Archive for January, 2009

Navy Seals Custom Guided Hut Trip

January 22, 2009

Over a span of 5 days in mid-January a team of Navy Seals got to hone their backcountry ski skills in the diverse terrain of the Sawtooths surrounding the Williams Peak Hut.  SMG guides Mike Hatch and Clark Corey along with special guest Zach Crist had the pleasure of guiding the team to Skiers Summit, Marshall Basin, and Thompson Peak areas.

Dennis above the waterfall

Dennis above the waterfall

The guys loved the challenge and we toured high and low in search of powder stashes and even had almost corn-like conditions on some southerly exposures.  Several of the team members were new to the backcountry skiing scene, but these guys picked it up quick and were soon skiing stuff even seasoned skiers would find difficult.  It was a pleasure to get to know these guys and we look forward to more training trips in the future.

The Gang: Zach, AJ, Dan, Hatch, Dennis, and Mike

The Gang: Zach, AJ, Dan, Hatch, Dennis, and Mike

AJ gettin'-the-goods

AJ gettin'-the-goods

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January Avalanche Courses

January 18, 2009

Its been a busy month so far…with guiding and avalanche education. Here’s a quick update on our courses:

Kirk and I started off with an Avalanche Level 1 Refresher (ASAW) here at SMG Headquarters and did our field sessions out at Banner Summit.  This is a 1.5 day course revisting concepts and skill sets learned in a Level 1 course.  Kirk covered some of the core topics regarding snowpack, weather, terrain and we got to do a rescue scenario and tour out at Copper with great snow conditions.

The past 2 weekends (1/9-1/11 & 1/16-1/18 ) we (Kirk, Hatch and I) have been up at the hut teaching our popular Avalanche Level 1 courses.  Every year these fill right up because of the easy access to all the avalanche terrain (classroom) right out the backdoor and all the hands on experience.  People traveled from New York, Pennsylvania, California, Montana, Colorado, Oregon and various parts of Idaho to come hang out at the yurt and learn about avalanches and decision making.  We made sure their trip was worth it and talked avalanche from sun up to sun down (and sometimes much before and after).  The field sessions went well too ranging from rescue scenarios, digging snow pits and practicing stability tests, and the last day touring and managing terrain.  Everyone left feeling like they had learned a ton, had a great yurt experience and got some good turns.  Thanks for coming.

Ray Gadd, who is a Boise based photographer, did a blog post on the Jan 16-18 course he took.  He has some awesome pictures…check out his post here.

Here’s a select few pictures from the past couple weekends, if you guys have any feel free to email them and I’ll post.  (thanks Cara or sending some of yours) Click to enlarge:

-Clark

Schuler/Krohn Guided Hut Trip

January 9, 2009

For 5 days Linda and Jennifer immersed themselves in the beauty and splendor of the Sawtooths.  They brought their happy-go-lucky midwestern attitudes and had a great time exploring the area around the Williams Peak Hut and refining their backcountry ski skills.  The first days tour found us skiing knee deep super fluff and whoops and hollers were the order of the day.  The next several days were stormy, but we got out on some nice tours into Marshall Basin.  Here we found untracked powder,  gorgeous views, and great companionship. The ladies liked the yurt lifestyle and said they would definitely be back – and with fatter skis!  Thanks for a great trip ladies.

Linda and Jen

Linda and Jen

Linda linking turns above the hut

Linda linking turns above the hut

Williams Peak Hut

Williams Peak Hut

Great day in the Sawtooths!

Great day in the Sawtooths!