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6chasem
Great vibes from Erik and Matt! You will learn far more than you seek! Course is exceptional and it will prepare you for heading out into the backcountry during the winter.
  AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course
Mich_Jeeper
My 21 year old daughter and I rock climbed the Super Slabs in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains in August 2018. Our guide Matt S. from Sawtooth Mountain Guides was phenomenal. He was very knowledgeable of the technical aspects of rock climbing as well as with Idaho and the Sawtooth Mountain region. Our adventure started out at the Red Fish Lake Lodge in the morning where we got fitted for helmets, shoes, and harness. Matt had a truck full of equipment and supplied everything we required for the climb. Once we packed all our gear up we boarded a boat that took us across Red Fish Lake. We then had a hike to the base of the Super Slabs, the hike was about 2 miles with a gradual uphill the whole way. At the base we had short lesson, changed into our gear, and began the climb. Our multi-pitch climb was broken into about 5 stops to pull the ropes and tie on to next assent. The total climbing duration was about 4 hours and was a workout. This was our first time rock climbing outside on an actual mountain, but we had done some indoor rock wall climbing prior to this trip. Matt challenged us and pushed us to do more than we thought we were capable of, taking us on a more difficult route. After a short snack and pictures at the top of the mountain, we climbed down a very step trail back to the base with helmets on. Then hike back to lake eating some wild huckleberries along the way and 10-minute boat ride back to Lodge. This was a full day event and we made reservations about a month in advance of our trip. During reservation, we were provided with meeting instructions, times, and what to bring. We needed to have backpacks, water, and food, Good hiking shoes and proper attire. Long pants are a must as the granite rock is abrasive. Also, I brought two water bottles which was not enough, luckily there was a nice ice-cold mountain spring at the base of the Super Slabs that I could refill up with. I would highly recommend Sawtooth Mountain Guides.
  Intro Rock Climbing
Joe_Cindy2014
The staff was awesome coordinating our trip. This was a birthday gift to my wife. Stacy, their office person was so easy to work with. Drew, our guide was awesome.

We have used different guides from other states and Sawtooth Mountain Guides is one of the best!

They are our preferred guides for local trips.
  Intro Rock Climbing
Jeremy L
Took a AIARE Avalanche Level 1 & Level 2 from the Sawtooth Mountain Guides - Great instructors, welcoming classroom setting, incredible views, and motivating to purse more education in the avalanche world. Learned a ton of information in a fun but very professional manner. These Guys rock! Highly recommend taking courses from them if you are in need!
  AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course , AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course
connecticuttraveler6
In past years we have done day adventures with SMG (a day of climbing on the Super Slabs and a day hike to Goat Lake). This time we wanted to do something a little more adventurous, so planned a 3 day family backpack to hike into Imogene Lake and then do a summit of Mount Cramer. Every detail of the trip was perfect. Sara Lundy (one of the co-owners) was our guide. She was incredible -- personable, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, not to mention a great outdoors cook (we couldn't believe how many tasty treats she had for our meals!). We opted for a porter to take the bulk of our gear to camp on the first day. As such, our camp was waiting for us upon arrival -- tents set up by a small "no-name" lake right next to Imogene that was so beautiful. We swam, explored, ate and just enjoyed the beauty of the surroundings. The hike up Mt. Cramer on Day 2 was challenging but spectacular. It is a bushwhack the whole way -- first through alpine forest and then a rock scramble above treeline. Sara forged our path with expert precision -- we did not have to backtrack once. Of course, the weather cooperated, which makes all the difference. We were very happy with the whole experience and highly recommend SMG.
  Multi-Day Backpacking , Non-Technical Summits
Dianna58
Best in all the West. The SMG rock-n-raft combo is awesome. In the morning, Eric taught us several climbing techniques at the boulder near Red Fish Lake Lodge. He is patient, a great teacher, has a sense of humor, and is encouraging without being condescending. In the afternoon, we rafted with a company in Stanley. Previously, we've met SMG guides on Borah. They are the type of people who make an arduous hike an enjoyable experience. SMG has wonderful employees.
  Rock-n-Raft Combo Adventure , Intro Rock Climbing
Deborah A
What a terrific day I had learning to climb with the knowledgeable and lovely Marc. Everything was smooth sailing- From coordinating the schedule with Stacey just a couple of days prior to my visit, to getting kitted out with my equipment and then getting out on the climb with Marc. He was friendly and professional which made the day a total blast. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but Marc chose the perfect spot, which he based on my profile. He obviously took time to consider how to personalize the experience. Thank you for an awesome experience. Highly recommend such a great activity with this group of passionate and consummate professionals — I will definitely be back.
  Intro Rock Climbing
Tracy C
Our family of 4 was traveling for the first time to Stanley from the east coast. We wanted adventure so we signed up for the intro to mtn climbing class. We were matched with Matt S and he was beyond amazing. He was so engaging with the kids (7 and 11) and made us all feel 100% comfortable and safe. I was so scared of the heights but Matt helped we get over my fears with zero pressure. He was so much fun. He took the time to gauge the abilities of my kids and got us to do more than we thought possible. We will be back and will specifically ask for Matt. Anyone looking for backpacking, climbing or skiing treks, ASK FOR MATT S. Overall impressed with the level of communication between us and the company. our confirmation was sent immediately and all forms were easy to fill out via iphones (since we were traveling and no computer). overall 100% success. best decision ever.
  Intro Rock Climbing
kyleejo3
I'm a somewhat novice rock climber, and Drew took a friend and I to climb and was really awesome at teaching us and working to make the trip to our level. He was patient, kind, and answered all of our questions with a solid explanation of why he did things the way he did. He left us feeling inspired and wanting to get out more this summer to explore! The other mountain guides I have spoken to are the exact same way. They really know their stuff and are willing to make the trip whatever you want it to be.
  Intro Rock Climbing
dw20122015
Hiked and then spent night in Sawtooth Mtn with guide Amy David. Incredible! She was knowledgable, safe and fun to be with. Worth every penny. I would recommend this company and guide for every age and every level of experience. Beautiful camp site, too!
  Multi-Day Backpacking