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70 Reviews on Trip Advisor — 5/5 Rating

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Alec S
These guys put on a really good Avy 2 course. The guides are very skilled and have great communication skills that allow students to easily absorb the information they're providing. The terrain they teach the field parts of the class in are traveled heavily by ID backcountry users, and make applying observations to ski terrain choice really useful.

The Williams Peak Hut is a GREAT backcountry hut. The yurts are in great shape, and the proximity to incredible ski terrain is next to none. I've never been to any of the other huts in the Sawtooth Range, but would have a hard time trying a different hut after seeing the options available from this hut.
Jeff S
All the people at SMG should great professionalism, knowledge and enthusiasm throughout the class. I would recommend anyone who wants to spend more time in the backcountry take this class or hire SMG as guides.
Craig R
I have nothing but great things to say about all three instructors that I was fortunate enough to meet and learn from. Genuine, salt of the earth kind of people that were able to educate me on a human level with sincerity. I feel that these instructors take great pride in what they do and it showed throughout the coarse, additionally they were extremely respectful and patient to all of the students who varied in skill and understanding.

When you are learning from people that "live" in the heart of some of the most dangerous and magnificent mountains and terrain in the United States you really get the sense that you are learning from top level professionals and it showed.

I will be recommending this course and set of instructors to everyone I meet that may be interested in furthering their backcountry education or experience.

I look forward to taking more courses from Sawtooth Mountain Guides and running into their awesome staff in the future.
Matt S
I drove up to Stanley to take SMG's annual spring ski mountaineering course. An incredible trip from beginning to end. The staff at SMG delivered a first class experience. The guides have an incredible level of expertise and proficiency in backcountry skiing and avalanche safety. I'd absolutely recommend SMG's ski mountaineering trip.
Such a fantastic weekend away in the Sawtooth with Sara, Chris, Drew, and Mike. The course was very thorough and I walked away achieving my objective for the weekend: to feel more confident identifying and assessing the dangers of avalanche terrain. It was so great to have such a sincere and passionate group of instructors sharing their knowledge with us. Mike is a fantastic chef and photographer! I would definitely recommend to anyone interested in learning about avalanche safety/getting out in the great mountains around us!
Evan R
Extremely knowledgeable instructors/guides. The combination of classroom and field work was perfect. We even got some blue bird powder turns in. Highly recommend!
Casey S
SMG provided a great overall experience for our Redfish Lakes - Super Slab climbing day.

Erik, co-owner, was our first contact via phone and gave a good first impression of professional competence during the discussion. He offered good insights and options for a group of teenage guys who wanted to combine climbing and backpacking in the Sawtooth Range.

Rachel was our office contact as we worked through the reservations and logistics. She was always upbeat and easy going in her communication, with quick answers to our questions, providing a sense that she had things under control.

Drew Daley's laid back personality almost belied his professionalism at first, but turned out exceptional in providing a relaxed atmosphere and keeping the adventure light while engaging well with the four teenage climbers. His professional skill and knowledge were readily apparent during his intro training at the slab. Our respect for Drew increased even more after reading a recent online article that briefly explained the personal efforts that are needed for AMGA certification, and quoted Drew on his take on becoming AMGA certified. It's nice to know he is the real deal, as are the other AMGA certified guides with SMG. Drew even took a minute to chat with us when we crossed paths again a couple day's later on our way back to Redfish Lake from Cramer Lakes area (backpacking). He was guiding again at the Super Slab.

Walker Nosworthy, our other guide, had been with SMG for a short time and was very polite, demonstrating good technical skills too Walker instilled the necessary confidence in his two teenage clients and made a valued contribution to the adventure.

We were very pleased with our first experience with SMG. We would absolutely use them again. Great company.
Holly H
My husband and I are in Stanley for an extra day before leaving on a middle fork float trip and had a free Saturday afternoon. We called up Sawtooth Mountain guides and were accommodated last minute for a half day hike in the Sawtooth Wilderness. Our guide Chris turned out to also be the owner, and he was awesome! We took a gorgeous boat trip to the trailhead and hiked back into a bubbling mountain stream and pool amid glacier carved rocks. It was astounding, and worth the cost because Chris taught us about the area, took care to ensure our comfort and safety and was just fun to hike with. Great company, we will absolutely use them again when we return to Stanley.
Lee O
I hiked the Sawtooth Mountains with SMG this summer. Two women friends and I hiked with Sara and two great porters, Everett and Walker. It was like hiking with three friends except one of them, Sara, cooked the meals, carried the 50+lb pack and had the expertise to make sure that we were safe and had a great time. The scenery was beautiful, the meals filling and good, sleeping bags comfortable and the company couldn't be better. Hiking light is a great way to experience the mountains.
John B
Sara and Chris Lundy guided my daughter and me on a four day, off-trail, backpacking trip to commemorate her high school graduation. The trip was incredible. While my daughter has spent time in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate NY she had never experienced or seen anything like the mountains out west.

We chose the Sawtooths mainly because of the potential solitude and we weren't disappointed. Other than the entry/exit of the wilderness area we saw no other signs of humans just beautiful glacier lakes, mountain streams, wild flowers, rugged peaks, and wildlife. My daughter was absolutely blown away by the sheer beauty and breadth of the Sawtooth Wilderness Area.

We chose Sawtooth Mountain Guides based on the reviews and the potential to work with such a skilled, knowledgeable, experienced, female guide. I wanted my daughter to see yet another example of a woman that has truly excelled at her passion. Sara didn't disappoint. As other reviewers have noted her back-country cooking is fabulous, her knowledge of the region is limitless, her passion for the outdoors is contagious, and she doesn't even seem to notice that the pack she carries is 35% of her body weight. We also chose to use a porter in order to keep our packs lighter and a safety measure in the event my old leg injuries decided to flare-up. When we arrived at SMG's office we were honored to discover that our "porter" was actually Chris Lundy, husband, co-owner, and resident avalanche expert. While avalanches certainly weren't an issue in July both my daughter and I truly enjoyed learning from Chris about the physics behind avalanches. With Chris's BS and MS in engineering he certainly was well equipped to answer our many questions and further energize my daughter for the engineering studies she is about to begin.

Much has been said in other reviews about Sara and Chris's back-country hospitality and it is all true, but I was most happy about a very fine subtlety. In general, I prefer not to use guides. This is mainly because as skilled and knowledgeable as they may be you have no way of telling in advance if they are prone to nonstop chatter or are completely challenged in human interactions. Backpacking with Sara and Chris felt like a trip with old friends. They both understand the beauty of silence when you just want to take in everything the Sawtooths have to offer but they also seemed to know the perfect moment to offer up some interesting insights when the trail got monotonous or you had even an inkling of a question.

Sara and Chris enabled a graduation present that I believe my daughter will never forget. I know I will never forget this special time spent with my daughter. I look forward to finding the reason/excuse to once again explore the Sawtooths with Sara and Chris.