Our trip design team at SMG has selected ski destinations and itineraries much like a chef chooses the ingredients for a gourmet meal. We start with only the best, and we carefully cultivate it into a potential experience of a lifetime. All of our ski programs may be customized to best suit your desires and abilities. You bring the passion, and we’ll show you the goods! Backcountry Snow Report >>
in the Sierra Nevada, Yosemite and the European Alps
On Belay! ... At SMG, we have designed rock climbing programs for all ability levels and interests. In our Courses, we examine the skills in a progressive, hands-on approach that will maximize learning potential while maximizing the fun factor. Our world-class climbing schools are based in the unsurpassed venues of the Eastern Sierra, Lover’s Leap, and Red Rock Canyon, and our AMGA Certified instructors are considered the best and most experienced in the business. >> ALL ROCK CLIMBING PROGRAMS
in the Sierra Nevada, Canada, Alaska and the European Alps
The Ice is Nice! SMG guides are the local ice climbing experts. A destination known worldwide, Lee Vining Canyon and the June Lake Area offer the finest winter waterfall ice climbing in all of California. SMG offers ice and mixed climbing courses for all levels as well as guided multi-pitch winter ice climbing. Whether you want to experience the thrill of climbing an ephemeral cascade, frozen in time and place, or just want to enjoy an accessible training ground for high peaks with top quality instruction and coaching, we have an ice program for you. Ice Conditions Report >> >> ALL ICE CLIMBING PROGRAMS
in the Sierra Nevada, Alaska, Canada, South America and the European Alps
We are proud to offer an unparalleled selection of alpine programs in the very best locations of the world. Each of our alpine programs has been carefully calibrated with its venue to yield only the highest quality and most rewarding results. Our alpine guides are trained and experienced to the highest possible degree for the trips we offer which gives us a great margin for success on challenging objectives. Alpine Conditions Report >> Discover the high and wild alpine realm with Sierra Mountain Guides! >> ALL ALPINE PROGRAMS
Sierra Mountain Guide's Current Conditions Reports are for the Eastern Sierra Nevada. We will report on conditions as we see them, or as our friends report them. Please contact us to report conditions in various locations whenever possible and we will add your comments to these reports.
Welcome to the Sierra Mountain Guides News Page. This is where you can read our blog and find out the latest about the world in which we live, work, and play. If you have any big news of your own, send us an email and we would be happy to share it here.
Sierra Mountain Guides was incorporated and named in 1997 by a group of forward-thinking veteran local and international guides based in the Eastern Sierra Nevada. Over the years guides have come and gone from the group and now long time local guides Howie Schwartz and Neil Satterfield have taken the reigns of the new SMG. This team along with the guides they employ is among the most qualified and skilled in the industry, upholding the highest standards for guiding excellence in the Sierra and worldwide.
This report of ice conditions is for ice climbs in the Eastern Sierra. We will report on conditions as we see them, or as we get reports from our friends and local climbers. Be aware that ice conditions can change rapidly with changing weather conditions. Be aware and knowledgeable of factors leading to unstable snow and ice, and perceptive enough to figure out when to back off in poor or deteriorating conditions. Visit the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center website for the latest backcountry avalanche advisory. Be safe and enjoy the climbing!!
Hi there ice climbers!, Happy spring. The end of another Eastside ice season is nigh. It’s been an interesting one, with lots of warm temps and falling ice, but it always provided just enough fun, with reasonable access conditions. It READ MORE
Hi there ice climbers, We are finally having a return to winter! The high temperatures have dropped around 25 degrees F over the weekend and have remained cool at night since. We even have received some much needed snow. That means READ MORE
Hi Ice Climbers, Happy Groundhogs Day. 6 more weeks of winter, according to the little marmot. Hope you are enjoying the warm temps. The ice is hanging in there since last report. There are limited climbs for this time of READ MORE
Hey Ice Climbers, Hope you get to enjoy the ice before it is gone. We usually don’t say that until mid-March, but this year all bets are off. We all know that ice does not fare well in a warming READ MORE
Howdy Ice Climbers! It’s been an exciting week here on the Eastside. June-uary is in full effect with mega warm temps and amazing rock climbing weather. Unfortunately, this is not good news for ice. After an awesome cold snap, warm READ MORE
Ice Climbers! Brrrrrrrr, it’s cold. Just what we need for building ice! With these temps expect the ice to be growing and attaching well to the cliffs of Lee Vining Canyon and June Lake. Horsetail Falls and Tatums in READ MORE
Happy Holidays ice climbers! It is warm. Too warm. In Lee Vining Canyon the ice is in, but only really at Chouinard Falls. There are 3 or 4 decent climbable lines there and with high temps today up there reaching READ MORE
Howdy ice climbers, Temps have been dropping so we went to Lee Vining Canyon to have a look see. The ice is a bit anemic this early season, but better than last report and well attached to the rock, even READ MORE
Hi there ice climbers! Everyone expects that by now in the season we should be kicking and swinging with abandon. We had a handful of seasons in the past decade where that happened. This year though, it’s been too warm. We READ MORE
Howdy ice climbers! It’s been a while, how have you been? It’s fall and we have emerged from a bit of a cold spell. It is no surprise that we receiving inquiries on ice conditions. We are excited about it too, READ MORE
Hi there ice climbers! Well as you may have noticed, Our ice report got a facelift along with our entire website. Unfortunately, we are guides and are not really competent with websites. If you are reading this you may be READ MORE