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June 9, 2012

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Sawtooth Mountain Guides



BC Skills – Skiing & Riding at the Williams Peak Yurt

December 18, 2011
Stanley, Idaho

Stanley and the shadow of the Sawtooth Mountains

Last weekend we kicked off the Winter 2011/12 ski season with the Backcountry Skills Camp – a course covering avalanche awareness and touring skills at the hut.  Participants skied/rode for 3 days, got some avalanche rescue practice, exposure to snowpack layering, terrain management and plenty of touring.  We had a fun group, all around good vibe, and nice weather.

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The Leideckers in Europe!

July 17, 2011

For the second summer in a row I have been guiding in Europe based from Chamonix, France.   This year since June 18th my family and I have been living in a small apartment one block from the Aiguille du Midi tram.   I’ve guided 14 days, my wife Gretchen has been working (she’s an architect) from our apartment, and Sascha (8) and Svea (6) are on the “adventure-a-day” program.   Among the highlights so far include climbing at Les Gaillands, the brilliant town cragging area, riding to the top of the Aiguille du Midi, hiking to scenic Lac Blanc, watching World Cup climbing in downtown Chamonix, and “parcouring” (zip lines, etc.) in Le Fayet!

In between guiding and family adventures Gretchen has continued to train for the San Francisco Marathon and I have squeezed in the North Face of the Tour Ronde and the Contamine Vaucher on the Gendarme Rouge of the Aiguille de Peigne.  Guiding highlights have included summits of the Aiguille du Tour, Dent de Geant, Tour Ronde, the Gran Paradiso in Italy and great multi-pitch rock climbing in Italy’s Val d’Aoste and also the Chamonix Valley.  I work four more days and return to Idaho and SMG just in time for the busy month of August!

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New route!

July 14, 2011

For those looking for some easy-access moderate routes, ‘Tanline’ is a new 5.8 bolted route located on the SPF 40 crag at Trail Creek.  Below, SMG Guide Drew Daly susses out the line.

SMG Guide Drew Daly on 'Tanline,' a long 5.8 at the new SPF 40 crag out Trail Creek.

East Summit of Heyburn

July 7, 2011

On July 3, SMG Guide Marc Hanselman and client James Gilespie topped out on the East Summit of Mt. Heyburn.  This year’s heavy snowpack made for a straightforward day.  Here are some shots of James crushing the route!

The Grand Mogul

June 21, 2011

Last Wednesday, SMG Guide Marc Hanselman led clients Erik and Neil up the Boyscout Couloir on the Grand Mogul.  Under bluebird skies, and with great conditions, the group summitted successfully.

Women’s Clinic at the City of Rocks

June 18, 2011

This past weekend, SMG Guide Marc Hanselman and Diana Lincoln-Haye hosted a Women’s Rock Climbing Clinic.  The aim of the clinic, as designed by Diana, a recent convert to climbing, was to introduce women to climbing in a fun and laidback environment.  Here are some photos from the event!

Teresa finessing it.

Teresa and Melissa, ready to climb.

Teresa and Mark, learning the basics.

Marc ready for his photo op.

Maggie, cranking hard.

Maggie and Regina taking a quick break.

Getting ready to climb!

More climbing prep.


Group shot!