Sierra Mountaineering International


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Sierra Mountaineering International
Page By Steve Larson
Page Type Jan 25, 2007 / Jan 28, 2007
Object ID 2160
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Company Description

Sierra Mountaineering International (SMI) is a Bishop, CA based guide service founded in 1995 by Kurt Wedberg. Kurt has an impressive resume that includes 53 international expeditions on virtually every continent, an Everest summit, and 114 ascents of Rainier as an RMI guide.

SMI offers a broad range of climbing trips and instruction. Instructional offerings include:

  • Rock
  • Glacier/Snow
  • Ice
  • Backpacking
  • Avalanche training
  • Backcountry skiing
  • Guide training

In addition to trips and courses in their home range of the Sierra Nevada, SMI offers trips to an impressive variety of places:

  • Kilimanjaro & Mt. Kenya
  • Mexico's volcanos
  • European Alps
  • Ecuador, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia
  • Mt. Ararat, Turkey
  • Himalaya: Everest, Ama Dablam, Island Peak
  • Romania
  • Seven Summits

In addition to their prepackaged offerings, SMI is willing to put together custom training and outings. For more information, contact them at:

Sierra Mountaineering International
236 N Main St.
Bishop, CA 93514
Telephone: (760) 872-4929
Fax: (760) 872-2489


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tradmonkey - Jan 31, 2007 8:14 pm - Voted 5/5

Avy 1
I took an Avy 1 course with SMI in Jan 2006. The course was very well organized, fun, and moderately priced. Kurt and his assistant (Neil, I think?) did an exceptional job teaching the course and even gave a discount for being a SAR team member. Nothing but good things to say about this course/company.

mtndonkey - Aug 26, 2007 9:24 pm - Voted 5/5

Top Notch
I have used SMI a couple of times (Avi 1, Winter Mountaineering) as well as met Kurt and his guides on the mountains. Kurt is a top notch guide and high quality person, all of this transcends down through his guides and company. They do a great job instructing while still making it enjoyable. I highly recommend Kurt and his guide service to anyone.

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