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Well done Sierra Mountain Guides.  Great service.  Great people.   Just a great great time all round!!!!" ~Dean

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International Guiding
Howie & Lyra will both be in Italy guiding trips this September. Check our BLOG for photos and updates from abroad.

Issue: # 46Aug 2012 

It's the middle of Summer and Sierra Mountain Guides is going full throttle! We've had a fantastic start to Summer with lots of people getting into the mountains via climbing, trekking, and fastpacking. This is a great Summer for it, and there is still days to be had. If you haven't experienced an adventure yet this Summer, come join us.

Others are signed up or are interested in these courses, join them!

Photo: Julie Perumal 
Sierra Fastpacking:


Mammoth to Yosemite Fastpacking 

"Thank you for putting together an unforgettable trip. We had such a great time words won't do it justice. Weather was perfect (know you controlled it), food was tasty, and Jeff was an outstanding guide."- Joe N.

One of the sayings I often find myself using is, "There is more than one way to skin a cat." Aside from the obvious negative imagery this may conjure up it does have real application in many of the activities that we offer at Sierra Mountain Guides (SMG).  In this case it relates directly to a fundamental methodology regarding how we use, travel, and enjoy the backcountry.  This summer I had the opportunity to tag along on the first day of a Mammoth to Yosemite Fastpacking trip.  This "cat" can be skinned a number of ways.  We chose to travel light, efficiently, well planned, and well packed. This allowed our crew to travel the roughly 42 miles in three days instead of the more common 5-8 days. Read more on our BLOG.

Evolution Traverse

"When will I stop doing the hardest thing I have ever done?"       Jon A., July 2012, high in the Evolution Peaks.

That is a great question for any of us!  What ever possesses us to do these things?  Needless to say, Jon does not shirk from challenge.  We have already 
expounded on his prodigious appetite for facing big endeavors with a hard-core work ethic and tough-to-the-soul grit.  Jon's self-awareness, the detachment that allows him to question these things, does nothing to make these efforts less intense.  For an athlete, the Evolution Traverse is little more than rocks and weather and effort.  For the more philosophical type, tackling the big questions through climbing heightens the experience to nearly life-altering status.   What's not to love about heightening an experience?!  See more pics


Another great summer for our Scramblers Climbing program. Hope you can join us for Summer 2013!

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Family Time:

Sam & Neal on Hurd Peak Photo: Jed Porter

Some things come in binges!  In June it was sweet alpine sending action.  Mid-July brought a ton of traversing.  Now, since that Evolution Traverse, my guiding world has revolved around the theme of family time. Read more about Jed's Family adventures on our BLOG.

Peter Croft:

How to celebrate a wedding anniversary???  A day out with Peter Croft, perfect! Read more on our BLOG
Final Note:

" Don't be a couch potato, get out this summer!"


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