Utah Mountain Adventures - Backcountry Guides and Climbing School

What Sets UMA Apart?


The Central Wasatch Range has unrivaled access to world class skiing, mountaineering, hiking and rock climbing. The Central Wasatch is home to several canyons with two famous canyons: Big Cottonwood Canyon with its sea of quartzite and winding roads and Little Cottonwood Canyon with its sheer granite walls jutting up from the fertile ground. These beloved canyons hold some of the most beautiful natural landmarks in Utah that offer us the fortune of scrambling high peaks, skinning up steep couloirs, searching for the classic Utah powder or scaling world class granite walls in under 30 minutes from metropolitan Salt Lake City.

Furthermore, being only 30 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport and 45 minutes from Park City, paired with consistent powder snow and world class ice, peaks, granite, quartzite, and limestone rock, makes UMA have unparalleled access to fun, adventure, training, and alpine skills development.

Utah's Original Mountain Guiding Service

UMA's 30 year heritage in the Wasatch alone sets us apart from any other guide service in Utah. UMA has been in operation since 1993. A direct descendent of the oldest guide service in the USA, Exum Mountain Guides. UMA operated as Exum-Utah Mountain Adventures in the Wasatch Mountains for 15 years by professional local guides. 30 years later, UMA is led by its original president and former guide, Julie Faure and lead guide, Tyson Bradley.


The accumulation of years of experience among the people who make up UMA, the range of expertise on the guide roster and the number of high end skiers and climbers UMA employs, is unmatched in Utah and the surrounding area.

The wide selection of guides in various disciplines attracts high caliber guides and employees to join UMA. The majority of UMA's roster of guides are AMGA/IFMGA certified, which makes UMA the largest collective of AMGA/IFMGA certified guides in Utah.

UMA also holds experience and wisdom in high regards. Thus, respecting the different paths that make a good guide, a great guide.

Utah's Premier, Year-Round Guide Service

Based in the Wasatch Range near Salt Lake and Park City since 1993, Utah Mountain Adventures (UMA) is the premier full-spectrum, year-round guide service in Utah. Programs include backcountry skiing, split-snowboarding, rock climbing, ice climbing, avalanche instruction, summer and winter mountaineering, trekking (hiking and snowshoeing) and canyoneering skills. UMA’s incredible roster of guides and instructors (including many who are AMGA certified) maximizes the knowledge and experience gained by guests. Led by Julie Faure and Tyson Bradley, UMA (formerly Exum Utah Mountain Adventures) operates under a permit issued by the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.

The Wasatch Mountains offer world-class skiing and climbing terrain within just 30 minutes of Salt Lake International Airport. Easy access, consistent powder snow and high-quality Ice, Peaks, Granite, Quartzite, and Limestone, make UMA the place for fun, adventure, training, and alpine skills development.

Whether you seek fresh powder or corn tracks; ice axe, crampon, or winter camping skills; crack-climbing, sport, or natural-pro leading techniques; route-finding, beacon rescue and snow-pit skills; film work guidance; team-building; alpine summits; ridge traverses; or wilderness leadership; UMA is the guide service of choice in the Mountain West.

Ski and snowboard tours go out-of-bounds from Alta, Snowbird, and Brighton ski resorts as well as trailheads in Mill Creek, Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons. UMA’s permit area includes the Mt. Olympus, Twin Peaks, Lone Peak and Deseret Peak Wilderness areas. It features Mt. Superior, the Pfeifferhorn, Cardiff, Silver, Days and Mineral Forks, Stairway to Heaven and Bridal Veil Falls, Gobbler’s Knob, Coalpit, the Y-Couloir, Red and White Pine, Maybird and Hogum Gulches, Porter Fork, Reynolds Peak, Willow Fork, Kessler, the Gate Buttress, Storm Mountain Island, Hellgate, the Sundial, Peak 10,420, Bear Trap, Grizzly Gulch, Broads Fork, Bells Canyon, and Wolverine Cirque.

We look forward to climbing and skiing with you!

Photo credits (homepage): Backcountry skiing: "Preparing to descend Lone Peak" by Andrew Burr; Backcountry Touring: "Skinning in Big Cottonwood" by Tom Bear; Backcountry Snowboarding: "Riding the world’s greatest snow" by Andrew Burr; Ski Mountaineering: "Rappelling into a Wasatch Couloir" by Andrew Burr; Alpine Climbing: "Alpine climbing in Little Cottonwood Canyon" by Andrew Burr; Ice Climbing by Andrew Burr; Overnight Trips: "Winter camping in Broad’s Fork" by Tyson Bradley; Alpine Rock: "Traversing the Cottonwood Crest" by Tyson Bradley; Rock Instruction: "Learning to lead on Pentapitch" by Lane Peters; Rock Climbing: "Scaling Summit Wall on Lone Peak" by Wes Holmes.

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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