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Our family of four (kids ages 15 and 11) went on a guided overnight trip with SMG in August. It was the highlight of our two-week trip to Montana and Idaho. After the boat ride across Redfish Lake, we hiked to SMG's canyon camp,where our guide, Drew, showed us around. Then Drew led the kids and I on a hike to an alpine lake. My husband opted to stay back and enjoy the hammock that Drew had set up for us.

I can't say enough about how wonderful our guide was. I am out of shape and our 11 year old had never hiked before. Drew helped us over rocks, provided fresh filtered water and was patient and fun.

After the hike, Drew set us up with snacks while he made dinner. We opted to sleep under the stars to catch the meteor shower - but Drew set a tent up for us just in case. He made coffee and breakfast the next morning. The view of the Sawtoooths from the canyon camp was incredible. If you are on the fence because of the cost - this trip was worth every penny.
  Family Adventure Trips
We were an active family with 2 boys 10-12 looking for an exciting guided backpacking trip. SMG suggested we stay in their canyon camp for 3 nights and do daily excursions including climbing the Super Slabs the last day. The trip was awesome. SMG provided all the gear except our clothes, cameras and day packs (they provided bigger packs for getting to the Canyon Campsite. The hike in was pretty easy and we had no trouble getting set up. Matt cooked all the food and helped us keep the kids entertained and engaged. Our hikes up to the Alpine and Saddleback lakes were tough, but not too hard as we felt like we could have pushed more - but Matt was right in encouraging us to enjoy the time there and be less focused on grueling climbs. Climbing the Super Slabs a fantastic way to finish the week. My wife and I have done very much technical climbing outside of a gym and found the slabs challenging and exhilarating. The boys did great and only wished they could have cleaned their gear on their own.

Overall, the Sawtooth mountains are fantastic! SMG is a very professional and organized guide company that we would definitely use again if we are back in the Sawtooths.
  Family Adventure Trips , Intro Rock Climbing
Kim B
Camping out in the mountains next to a Lake was on my 60th year of life adventure list. Check it off! Thanks to the amazing team at Sawtooth Mountain Guides, our hiking/back-packing/camping experience was everything we hoped it would be and more! Rachel and Chris were great with prompt and courteous communication from my first call thru to post-trip follow-up. I told them what we were looking for and they customized a trip that would fit our time schedule, experience (or lack there-of) and meet my goals. They were excited about my "60's" list and eager help make it happen. So sweet! We felt safe, cared for, entertained, equipped and well fed (thanks for the homemade cookies, Rachel!) Our guide, Erik, was an expert, yet so patient and fun with us novices. It was like hiking with a great buddy--relaxing, story-telling, memory-making. Our experience with SMG was fantastic! Trust this company to facilitate your outdoor adventure and prepare to be impressed! We had the BEST. TRIP. EVER.
  Multi-Day Backpacking
The teens went climbing on the slab with a guide from Sawtooth Mountain Guides and had a great trip. The guide met them promptly at the lodge and they all hopped onto the ferry and went on their merry way. The only downsides were the guide forgot his own helmet (oops!) and he seemed determined to get back by 4 instead of 5 so it seemed that the kids didn't have as much time to eat their lunches. Overall, it was a great adventure for them and they learned a lot about climbing.
  Intro Rock Climbing
Timothy E
Spent a fantastic day climbing Mt. Borah with Sawtooth Mountain Guides' Matt Scrivner. Can't say enough about Matt! He was fantastic in every aspect of guiding. Thoughtful, aware of his client's conditioning and pacing needs and first! For many locals and High Pointers, roping up for the Class III scramble on Chicken Out Ridge is no big deal but Matt's attention to safe route finding and client safety was a big comfort to my brother and me. Thanks Matt for getting us up Borah safe and sound. You're a class act and a first class guide.
  Mount Borah , Alpine Climbing
Had an excellent experience with Sawtooth mountain guides climbing Mt McGown. This was a training climb for our trip to Mt Rainier next week. Our guide (Marc Hanselman) was knowledgeable and safety was a priority. We have done quite a bit of mountaineering and it was clear the guide was outstanding and we were in good hands. We could enjoy the day and celebrate our 13th Anniversary at the summit. Beautiful view over the Sawtooth range.
  Alpine Climbing
My two adult children and I just completed the four day traveling light hiking trip and it was terrific! Our guide Sara, one of the SMG owners, was knowledgeable and caring, and a delight to be with. The trip itself is a spectacular 30 miles through the Sawtooth Mountains in a variety of habitats. Sara and our 2 porters took care of all the food, tents, and logistics while we three 'guests' just needed to strap on our daypacks and hike the itinerary each day. SMG is highly recommended.
  4-Day Traveling Light Sawtooth Hiking Trip
Katie T
We came from out of state with a youth group comprised of varying interest levels and abilities when it comes to rock climbing. Everyone I dealt with from the set up of the trip to payment to the actual guides out on the day of the event was professional and friendly and competent. They set up several lines to climb, from easy enough for the grandparents in our group to climb to difficult enough that the youth really felt accomplished when they made it to the top. The guides were awesome---they gave useful tips about climbing basics (like smearing) and gave enough help while belaying that everyone who wanted to reach the top was able to. We can't say enough about how great everyone at SMG is!
  Intro Rock Climbing , City of Rocks
ryan l
I took a level II avalanche course from SMG and thought it was a great course. The instructors are top-notch and have a TON of experience. And the mountains are incredible! Stanley is a cool little town too. Check out the Sluice for beers and burgers! Thanks Chris, Sara, Kirk, and Erik!
  AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course
Mark A
Had a very good climb yesterday with SMG. The guide is very knowledgeable (Drew Daly) and everything was organized very well. I am looking forward to coming back for a next trip, and will recommend Sawtooth Mountain Guides to my adventure seeking friends.
  Intro Rock Climbing