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111 Reviews on Trip Advisor — 5/5 Rating
Erik and JP were fantastic and patient guides on our 3-day trip in Redfish Canyon. From a 7-year old who didn't want to hike very far to a parent who wanted to climb Elephant's Perch (moderate multi-pitch trad climb), they made sure that we all had a great experience. The base camp is set in a gorgeous canyon, and the guides cooked up amazing meals that we're still not sure how they conjured in the backcountry. Our boys just loved hanging with the guides. I'd recommend them to just about anyone, from families to more experienced climbers.
Trip with Drew and Matt. The best and hardest day I can remember! Both guides were so encouraging and patient with me who had never been on rope before. Also a big shout out to Stacey at the office. Without her encouragement and suggestions I may not have made the summit! Thank you for making a dream come true!
Our family of 6 (2 adults and 4 kids (21; 19; 17 and 15) were paired with Drew, Matt and JP for a Summit attempt on Borah Peak. From the ease of booking, hike preparation discussions, and logistics of where to stay and meet-up the morning of our climb, Sawtooth Mountain Guides made sure that we were well prepared for whatever the mountain offered. All 3 guides were very accommodating to the diversity of our group's abilities and were knowledgeable and helpful in offering advice and services to make the whole experience very rewarding. 4 out of our party of 6 made the summit amid a significantly snow-packed normal trail which required a winter technical route deviation that challenged everyone involved! Many thanks to our guides for their encouraging spirit, technical prowess (and a willingness to share the same in mountaineering tips), and sense of adventure that was truly contagious and made the climb truly one-of-a-kind, rewarding and memorable! We were the only ones to summit (with the exception of 2 other individuals); there was no possibility of us making this journey without the professionalism and support of these fantastic guys! Sawtooth Mountain Guides are VERY HIGHLY recommended by all in our family!
This outfit did everything they could to help me prepare and have a terrific time. The guides Amy and Lara were super competent, super considerate, fine company and wonderful cooks. The terrain was beyond beautiful. Altogether a fantastic experience.
My husband and I had the honor to hike with Matt and Lara on the 4 day backpacking trip through the Sawtooth Mountains. Our trip was everything we were looking for and so much more! Stanley, ID is a beautiful place and we were lucky enough to see so many different terrains. We hiked through forests on trails, hiked around avalanche debris, crossed rivers, streams and waterfalls. We scaled mountains, hiked through a snow storm all the while witnessing some of the most beautiful views nature has to offer. My husband and I were challenged but Matt and Lara gave us the confidence to get through unfamiliar obstacles. We always felt safe and we were very well taken care of. The meals were fabulous and setting up camp was done quickly and efficiently. I am so thankful that I booked our trip with Sawtooth Mountain Guides and I look forward to using them again in the future. Matt and Lara had years of guiding and mountain experience and they educated us on the way. Do yourself a favor and experience the Sawtooth Mountains!
We (four hikers aged 59-67) hiked with Chris Lundy and had a great time. Stacey set up the hike for us and was so communicative and helpful. Chris spent four hours with us and talked with us about the area and all the classes and experiences you can have through Sawtooth Mountain Guides as well as in the town of Stanley and Redfish. Great experience for all of us. Hiked on 6-10-19
My wife and I started climbing again after many years away from the sport. We brushed up on some basic skills at our local climbing gym, but wanted to get professional training from an experienced guide and climber before we headed back outside to climb on our own. We were very lucky and fortunate that SMG assigned Brad Shilling as our guide and instructor! Brad's vast climbing knowledge real-world climbing experience is beyond amazing. Couple his climbing background with his in-depth experience living in the area, working and climbing at the City of Rocks, and you have an unbeatable combination. We were especially appreciative of Brad's patience, training style, and openness to all kinds of questions about climbing techniques, gear choice, and route selection. Brad was very patient with us and also a great motivator when were overthinking and underestimating our climbing abilities. When we head back for more advanced climbing training we will use SMG and request that Brad be our instructor.
We had great instruction and leadership from Chris, Matt and JP. I feel much more confident in the backcountry amd my skills feel like they have improved to the next level. Skyler is a great cook too. Would highly recommend
I’ve taken a couple different avalanche courses in the past and this was the best. SMG tailored the course to our group ability level and we all learned practical skills / protocols that we can apply to our actual backcountry skiing. Super fun and chill instructors as well.
I just completed the Level 1 AIARE course this weekend. The guides that instructed the course included Sara Lundy, Matt Scrivner and Drew Daly. All three were extremely knowledgeable, courteous and professional. I will be recommending SMG's courses to all of my friends and colleagues interested in exploring the back country further. Definitely going to be signing up for Level 2 next year and the rescue course.