Utah Mountain Adventures

Our Guides - Utah Mountain Adventures:

Beckner, Josh

Josh has a wide breadth of experience that he has gained on over 18 international expeditions in 9 countries. He has climbed a number of notable routes in the Himalaya, Karakoram, Andes, Coast Range (BC), Patagonia, and the Arctic. He has put up significant first ascents on alpine walls up to 3,000 feet high in some of the most remote corners on the planet. He has also skied off the summits of some notable peaks through out the world.

With his personal expedition experience serving as the backbone of his career, Josh has focused his efforts in outdoor education on sharing the lessons that he has learned in the mountains with his students. He has honed his craft while working as a Senior NOLS Instructor, an Alpine Guide for Exum Mountain Guides, Instructor for the University of Utah, and as an instructor for seminars for various organizations throughout the country.

Josh created the School for International Expedition Training with a vision to train aspiring mountain guides and outdoor educators so that they can learn the skills they need to stack the odds in their favor while developing their skills. He feels that the expedition is the perfect medium for grappling with, and understanding life's greatest lessons and he loves mentoring students through that process! Josh received his BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, is an AMGA Certified Rock Guide, AMGA SPI Course/Exam Provider, holds a level 3 avalanche certification, is an AAA Pro member, holds a current WFR and CPR, is an Adjunct Instructor for Green Mountain College and the University of Utah, and has received 2 awards from the American Alpine Club for his international climbing endeavors.

Josh Beckner

Josh Beckner

Bradley, Tyson

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.)

Tyson Bradley

Tyson Bradley

Brown, Chris

Chris Brown grew up in Pennsylvania and was introduced to skiing by his father when he was two. He has been hopelessly addicted ever since. He moved west in 2004 to attend University of Utah in the hopes of skiing bigger mountains and deep snow. This is where backcountry skiing became part of his life.

Chris graduated in 2009 with a B.S. Urban Design and moved to Washington state where he spent a few years skiing the Cascade and British Columbia backcountry and Volcanoes. This is where his passion of the outdoors led him to pursue a career in guiding. He moved back to Utah in 2012 to continue forward with his guiding and AMGA coursework in pursuit of full IFMGA certification.

He enjoys skiing in Utah, Teton, Cascade and British Columbia backcountry, and is planning to travel to new places to push his ski mountaineering. In the winter Chris is skiing, guiding, and teaching avalanche classes. In the summers he climbs, mountain bikes, and guides for these activities.

Certifications and Recognitions include:

  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Outdoor Emergency Care
  • AIARE Level I & II
  • AIARE Level I Instructor
  • AAI Winter Weather Forecasting
  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
  • Taken AMGA Ski Guide Course
  • Enrolled in AIARE Level III 2016
Chris Brown

Chris Brown

Conover, Allison

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.

Allison Conover

Allison Conover

Davis, Kory

Kory grew up shredding in Michigan. As a young kid he enjoyed traveling and riding all over the west. Building jumps and snowboarding in his backyard. In the 7th grade Kory skied down his first 14er in Colorado from than on he knew that he was destined to move west and live in the mountains. Since that warm day in May, Kory has continued his climbing and skiing career, skiing large peaks from New Mexico to Washington State. After High School Kory moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico to live his dream in the mountains but the snow was just not deep enough for him, so he picked up his stuff and moved to the greatest snow on earth.

Once in Utah Kory worked at Snowbird and gained a love for skiing and riding in the backcountry. He started skiing in Little Cottonwood Canyon everyday before returning to work in the afternoon at Snowbird. From there he moved north to Ogden to become a Snowbasin Ski Patroller.

Kory continued his avalanche and guiding education and has completed his AIARE Level 3 and is a Course Leader for the AIARE curriculum. Kory loves spreading the avalanche gospel and instructs for the Utah Avalanche Center, Weber State University, and Utah State University. He now resides in the small mountain community of Huntsville, Ut with his family on a small farm. Kory still enjoys the large descents of the Central Wasatch but really is home riding the quite and peaceful mountains of the Northern Wasatch. In the summer Kory works as a Wildland Firefighter traveling the west so he is no rookie to a great adrenaline rush.

Kory Davis

Kory Davis

Engelhard, Bruce

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”.

Bruce Engelhard

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Farrar, Tim

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

Tim Farrar

Tim Farrar

Faure, Julie

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).

Julie Faure

Julie Faure

Glew, Todd

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.

Todd Glew

Todd Glew

Gonzalez, Higinio ("Quino")

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

Higinio (Quino) Gonzalez

Gustafson, Eric

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.

Eric Gustafson

Eric Gustafson

Haas, Billy

Originally from the Northeast, Billy graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, with a degree in History before pursuing a career as a professional guide. Since college, his love for climbing and skiing has brought him all over North America as well as the world. Working as a guide for Utah Mountain Adventures, Billy has extensive experience skiing and climbing in the Wasatch Range and is excited about sharing their amazing potential with his clients.

In addition to guiding for Utah Mountain Adventures, Billy guides climbing and skiing in the North West, Alaska, and Internationally. A passionate avalanche educator, he holds a Level 3 avalanche certification and is currently pursuing and IFMGA certification through the American Mountain Guide Association. When not in the mountains Billy can be found sneaking off to the beach to indulge his passion for surfing.

Billy  Haas

Billy Haas

Hughes, Cody

Cody Hughes is a former country boy gone mountain man. He had never been west of the Mississippi until the age of 18, when he first visited SLC and the nearby Wasatch Mountains. As a matter of fact, that was also the first time he strapped into a snowboard, at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort. Immediately hooked, he took a plane back to Tennessee, packed his car, and headed back to Utah to chase his dream of riding the greatest snow on earth.

After getting his snowboarding skills dialed at the 'Bird, Cody was quickly disappointed with the hassle of chasing fresh tracks and the chaos going on inside the rope boundary. That's when he heard about the splitboard, quickly took his first avalanche course, and headed for the backcountry to seek solitude and fresh powder.

Cody obtained a two-year internship with the Utah Avalanche Center (UAC) while completing his B.S. in Outdoor Education at the University of Utah. He recently graduated, has completed an Avalanche Level 2 class, holds his Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification, and continues to teach avalanche courses with the UAC. Come join Cody for a fun and safe adventure chasing powder in the Wasatch backcountry!

Cody Hughes

Cody Hughes

Kaserman, Mike

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.

Mike Kaserman

Mike Kaserman

Keeling, Anna

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.

Anna Keeling

Anna Keeling

Lemieux, Alexandre

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:

  • AMGA Rock Guide Course
  • CSIA Level IV Ski Instructor and Trainer
  • CSCF Level II Ski Coach
  • AAI Avalanche Level II
  • First Aid and Wilderness First Responder
  • Field Tester / Product Development Team: Black Diamond and Gregory Packs

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Alexandre Lemieux

Alexandre Lemieux

McGowan, Hannah

In 2011 Hannah moved to Alta, Utah, and has since spent every winter backcountry skiing in the Wasatch daily. When its not snowing, Hannah spends as much time as possible rock climbing, and has enjoyed many multi-month stints of full time climbing in the US, Canada and Australia. Hannah also works as a mountain guide for Rainier Mountaineering, Inc. in Washington and Alaska, and teaches backcountry skiing and avalanche courses for Prescott College.

Hannah is a Wilderness First Responder, has a Level II avalanche certification that is aligned with the AAA curriculum and is certified as a LNT Trainer. She is always excited for the powder skiing and superb granite to bring her back to the Wasatch, and she looks forward to sharing her passion for these with her clients at UMA.

Hannah McGowan

Hannah McGowan

Mletschnig, John

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.

John Mletschnig

John Mletschnig

Morris, Mike

Mike's experience is extensive: 23 years working as a backcountry guide, ski patroller, river guide, and expedition leader. He has spent twelve seasons guiding treks and climbs in the Himalaya. Mike summited Mt. Everest in 2002 and successfully climbed Ama Dablam on three different occasions. He climbs on Denali and Mt. Blanc, and has a particular passion for Yosemite rock.

Mike is married with 2 children: Max and Olive, and enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his family.

Mike Morris

Mike Morris

Muller, Brian

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.

Brian Muller

Brian Muller

Passey, Todd

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.

Todd Passey

Todd Passey

Passey, Winslow

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.

Winslow Passey

Winslow Passey

Polloczek, Andy

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.

Andy Polloczek

Andy Polloczek

Primomo, Matt

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!

Matt Primomo

Matt Primomo

Robbins, Kelly

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.

Kelly Robbins

Kelly Robbins

Rousseau, Alan

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.

Alan Rousseau

Alan Rousseau

Spitzer, Jonathon

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.

Certifications include:

  • AMGA Certified Rock Guide
  • AMGA Certified Alpine Guide
  • AMGA Certified Ski Mountaineering Guide
  • AIARE Avalanche Level III
  • EMT License
  • Leave No Trace
  • AIARE Avalanche Instructor level I & II
  • IFMGA Certified Guide

Awards & Recognition:

  • Black Diamond Equipment: Field Tester
  • Development team
  • 2008 W.L. Gore Scholarship
  • Outdoor Research clothing Connector Program
Jonathon Spitzer

Jonathon Spitzer

Stetson, Colby

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.

Colby Stetson

Colby Stetson

Trujillo, Annie

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.

Annie Trujillo

Annie Trujillo

Wyatt, Rick

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.

Rick Wyatt

Rick Wyatt

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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

(801) 550 3986 -- Phone

(801) 486 8505 -- Fax

-- Email

Mailing Address

Utah Mountain Adventures

P.O. Box 521809

Salt Lake City, Utah 84152-1809

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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.

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Utah Mountain Adventures

P.O. Box 521809

Salt Lake City, Utah 84152-1809

Phone: (801) 550 3986

Fax: (801) 486 8505

Email: uma@utahmountainadventures.com

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Utah Mountain Adventures (Formerly Exum Utah Mountain Adventures)

Professionally Guided Rock Climbing, Rock Climbing Instruction & Training, and Rock Climbing Classes and Courses in the Salt Lake City, Utah area.

Utah Mountain Adventures (UMA) was founded in Salt Lake City in 1993 as a franchise of Exum Mountain Guides. For 15 years, UMA operated as Exum-Utah Mountain Adventures in the Wasatch Mountains outside of Salt Lake City.

Exum Mountain Guides, founded in 1932 by Glenn Exum, is the oldest and most prestigious guide service in the US. Utah Mountain Adventures shares Exum’s philosophy of “ excellence in guiding with a strong educational emphasis”.

In the fall of 2008, Exum Utah Mountain Adventures shortened its name to Utah Mountain Adventures. UMA continues to operate under a permit issued by the Wasatch-Cache National Forest, and has not changed its ownership, operations or guide staff.

Utah Mountain Adventures is one of the few guide services in the US that truly operates 12 months a year and offers the full gamut of guiding and instruction. Ski and snowboard backcountry touring remains the single most important “discipline” we guide, owing to unparalleled accessibility and backcountry snow conditions of the Wasatch Mountains. Avalanche Education has become second in terms of user-days as we’ve gained a reputation for great courses at reasonable prices. Rock climbing is the next most guided activity, followed by mountaineering, ice climbing, trekking, and canyoneering skills.

As the landscape of American guiding has changed, so has UMA. Forest and national park land managers and other guide services are allowing qualified guides to lead clients in diverse areas. For example, UMA now offers climbs on Mt. Rainier.

Also, UMA guides have trained Utah climbers in the Wasatch and then led them on the Grand Teton, the Grand Traverse, Mt. Whitney, Denali, the Haute Route in the Alps, Mt. Elbrus, Island Peak, and even 8,000-meter peaks in the Himalaya.