This spring we ran two Ski Mountaineering Camps at the Williams Peak Hut. While snow was rapidly disappearing in the valley, we found excellent conditions up high – settled powder in the north couloirs and corn elsewhere.
These camps always provide a capstone to our winter season. While there is a significant emphasis on teaching important mountaineering skills, we never lose sight of the “ski” portion of ski mountaineering! There is no better way to learn than to put the skills to use climbing and skiing the vast array of lines in the northern Sawtooths. Learning to ascend steep snow, belay, or rappel is great – but equally important is learning to apply these skills in the context of achieving a ski mountaineering objective. [more...]
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 continued to find powder conditions in the north-facing couloirs. In fact, they claimed they had to swim – rather than boot – up Big Fatty! Poor girls. [more...]
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 mountaineering at the Williams Peak Hut. Cold winter powder on the north aspects and fairly stable conditions lead to a frenzy of couloir hunting. [more...]
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 boardroom tables, chairs, walls, or suits.
Despite busy schedules, SMG owners Erik Leidecker and Chris and Sara Lundy got together for a work meeting on Imogene Peak in the Sawtooths last Monday. We’ll be totally honest – with 6 inches of new snow and decent snow stability, we didn’t get as much work done as we had hoped. [more...]