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California’s premier mountaineering school and guide service – Bishop, CA

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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 and support for everyone to reach their goal.

I don’t know where you find these guys, but when people are literally entrusting their lives by believing in their leaders’ guidance, capabilities and decisions, it’s a rare talent indeed.

~ Karl


Written by SP Parker

June 2, 2015 at 8:41 pm

Rene and Chris Whitney Via Cottonwood 8/26/12

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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 never expected to eat so well! We can’t say enough good things about them. And Max Kozak the packer was a delight as well.

In addition, we want to thank you for all the terrific advice and help that you provided to us before departure. We had a feeling that SMC was a very competent organization from the way you handled your job and we were not at all disappointed. We would recommend SMC trips to anyone. It was an all-around job well done by everyone and we are so glad that we took part. We wish we were back in the Sierra!


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September 19, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Tim and Phil on their climb 7/11/12

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OUTSTANDING, AMAZING, INCREDIBLE, any variation of adjectives.

On a scale of to 10, an 11.

Written by SP Parker

July 30, 2012 at 12:33 am

Brian on his Whitney Climb 6/4/12

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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 and Luke made us feel as if our success, safety and enjoyment was their top priority.
Connie has been extremely helpful and responsive in setting up details of this climb.
I would recommend these guides and your company to anyone wanting a first rate experience.  This was an outstanding adventure I will always remember.
Thank you all for helping  make it so.

Written by SP Parker

July 30, 2012 at 12:30 am

Tom on his Mount Whitney trip 7/10/12

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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 hope to do another tour with SMC.

Written by SP Parker

July 30, 2012 at 12:29 am

What our Clients are saying: 2012

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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 also want to thank you for your professionalism and for just being so nice in preparing and scheduling these two trips for me. I would certainly recommend SMC to anyone looking for a great outdoor experience, and I will also put a post in the Highpointers Club’s Newsletter recommending your guide service for Boundary and Whitney. Thanks once again.


Angelo Annunziato

Written by SP Parker

June 19, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Jim on his Mt Whitney climb 8.11

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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.

Written by SP Parker

August 20, 2011 at 8:31 pm

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