Wild Playground

Words and photos by backpacking guide and winter hutkeeper Lara Antonello We spent the morning on the lake fishing for […]

Take Your Climbing to the Next Pitch

Intro to Multi-Pitch Trad Climbing Course at the City of Rocks Words and photos by Backpacking Guide Amy David Looking […]

New snow, new faces, and other news

First major winter storm of the season Up ’til now, our fall has been characterized by high pressure and little […]

Midwinter Update: Winter’s Back!

It’s been a feast or famine season in the western U.S. Looking at the map to the right, it’s clear […]

Great American Eclipse 2017

Most people said it was the most significant two minutes they’d ever experienced, and we’d have to agree. Despite all […]

Summer Kick Off: Guide Training at the City

In the mountains, the distinction between spring and summer is a blurry line. It can feel summer-like down low while […]

Conditions update – summer’s here!

The snow is melting in the mountains allowing hikers and climbers to start nudging into the high country. Our summer […]

Sawtooth Conditions Update – Time to Hit the Trails (and Rock)!

A stormy late winter left a deep blanket of snow in the Sawtooths that has been slow to melt. But recent […]

“A Sense of Place” – The Past, Present, and Future of Sawtooth Mountain Guides By Kirk Bachman With the coming of […]

In March 2011 the Smith team joined SMG’s Clark Corey at the Williams Peak Hut and scored big with conditions