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Technical expertise and leadership qualities

I just wanted to mention the entire group was impressed with Ryan's technical expertise and leadership qualities. It's a rare combination that lent itself to calming (group) stress, while providing quiet motivation and instilling confidence in the face of challenging conditions. Dave seems to share the same unique set of qualities that helped develop trust [...]

By |2016-09-29T20:43:29+00:00June 2nd, 2015|What Our Clients Say|Comments Off on Technical expertise and leadership qualities

Mount Patriach – Kauhurangi National Park New Zealand

I (Sp) am back in New Zealand for a few weeks and filling it with some hiking, climbing and enjoying the country.The great thing about NZ "tramping" is that there are lots of tracks, fantastic views and a great hut system. The bad thing is that there are lots of biting sandflies, rain and nothing [...]

By |2016-12-23T19:52:38+00:00January 15th, 2014|SMC Blog|Comments Off on Mount Patriach – Kauhurangi National Park New Zealand

Hokitka on West Coast in New Zealand- Jan. 2013

The Wet West Coast West side of the South Island has always had a reputation. Annual rainfall here can be up to almost 60 feet of water. The forest is rainforest and often a battle to get through. Rivers come up and people are stranded for days. A bridge on the main highway washed out [...]

By |2016-12-23T19:52:38+00:00January 16th, 2013|SMC Blog|Comments Off on Hokitka on West Coast in New Zealand- Jan. 2013

Mt. Owen aka Moria in New Zealand

Mt Owen aka Moria Jan. 2013 Owen is the high point of Kahurangi National Park and also had a moment of fleeting fame as one of the settings for Lord of the Rings. Even has a summit dragon. More importantly it has a wonderful new hut and spectacular limestone karst terrain and is about an [...]

By |2016-12-23T19:52:38+00:00January 15th, 2013|Hiking|Comments Off on Mt. Owen aka Moria in New Zealand

Tapuae-o-Uenuku You don’t have to pronounce it to climb it.

Tapi is the highest point in New Zealand outside of the main Divide and I have wanted to climb it for over 40 years. So I connected with an old friend Penny, from the old days of university back in the 1970s, and she flew down from Auckland and we made a quick trip since [...]

By |2016-12-23T19:52:38+00:00January 8th, 2013|SMC Blog|Comments Off on Tapuae-o-Uenuku You don’t have to pronounce it to climb it.

Rene and Chris Whitney Via Cottonwood 8/26/12

My wife Chris and I want to tell you what a fabulous experience the Whitney Cottonwood trip was. Much better than we hoped it would be. It was one, if not the best, vacation experiences we have ever participated in. Our leaders, Aaron and Jessica were marvelous--patient, caring, helpful, knowledgeable, and good-humoured. In addition, they are terrific cooks. We [...]

By |2016-09-29T20:43:29+00:00September 19th, 2012|What Our Clients Say|1 Comment

Boundary Peak 9.2.12

Boundary Peak is the high point of Nevada and we get a number of people who are doing all of the high points of the 50 states wanting to do it. This was the case with Jayme and Don Holcomb. This was a warm up before Whitney, but with no good  trail and the dry [...]

By |2016-09-29T20:43:29+00:00September 3rd, 2012|SMC Blog|Comments Off on Boundary Peak 9.2.12

Pack-supported JMT

We have been working with Rock Creek Pack Station to set up the JMT in stages as a pack supported trip. This allows people who want to do the JMT but do not want the heavy packs to spread the journey out over four years and to have a relaxed memorable vacation along the way. [...]

By |2016-09-29T20:43:29+00:00September 3rd, 2012|Hiking, Whitney|Comments Off on Pack-supported JMT

Hiking with Pack Stock. The JT Part I; Cottonwood to Onion Valley.

We have been working with Rock Creek Pack Station to set up the JMT in stages as a pack supported trip. This allows people who want to do the JMT but do not want the heavy packs to spread the journey out over four years and to have a relaxed memorable vacation along the way.This [...]

By |2016-09-29T20:43:29+00:00September 3rd, 2012|Hiking, Whitney|Comments Off on Hiking with Pack Stock. The JT Part I; Cottonwood to Onion Valley.

Brian on his Whitney Climb 6/4/12

I want to thank your Team for a great Climb on Mt. Whitney this past week.  Aaron and Luke did a fantastic job for us.  These two young men were friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful.  It was a pleasure having these two guide us on the mountaineers route.  At every step along the way, Aaron [...]

By |2016-09-29T20:43:29+00:00July 30th, 2012|What Our Clients Say|Comments Off on Brian on his Whitney Climb 6/4/12

Tom on his Mount Whitney trip 7/10/12

The summit to Mt. Whitney via the Mountaineer's Route was amazing. Sam is a great guide and we were fortunate to have him lead our group.  Daniel and I will have this special memory forever and I want to thank you for your patience with all of my calls and answering all of my questions. I [...]

By |2016-09-29T20:43:30+00:00July 30th, 2012|What Our Clients Say|Comments Off on Tom on his Mount Whitney trip 7/10/12

Clarence King, Mt Cotter and Mt Gardiner with Linda Emerson 7.2012

This is the eight trip that Linda and SP have done as Linda works her way to completing all of the Sierra Peaks list. We intended to do this trip two years ago and then last year, but things got in the way. The third time was however a charm and went just perfectly with [...]

By |2016-09-29T20:43:30+00:00July 30th, 2012|Alpine Climbing|Comments Off on Clarence King, Mt Cotter and Mt Gardiner with Linda Emerson 7.2012

Mt. Emerson 13, 225′ July 4, 2012

Some of the Sierra Mountain Center team went out on July 4, 2012 to check out Mt. Emerson 13,225'.  There are several different approaches.  We decided to climb the SE Face.  Short approach for this fun alpine route on solid rock.  Leaving the Piute Pass trail before Loch Leven Lakes-  Route climb the [...]

By |2016-12-23T19:52:38+00:00July 6th, 2012|SMC Blog|Comments Off on Mt. Emerson 13, 225′ July 4, 2012

What our Clients are saying: 2012

Dear Connie: My recent trips with SMC (Boundary Peak & Mount Whitney) were incredible! I want to thank my guides (Ryan, Jim, Andrew, & Sam) for two awesome mountaineering adventures. Their knowledge, professionalism, and preparedness made both trips a rewarding and unforgettable experience. Please share this email with them and thank them for me. I [...]

By |2016-12-23T19:52:38+00:00June 19th, 2012|What Our Clients Say|Comments Off on What our Clients are saying: 2012

Skiing Canada’s Wapta traverse

Over the years John Miller has done a bunch of trans Sierra ski trips with SMC. Given this year's low snow fall in California it was just as well that we decided to head north to Canada to do a hut to hut ski across the Wapta Traverse out of Lake Louise in [...]

By |2016-09-29T20:43:30+00:00April 12th, 2012|Backcountry Skiing|Comments Off on Skiing Canada’s Wapta traverse

Jim on his Mt Whitney climb 8.11

I just wanted to thank you both for making our climb up Mt. Whitney an absolutely fantastic experience.  You guys were terrific and the trip couldn’t have gone any better.   I have been talking about it nonstop since getting back and have recommended it and you guys to several friends at home and at work.

By |2016-09-29T20:43:30+00:00August 20th, 2011|What Our Clients Say|Comments Off on Jim on his Mt Whitney climb 8.11

Steve on his climb of the East Face of Whitney 8.11

Joe and I are just a couple days removed from an awesome trip up the East Face of Mount Whitney.  Aaron was our guide and did a fantastic job from start to finish and made the experience really fun.  We would use SMC again in a heartbeat and recommend your service to anybody looking to [...]

By |2016-09-29T20:43:30+00:00August 13th, 2011|What Our Clients Say|Comments Off on Steve on his climb of the East Face of Whitney 8.11

Rhonda on climbing Whitney via Cottonwood 8.11

We just returned home from our trip to Whitney via Cottonwood and I wanted to express my sincere thank you for putting together such a fantastic trip.  Honestly, it will be one to remember forever.  Above all, Marie and Luke were outstanding.  Their expertise, encouraging words, ability to pace us and sure friendship was the [...]

By |2016-09-29T20:43:30+00:00August 13th, 2011|What Our Clients Say|Comments Off on Rhonda on climbing Whitney via Cottonwood 8.11

White Mountains Hike 6.11

The White Mountains of California are truly fantastic. This unique range became wilderness only two years ago. It is high alpine desert and this year was marked by a profusion of flowers with fragrant phlox scenting the air. This year we had only one client, Robyn from Monaco (she hiked the JMT with us last [...]

By |2016-12-23T19:52:38+00:00July 29th, 2011|Hiking|Comments Off on White Mountains Hike 6.11

Peter on his Bear Creek Spire climb 6-11

Connie, Andrew, and SP, I'm just now back in touch with e-mail, so it's the first opportunity to say thanks for the Bear Creek Spire trip and for the flexibility in rescheduling.  It was perfect.  Andrew is an excellent guide; I can't imagine better.  I've done four trips with SMC, all of them A+.

By |2016-09-29T20:43:30+00:00July 29th, 2011|What Our Clients Say|Comments Off on Peter on his Bear Creek Spire climb 6-11

Bob on his East Buttress climb 7/11

Hi Connie, Just wanted to say thanks for everything.  The climbs were great and so was the service.  You handled the scheduling (and changes) quickly, kindly and professionally.  Aaron was also great -- he is a very skilled guide and also very professional with people and logistics.  Thanks again for a great experience.

By |2016-09-29T20:43:30+00:00July 21st, 2011|What Our Clients Say|Comments Off on Bob on his East Buttress climb 7/11

Fran on his 7/11 climb of the East Face of Whitney

I'd like to thanks you for my successful summit. Nate did a great job of guiding; he's definitely a professional and I highly recommend him for anyone looking to attempt this route. As a former employer I know how hard it is to find good help. My compliments to you!. I found the climb quite [...]

By |2016-09-29T20:43:30+00:00July 21st, 2011|What Our Clients Say|Comments Off on Fran on his 7/11 climb of the East Face of Whitney

TJ on his climb of Whitney with the family 6.2011

Just got back from CA on Sunday and I wanted to drop you a quick note to let you and everyone at SMC know what a great trip we all had (Mt. Whitney - Mountaineer's Route - June 17-19). For me and my boys it was a first rate experience that we will never forget. [...]

By |2016-09-29T20:43:30+00:00July 7th, 2011|What Our Clients Say|Comments Off on TJ on his climb of Whitney with the family 6.2011

Mike on his Mt. Whitney climb June 2011

I wanted to thank Sierra Mountain Center for a great trip up the Mountaineers Route of Mt. Whitney. It was everything I expected and then more. Our guide Andrew was superb in every aspect of his job. He was a complete professional and we felt we were well taken care of at all times. I [...]

By |2016-09-29T20:43:30+00:00June 15th, 2011|What Our Clients Say|Comments Off on Mike on his Mt. Whitney climb June 2011

Mount Whitney with a group from Japan

This has been one heck of a spring in the Sierra. One day is a perfect spring day; the next four are full on winter. The snow pack is still not melting and we have had to cancel trips because of the quantity of snow. But we have been lucky on Mount Whitney and managed [...]

By |2016-09-29T20:43:30+00:00June 6th, 2011|Alpine Climbing, Whitney|Comments Off on Mount Whitney with a group from Japan

From Ryk on the Extended Mountain Camp

Eric was outstanding. I’d trust him with my life—and did. His knowledge/experience is wide, but doesn’t let his student feel this gap in knowledge and skill, which is considerable! I appreciated his patience, flexibility in tailoring the trip to our needs/desires, and his generosity in offering to drive up to Mammoth Lakes that last day [...]

By |2016-12-23T19:52:38+00:00May 26th, 2011|What Our Clients Say|Comments Off on From Ryk on the Extended Mountain Camp

From Frank on his Whitney Climb

Overall how would you rate the trip with us. It was awesome. My first trip and I couldn't have hoped for more. Did the pre-trip information and the office adequately help you prepare for the trip? Yes. Especially considering the last minute circumstances I think the office did a terrific job of scrambling resources to make [...]

By |2016-09-29T20:43:30+00:00May 26th, 2011|What Our Clients Say|Comments Off on From Frank on his Whitney Climb

From Chip on his Mountain Camp

Challenging but not overly so.  Eric was terrific!  The weather was fantastic, with lots of snow to practice on and the location is as good as it gets.  Eric picked a great peak for day three - Petit Griffon.  One of the most beautiful and not just a marathon summit or a fitness test - [...]

By |2016-09-29T20:43:30+00:00May 26th, 2011|What Our Clients Say|Comments Off on From Chip on his Mountain Camp

From Scott on his Whitney attempt

I would rate our feb. attempt of mt. Whitney a 10 .I met all my primary goals for the trip even though we were not able to summit.I used the gear list you provided to guide me in my purchases and all my stuff worked well.You did a great job of supplying me with the [...]

By |2016-09-29T20:43:30+00:00May 26th, 2011|What Our Clients Say|Comments Off on From Scott on his Whitney attempt