Bear Creek Spire

Bear Creek Spire

This striking spire sits at the head of the Rock Creek drainage.  With amazing views and varied climbing, Bear Creek Spire is one of the best summits in the Sierra. We offer this climb in a 2 day format. These climbs require a 2 person minimum to run and are run at a maximum 2:1 guiding ratio on these scheduled dates and promotional prices. If you would like to arrange a custom private climb please click HERE for a reservation. Continue reading
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3rd Pillar of Dana

3rd Pillar of Dana

The 3rd Pillar is pitch after pitch of classic Yosemite climbing on stellar granite with awesome views of Mono Lake. The 3rd Pillar is one of the best and most accessible alpine rock climbs of its grade in the entire Sierra and is climbed in 1 day car to car. We offer this program on the listed dates at these promotional prices with a 2 person minimum. There is a maximum 2:1 guiding ratio. We often climb this classic route on a custom private basis. Please click HERE to arrange custom reservations. Continue reading
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Incredible Hulk

Incredible Hulk

"You wouldn't like me when I'm angry." But when you are on this amazing granite monolith you will be anything but angry! The Incredible Hulk is striking and begs to be climbed. Those with the skills and fortitude to take on this level of climbing will be rewarded with one of the best rock climbing experiences in the Sierra. The rock quality is on a par with the best alpine granite anywhere, and the scenery is outstanding in the jagged Sawtooth Range of the Sierra, above Bridgeport. The best time to climb the Hulk is when the days are long and the sun is high, but when there is not too much snow leftover from winter. We run these scheduled dates for the Red Dihedral route as a 3-day climb, with a 2 person minimum, and with a 2:1 maximum guiding ratio. Climb the Hulk on a custom private basis in order to climb an alternate route on the dates that work best for you. Many stronger climbers prefer to climb this one in a 1 or 2 day format and we are happy to arrange that for you. Click HERE for details and to make a custom reservation. Continue reading
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Temple Crag – Celestial Arêtes

Temple Crag – Celestial Arêtes

When describing Temple Crag the late pioneer Norman Clyde wrote,” It is doubtful that there is a more beautiful and striking  ‘crag-mountain’ in the Sierra.  Its northern and north-eastern faces are sheer precipices varied by numbers of spirey, turret-like pinnacles, beautifully placed.”  Need we say more? Temple-Crag   We offer any and all climbs on Temple Crag on a custom private basis by request. Please click HERE to request a reservation. Continue reading
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Mount Russell

Mount Russell

As Mt. Whitney’s neighbor Mt. Russell often gets overlooked, but this granite giant has dozens of world-class routes to choose from.  The 3 we list here are arguably the best and are among the best in the range. Mt. Russell is a mountaineer's peak with no easy routes to the summit, but all of them are classic. The scheduled dates here for the Fishhook Arête and the East Ridge are in a 3-day format, with a minimum of 2 to run. Fishhook has a 2:1 maximum guiding ratio and East ridge has a 3:1 max ratio. We often climb these routes in 1 and 2 day formats, with prior screening. For well-honed climbers, it is reasonable to do all 3 of the routes recommended here in a 2-3 day format. Click HERE to arrange a custom private variation on this trip that best fits your goals, abilities and dates of availability.   Continue reading
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Mount Whitney – Mountaineer’s Route

Mount Whitney – Mountaineer’s Route

Climb the highest mountain in the lower 48 states. The Mountaineer's Route is the original ascent route via the beautiful North Fork of Lone Pine Creek. Much more adventurous than the Mt. Whitney Trail, this route features some real alpine rock climbing up to Class 4. Access to Mount Whitney is closely regulated and as a result we have limited first-come first-serve availability for mid-summer climbs. We recommend booking early. The dates we have scheduled here have a minimum of 2 to run and a maximum guiding ratio of 2:1. Click HERE to arrange climbs on Mt. Whitney on a custom private basis, subject to permit availability. Before July 4th, there is often still snow in the gully which makes the best alpine climbing conditions. After Labor day is also recommended for fewer other groups on the mountain.   Continue reading
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Mount Whitney – East Face & East Buttress

Mount Whitney – East Face & East Buttress

Climb Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the 48 states, by a classic technical rock climb from the East. Choose the East Face or the East Buttress. Which is better? Tough call and often debated. Climbing them both is the only way to know for sure! Access to Mount Whitney is closely regulated and as a result we have limited first-come first-serve availability for mid-summer climbs. We recommend booking early. Before July 4th and after Labor Day, we have much more availability. The dates we have scheduled here have a minimum of 2 to run and a maximum guiding ratio of 2:1. Click HERE to arrange climbs on Mt. Whitney on a custom private basis, subject to permit availability.   Continue reading
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Whitney & Russell

Whitney & Russell

At Sierra Mountain Guides we always say,” Why climb one fourteener when you can climb two?”  Yes, that's right we always say that. Mt. Russell is right next door to Mt. Whitney and an amazing way to summit both incredible peaks. The classic combinations are either Mountaineer's Route & East Ridge or East Face/Buttress & Fishhook Arête, depending on your ability and gumption. This program is suggested as 4-days and can be arranged on a custom private basis. Chick HERE to request a reservation.   Continue reading
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Merriam Peak

Merriam Peak

We would venture to say the North Buttress is probably the most fun alpine rock climb of its grade in the High Sierra, which says a lot. We offer a 3-day standard and 4-day porter supported itineraries. We are currently offering these programs by custom private arrangement only. Maximum guiding ratio is 2:1. Click HERE to request a reservation and get more information.     Continue reading
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Charlotte Dome

Charlotte Dome

One of the hidden gems of the Sierra! Approached via Kearsarge Pass from Onion Valley the trek and the climb together make an outstanding rock climbing advenutre in a remote and wild setting. This climb has a minimum of 2 to run on these scheduled dates at promotional prices. We offer it on a custom private basis as well. Chick HERE for details and reservations. Continue reading
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Mount Humphreys

Mount Humphreys

Mt. Humphreys towers over the Bishop Basin 10,000 feet higher than the valley floor. The East Ridge and Northeast Couloir routes are two of the most classic yet rarely climbed routes in this part of the range. If it were just a basketball rim higher it would be considered a 14,000 foot peak and everyone would have to climb it. We schedule these climbs on a custom, private basis only. Click HERE to request a reservation. We recommend 1 day to climb, acclimate, and drive the long dirt road to a car camp and 1 big day to climb the peak and return to camp.   Continue reading
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Cardinal Pinnacle

Cardinal Pinnacle

Perched high above the small town of Aspendell, Cardinal Pinnacle stands out like a granite lighthouse. It is a roadside attraction, yet is hardly ever crowded, and it boasts some of the cleanest, most pristine granite on the Eastside of the Sierra. This climb is offered on a custom private basis only. Click HERE for details and reservations. Continue reading
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Crystal Crag

Crystal Crag

For a great day out, or some awsome Alpine training, Crystal Crag has something to offer everyone.  Very close to the town of Mammoth Lakes, Crystal Crag is a perfect one day alpine outing! We do not schedule dates for this climb but we offer it on a custom private basis anytime. Click HERE for details and reservations. Continue reading
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Mount Emerson – Southeast Face

Mount Emerson – Southeast Face

This is one of the rare, accessible alpine day climbs of the Eastern Sierra, quickly becoming a local Bishop area classic. Best climbed in the fall when the rock is dry and the temps are cool. This climb on scheduled dates at this special pricing requires a minimum of 2 to run and has a maximum guiding ratio of 2:1. Click HERE to reserve this climb by custom private arrangement. Continue reading
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North Peak – Mount Conness Traverse

North Peak – Mount Conness Traverse

A classic linkup on the Yosemite frontier. If you like big alpine days, then this one is yours. We offer this trip on a custom private basis only in one big day. Please click HERE to request a reservation and more information. Continue reading
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Clyde Minaret

Clyde Minaret

The king of the Minarets. Simply one of the best climbs of its grade in the Sierra. We offer this climb on a custom private basis only, usually in 3 days. Click HERE for details and reservations. We recommend the full hiking loop starting at Agnew Meadow and finishing at Reds Meadow. This trip has a maximum guiding ratio of 2:1. Continue reading
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Mount Conness

Mount Conness

This climb serves up dramatic exposure at a moderate climbing grade. “This is one of the best routes in the Sierra backcountry,” according to climber, guidebook author, and SMG guide, Peter Croft. We offer this 1-day trip on scheduled dates at promotional pricing with a minimum of 2 to run and a maximum 2:1 guiding ratio. To reserve this program on a custom private basis click HERE. Continue reading
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Mammoth Area Half Day Rock Climbing

Mammoth Area Half Day Rock Climbing

Our half day course is for people who only have a few hours to get out and enjoy some climbing.  If you're looking for a new adventure for your family our half-day class is perfect for you. $95 per person no matter how many people are in the group! Ask us about our large group rates for 12 or more. Invite us to your next party! Continue reading
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Rescue Skills for Climbers

Rescue Skills for Climbers

You're five pitches up and unexpected thunderclouds roll in, or worse yet your partner gets injured.  Have you ever wondered what you'd do in these situations?  Our 2-day self-rescue course will teach you techniques to deal quickly and safely with many situations. This course on scheduled dates requires a minimum of 2 to run and has a maximum 3:1 student to instructor ratio. To schedule this course or similar on a custom private basis, request a reservation HERE. Continue reading
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AIARE 2 Avalanche Course

AIARE 2 Avalanche Course

The AIARE 2 course is a great continued education for advanced backcountry travelers and team leaders. For those transitioning to professional careers in ski patrolling. guiding. or other snow safety positions this is a mandatory course. For everyone else, this course is an excellent way to build on the AIARE 1 Decision Making Framework by improving the quality and quantity of observations and learning to apply decision making strategies to more complex terrain and scenarios. This course includes an update of companion rescue skills training including search techniques for multiple and deep burials and improving rescue response.AIARE_Logo         2014 Dates: February 7-10 Location: June Lake, CA Continue reading
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AIARE 1 Refresher

AIARE 1 Refresher

This one day refresher designed for AIARE 1 alumni is a great way to kick the snow season into gear. Review and practice the backcountry decision-making framework and upgrade companion rescue skills in a primarily field- based format.   AIARE_Logo Continue reading
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SWAG Upgrade Course

SWAG Upgrade Course

A one day course that teaches the standards professionals use to observe and record Snowpack, Weather, and Avalanche data. Designed for backcountry recreationists who would like to upgrade field observation skills, to support avalanche education and decision making skills, to be able to communicate more effectively with backcountry partners, to be able to contribute useful information to avalanche forecasters for use in public advisories, or to meet requirements for their professional education stream. We offer the SWAG Upgrade program on a custom private basis only at this time. To reserve dates please click HERE. Continue reading
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AIARE 1 Avalanche Course

AIARE 1 Avalanche Course

The AIARE 1 is a stand alone decision making course for backcountry travelers wanting to learn to manage their personal and group risk and conduct the most effective companion rescue possible in the event of an accident. We offer courses this year in Mammoth Lakes and from our Backcountry Ski Center on June Mountain! These are the best Level 1 courses in the country, developed and taught by the most experienced AIARE qualified instructors in the industry. AIARE_Logo Continue reading
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Splitboarding 101

Splitboarding 101

Like our Backcountry Skiing 101 course, but designed specifically for snowboarders who want to learn about the beauty of the modern splitboard and the freedom it offers in the mountains. We currently offer this 1 day course on a custom, private basis only. Please visit our Custom Trips Page to request dates.       Continue reading
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Backcountry Skiing 101

Backcountry Skiing 101

Our most popular ski course is our first one in the series. This course will have you quickly making the transition from ski resort addict to backcountry junkie. Cost includes backcountry ski equipment! Continue reading
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June Mountain Backcountry Skiing

June Mountain Backcountry Skiing

Do you get "piste off" at the masses stealing all of your fresh tracks at the ski area? Go "Off-Piste"! Best bang for your ski buck in the Sierra! This is a popular guided ski program for us, and rightfully so!

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Backcountry Skiing 201

Backcountry Skiing 201

This is a great course for experienced backcountry enthusiasts who want to learn techniques to go farther, faster, longer, bigger, and steeper, yet still have the energy to enjoy the goods. Minimum of 2 needed to run this course at promotional pricing on the scheduled dates. We can also schedule this course on a custom, private basis. Visit our Custom Sierra Ski Page to request dates and view prices. Continue reading
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Private Avalanche Awareness Programs

Private Avalanche Awareness Programs

All of our avalanche awareness courses and programs are offered on a privately scheduled basis and can be customized to the needs of the group. We specialize in regional agency and educational group needs. Contact us for more information and pricing.       Continue reading
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Breakthrough! with Peter Croft

Breakthrough! with Peter Croft

Let Peter Croft coach you to a breakthrough in your outdoor climbing ability in this 2-day instructional program with one of the most accomplished rock climbers in the world. Continue reading
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Eastern Sierra Scramblers

Eastern Sierra Scramblers

A 5-day summer rock climbing program for kids ages 5-12. ESScramblers_Web_000   Continue reading
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AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course

AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course

The 3 Day Single Pitch instructor course is for those who will be working in single pitch environments such as summer camps and gyms. The AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Program is the only nationally and internationally recognized single pitch climbing instructor certification program. This program requires a minimum of 3 participants to run. We offer this program on scheduled dates only and not on a custom private basis.   Continue reading
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AMGA SPI Exam

AMGA SPI Exam

The AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Program is the only nationally and internationally recognized single pitch climbing instructor certification program. This is a 2 day assessment module for those who have completed the 3 day SPI Course.   Continue reading
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Rock Climbing 201

Rock Climbing 201

Our advanced rock climbing course will give you the skills you will need to take the next step. This course is  a great way to learn rock climbing techniques that usually take years to figure out on your own.  We'll cover multipitch techniques, rope management, movement skills and more!!! We run this course on a custom private basis every day a special pricing for groups of 2 or more! The maximum guiding ratio on this course is 3:1. Continue reading
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Rock Climbing 101

Rock Climbing 101

If you've always dreamed of venturing into the vertical world or you’re looking for a thrilling outing for your family, this intro class is perfect for you. Continue reading
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Crack Climbing with Peter Croft

Crack Climbing with Peter Croft

Cracks. Allow Peter to demystify the beautiful art of vertical movement on cracked stone. 1 day. Continue reading
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Private Climbing with Peter Croft

Private Climbing with Peter Croft

Climb with Peter on your schedule in the Eastern and High Sierra! Here is how it works: Step 1:  Fill out the questionnaire below and hit Submit. Step 2:  We will contact you as soon as possible to confirm the itinerary and guide availability on requested dates, and we will present you with a custom proposal and price quote. Step 3:  Once you have received a final proposal and are ready to submit the deposit to reserve your program, follow instructions we send you to complete your reservation online, where you will be prompted to enter your deposit amount and pay through our secure online checkout process. Continue reading
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Lone Pine Peak

Lone Pine Peak

The North Ridge of Lone Pine Peak is a remarkable granite ridge climb. The incredible views of the Mt. Whitney area and the Owens Valley are not to be missed. This program is for experienced alpinists with excellent fitness and stamina as we climb in a 2-day format, either climbing the entire ridge in a single push or with an ultralight bivouac on the ridge, as conditions permit. For those that are super fit, this is a rewarding big day outing with great moderate alpine rock climbing. There are also numerous other even longer and more adventurous routes on Lone Pine Peak. We offer most any of them on a custom private basis only. This program requires a minimum of 2 to run on the scheduled dates at these promotional prices. Click HERE to make a reservation to climb this route on a custom private basis. Continue reading
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Lover’s Leap Rock Climbing

Lover’s Leap Rock Climbing

The Leap is an incredible and accessible venue for rock climbing. We offer regular day climbs for all levels on this outstanding Sierra granite cliff. Click HERE for details and to arrange climbing for you and your group at Lover's Leap on a custom private basis. Continue reading
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The Evolution Loop

The Evolution Loop

The most scenic and classic backpacking loop in the High Sierra, the Evolution Loop is one breathtaking vista after another. We offer this guided journey in three itineraries:
  • 3-day Ultralight
  • 4-day Backpacking
  • 5-day Backpacking
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Custom Private Ice

Custom Private Ice

Custom guided ice climbing is all about going where you want, when you want, and with who you want.  Here is how it works: Step 1:  Fill out the questionnaire below and hit Submit. Step 2:  We will contact you as soon as possible to confirm the itinerary and guide availability on requested dates, and we will present you with a custom proposal and price quote. Step 3:  Once you have received a final proposal and are ready to submit the deposit to reserve your program, follow instructions we send you to complete your reservation online, where you will be prompted to enter your deposit amount and pay through our secure online checkout process. Join SMG for an ice climbing trip of a lifetime!   Continue reading
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Morocco 2014!

Morocco 2014!

With Peter Croft!

2014 Dates:  September 21 - October 1 Yosemite-sized walls made out of clean and featured limestone. If that is not enough said, put that into a beautiful canyon oasis in the remote and rugged Atlas Mountains. That is Taghia Gorge. The exotic climbing destination that has only just started to be discovered by modern climbers. Experience this rock climbing paradise amidst the indigenous people of a truly special place on Earth. all photos on this page: Kris Erickson This trip features Peter Croft, tours of Marrakech and Moroccan villages, Jeep and mule support, ginormous limestone walls, and a 1:1 guiding ratio. We have space for 2 or 3 climbers with guides and this trip needs a minimum of 2 to run. Continue reading
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Custom Private Alpine

Custom Private Alpine

Custom guided alpine climbing is all about going where you want, when you want, and with who you want.  Here is how it works: Step 1:  Fill out the questionnaire below and hit Submit. Step 2:  We will contact you as soon as possible to confirm the itinerary and guide availability on requested dates, and we will present you with a custom proposal and price quote. Step 3:  Once you have received a final proposal and are ready to submit the deposit to reserve your program, follow instructions we send you to complete your reservation online, where you will be prompted to enter your deposit amount and pay through our secure online checkout process. Join SMG for an alpine climbing trip of a lifetime!   Continue reading
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Sierra Peak Descents

Sierra Peak Descents

The Eastern Sierra is well-known for its easy access to hundreds of ski summits. Nothing beats ripping turns off an alpine summit and then sniffing the desert sage of the valley bottom. For skiers who want to rise above the crowds and ski from a mountaintop! This program requires a minimum of 2 to run on these scheduled dates at this promotional price, and will have a maximum guiding ratio of 4:1. We are happy to arrange this program on a custom, private basis. Click HERE for details. Continue reading
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Alps Trilogy

Alps Trilogy

This is the Grand Tour of the High Alps. Combine Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, and the Eiger into a 12-day tour de force! Continue reading
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Italian Dolomites – Via Ferrata Hut to Hut

Italian Dolomites – Via Ferrata Hut to Hut

A Via Feratta adventure unlike any other! This itinerary was developed with SMG by our partners at Holimites, and their mountain guides who live and work in the Dolomites. This is a spectacular hut to hut journey with via ferrata along the route. Climb one of the high Dolomite peaks, Monte Antelao and circumnavigate the town of Cortina D'Ampezzo. This is an incredible week for anyone who enjoys adventurous, multiday, mountain hiking and wants to experience the thrill of rock climbing without the usual technical difficulties. We offer this trip on the dates scheduled  with a minimum of 2 to run and a maximum ratio of 4:1. We are happy to arrange this trip on a custom private basis! Click HERE for details and to request a custom trip proposal from us.       Continue reading
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Custom Private Rock

Custom Private Rock

Custom guided rock climbing is all about going where you want, when you want, and with who you want.  Here is how it works: Step 1:  Fill out the questionnaire below and hit Submit. Step 2:  We will contact you as soon as possible to confirm the itinerary and guide availability on requested dates, and we will present you with a custom proposal and price quote. Step 3:  Once you have received a final proposal and are ready to submit the deposit to reserve your program, follow instructions we send you to complete your reservation online, where you will be prompted to enter your deposit amount and pay through our secure online checkout process. Join SMG for a rock climbing trip of a lifetime!   Continue reading
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Custom Private Trail

Custom Private Trail

Custom guided backpacking and mountain running is all about going where you want, when you want, and with who you want.  Here is how it works: Step 1:  Fill out the questionnaire below and hit Submit. Step 2:  We will contact you as soon as possible to confirm the itinerary and guide availability on requested dates, and we will present you with a custom proposal and price quote. Step 3:  Once you have received a final proposal and are ready to submit the deposit to reserve your program, follow instructions we send you to complete your reservation online, where you will be prompted to enter your deposit amount and pay through our secure online checkout process. Join SMG for a backpacking or mountain running trip of a lifetime!   Continue reading
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Porters, Pack Support, & Camp Assistants

Porters, Pack Support, & Camp Assistants

If you want to enjoy the wild mountains in comfort and style, consider adding some support to your trip. We offer these options:
  • Porters - assistant guides who help carry up to 45 pounds of equipment and supplies.  $190 per porter/day.
 
  • Packers and Mules - We can help add support to your trip with a local pack outfitter. Price varies, but we are happy to prepare you a complimentary quote.
 
  • Camp Assistant - assistant guides who are in charge of set up and maintenance of camp, planning menus and cooking meals. $250/day (cost shared by group).
 
  • Gourmet Backcountry Chef - We cater to those wanting full luxury in their backcountry meals on any type of trip that may allow it. In combination with porters or packers we can bring in the best ingredients and backcountry cooking equipment. True Haute cuisine with a reputable local chef who plans and prepares the meals. Price varies and is not available on all itineraries. Contact us to discuss the possibilities and for a quote.
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North Peak – North Couloirs

North Peak – North Couloirs

North Peak hosts some of the most reliable and accessible alpine ice in the range. An absolutely top-quality alpine day. Scheduled dates and prices are based on a minimum of 2 to run and a maximum 2:1 guiding ratio. Please click HERE to request a reservation and more information about arranging this climb on a custom private basis. Continue reading
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Mount Dana – Dana Couloir

Mount Dana – Dana Couloir

The Dana Couloir is an excellent introduction to Sierra alpine ice climbing. Although some may require 2-3 days, we recommend climbing it in one big day from the road if you have winter waterfall ice climbing experience, some mileage on summer snow with crampons, and good fitness and acclimatization. Because of this variability and the dependency on conditions, we only offer this climb on a custom private basis. Click HERE to make a reservation request and get more information about this or other alpine ice climbs in the Sierra.   Continue reading
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Palisade Glacier High Camp – 5 Days

Palisade Glacier High Camp – 5 Days

Climb the Palisades from a basecamp near the Palisade Glacier in a 5-day format! This approach takes you to the most rugged and glaciated part of the High Sierra for classic, technical alpine climbing. This itinerary is more for mountaineers than peakbaggers, but does present the opportunity to climb 3-5 iconic fourteen thousand foot Sierra peaks. We include roundtrip porter support on this trip - in our experience this makes a huge difference in success and enjoyment. Minimum of 2 to run at this price on scheduled dates with a maximum guiding ratio of 2:1. There are many ways to climb in the Palisades and we encourage you to consider booking a custom private itinerary that best suits you and/or your group. Click HERE to request a custom program reservation and get more information.  

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Snowshoes / Poles

Snowshoes / Poles

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Custom Program Reservations

Custom Program Reservations

If you are on this page, then you should have already been given a quote from the office for your Custom Program and you are ready to complete your booking! Simply fill out the form below based on the quote we gave you, review our Deposit and Cancellation Policy, and send your deposit through our secure checkout process. We will confirm your booking once we receive it. Thank you for choosing Sierra Mountain Guides for your guided mountain experience! Continue reading
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Rental Equipment

Rental Equipment

Some gear on your equipment list is not included in the price of our programs. Check specific details of the program you are interested in to determine what items are included and what items you will want to acquire before the start of your trip. For your convenience, we have many commonly needed items available for rent. If you are interested in renting anything from us, please contact us prior to your program start date. We will confirm the availability of the equipment, help you calculate the total cost, and add the items to your existing booking. Standard pricing is listed below for your reference. We only rent our equipment to SMG guests. Otherwise, there are retail shops in the towns of Bishop and Mammoth Lakes which may be able to get you set up with rental equipment. Continue reading
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Custom Private Ski

Custom Private Ski

Custom guided skiing is all about going where you want, when you want, and with who you want.  Here is how it works: Step 1:  Fill out the questionnaire below and hit Submit. Step 2:  We will contact you as soon as possible to confirm the itinerary and guide availability on requested dates, and we will present you with a custom proposal and price quote. Step 3:  Once you have received a final proposal and are ready to submit the deposit to reserve your program, follow instructions we send you to complete your reservation online, where you will be prompted to enter your deposit amount and pay through our secure online checkout process. Join SMG for a ski trip of a lifetime!   Continue reading
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Chamonix Classics

Chamonix Classics

C'est Fantastique! How does this sound? Croissants and coffee in the morning followed by a quick telepherique ride up a few thousand meters to a giant glacier followed by one of the best alpine climbs of your life, a quick espresso on the way down, and back to town in time for wine and cheese. And repeat, for 9 days. This the ultimate alpinist's vacation in the epicenter of all that is alpinism, and allows plenty of time to climb that ambitious route you have always dreamed of on the Mont Blanc massif. We offer this incredible 9-day climbing program or similar by custom private arrangement. Click HERE for details and reservations. Continue reading
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Fastpacking 101

Fastpacking 101

Introduction to the world of "Light & Fast." Prepare to change your backpacking life. Continue reading
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Winter Mountaineering Skills Seminar

Winter Mountaineering Skills Seminar

This five-day intensive skills seminar is based in the Eastern Sierra. We use waterfall ice in Lee Vining Canyon and the mountains of the Eastern Sierra as an ideal training ground for working the progression from the basic skills to real mountaineering applications. This course on scheduled dates has a minimum of 2 to run and a maximum guiding ratio of 3:1. We can arrange this program or similar on a custom basis. Click HERE for details. Continue reading
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Sawtooths Mountaineering Skills Seminar

Sawtooths Mountaineering Skills Seminar

This five-day seminar is based in the spectacular Sawtooth Range where we will learn the skills to climb the big peaks in all conditions. We focus on climbing alpine rock, snow, and mixed in a spectacular venue. A must for aspiring alpinists with plans to get their game on in the great ranges of the world. Continue reading
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Palisades Crest Tour

Palisades Crest Tour

One of the most demanding and rewarding of our original Sierra Crest Tours, the Palisades Crest tour is a 6-day ski mountaineering tour de force that pays off in spades with ever changing views, spectacular positions, and epic ski descents every day! Maximum guiding ratio for this itinerary is 2:1. This tour has a minimum of 2 to run on the listed dates at this promotional price. We also offer this itinerary or similar on a custom private basis. Click HERE for details. Continue reading
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Mixing It Up!

Mixing It Up!

Let the sparks fly! Modern mixed climbing is the most fun variation of ice climbing ever invented. Lee Vining Canyon also happens to be a unique and special venue for climbing both ice and solid granite simultaneously with ice tools and crampons. This course has a minimum of 2 to run on scheduled dates at this price and a maximum guiding ratio of 3:1. We are happy to arrange this course on a custom private basis. Click HERE for details and reservations.   Continue reading
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Ice Climbing 201

Ice Climbing 201

A two-day advanced course geared towards those with previous ice climbing experience who are ready to take the next "mono point" step.  This second level course picks up where our Ice Climbing 101 course left off and covers the advanced waterfall ice climbing skills and techniques. This course requires a minimum of 2 to run at the dates and prices listed and has a maximum 3:1 guiding ratio. We are happy to arrange this course or similar on a custom private basis. Click HERE for details and reservations. Continue reading
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Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

One of the greatest multi-pitch trad climbing meccas in the world. Super fun climbing on steep, featured, and colorful sandstone, all in striking distance from the Vegas strip. We do not have scheduled dates in 2014, but we offer programs run through our partners at Jackson Hole Mountain Guides Las Vegas. Click HERE to request custom private guiding in Red Rock Canyon in 2014! Continue reading
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Italian Dolomites – Rock Climbing

Italian Dolomites – Rock Climbing

One of the most remarkable climbing venues on Earth is the Italian Dolomites. Sella Towers, Cinque Torre, Tofana, Falzarego, Tre Cime, Fiames, Marmolada and many more classic options. Join us for a week of climbing in one of our very favorite international climbing venues. The ideal season for the Dolomites is mid-July to mid-September. We typically plan to go in early September after the European vacation ends to cut down on crowds and enjoy typically more stable weather. Please click HERE to request custom dates and reservations. Continue reading
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Ice Climbing 101

Ice Climbing 101

Our two-day introductory ice course is perfect for the first time ice climber and/or mountaineer looking to expand their skills. Only $365 for 2 full days of instruction. If you want to beat the crowds and get an even better price at $325, check out our midweek dates! This course has a minimum of 3 to run at the prices and dates listed with a maximum guiding ratio of 6:1 and max group size of 12 climbers. We are happy to arrange this course or similar for you on a custom private basis. Click HERE for details and reservations.   Continue reading
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Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route

Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route

The Classic Tour of the High Alps between the two historic hometowns of Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn. Travel rugged, glaciated terrain in with light packs in Haute style. This trip as scheduled at this price has a minimum of 2 skiers to run and the maximum guiding ratio is 4:1. If you would like to arrange the Haute Route or similar guided ski tour on a custom private basis, click HERE for details and to request a custom trip proposal.   Continue reading
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Ortler Ski Circuit – Italian Alps

Ortler Ski Circuit – Italian Alps

This Gem of the Italian Alps is all about the skiing! Ski summits, beautiful lines, and deluxe huts make this a must on your next Alps ski mountaineering vacation. We currently only offer the Ortler Ski Circuit on a custom private basis. Contact us and we will be happy to put together an itinerary for you and your group! Continue reading
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Onion Valley to Mt. Whitney and Beyond!

Onion Valley to Mt. Whitney and Beyond!

Best. Mount Whitney Climb. Ev-er. But the irony is that the best is all the parts that are not Mt. Whitney. So sad, all of those Whitney Trail hikers who only experience that one little drainage. This is a brilliant adventure in backpacking style. A tour of the southernmost crest of the Range of Light. If you like hiking in remote wilderness and have always wanted to climb Mt. Whitney, then this trip is for you! Continue reading
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Tour Du Mont Blanc – Mountain Running

Tour Du Mont Blanc – Mountain Running

This 6-day mountain run circumnavigates the highest peak in the European Alps over 100 miles and 30,000 feet of elevation gain.  Move on single track while taking in the breathtaking views of Mont Blanc and traveling on foot through three countries: France, Italy, and Switzerland. support vehicle Continue reading
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Sabre Ridge Climbing Camp – Sequoia National Park

Sabre Ridge Climbing Camp – Sequoia National Park

A 6-day packer and cook supported pilgrimage to the heart of the Southern Sierra, Sequoia National Park, and some of the best alpine rock climbing in the entire range. Interested yet? We recommend this program to be run at a 1:1 guiding ratio. These dates include 1:1 guiding and have a minimum of 3 to run and a maximum of 4 guests total. If you would like to arrange this program for a group by custom private arrangement click HERE for a reservation request. 2:1 guiding ratio per person will reduce costs. Peter Croft can be requested for this trip at an additional charge and subject to availability. Continue reading
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High Sierra Hut to Hut!

High Sierra Hut to Hut!

Hut to Hut in the High Sierra??  Yep, that's right but only for those willing to go for big days of light and fast. By connecting fully equipped mountain lodges with 20 mile stretches of trail, we can go as light and fast as a day tripper, but see so much more. If you are a trail runner that likes the concept of ultralight backpacking with a fraction of the weight, and without the rigors of wilderness camping then this is your jam! Continue reading
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Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite Valley

Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite Valley

Traverse the Sierra on a mind blowing adventure of either 6 days of backpacking, or an ultra-lightweight 4-day fastpacking style! Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite Valley is one of the greatest ways to see the best of the John Muir Trail, and the Sierra! Minimum 2 participants on program to run. We can arrange a trip like this on a custom private basis. Click HERE for more information. Continue reading
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Snow Camping and Winter Skills Course

Snow Camping and Winter Skills Course

The Donner Party would have loved this 2-day course! Raise your mountain awareness, snow travel, and winter survival skills in the high mountain environment. This program has a minimum of 2 to run on listed dates at this promotional price. Maximum guiding ratio is 6:1. If you would like to schedule this course on a custom private basis, click HERE for details. Continue reading
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Ice Axe and Crampon Seminar

Ice Axe and Crampon Seminar

There is no better way to be introduced to the skills required to climb snow safely and efficiently. Minimum of 2 to run this 1-day course at promotional pricing on scheduled dates. We also offer this course on a custom, private basis. Visit our Custom Private Alpine page to request dates and view prices. Continue reading
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Palisades 14′ers – 5 Days

Palisades 14′ers – 5 Days

Climb the Palisades from Palisade Basin on the Southwest side in a 5-day itinerary! This approach takes you to the most rugged and glaciated part of the High Sierra for classic, technical alpine climbing. This itinerary presents the opportunity to climb 3-5 iconic fourteen thousand foot Sierra peaks. Minimum of 2 to run at this price on scheduled dates with a maximum guiding ratio of 2:1. There are many ways to climb in the Palisades and we encourage you to consider booking a custom private itinerary that best suits you and/or your group. Click HERE to request a custom program reservation and get more information.  

 
TRIP ITINERARY: Palisades Glacier High Camp
DAY 1 Meet early morning at the SMG office in Bishop. Gear check and final packing. Give loads to the porters and transport to Glacier Lodge and the trailhead. Hike 7+ miles with 4600+ ft. of elevation gain to camp at either Gayley, Fischer, or Thunderbolt glacier camps, depending on the group and conditions.
DAY 2 Climb Mt. Sill, Thunderbolt Peak, or Mt. Winchell.
DAY 3 Climb Mt. Sill, Thunderbolt, Starlight, North Palisade, or Polemonium Peak.
DAY 4 Climb one of the peaks we haven't yet climbed.
DAY 5 Porters meet us at camp. Pack up camp, hike down to the car, celebrate a successful trip and collect our things when they arrive to meet us in Bishop.
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Sierra Mountain Guides

Sierra Mountain Guides