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96 Reviews on Trip Advisor — 5/5 Rating
Basic avalanche class with Sawtooth Mountain Guides. Three day class that was awesome. Chris,Sara and Drew are guides where both knowledgeable in classroom and on the Mountain. The mix of classroom and mountain time was correct. This is a must take class for those going into the the mountains and back country. GOOD!
I booked a solo climbing trip and had Marc as my guide. The scenery was beautiful, the climb was fun, and the communication with staff was quick and easy. I would definitely do it again!!!
Randall and Chris are great guides and teachers. Very thorough and professional. I will be taking more avalanche courses with sawtooth mountain guides!
It's hard to articulate how awesome this company is, but I'll try! I hired SMG to take me on a "traveling light" 4-day backpacking trip. I was traveling to the area for sabbatical and while I've done overnight "car camping," I'd never done a multi-day backpack trip. From the very first phone call to their office to the actual trip, every single person I interacted with was professional, friendly, and helpful. To book one of these trips as an individual is NOT inexpensive, and a few times prior to arriving in Idaho, I wondered if I'd lost my mind....but I can honestly say that it was worth every single penny and much more! Sara (co-owner) was my guide, and from the moment I met her I felt completely comfortable and like I'd known her for a lifetime. She knows those mountains backward and forward. I love that she offered me adventure and challenges (crossing raging creeks and roping in to her to traverse snowy mountain trails) -- I trusted that she would not lead me into any situation that she didn't feel I could handle. The food that she prepared for each meal - oh my word!!! So delicious and not your standard "freeze dried" fare. Fresh, tasty, and healthy. The entire experience was fun, challenging, personally meaningful. I came away feeling confident and incredibly proud of myself. I can't wait to return for another adventure in the future!!
We booked a 4 day backpacking trip with Sawtooth Mountain Guides. I feel that the owner & guide helped us choose the best routes for our skill level. We had been backpacking in the past but needed to get acclimated to the altitude. The equipment was good and our guide worked hard to make it a great trip. Unfortunately he got sick and we had to hike out a day early. The owner Chris set us up in Stanley & arranged a climbing trip on our last day; so everyone had a great experience. I really appreciate the effort on the part of Chris & our guides Randall & Caleb.
Sawtooth Mountain Guides is without a doubt one of the best guide services in the country. I just finished my second ski mountaineering camp with SMG and they are the greatest. I learned valuable skills in mountaineering techniques and had the chance to apply them in many different settings. As a former examiner and ski instructor in Colorado, I have been around the best instructors in the business. SMG guides and staff are a cut above in every way. If you want the adventure of a lifetime, seek out these talented folks.
I took my AIARE Level 1 course with SMG and couldn't have been more impressed! Chris, Sarah, and Matt were professional, welcoming, and true subject matter experts. I honestly didn't want the course to end, wanted to keep learning!! Will be back for more refreshers and my Level 2 in the future for sure. I will definitely be referring friends to them.
My wife and I took a AIARE Level I course from SMG in January. The course took place at the Williams Peak hut. The level of knowledge and experience the guides had was impressive and made the course. As ex outdoor guides ourselves, it was great to see how well the guides all meshed together and were able to accommodate to each of the varying personalities of the group. The amount of information that was packed in to the 3 day course was extremely impressive. They have made the course information concise and presented in a manner that keeps your attention. My wife and I feel we have learned invaluable information to keep us safer in the backcountry. Additionally, the meals at the Williams Peak Yurt were all amazing and the hut itself was impressive. The yurt felt like home after the first day. Sarah, Mark, Drew, and Skyler were rock stars.
Took this course with my 16 year-old son. We're both good skiers but haven't done much back-country touring and want to take advantage of our vast Idaho backcountry. I couldn't recommend this course any higher. Erik & Randall were fantastic. The classroom portion was well thought-out and we felt prepared when we headed over to Moore's Mountain. If you're considering learning about backcountry skiing, this is an fantastic introductory course.
Second year doing a backcountry trip with the family. It was a bitter cold day, but sunny. Chris and Sara took us out of Galena Lodge and we spent the whole day on the mountain. Chris and Sara helped us and kept everyone laughing all day. Great guides, wonderful day. Very highly recommend using them to anyone. Looking forward to our next trip.