Michael Smithwick "Smitty"
It began in the year 2000, I bought my first sled, it was a Polaris RMK 700 Gen 2. Fearless and ready to conquer the mountains! I smashed that sled into a tree with 20 miles under it. After beating the trailing arm with a back side of a hatchet to straighten the trailing arm and using wire and duct tape to mend it able to ride out I knew I was hooked. At the age 20, I was poor and my job at the time was not going to be able to support my riding habit, let alone buy fuel, and parts for my sled. I needed a job that would allow me to chase snow yet yield enough income to survive the winters of snowmobiling every day. I have been a carpenter for many years now and find myself living in the most pristine area near McCall Idaho. The mountains are my heaven and the land that surrounds them feed my soul.
As a part of the Sum+it Rider ambassador program, I want bring awareness to individuals who are involved in outdoor recreation. Marks are not scars on the land yet stepping stones to keeping our lands open to all who dare to enjoy such fun. Time passes quickly, and we must pull together as a whole group to prevent the closure of more land. We must be persistent and professional to take back what is are right to enjoy.
I am currently riding a 2018 800 11lb boost wagon, it brings a smile to my face every time I pull the rope. My back up sled is a 2017 800 SLP stage two.
Skiing, and snow-machining the slopes with family and friends is time well spent. Learning and teaching back country ethics is a must to ensure that we can all continue to use our lands for recreation for current and future generations.
Michael Smithwick aka “Smitty”