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A comprehensive, waterproof guidebook of the Sawtooth Mountains for hikers, bikers, horseback riders and climbers. Read more

Ketchum, ID Nonfiction
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A comprehensive, waterproof guidebook of the Sawtooth Mountains for hikers, bikers, horseback riders and climbers.

Ketchum, ID Nonfiction
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Exploring the Sawtooths – A Comprehensive Guide is the latest full-color, waterproof, map-based guidebook written, photographed, and designed by Matt Leidecker. It will be published by Idaho River Publications LLC., and is the fourth river and hiking guidebook published by the company.  This Kickstarter campaign is intended to raise money through pre-sales of the guidebook and other reward items to help cover the up front printing cost. 

The front and back cover of Exploring the Sawtooths.
The front and back cover of Exploring the Sawtooths.

Previous books by Matt/Idaho River Publications include:
Middle Fork of the Salmon - A Comprehensive Guide (2005, Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award)
The Rogue River – A Comprehensive Guide from Prospect to Gold Beach (2008)
Exploring Sun Valley - A Comprehensive Guide to the Boulder, Pioneer, and Smoky Mountains. (2010)

Previous guidebooks by Matt Leidecker/Idaho River Publications
Previous guidebooks by Matt Leidecker/Idaho River Publications


Matt and his family spent the summer of 2011 living in a renovated 1986 Jayco Motorhome that they used as a family basecamp. They hiked or biked nearly every trail in the Sawtooth Mountains between June and October last summer (751 miles to be precise).

Sarah sitting on the front step of the "Mothership" basecamp.
Sarah sitting on the front step of the "Mothership" basecamp.

Over the winter and spring of 2012, Matt designed and wrote the 144-page book. It is currently en route to a printer in Sacramento California.  Here are a few sample spreads:

Sawtooths Mountains overview map (page 18-19)
Sawtooths Mountains overview map (page 18-19)
Sample map and trail description (page 74-75)
Sample map and trail description (page 74-75)
Overflow hiking descriptions (page 106-107)
Overflow hiking descriptions (page 106-107)
Sample spread from History section (page 126-127)
Sample spread from History section (page 126-127)
Sample spread from Climbing History section (page 132-133)
Sample spread from Climbing History section (page 132-133)
Geologic map of the Sawtooths (page 136-137)
Geologic map of the Sawtooths (page 136-137)
Sample spread from the Flower Identification section (page 138-139)
Sample spread from the Flower Identification section (page 138-139)


Matt is using Kickstarter to offer a variety of reward packages including a custom designed “Exploring the Sawtooths” T-shirt, signed copies of the new guidebook, photographic prints, and a guided photography expedition into the beautiful Sawtooth Backcountry.

Custom designed Exploring the Sawtooths T-shirt
Custom designed Exploring the Sawtooths T-shirt


The goal of this Kickstarter campaign is to raise funds through pre-sales of the guidebook, T-shirts, and photographs to help offset the cost of printing on  synthetic waterproof and tearproof YUPO paper.  Thanks for the support!  I hope the book helps you fully enjoy the majestic Sawtooth Mountains.

Sincerely,

Matt Leidecker/Idaho River Publications LLC.

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    Pledge five dollars to support Exploring the Sawtooths and I will be eternally grateful for your support. You will be recognized on the Idaho River Publications website and will receive exclusive updates and insider information about the Sawtooths.

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    Receive an “Exploring the Sawtooths” T-shirt with an original sketch of the Sawtooth Mountains and Redfish Lake by Corey Warren/Innate Designs (Bellingham, WA). You will also be recognized on the Idaho River Publications website and will receive exclusive updates and insider information about the Sawtooths.

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    **NEW** After adding the Exploring the Sawtooths AND Exploring Sun Valley combo ($67 see below), I thought I should add the option to purchase a signed copy of just Exploring Sun Valley. Recognition, inside info and all the other goodies apply.

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    You are basically pre-ordering a copy of Exploring the Sawtooths which will come AUTOGRAPHED by Matt Leidecker. You will also be recognized on Idaho River Publications website and will receive exclusive updates and insider information about the Sawtooths.

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    You will receive a signed copy of Exploring the Sawtooths AND the T-shirt with the Sawtooth Mountain design by Corey Warren. You too will be recognized on the Idaho River Publications website and will receive exclusive updates and insider information about the Sawtooths.

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    **NEW** A friend recently suggested adding this reward: You will receive a signed copy of BOTH Exploring the Sawtooths and my Matt's previous guidebook Exploring Sun Valley (http://www.exploringsunvalley.com). In addition, you will be recognized on the Idaho River Publications website and will receive exclusive updates and insider information about the Sawtooths.

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    8 backers

    You will receive a signed copy of Exploring the Sawtooths, the T-shirt AND a signed 11x14 print of the Sawtooths (choosen from 20 of Matt’s select images). In addition, you will be recognized on the Idaho River Publications website and will receive exclusive updates and insider information about the Sawtooths.

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    You will receive a signed copy of Exploring the Sawtooths, the T-shirt AND a stunning panoramic print (12” x 70” rough measurements) of your favorite region of the Sawtooths. In addition, you will be recognized on the Idaho River Publications website and will receive exclusive updates and insider information about the Sawtooths.

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    In addition to a signed book and T-shirt you will join Matt Leidecker on a three-night/four-day photography trip deep into the heart of the range. This fully guided trip (through Sawtooth Mountain Guides) will focus specifically on the photographic interests of the participants. The trip is limited to six with a required minimum of three people. The suggested date is mid to late August, 2012. In addition, you will be recognized on the Idaho River Publications website and will receive exclusive updates and insider information about the Sawtooths.

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