Sawtooth Mountain Guides http://sawtoothguides.com Year Round Mountain Adventure Since 1985 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 22:22:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Featured Route: Warbonnet Peakhttp://sawtoothguides.com/2015/07/17/featured-route-warbonnet-peak/ http://sawtoothguides.com/2015/07/17/featured-route-warbonnet-peak/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 21:00:48 +0000 http://sawtoothguides.com/?p=14372 With its distinctive leaning summit tower, Warbonnet Peak is easily one of the most recognizable peaks in the Sawtooths. Remote, wild, and surrounded by many other unique spires and craggy peaks, camping below it is a worthy destination in its own right. But for those looking for adventure and challenge, Warbonnet offers a moderate but exciting climbing […]

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Melting snow means the high country is good to gohttp://sawtoothguides.com/2015/06/29/high-country-is-good-to-go/ http://sawtoothguides.com/2015/06/29/high-country-is-good-to-go/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:12:24 +0000 http://sawtoothguides.com/?p=14272 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 winter combined with the recent heat wave has put us a few weeks ahead of our usual melt cycle, allowing access to alpine basin and passes that would normally be snowed in […]

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Conditions update – summer’s here!http://sawtoothguides.com/2015/06/08/summers-here/ http://sawtoothguides.com/2015/06/08/summers-here/#comments Mon, 08 Jun 2015 23:11:15 +0000 http://sawtoothguides.com/?p=14098 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 week which, for us at least, is always the “official” start of the summer season. Guide training always begins with a review of our risk management plan and any new additions […]

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Spring Powder & Ski Mountaineeringhttp://sawtoothguides.com/2015/04/13/spring-powder-ski-mountaineering/ http://sawtoothguides.com/2015/04/13/spring-powder-ski-mountaineering/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 02:59:26 +0000 http://sawtoothguides.com/?p=13775 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 the high peaks with uncharacteristically light snow for spring, or anytime of year for that matter! With lower elevations in the Sawtooths melted out, the turns have certainly been […]

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Mid-Winter Update: Avalanche courses, and finally the snow returnshttp://sawtoothguides.com/2015/02/10/mid-winter-update-avalanche-courses-finally-snow-returns/ http://sawtoothguides.com/2015/02/10/mid-winter-update-avalanche-courses-finally-snow-returns/#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2015 00:41:25 +0000 http://sawtoothguides.com/?p=13626 After an epic December filled with powder, above average snowfall, and relatively stable conditions, January was a little disappointing. Still we managed to find some decent skiing here and there, although rain into the upper elevations, extended high pressure, and very warm temperatures made it challenging to say the least. Yet even as January came to a close with nary a […]

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Great start to the New Yearhttp://sawtoothguides.com/2015/01/13/great-start-new-year/ http://sawtoothguides.com/2015/01/13/great-start-new-year/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:55:35 +0000 http://sawtoothguides.com/?p=13271 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 snowpack. Conditions have allowed us to explore steeper alpine terrain that we often don’t get to until much later in the season. Recent warm temps have left breakable crusts in many […]

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A Christmas To Remember!http://sawtoothguides.com/2014/12/27/christmas-to-remember/ http://sawtoothguides.com/2014/12/27/christmas-to-remember/#comments Sun, 28 Dec 2014 00:41:26 +0000 http://sawtoothguides.com/?p=13192 December delivered the goods and most mountain weather stations are showing 120-130% of average snowfall. Contrast that to last season’s dismal start, and it seems like we have twice our normal snow! The storms have been coming in consistently, and it’s a treat to be starting the season without any deep-lurking snowpack instabilities. Powder conditions peaked […]

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Open For Business!http://sawtoothguides.com/2014/12/11/open-business/ http://sawtoothguides.com/2014/12/11/open-business/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 18:21:46 +0000 http://sawtoothguides.com/?p=12991 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 problem to have and no one’s complaining! There’s a 3-5′ base in the Sawtooths and around Banner Summit, and the 2014-15 ski season is in full swing. Snow Conditions This […]

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Winter’s Here (Now Keep It Coming!)http://sawtoothguides.com/2014/11/16/winters-here/ http://sawtoothguides.com/2014/11/16/winters-here/#comments Sun, 16 Nov 2014 16:36:38 +0000 http://sawtoothguides.com/?p=12550 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 become a thing of the past, and we are left with no choice but to think about skiing and riding. This year, that happened this past Friday. A westerly storm track left 1-2 feet of […]

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Late Summer Adventures: Photo Galleryhttp://sawtoothguides.com/2014/08/30/late-summer-photo-gallery/ http://sawtoothguides.com/2014/08/30/late-summer-photo-gallery/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:17:21 +0000 http://sawtoothguides.com/?p=9445 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 central Idaho. It was also a wet month, with many stations reporting 2-3 times our usual rainfall. While the weather thwarted a few of our trips and […]

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