Founded in 1985 by pioneering outdoorsman Kurt Bachman, Sawtooth Mountain Guides is located in Stanley, Idaho, a relic of the Idaho frontier located on the banks of the Salmon River. Experienced outdoors people as well as beginners, can hike, climb and backcountry ski in the Sawtooth Range. The outfitter’s home base is surrounded by one of God’s great natural amphitheaters consisting of Salmon-Challis National Forest, Boise National Forest, and Sawtooth National Forest. The neighborhood is home to an assortment outdoors men and women, river guides, backcountry guides and colorful local characters.
A Variety of Outdoor Experiences Sawtooth Mountain Guides offers a variety of outdoor experiences focused largely on climbing but also including hiking, skiing, and outdoor courses mostly about surviving and thriving in serious snow country.
Rock Climbing Rock climbing experiences range from half-day or full day introductions to guided alpine level climbs in central Idaho’s mountains including the Boulders, the Lost Rivers, the Pioneers, and the Sawtooth Range. Many of the routes can be done in a day, but multi-day adventures provide an opportunity to sample different climbs.
Backcountry and Hut-to-Hut Skiing Backcountry skiing and hut-to-hut skiing are part of the outfitter’s repertoire. The Sawtooth Range and neighboring ranges provide world-class ski mountaineering terrain. Best known for the high concentration of passages or corridors knows as “couloirs,” the Sawtooths include chutes ranging from short and easy to long and steep.
Hiking The outfitter’s hiking trips from half-day hikes to multi-day backpacking expeditions are a way to experience the region that nothing else can duplicate. Loop hikes that range from two days to a week or more, connect valleys, high passes, and alpine basins.
Snow School The Snow School is a one-day program that covers ice ax and crampon use, snow anchor building and belay techniques, and is designed for people who want to extend their climbing season, or who may be headed for bigger climbs throughout the world.
Avalanche Training Sawtooth Mountain Guides teaches avalanche rescue courses accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association that demonstrate the elements for making sound decisions while outdooring in avalanche terrain.
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