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I took the Intro to Backcountry Skiing Course based at Bogus Basin Ski Resort in Idaho. The first day was split into two parts, first half was lecture and the second half was in the filed. The second day was 90% in the field. The lecture covered everything we needed to know to get started. The instructors Kirk and Erik went over the equipment needed and how to use it. Avalanche awareness and snow knowledge and how to stay safe. Then we went into the backcountry near Bogus Basin and performed avalanche beacon drills, everyone got to use their beacons, probes and shovels. Had a quick lunch and skinned up to the summit of Moore's Mountain. They showed us how to best choose a route up as to not spoil the downhill skiing. Learned how to transition in deep snow. Then skied back down the mountain. The second day was all about trip planning and how to stay safe, map reading and how to translate the map to the area we were in. We went back to Moore's mountain and skied the northern aspect of the mountain, transitioned in fresh deep snow, and skinned back up. Along the way we got to experience equipment issues and how to resolve them, slope evaluation and snow conditions with fresh snow. We then went back to the base area and had a debriefing and discussion on the trip. I can't say enough good things about Kirk and Erik, these two are the real deal when it comes to Backcountry anything!! Their backcountry skills are second to none! Their ability to teach these skills to those that want to learn is second to none! I wish there were more stars to this rating because they deserve more! I can't wait to take the Avy 1 & 2 classes from them in the coming years! I will only use Sawtooth Mountain Guides!
  Bogus Basin Intro to Backcountry
My wife and I took this class to learn more about avalanche safety so that we could expand and improve our backcountry skiing experience. Our objectives were to learn more about how to avoid dangerous avalanche terrain and how to best rescue someone in the event of an unfortunate circumstance. Lastly, we wanted to have some fun. Our experience with Sawtooth Mountain Guides exceeded our expectations in each. The guides were fabulous, extremely knowledgeable and fun to be around. It was a fantastic experience! I would highly recommend this course with Sawtooth Mountain Guides!
  AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course
We did a back country ski tour with Skylar of Sawtooth Mountain Guides, it was a fun adventure with safety the top priority. Skylar was very knowledgeable about the local area and avalanche awareness. He was exceedingly good at explaining the risks and how he mitigated them by proper route selection and planning. It was also a ton of fun! We skied some pristine powder and had a great time all day. SMG is a well managed company with a strong safety culture that starts at the top. I have the highest regards for the management there as their values show in all the guides. I’ve climbed and skied with Other guide services around the world but none match the professionalism of SMG. Highly recommended!
  Sun Valley Backcountry Skiing
Matt was an incredible guide. While I have done a little bit of skinning up groomed routes, this was my first time in true backcountry. Matt was incredibly knowledgeable, patient and willing to educate our group on fundamentals and of course, staying safe. All in all, an incredible day and I just booked another trip (the ultimate testimony!). Truly a 5 star experience.
  Sun Valley Backcountry Skiing
Our guide, Lara, was delightful and made the trip very enjoyable. Couldn't ask for a better experience.
  Day Hiking
Bottom Line = Guide Help Climbing Borah Peak - was
I am fairly experienced mountaineer, but lack expertise in several areas and was in less than ideal shape, so -
Was looking for guide help from Sawtooth Mountain Guides - to
1. Increase the safety-factor (vs. solo) in a significant way (5 stars)
2. Decrease my overall travel time (adding to item #1) yet go my desired slow pace
Having a guide that had made this climb via standard route >30 times (38 if memory serves) meant - No wrong turns in the dark or accidental class 4-5 detours = decrease mental energy use (always greater if you are doing the route-finding and decision-making).
3. Allow me to choose the start time (way early) and pace, with the result I had hoped for (slow, but still off the ridge before lightning time).
JP (Jonathan Preuss) was ideal guide - very accommodating and providing the needed expertise in all its forms. And he was a nice guy to talk with on the climb.
Thanks much.
BTW - For those only interested in the mountain - It was good fun -
There are plenty of other sources to gain more specific info.
  Mount Borah
6 stars if Trip Advisor would let me! In a nutshell, this guide service R-O-C-K-S, and Matt Scrivner was an amazing guide, cook, companion, and all-around amazing guy.

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A long-time friend of mine joined me last minute on this 5 day trip in the Sawtooths -- climbing, hiking, fishing, exploring. SMG took care of everything (loaner gear, food, tents, portaging, logistics, boat tickets, planning, adjusting the plan for weather events). We saw a big swath of the east side of the Sawtooths, climbed Elephant Perch and the Super Slabs, caught a lot of trout, and hiked about 25 miles in total. Gear was up for the cold nights, and for the rain we encountered. Safety was job one, but the guide service did SO MUCH more than just show us where to go and make us safe.

1. FOOD -- amazing. Flat out great. Guide-created menus. Mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, and balsamic vinegarette. Homemade soups. Burritos. Eggs and ham breakfasts. Granola. Sandwich makings for lunch one day. Pasta dishes with various sauces. Appetizers. Just incredible. And not freeze dried -- the real deal.

2. SAFETY -- the guide carries a radio, plus a rescue beacon device that can text via satellite to get weather updates. They bring some spare gear and first aid. And are trained in first aid. Most of all, they know the trails and landscape INSIDE OUT and you always feel like they are watching out for you. We got snowed off of the Warbonnet climb and the guide was super fast and efficient at getting us down safely. Great work Matt!

3. THE PLACE -- the Sawtooths are PRIMO hiking, climbing, and outdoor camping locations. The sunrises and sunsets. The moon. The stars. The snow and sleet. The sweeping views. The streams and rivers. The reflective lakes. The cliff views. The mountain tops. The hawks, and falcons, and other wildlife. This is the REAL deal for outdoor camping and experiencing the outdoors in a wonderful, isolated setting.

4. FISHING -- Our guide didn't do much more than point us in the right direction and we went in with 4 and 5 weight fly rods and caught as many fish as we could count. Not big, but a lot of fun. And a good way to have a small adventure alone without the guide right next to us. Two good fishing spots in different parts of the range, both productive and very enjoyable. So, get a rod and a license and add this to your mix if you like the idea.

5. CLIMBING -- Matt was excellent at leading us up some wet rock on Elephant Perch, and showing us the ropes on the Super Slabs. This is a GREAT place to get in some serious rock climbing and to improve your skills.


SMG is the real deal. Don't think twice about trusting your life to these folks and just go into the backcountry for a true adventure!
  Sawtooth Rock Climbing , Multi-Day Backpacking
I am so stoked that I took my family up the super slabs with Sawtooth mountain guides. We are not climbers, but love outdoor adventure. The super slabs were perfect. My two boys (ages 10 and 12) were scampering up the rock with one of the guides in no time. My wife and I were quite a bit slower. It was challenging, but doable. A multi pitch climb in a gorgeous mountain setting. I’ve never done anything like it. The guides were awesome! So cool!
  Intro Rock Climbing
My wife and I, ages 62 and 67, today hiked up the giant slabs with Eric has our guide. We cannot speak highly enough of Eric‘s confidence, skill and encouragement. Neither of us had ever climbed anything more than a flight of stairs and this was a totally new experience for us. We made it to the top and wow what a sense of accomplishment came with it. If you want to truly forget your cares and worries go rock climbing up some serious terrain . You are forced to focus on the task at hand and your worries just fade away. Look forward to doing it again next year with SMG.
  Intro Rock Climbing
Leticia T
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.
  Family Adventure Trips , Climb the Elephants Perch