Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Alpine climbing for confidence

Check out Sawtooth Mountain Guides program


Based in Stanley, Sawtooth Mountain Guides has been running climbing camps and activities for kids of all ages since 1985. The camps take advantage of the Sawtooth's world-class caliber mountaineering and backpacking opportunities, letting kids learn how to make the most of the great outdoors.

Sawtooth Alpine Kids Camp, from July 25-29 for ages 10-16, focuses on group-centered learning. Kids work together to perform camp duties and prepare meals. The goal is for kids to develop self-confidence and meaningful partnerships.

The camp starts and finishes at Redfish Lake. Camp directors use a base camp located three miles up Redfish Canyon called Canyon Camp, which is stocked with tents, sleeping bags and kitchen gear.


Because of the base camp setup, kids only need to carry a medium-size backpack with personal gear and enough room for a one-night backpacking trip to Saddleback Lakes on the fourth night.

The camp features spectacular views of Mount Heyburn. Activities include rock climbing, hiking, fishing, swimming, mountaineering, map and compass work and "camp craft." The guides all have extensive experience working with kids and the outdoors, and some of them even double as school teachers during the year. The staff is led by Erik Leidecker, father of two daughters and a certified mountain guide. The camps have a guide/camper ratio of 1 to 3 on days when the campers will be climbing and gaining technical experience.

The camp lasts five days and is $625 per camper. For details, contact 208-774-3324, e-mail or see

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