At Sawtooth Mountain Guides, your experience is what matters most. We pride ourselves on providing a mountain adventure that exceeds your wildest expectations. Don't take our word for it, read what others have to say!
We've done several trips with SMG over the past few years (all a mix of adults and teens), and every one has been excellent.
This recent trip was a day outing for two teens and three adults on AT gear. We started out at Galena summit, and hiked up along Titus ridge. SMG arranged a perfect sunny day, and our lunch at the top of the climb had spectacular views all around. After lunch, our guide Marc guided us down through some very cool terrain, and everyone in the group went home with big smiles.
These guys are great at what they do. They completely engaged us and our kids, and created a truly memorable experience for all of us. Highly recommended!
Yet another fabulous trip under the guidance of almighty Chris. We bagged a couple good coolies in knee deep, suculent fresh powder. The Sickle gave itself to us after a very reasonable approach from the hut. Before that we were oh so fortunate to meet with the son of the maker, JC himself, again in deep powder. The skiing, the food, the sauna, the camaraderie, Kurtis jokes, everything was perfect. The only person missing was Sarah. Next time, the Kitty litter and the Shield, nothing less. Chris, Pete, Kurtis, Kirk, many thanks for another awsome experience in one of the most fabulous mountain range.
I've known SMG for a while. Top notch guides. I used them a few years ago to do a climbing trip up the Elephant's Perch. Erik and crew are really solid folks, and were both fun and on top of it. Safety was priority #1, but that didn't get in the way of pushing ourselves and having a great time. They've also done an excellent job with kids programs, teaching youngsters how to get on in the out-of-doors. Everyone I've met are experienced and good people. Can't say enough about SMG
SMG never disappoints. Chris, Sara, Erik, Kirk and the whole team are amazing outdoor professionals and provide an amazing product. I've completed a Williams Peak Yurt trip, AIARE Level I and AIARE Level II with them and each experience exceeded my expectations. They are professional, knowledgable and downright fun to be around. I'd highly recommend them for your next Sawtooth or Central Idaho adventure.
Chris, Sara & the entire SMG crew are consummate pros and deliver the goods even when the goods are scarce. I've been on multiple hut trips to the Williams peak hut and now done the Level 1 course, and all the SMG experiences were bucket list worthy, for anyone. Whenever one of the Sawtooth crew is involved, the experience gets both safer and more fun - that's not usually the case!
Get to the hut, hire these guides, take a course in the snow, dirt or rock. You're life will improve because of it.
This was an awesome experience! I can't say enough positive things. Williams Peak Hut is a gem in the middle of the Sawtooths. The guides (Sara, Chris and Kirk) had incredible knowledge and experience. I learned so much about avoiding avalanches, rescue techniques and even received tips on my downhill skiing! I can't imagine going into the backcountry without having taken this course. The guides made everyone feel comfortable asking any questions. The food was fantastic as well. All in all an amazing weekend.
Chris and Sara Lundy (and their intern, Tanner) know how to run a business that exceeds expectations. We attended a trip to Williams Peak Yurt during an AIARE Avalance I course this past December, and my husband and I were beyond impressed with their level of expertise and professionalism, not to to mention their personalitiies and detial orientied abilitiy to go above and beyond in outfitiing a trip. Sara is a wonderful cook! And all three of them are fun, and new friendships were formed. In whatever capacity you decide to utilizie these guys, you won't be disappointed.
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.