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We took an Avy Level 1 Course from SMG and had great instructors - Sara and Chris Lundy along with Tanner (the awesome intern!). They cooked great meals, provided excellent instruction and put together a perfect weekend of learning in the backcountry. We will definitely be returning to the Williams Peak Hut next year and hiring the Lundys as our guides!
The weekend started on Friday morning with a few hours of classroom instruction at the Stanley Ranger Station. We then put our skins on our skis and hiked into the hut (about 5.5-6 miles and less than a 2000' elevation gain)... there are two huts with bunk beds (some beds even fold out to be double beds for any couples) and GORGEOUS Sawtooth Mountain scenery! Each night included some lectures/discussions and the days were spent in the field - practicing rescues, making observations, and using good communication to help mitigate the human factor of avalanche danger. Overall, I would highly recommend this course from SMG to anyone who spends time in the backcountry!
SMG guides Marc, Drew and Matt did an absolutely fantastic job working with my group of five kids, making sure that all ages (5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th grade!) were challenged but also cared for and supported. In addition to being great on the rock, they were professional and personable in camp after a day on the Super Slabs. I'd definitely feel comfortable bringing more kids to SMG in the future!
Climbed the super slabs and camped overnight at the Canyon Camp with Matt. The camp was a great stage and playground for the next days climb. My son got really nervous in the middle of the climb and I was completely impressed with how each detail of the situation played out. Matt was not only technically competent but handled the emotional side with a 7 year old brilliantly. So impressed and what a great memory. Highly recommended to anyone.
My Best Buddy and I went on a backpacking trip with Sara from Sawtooth Mountain Guides. The experience was beyond our expectations. Not only was Sara a great guide, with an amazing knowledge of the backcountry, but she was determined that we have a GREAT experience. She really cared about how the trip was going and went the extra mile and a half to make sure that we weren't just taken care of, but spoiled rotten.
The backcountry was breathtaking and the solitude glorious. Compared to the JMT, it was sparsely traveled. Sara took us bushwacking and off trail to a wonderful ledge and high mountain lake.
I can't say enough about this trip, but suffice it to say that I usually travel solo and light and am rather frugal, but this trip was worth every penny. I would highly recommend this experience to any backpacker looking to explore new country and wanting a knowledgeable guide who will definitely take great care of you.
My good friend and I went backpacking in the Sawtooth Mountains with Sara Lundy as our guide. The experience was exceptional and we had a wonderful time exploring this incredible place. The Sawtooth Mountains are breathtaking. Sara took us deep into the back-country and allowed us to experience the peace and serenity that this magical place provides . We swam in countless refreshing mountain lakes, viewed an amazing display of wild flowers, and pushed ourselves physically to the top of mountain vistas. The meals that Sara prepared were amazing and she pampered us at every opportunity. We were awakened with a fresh cup of coffee each morning, a hearty breakfast, and a promise for an unforgettable day. There were fun surprises along the way, with yummy desserts and a margarita night! This is the way Backpacking should be!
Went on a full day climb on the Super Slabs with my 8 year old son. This included a boat ride across Red Fish lake and a one hour hike to the rock base. Our guide Ryan seemed knowledgeable and competent, and he made us feel safe the entire time. The climb was pretty challenging for both of us. We had climbed in a gym before, but this was much more intense - with sun, wind, height, thin-air, adrenaline, etc. My son's confidence level has increased and my guess is that he may do this again in a few years. Would highly recommend this for fit people with mature and athletic kids.
My friend and I took a weekend "Intro to Lead Climbing" course with Marc of the Sawtooth Mountain Guides in the City of Rocks National Reserve in Idaho, and it was absolutely fantastic! The course was a lot of fun, the setting was great, and Marc was a wonderful instructor. My friend and I had not climbed in a while and were a little out of practice, so Marc tailored the level of effort to our ability, and we learned a lot from him while having a great time. I can't wait to take my next outdoor class with the Sawtooth Mountain Guides!
Had a chance to go climb with Marc Hanselman from Sawtooth Mountain Guides when heading over to Mt. Leatherman. It was the first time I used SMG. On booking they were very flexible with my quirky work schedule, were well organized on setting it up and passed along the right information so I could be prepared on my end. I had a great time, my guide Marc was very familiar with the area, had a great background of the Lost River Range and the day was very enjoyable. Would I reccomend them? Absolutely. Will I go with them again. Very much so.
Megan took me on a six-pitch climb at the back of Redfish Lake. It was a short, beautiful ride by a boat to get over there plus about an hour of hiking up to a fun, fairly easy route. Since it was my first real multi-pitch climbing and the day was really hot, it ended up being the perfect route. Megan was great and Erik, the owner, was extremely good to work with in making the arrangements. He was very helpful to me in the days leading up to the climb because I was a little unsure whether or not to do it because of fire and smoke in the area. He worked with me over a couple of days to confirm weather and worked out backup plans in case this area was not an option...he was extremely patient and easy to work with. I would highly recommend climbing with SMG!