After the success of last years ski mountaineering course and a feature in "Backcountry Magazine" we quickly filled up 2 cour...
  • SMG in Labrador

    April 11, 2009
    I just got back from a exploratory ski/snowboard trip to Labrador, Canada. Drew Pogge from Backcountry Magazine, who wrote the article on last years ...
  • March Madness

    April 2, 2009
    March was a snowy month in the Sawtooths.  For the month, the mountains picked up 6-8 ft. of snow - almost doub...
  • Snow Report

    March 21, 2009
    We got hammered with snow last week so Hatch and I headed up to the yurt to shovel and resupply.  Snowstake at the yurt was at 195cm (6.5 feet!).  S...
  • Meeker & United Pipe-- February 24-27

    March 14, 2009
    Dan Meeker brought a veteran group of United Pipe backcountry enthusiasts for another Williams Peak rendezvous to join us for some epic powder skiing...
  • Chute Patrol Stikes Again

    March 8, 2009
    With weakening surfaces and strong storms approaching, Hatch and I decided to get out into the alpine before stability took a turn for the worse.  An...
  • Level 2 Tour Leadership & Avalanche Hazard

    February 24, 2009
    February 12-15, 09Instructors Steve Conger, from Golden, British Columbia and SMG Winter Director, Kirk Bachman were joined by Zach Crist, Rob Lan...
  • McGee Custom @ Williams Peak

    February 9, 2009
    Recently enjoyed a great adventure of 5 days of skiing with Dennis McGee and Friends. SMG guides Michael Hatch and Kirk Bachman joined Dennis, Darby, ...
  • AIARE Avalanche Level 1

    February 5, 2009
    This year SMG teamed up with AIARE to incorporate material into our curriculum.  Last year Kirk and Hatch went to Colorado to attend an ITC (instruct...
  • Navy Seals Custom Guided Hut Trip

    January 23, 2009
    Over a span of 5 days in mid-January a team of Navy Seals got to hone their backcountry ski skills in the diverse terrain of the Sawtooths surrounding...
  • January Avalanche Courses

    January 19, 2009
    Its been a busy month so far...with guiding and avalanche education. Here's a quick update on our courses:Kirk and I started off with an Avalanche L...
  • Schuler/Krohn Guided Hut Trip

    January 10, 2009
    For 5 days Linda and Jennifer immersed themselves in the beauty and splendor of the Sawtooths.  They brought their happy-go-lucky midwestern attitude...
  • Snow Report from the Sawtooths

    December 28, 2008
    Well lets face it…the beginning of the winter has been pretty dry in Idaho.  Every time I have been up to the yurt I pictured Tortilla flats to be ...
  • SMG Company Video

    December 16, 2008
    A short documentary on SMG.
  • The Season Begins...

    December 10, 2008
    We (Hatch and Clark) headed up to the yurt on Friday (12/6) for some pre-season projects and maintenance.  Hangin' at the yurt again felt great and g...
  • Expedition Inspiration Mt. Borah

    September 15, 2008
    Bob and Nancy on the summit.Intrepid guide Tim Ball strikes a pose.
  • Team Aloha Snowyside Area

    September 15, 2008
    Team on Aloha on Snowyside Peak.Tom
  • Jennison Family Warbonnet Trip

    September 15, 2008
    Joelle and Celine on the approach to Warbonnet.Nicholas and Celine on Cirque Lake Peak, Grade IV, 5.9.
  • Caputos in the Sawtooths!

    September 15, 2008
    Jackson and McKenzie Caputo at the Finger of FateJackson and Johnny on the Elephant
  • McGown Peak July 13th

    September 15, 2008
    Bob Rathbone and Steve Thompson on McGown Peak.McGown Peak from Stanley Lake.Bob and Steve in the McGown Couloir. Bob and Steve on the su...
  • Singer/Kapp Family Climbing

    July 9, 2008
    Here are some photos from two days on the Super Slabs with the Kapp/Singer family and their guests.   
  • Devil's Bedstead

    July 9, 2008
    On July 4th Bob Rathbone and I climbed the North Face of the Devil's Bedstead.  Bob is climbing the Matterhorn in August and was out for some practic...
  • Mt. Heyburn Alpine Climb

    June 17, 2008
    Here are some photos from a June 14th-15th ascent of Mt. Heyburn with Mike and Patty from Tampa. Not bad for a couple of climbers from Florida! Snow...
  • Williams Peak Ski Descent!

    June 17, 2008
    On June 13th Sam Gardner and I skied the South Face of Williams Peak. Sam is from New Mexico and was in town for a wedding in Boise. He is an accomp...
  • South Face of Kent Peak

    June 7, 2008
    On June 6th SMG guide Marc Hanselman and I skied the South Face of Kent Peak. We approached via the East Fork of the North Fork of the Big Wood River...
  • Ralph Shelton City of Rocks

    June 7, 2008
    Here are a few photos from the weekend of May 31-June 1st at City of Rocks. Ralph and I spent a day working on lead climbing skills.Erik SMG ...
  • Pantera Durango!

    May 20, 2008
    We just returned from Durango, Colorado and a three-day adventure retreat with San Francisco-based Pantera...
  • Spring Ski Mountaineering Camp - Williams Peak Hut

    April 30, 2008
    This years ski camp (April 24-27) couldn't have worked out better. For weather we had everything from mid winter-like storms to perfect blue bird days...
  • March 10, 2008 - Williams Peak Yurt - Profile Basin

    March 11, 2008
    East Ridge of Thompson Peak above Profile Basin
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