Instruction in alpine snow climbing, proper use of ice axe and crampons and self-arrest techniques.
Instruction in glacial travel, belaying, snow anchors, raising systems and ascending a rope.
Instruction in multi-pitch alpine rock climbing, belaying from a ledge, overhanging rappels and other skills required for climbing the Grand Teton or similar routes.
During two days of climbing, build essential rock and mountaineering skills for scaling the "worlds most beautiful mountain." Train on long, moderate alpine climbs, accessible ice climbs and snowy peaks and couloirs in the ideal terrain of the Wasatch.
The Wasatch Mountains in springtime present an ideal venue for learning and enjoying mountaineering, as spring snow and warm, dry rock typically exist side-by-side. This class will teach technical rock and snow skills with plenty of hands-on practice and actual climbing.
Learning the hip belay with Snow Anchor backup
Photography by Tyson Bradley
Learning to trust the rope and belayer
Photography by Tyson Bradley
I ended up climbing with UMA's Jason Shumaker and had a fantastic day. I'll look forward to climbing with him again...
- Darryl Sargent
UMA did an excellent job of teaching us the basic snow mountaineering skills of climbing, self-arrest, crampon usage, roping, anchoring . . .
- Michael Hannan
Craig was a very patient and friendly guide. I'd take a class from him again . . .
- Ben Knorr
Utah Mountain Adventures
P.O. Box 521809
Salt Lake City, Utah 84152-1809
Phone: (801) 550 3986
Fax: (801) 486 8505
In summer and fall, we wear sticky-rubber approach shoes or alpine boots and travel primarily on dry rock. Popular moderate routes include Mt. Olympus West Slabs (Northwest Face) and Mt. Superior South Ridge. Climbers comfortable up to 5.8 may enjoy the Sundial and other remote Wasatch multi-pitch classics.
The feeling of elation upon reaching a summit is heightened by the challenges of winter conditions. November-May mountaineering is climbing on a mix of snow, ice and rock using crampons and ice axe, typically after an approach on skis, splitboard or snowshoes. Mt. Superior's knife-edged South Ridge is our classic single-day alpine route, and the airy North Ridge, or the friendlier East Ridge, of the Pfeifferhorn is usually a 2-day climb.
The skills and experience gained on Wasatch ascents are ideal preparation for future climbs on the major peaks of the world, including Denali, Rainier and the Grand Teton. UMA prepares students in the rigors of snow mountaineering by instructing them in the use of crampons and ice axe, self arrest, belayed climbing, snow anchors, crevasse rescue and winter camping.
Crampons, ice axe and boots are available for rent at local shops. UMA provides all technical team gear as well as tents, stoves, dinner and breakfast for overnight climbs.
For more information on mountaineering classes in the Salt Lake City, Utah area, please view our Mountaineering Courses.
We also offer private Guided Mountaineering & Alpine Climbing Instruction in the Wasatch Range in and around the Salt Lake area.