Founded in 1985, Sawtooth Mountain Guides is owned and operated by Erik Leidecker and Niels Meyer. Each SMG guide has their own particular background of expertise garnered through both formal training (AMGA, AIARE, WFR, etc) and from experience climbing, skiing, traveling, and guiding in Idaho and in the great ranges of the world. Further, each SMG guide is thoughtful and considerate, leads an interesting life, and is a lot of fun as a companion with whom to spend time in the mountains.
SMG is an Accredited Mountain Guide Service by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), and is the only accredited guide service in Idaho. Accreditation means that we’ve received an independent outside review, ensuring our operation meets or exceeds the current industry standards as defined by the AMGA. Accredited guide services:
- Are committed to high technical standards, strong programs, and a quality staff of engaged and engaging climbing instructors and guides.
- Have AMGA certified guides on staff.
- Encourage staff members to pursue AMGA certification, provide mentoring, and support staff through the AMGA training and certification process.
- Conduct annual terrain specific trainings utilizing AMGA certified staff members.