Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Kids climb in the Sawtooths

SMG experts show how itís done

Express Staff Writer

    Based in Stanley, Sawtooth Mountain Guides has been running climbing camps and activities for kids of all ages for 27 summers 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 runs from July 22-26 for ages 8-15 and provides a comprehensive introduction to climbing while teaching kids basic wilderness skills.
    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 schoolteachers during the year.
    Leading the staff is Erik Leidecker, who is the 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 visit

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