Tyson is the senior guide and director and of UMA and the author of Backcountry Skiing Utah. Tyson remains passionate about skiing and climbing in the Wasatch Mountains, where he guides 100 days per winter (ski, avalanche instruction, mountaineering, and ice) and teaches rock climbing in the summer.
He continues to push himself and his clients in the mountains. In fall 2011 he led 3 long-time clients to Ama Dablam, 22,250, in the Everest region of Nepal through his private guiding company, Global Mountain Adventures. In March, 2009, he led a 20,000 foot ski "tour" in Big Cottonwood Canyon. In August, '08 he guided the Cathedral Traverse in the Tetons in one 20-hour day. He's also led steep ski descents including the Grand Teton, E. Face of Lone Pk, NW Couloir of the Pfeifferhorn, Coalpit, Superior, Stairs Gulch, and Salt Lake Twin Peaks.
Tyson grew up climbing and skiing in Idaho and Wyoming, and has guided since 1994. He's led 10 Denali Expeditions and over 100 each of the Grand Teton and Mt. Hood, Oregon. He heads up UMA's annual Rainier expeditions, and has also guided in British Columbia, SE Alaska, Colorado, California and Russia. Currently, he also does safety work for high-angle construction and guides for Wasatch Powderbird Guides, Exum Mtn Guides and independently.
Tyson has made Alaskan first ski descents of Denali's Wickersham Wall, Foraker's Sultana Ridge and Mt. Fairweather. He’s led expeditions to the Himalaya, Alps, and Andes, including Khan Tengri and Pik Pobeda, Kyrgyzstan; Muztagh Ata, China; Snow Lake, Pakistan; Lobuche and Ama Dablam, Nepal; Huascaran, Peru; Mt. Blanc, Mt. Rose, Elbrus and the Haute Route (EU) and the Ecuador Volcanoes. Tyson has skied Mt. Rainier 18 times by 5 different routes, including the Liberty Ridge. He's skied Mt. Adams 22 times, and been on Shasta, Baker, St. Helens, Glacier Peak, and the Sisters.
Bradley is also a Realtor and freelance writer (primarily for the Outdoor Utah Adventure Journal) He lives in Sugarhouse with his wife, Julie Faure, the President of UMA, and their sons Roman (b. May, ‘02) and Diego (b. April, ‘05.)
Dave is a backcountry ski guide and avalanche instructor for UMA. He has an intimate knowledge of the climbing and skiing in the Wasatch, and has been working and playing in the Wasatch since moving here from Pennsylvania in the mid-80s.
Dave has been guiding since 1990 and has skied and climbed in the western US and Canada, as well as in South America and Europe. Highlights include ski descents of Denali’s Orient Express, at the Grand Teton’s Ford-Stettner Route, and the Grunge Couloir on Mt. Timpanogos. He has worked for the Alf Engen Ski School at Alta and has works part-time in Snow Safety for the Alta Ski Patrol. Dave has a Level III avalanche certificate through the American Avalanche Institute and has been teaching level I and II avalanche courses since 1997 for Utah Avalanche Center as well as UMA. Dave continues to increase his personal knowledge of snow and avalanche education methods, and has attended International Snow Science Workshops in 2006 and 2008. He also works in the Emergency Department at the University of Utah Hospital.
Brian Campbell, also known as Wolfy for short, grew up in Park City, Utah skiing in the Wasatch Mountains and recreating in the outdoors all over the Western United States. In 2006 he moved to Ashland, Oregon to attend Southern Oregon University where he studied English Literature, Philosophy, and Outdoor Adventure Leadership. While living in Ashland he became passionate about climbing rocks and mountains, while simultaneously kayaking, guiding whitewater trips, and skiing.
After graduating he knew he wanted to pursue a career as a mountain guide. Now he spends his summers guiding climbing in the Pacific Northwest and his winters guiding backcountry skiing in Utah. Although his mountain guiding career is still young he has a resume including ski descents in the Cascade volcanoes, Wasatch mountains, and European Alps; as well as rock and alpine climbing ascents in multiple locations around the Western United States. Brian is a Wilderness First Responder and he has completed an AIARE Level I & II Avalanche Course.
Allison grew up in the Midwest and began climbing during college at the Red River Gorge in Kentucky in the late 90’s. She obtained a degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Dayton in 2001 and quickly relocated to California for year round access to the mountains.
Allison started spending winters in Utah in 2003 for the stellar backcountry access and amazing powder skiing. She has climbed and skied extensively throughout the west and in South America.
Allison also teaches avalanche courses for the Utah Avalanche Center and has guided at risk teenagers extensively in the mountains and desert.
Molly grew up playing in the Wasatch Mountains and has yet to find anywhere better to live. She graduated from the University of Utah with degrees in Wilderness Rescue and Nursing and currently works as an emergency department nurse. She spent 2 years on Salt Lake County Search and Rescue and has volunteered on Snowbasin’s ski patrol. Molly grew up competing in Freestyle and Big Mountain skiing and is now passionate about skiing in the backcountry and climbing.
Memorable descents include Teewinot in Grand Teton National Park, Mt. Iconoclast in British Columbia’s Selkirk Range, and a January descent of Lisa Falls, a 5,000 foot couloir, in 2 feet of perfect Wasatch powder. Personal accomplishments include a successful ascent of Denali via the West Buttress and living with 5 men in a small RV during a backcountry skiing trip in Valdez.
Molly has been guiding backcountry skiing for UMA since 2010. She also instructs women’s avalanche courses with the Utah Avalanche Center. She is a Registered Nurse, Wilderness First Responder, and has a Level II Avalanche Certification
Bruce has worked as a guide for Utah Mountain Adventures and White Pine Touring since 1996, teaching avalanche education and backcountry travel in winter months and rock climbing in the summer. He has taught individuals from 4 to 80 years young…though he admittedly loves the opportunity to connect with the younger ones who are just getting going on their quests for mountain adventures.
He has taught and helped develop various avalanche courses for the Utah Avalanche Center, the Logan Avalanche Forecast Center, the Oakley School, the National Ski Patrol, and Utah State University. He forecasted for the Utah Avalanche Forecast Center in the Northern Utah Mountains for four years.
Bruce has also worked as a ski patroller, avalanche technician, and forecaster for the Utah Department of Transportation, Brighton Resort and the Solitude Mountain Resort. He has been living and skiing the in Wasatch Range for over 30 years, compiling over 3000 days of backcountry travel and skiing. He is certified as a Level III Avalanche Forecaster/Educator.
In 2006 Bruce completed a Masters in Social Work from the University of Utah, and he is now also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. His dream is to combine his passion for travel, play and educating in the mountains with his new found profession of counseling. He calls this idea: “Walk and Talk”.
Adam grew up in New York hiking and skiing throughout the Northeast. Now he spends most of his time guiding skiing, rock, ice, snow and mountaineering in the mountains of Utah, Washington, Alaska and Colorado. In the winter he can be found in the mountains seven days a week either guiding clients on ski tours or climbing and skiing with friends and family. During the spring Adam guides on Denali for the Alaska Mountaineering School, and Mt. Rainer for Utah Mountain Adventures.
Adam's passion for ski mountaineering and climbing has taken him all over the western United States and Canada. Some of his accomplishments on rock include multiple ascents of the Diamond on Longs Peak in Colorado, climbing the Cathedral Traverse in the Tetons in one day and the Glacier Gorge Traverse in Rocky Mountain National Park. On skis Adam has enjoyed pushing his endurance on large link-ups in the Wasatch and beyond. Some notable accomplishments include linking the Pfierhorn, Box Elder, Lone Peak and the Coalpit in a day as a “super tour,” skiing four aspects of Kessler in one day, and skiing the Grand Teton from Salt Lake City round trip in under 24 hours. In Alaska, Adam skied off the summit of Denali via the complete West Rib, a 12,400’ ski run in a 26 hour alpine push. His desire to ski 15,000 feet days keeps him on his toes and he is always looking for new projects and new ways to grow in the mountains. He has traveled down to Chile and Argentina multiple times where he has skied multiple first descents on peaks up to 6000m and has completed exploratory international ski traverses through the High Andes.
Adam's number one priority in the mountains is safety and he puts value on educating clients and himself on safe travel. Being in the mountains for Adam is never about how difficult a ski or climb is, but rather how rewarding and rich the experience is. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and love for the mountains with all that are in his company. A day skiing and climbing with Adam is an experience that builds a foundation for continued growth and is always a day to remember.
When not exploring the globe searching for good snow and new adventures Adam enjoys long distance running and everything in the vertical world. He is constantly continuing to educate himself as he pursues his AMGA certifications. He is a Wilderness First Responder, AMGA SPI Certified, AVY II Certified and is constantly continuing his education in the mountains.
An itinerant powder hound originally from Lake Tahoe, Tim has spent much of the past 25 years working and playing at heights throughout western North America and abroad.
Tim loves teaching and sharing the powder stoke with all comers. Tim also enjoys riding bikes, climbing, cooking, water sports, soccer, reading and tinkering
Tim also works part-time in the following trades: snow safety, entertainment rigging, rope access, safety and training, as well as custom window sales and installation.
Tim holds the following certifications: AAA Certified Instructor, AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide, Aspirant, AIARE Level 3 Certified, AIARE Level 1 and 2 course leader, Juneau Icefield Research Project, BS Glaciology, AVPRO Instructor, WEMT/Pro Ski Patroller, NOLS Mountaineering Instructor, SPRAT Rope Access Technician, High Steel Rigger, Rigging and Safety Trainer and Rope Access Trainer
Julie was born and raised in France and started mountaineering in the Alps. She has rock, alpine and ice climbed in the continental US, Alaska, France and the Northern Himalaya. She has led two Denali expeditions, completed the first ski descent of neighboring Mt Foraker's Sultana ridge, and summited 23,000’ Khan Tengri in the Tien Shan Mtns. of Kyrgyzstan. She has enjoyed many nights on the big walls of Yosemite’s El Cap and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. In the fall of 1995, Julie traveled by bicycle through Western China, Tibet and Vietnam. Her outside interests include culture, politics and cinema.
Julie has worked for Utah Mountain Adventures, first as a guide since 1995 and then as director and president of the guide service. She and Tyson Bradley have two sons: Roman (b. May, ‘02) and Diego (b. April, ‘05).
Todd has been a member of the US National randonee racing team. He distinguished himself between 2005-2008 as one of the top ski mountaineering racers in the US, culminating in a 3rd place finish at the North American Championships in 2007. He built this speed and skill primarily by touring in the Wasatch Range six-days a week every winter since 2003. He has dropped into almost every skiable line in the range and knows where to find “the goods” for his groups, whether its in Willow Fork or the Coalpit Headwall.
Todd has been on the UMA roster since 2008 and also guides in the summers with Timberline Mtn Guides in Oregon. He previously guided on Mt. Shasta, Ca. He has skied extensively around Chamonix, France and Mt. Washington / Tuckerman’s Ravine. He has skied Mt. Rainier, Lassen, and many lines on Shasta and Hood. He also climbs water ice and leads traditional rock climbing up to 5.11.
Todd is a graduate of the University of Utah’s Outdoor Rec program, and NOLS semester in Patagonia. He has been an outdoor leader for at-risk high-school boys and a mountain bike instructor.
Quino, who was born in Chile, grew up climbing and skiing in the Andes and Patagonia. His first experiences as a guide took him to Antarctica, where he helped to set up the now legendary ANI base camp in Patriot Hills. Quino was trained as a Journalist and has a degree in Political Science.
He has organized and led expeditions in Patagonia, Peru, Pakistan and India. In 2001, he summitted Broad Peak, an 8.000 meter peak in the Karakoram and got very high on nearby K2. In 2005, he led an expedition to Gasherbrum I. An avid rock and ice climber, Quino has climbed extensively in the Wasatch Range, the Rockies and Canada. He has also spent years exploring the Wasatch backcountry on skis.
Quino feels that his obligation to his client goes beyond guiding. He believes in “a need to teach and educate every time we go out, not only to secure safety, but also to help people understand the beauty of a good line, whether when climbing ice or rock, or when skiing a snow slope” as a practice. Thus, he has recently completed his Level III Avalanche Training and is pursuing a full IFMGA certification.
Higinio (Quino) Gonzalez
Claire has been in the outdoors since she was old enough to stumble outside into her backyard of the Michigan forests, streams and lakes. After graduating from high school, she struck out to head west to the University of Utah in 2007 in pursuit of a more vertical backyard. During her undergraduate, she continued to explore the many activities and landscapes that Utah has to offer. Her first vertical experience was an ice climbing trip in Ouray, Colorado and she has never stopped tying in. Since, Claire has been involved in the outdoor community on many levels. She has taught courses at the University of Utah including rock climbing, ice climbing, and backpacking since 2010. In addition, she lived in Aix en Provence, France while studying international politics, law and economics. She graduated with a degree in French and International Development in May 2011 from the University of Utah.
Claire joined UMA in October 2011, guiding and working in the office. She is a certified Single Pitch Instructor by the American Mountain Guides Association and a Wilderness First Responder for Wilderness Medicine. These days, Claire is the full time office manager in addition to being enrolled in a Masters of Public Administration for International Development at the University of Utah. When not outside, Claire can be found enjoying a good meal, reading, or packing her bags for her next adventure.
Eric has been ski and snowboard guiding in the Wasatch for UMA since 1997. A Ski Patroller since 1982, Eric started in Vermont and ended up as patrol director for Solitude in Utah. Preferring the backcountry, he now spends most days touring the " greatest snow on earth". When the snow is old, he plays at or guides Kite-snowboarding.
Eric’s summers are spent on Cape Cod, MA where he started FunSeekers.org in 1992. Eric teaches kiteboarding, surfing and windsurfing on the beaches of Wellfleet.
Originally from the Northeast, Billy graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY with a degree in History before pursuing a career as a skiing and mountaineering guide in Utah. Working as a ski guide for Utah Mountain Adventures, he has extensive backcountry skiing and mountaineering experience in the Wasatch Range. Additionally, Billy has made descents of Kain Face on Mt. Robson in Canada, the Grand Teton, and numerous peaks in the Teton Range and Beartooth Mountains. In the off-season he has explored mountains across the globe, most recently making the first descent of the 6,000-meter Pico Polaco in the high Andes of Argentina. When not traveling the world looking for the next great ski line Billy has been known to sneak away to the beach to indulge his passion for surfing.
Billy has completed his Level 2 avalanche certification through AAI, and has a current Wilderness First Responder certification. This winter he will begin his AMGA certification process with the intention of working towards a full IFMGA certification in the future. Billy is proud to call the Wasatch Mountains his home, and is excited about sharing their amazing ski potential with his clients.
Mike is UMA’s chief rock guide and summer director. He has guided rock, ice, canyoneering, and alpine climbing for UMA since 1994, and he also guides for Moab Desert Adventures and Snowbird Expeditions.
Mike became inextricably hooked on climbing while spending time in the Tetons in the late ‘80s. It’s been part of his lifestyle since. He has climbed in Thailand, Greece, Cuba, France, and Canada, and has led trips to Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, and northern India. His teaching experience is a strong element of his guiding. He’s been a high school and college teacher for 11 years, and was a PSIA certified ski instructor for 6. Kaserman rock climbs at a high level, and his mastery of the sport further enables him to bring out the best in his clients.
New Zealander, Anna Keeling, is an internationally certified UIAGM/IFMGA mountain guide. She has been teaching avalanche classes and guiding backcountry skiing, rock, ice, and alpine climbing for UMA since 2002. From ski racing and sailing in her teenage years, Anna moved into endurance sports (now known as adventure racing) in her early 20's while a student.
She won many NZ long distance kayak-cycle-run-ski races, including the inaugural Raid Gauloises Adventure Race in 1989 with a come-back to a podium place in the world championships in 2005. Anna has also worked on and raced in three Eco Challenges. Endurance sports led naturally to mountaineering and rock climbing. Mountain, ski and climbing guiding have taken Anna all over the world but she finds herself most often in Utah, the NZ Alps, the Canadian Rockies and the Indian Himalaya.
Anna completed a university degree in Parks and Recreation Management in 1990. She can also be found painting the mountains, desert and ocean. Anna became a mother in 2006 with the birth of her son, Obie.
Kevin grew up in hunting, camping, and white water canoeing in northern Wisconsin, which sparked his fire for adventures in the outdoors. His white water background led him into taking a NOLS Whitewater Instructor Course in 2006. Kevin is now a kayak, canoe, raft, rock climbing, backpacking, and mountaineering instructor for the school. Throughout the last decade Kevin has worked with different adventure camps, residential facilities, ski resorts (as a ski patroller and instructor), mountain guiding services, avalanche educators, universities, helicopter ski operations, and outdoor skills schools.
For the last three springs Kevin has spent his time leading clients up Mt Shasta in California on summit attempts and glacier courses. With an interest in wilderness medicine he has become a Wilderness EMT, and has gotten an OEC through his ski patrolling experience. His time outdoors has nurtured an enthusiastic love for showing his clients the potential for adventure out their backdoor wherever that may be. When Kevin is home here in Utah he enjoys mountain biking, unicycling, skiing, ice climbing, and hanging out with his wife, Whitney.
Alex started skiing at age 5 near Montreal, Canada. Since graduating in 1998 with a Bachelor's Degree in Recreation and Tourism, Alex has showed a relentless passion for skiing and climbing, which eventually brought him to Utah. He climbs over 100 days per summer, skis over 100 days every winter and has over 20 years of experience climbing in the mountains. Alex is uniquely qualified with extensive experience in both teaching technical skills as well as safely guiding in the backcountry.
When he’s not guiding, Alex spends time perfecting his own skills on rock (up to 5.13c), developing new climbing areas, skiing powder, mountain biking and hiking with his dog Millie, brewing award-winning beer as well as travelling all over the world in search of perfect rock and snow! With his infectious smile and fun, dynamic attitude, Alex is known for instilling a sense of adventure and free-spirit in everyone he guides. Alex is also the owner and founder of GearLoopTopo.com and SuperiorMountainAdventures.com and he would love to share his playground with you!
Certifications and Recognitions include:
Rossignol, Smith Optics, Arva, Fly Low, Cole Sport
With Bachelor of Arts degrees in Outdoor Education and Psychology, Micah enjoys helping climbers learn the safest and most efficient climbing techniques. He guides rock / ice climbing and instructs avalanche courses for Utah Mountain Adventures and guides mountaineering expeditions on Denali, Mt. Rainier, and in the North Cascades for Alpine Ascents. Originally from the New England area, Micah spent most of his time climbing on the multitude of rock and ice littering the East Coast. Since then, Micah has guided over 300 days of mountaineering expeditions in Alaska and several high altitude mountaineering expeditions in Ecuador and Mexico. He is a passionate alpine climber with challenging ascents in Canada, Alaska, Mexico, Red Rocks, Yosemite, Zion, and Colorado.
Micah is the founder of Alpine Existence, offering clients and the general climbing public a source of tech tips, gear reviews, and trip reports. When not working in the mountains Micah lives with his wonderful girlfriend, Hilary, and Alaskan Malamute, Izta.
Scott McLeod has been an avid outdoorsman his entire life. Hailing from a family that spent every moment of its free time in the mountains, he cannot remember a time when he was not hiking, climbing, skiing, and generally having fun in the great outdoors.
As a climber, Scott enjoys it all, from hard sport and trad climbing, to alpine, to big walls, to remote climbs in the West Desert. His notable achievements include 5.13 in both trad and sport, first ascents of hard desert towers, and climbing all over the globe including Africa, South America, Europe & all over the US. He is also a passionate backcountry skier, making the Wasatch Mountains a perfect backyard for winter fun!
Skiing and alpine climbing have also taken him abroad, most notably to the Alps to climb the Mönch, the Jungfrau, and the Finsteraarhorn. In addition to guiding, Scott works as a consultant to nonprofits, holds a masters degree in public policy, and speaks French, Spanish, and Kiswahili.
Trent Meisenheimer grew up in Utah, skiing and snowboarding the Wasatch mountains since the age of two. He can be found most winter days pursuing his passion- hiking the backcountry, shredding Utah's famous powder. In the summer months you can find him clinging to the granite rock faces in lower LCC or floating down the many rivers around Utah. In the winter of 2009 Trent completed his Canadian Avalanche Association Level One Operators Course. In addition to teaching numerous KBYG classes, He also helps the UAC teaching Level One Avalanche Courses.
A New England transplant and devoted skier, John began his avalanche education while studying geography at the University of Utah in an attempt for self-preservation. After graduating, John spent several years patrolling and triggering avalanches for the Solitude Ski Patrol where he gained and invaluable base for guiding and an incredible appetite for powder. John has spent the last number of years working as a ski guide, avalanche forecaster, ski patroller and educator while circling the Pacific chasing the snow like a winter possessed Captain Cook.
John currently spends his year working for Utah Mountain Adventures, Park City Powder Cats, Points North Heli Adventures -- Alaska, Mt. Olympus -- New Zealand, and Ice Axe Expeditions where he recently guided on a ski-mountaineering trip to Tierra del Fuego and the Antarctic Peninsula.In his free time John enjoys climbing to the tops of high peaks and rock faces, skiing and flying a speed wing down their flanks whenever possible. Living his dream, with an unwavering focus to the mountains, John is ecstatic to lead the way for others to experience the limitless world in the way he sees it.
Brian is originally from New Jersey, but moved to Utah in 2008 for school at Westminster College, where he fell in love with the Wasatch Mountains. Since graduating, Brian has been going through the AMGA certification process, and is currently a Ski Mountaineering Aspirant Guide. Brian is Avalanche III certified, and works as a Ski Patroller for Snowbird in the winters when not guiding for UMA.
When spring arrives, Brian heads up north to guide for Mountain Trip on Denali. As that season winds down, he finds himself working in the North Cascades, guiding alpine climbing for Mountain Madness during the summers. Brian has also worked for Alaska Mountain Guides, where he has worked as a Heli Skiing/Ski Mountaineering Instructor, teaching 24-30 day courses in the Haines/Skagway Alaska vicinity, and has spent 3 ½ months guiding in Tanzania on Kilimanjaro. Brian also spends a significant amount of time in the Southern Utah Canyonlands, guiding Canyoneering and Backpacking trips.
Todd grew up in Utah skiing and playing in the beautiful Wasatch Mountains. He recognized his desire to work outdoors early on, and he earned his degree from the University of Utah’s school of recreation and tourism. In 2000 Todd began guiding for Alpine Ascents International where he became a senior guide, leading trips to Alaska, Antarctica, Tibet, South America and the North Cascades. Todd now guides for a number of guide services around the country and independently, organizing and guiding trips around the world. Check out his international mountain guiding website at www.inthecompanyofguides.com.
Even with years of experience under his belt Todd enjoys learning and continually seeks to improve his skill and ability as a guide. In this pursuit Todd joined the AMGA, and is now a IFMGA/ UIAGM Licensed Mountain Guide. He has also completed his level III avalanche training and is a Wilderness First Responder.
A natural leader, Todd takes extreme pride in helping skiers and climbers safely achieve their goals in the mountains, and have a great time doing it.
Among Todd’s personal climbing accomplishments are: a first Ascent of the 5000’ West Face of Mt. Vinson, The Cassin Ridge on Denali and the Walker Spur of the Grand Jorasses.
When not traveling around the world climbing and skiing, Todd lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, climbing partner and fellow guide, Winslow Passey, and their little boy, Bodhi born in August 2013.
Winslow has been a professional mountain guide since 2000, guiding in areas such as Nepal, Mongolia, Alaska, Antarctica, South America and the Western United States. Winslow has enthusiasm and passion for everything she does, and she brings a playful energy to exploring the mountains. Winslow’s love of skiing and climbing around the world is translated into conscientious instruction with a skill for finding good snow and fun adventures. To Winslow, being in the mountains is more than just a physical pursuit, but also a way to connect to something bigger and enrich the soul. She cherishes finding life long friendships with those she guides.
Winslow is an AMGA Certified Ski Mountaineering Guide and has completed her level III avalanche training. IN addition she has done the AMGA Rock Course and Alpine Course. She is a Senior Guide for Utah Mountain Adventures. Winslow is also a Certified Yoga instructor, receiving her training in Nepal from the renowned Yogi Dr. Sushil Bhattacharya. She loves to incorporate the techniques of balance, focus and breath learned through Yoga into her skiing and climbing instruction, bringing out the best in everyone she leads.
Winslow thrives on challenge and finds the mountain environment an exceptional playground in which she can meet this need. Some of her favorite challenges have been climbing Ama Dablam, Mt Hunter and the Grand Jorasses and ski touring 10,000’ foot days in Valdez, Alaska or at home in the Wasatch. Winslow’s international trips are also led through her parallel company owned by the Passeys and Tim Connelly, www.inthecompanyofguides.com.
Andy was born and grew up in Germany, where he started climbing and skiing at the age of 12. He has been guiding since 1998 in various fields such as river running, dog mushing, mountain climbing, ice and rock climbing and backcountry skiing. He has climbed and led expeditions to Alaska, South America, Asia and Europe. During the summer, he guides in the Tetons with Jackson Hole Mountain Guides and in the Pacific Northwest for International Mountain Guides.
During the rest of the year, he guides backcountry skiing, ice and rock climbing and mountaineering in the Wasatch Mountains for Utah Mountain Adventures . If not guiding, he spends his time with his wife and daughter exploring the wild parts of Utah and the world. Andy recently earned his IFMGA /AMGA Rock Guide Certification and is pursuing ski mountaineering and alpine certification as well.
Matt has a diverse background in guiding, avalanche forecasting, and snow science. He first went to school in Leadville, Colorado, for a degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership. After college, he worked in Lake Tahoe as a ski patroller for a couple years, then went back to school and researched and studied snow at the University of Colorado. During this time, he also completed an internship with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Matt has guided in Alaska, Washington, Colorado, Oregon and the Wasatch Range in Utah. For the past couple of years he has been chasing winters. During the southern hemisphere winter, he performs avalanche forecasting and control work for a remote, high altitude gold mine in the Central Andes of Chile. Matt has completed first descents and likely first descents in Washington, Colorado, and Chile.
Matt is recognized by the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) as a Level 3 avalanche practitioner and is an AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course Leader. He is an American Mountain Guide Association Ski Mountaineering Aspirant Guide, and plans to take the exam on a split snowboard.
He really enjoys teaching his clients about the natural world and especially about the winter snowscape. Come ski with Matt and you’ll be sure to have a knowledgeable, safe and rewarding experience!
Born and raised in rural Oregon near the town of Corvallis, Kelly developed an early affection for the outdoors, spending countless hours exploring the woods near his house. A college soccer career took him to St. Paul, MN, after which he moved to Salt Lake City, UT in the summer of 1999. Although he did not plan on staying through the following winter, he is now close to considering the move to be a permanent one.
Kelly started guiding splitboarding and teaching avalanche classes for Utah Mountain Adventures during the 05/06 season, and he has been teaching expedition-style splitboarding courses for the National Outdoor Leadership School since 2008. In 2010, Kelly completed his Level 3 avalanche certification through the American Avalanche Institute, and he has been certified as a Wilderness First Responder from the Wilderness Medicine Institute since 2005. Kelly is a Professional Member of the American Avalanche Association, and he finished his M.S. in Outdoor Education at the University of Utah in 2011. In addition, Kelly owns and operates the Splitboard Education Collective, where he is able to fully apply his passion for teaching about splitboards.
Despite all the time in the mountains, however, the true pleasures in his life are his wife Kathleen and son, Zander.
Alan has been guiding since 2008, and is an AMGA Certified Rock and Alpine Guide. Climbing has taken Alan to the Alaska Range, Andes, Caucasus, Canadian Rockies, and the Himalaya. Visiting new places, and opening up new routes is what keeps Alan excited to climb. He has completed over 15 first ascents in various styles of climbing from large faces in the greater ranges to short mixed climbs in his own backyard.
His endless excitement for the mountains is obvious to clients, however he is often told a calm demeanor, and patience are his greatest assets. Alan works as a guide year round across the globe, but is always happy to return to his home and wife in Salt Lake City. Other Certifications/Education include: AIARE level III, LNT Master Educator, Wilderness First Responder & M.S. Outdoor Education.
Jonathon grew up hiking, climbing, and skiing in Washington State. These days his hobby has become his profession, and he can be found splitting his time between Washington and Utah. Jonathon is a fully certified AMGA/IFMGA mountain guide. During the spring and summer months he guides throughout the Cascades, the Alaska Range, British Columbia, and in Red Rock, NV. In mid- winter, he is a heli ski guide with Ruby Mountain Heli-Skiing. He has also guided ski touring, ice and alpine climbs in the Wasatch. When at home, Jonathon can be found at home making pizza from scratch or perfecting his pad thai.
Awards & Recognition:
Scott Sterrett has been skiing since age 6 and has been backcountry skiing in the Wasatch Range since 1981. He has backcountry skied and led groups all over the Western U.S. and Canada, including British Columbia, Colorado, California and Nevada.
Outside of the U.S. he has skied off-piste in the mountain ranges of France, Italy, and Switzerland. Scott did avalanche control work for Snowbird’s Snow Safety department for 6 years and has been guiding for UMA since 2006. Scott specializes in backcountry skiing & avalanche education. When Scott isn’t busy guiding he spends his time raising his two daughters, operating Lone Peak Designs and riding mountain & road bicycles. Scott has his Level 2 avalanche certification and is a Wilderness First Responder.
Colby grew up in Vermont, skiing since age 2. After years of ski racing, he bought a touring setup during college and moved to Jackson, WY in the fall of 2006. The jagged peaks of the Tetons lured him in and soon he was skiing nearly every day in the backcountry. After 5 years of ski mountaineering and alpine climbing in Jackson, he moved to Salt Lake City in the fall of 2011.
Colby now skis exclusively in the backcountry, earning his turns throughout the winter. When the snow is gone he can be usually be found climbing one of the thousands of rock or alpine routes in and around the Wasatch. Colby has also climbed and skied steep lines in the Green and White Mountains, the Adirondacks, the Cascades, the Tetons, the Beartooths and Wind River Range.
Colby is WFR and CPR certified and received his Level II avalanche certification through the American Avalanche Institute.
Annie is a native Californian and a lifelong High Sierra devotee but moved to the Wasatch in the spring of 2011 to pursue incredible ridge traversing, diverse rock climbing and the lightest powder skiing the US has to offer.
Annie has been a mountain guide since 2002. Guiding and climbing have taken her to Alaska, Argentina, Chile, Greenland and around the Western US. She has taken the AMGA Rock Guide Course, the AMGA Ski Guide Course, AIARE Level II Avalanche Course, and the AIARE L1 Instructor Training Course. She is a certified Wilderness First Responder and a PSIA Level 1 certified ski instructor.
Rick Wyatt has been guiding since 1975. Presently he leads guides seminars, avalanche courses, and client groups in all mountain disciplines for UMA in the fall, winter and spring, and for Exum Mountain Guides in the Tetons in the summer. He has done the first solo ascent of Stairway to Heaven ice climb in Provo Canyon and the first descent of the Grand Teton on cross-country skis! He has led expeditions to McKinley, Alpamayo, Huascaran, Bolivian Andes, Masherbrum, Nanga Parbat, and Mount Everest. Rick has also been an avalanche forecaster, most notably with Utah Department of Transportation in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Wyatt has been a consultant and rigger for a variety of films and stunts. He is an AMGA certified Alpine Guide.
Utah Mountain Adventures is one of Patagonia’s sponsored Pataguides. Patagonia recommends nine guiding organizations across the United States to their customers with a Patagonia stamp of approval. Utah Mountain Adventures has been endorsed by Patagonia since 2002, joining as the first Pataguide in the program. As a chosen partner, UMA represents Patagonia’s choice for the local area expert in the guiding profession.
UMA guides wear and review their Patagonia clothing and gives reviews online identified as a pataguide. So you can peruse and choose what the guides recommend!
February 5th, 2013 I have been wearing the jacket since November for different purposes (ice-climbing, back-country skiing, alpine climbing) and I think it is one of the best designed jackets I ever had. It is a great water repellent and wind breaker layer, but above all, it doesn't get in my way when I need dexterity and maneuverability. The hood is just the right size and doesn't hang over my face. The sleeves are just long enough and don't wrinkle on my arms. There are no gaps when I zip it up and that makes it easier to reach for gear on my harness. It stays under my harness as well. Pockets are the right size and I can fit there what I need. It also seems to be fairly resistant to abrasion. It breathes well and so far I haven't had issues with excesive moisture.
Utah Mountain Adventures
P.O. Box 521809
Salt Lake City, Utah 84152-1809
We require a 50% deposit to hold your space in a course or to reserve a private guide. Please call our office to make a reservation by phone 801 550 3986, register online or print our registration form and send it or fax it (801) 486-8505 with your deposit. UMA will send by e-mail a confirmation of the reservation.
Before participating in any class or guided program, you will be required to read, complete and sign UMA's approved "Participant Agreement, Release and Assumption of Risk" form and "USFS Visitor’s Acknowledgement of Risk" form. For participants under 18 years old, parents must sign.