Scheduled Course - Spring Mountaineering Camp

Four-Day Mountaineering Camp

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. Participants should be fit, possess a desire to learn and have some mountain experience. However, proficiency in either rock or snow climbing is not a pre-requisite; it is an outcome.

Day 1: Alpine Rock Climbing

  • Check gear to make sure each piece of equipment for all four days is in good condition and fit for its intended purpose
  • Review belaying, rappelling and techniques for efficient movement on rock
  • Start with a moderate rock climb, such as Reservoir Ridge
  • Follow with an intermediate multi-pitch climb like Steort's Arete
  • Belay a leader and a follower from a ledge
  • Clean the protection, remove anchors and climb as a team
  • Descend via pre-rigged multi-pitch rappel

Day 2: Snow Travel Skills and Toledo Peak Mixed Climb

  • Ascend to Toledo Peak, West Ridge
  • Climb in balance on snowy and icy surfaces
  • Travel on rock, snow and ice with crampons and axe
  • Climb as a rope team with proper tension between climbers and running belays
  • Multi-pitch, mixed alpine climb to the 10,500-foot summit
  • Descend Toledo Bowl practicing glissading and self-arrest

Day 3: Crevasse Rescue and Glacier Travel

  • Ascend to a simulated crevasse, usually a gully with a corniced lip in Alta
  • Place and equalize pickets, bollards and deadman to build snow anchors
  • Learn raising systems using hitches and knots learned in the camp
  • Belay yourself to a crevasse lip, pad it, raise and lower a companion
  • Fit prusiks and ascend a rope

Day 4: Big Mountaineering Route

  • Meet at Einstein Bagel Shop, Olympus Cove, 6 am
  • Put all skills together by climbing longer mixed route on Mt. Olympus
  • Hike and scramble to snow line and ascend snow gully using axe and crampons
  • Climb 8-10 pitches of moderate rock
  • Descend by down-climbing to west and rappelling gully system
  • South Ridge of Superior, with an approach up the snow-filled Suicide Chute, is an alternate destination for this day, depending on current weather and mountain conditions

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West Slabs of Mt. Olympus

West Slabs of Mt. Olympus

Photography by Tyson Bradley

Snow Travel Skills

Snow Travel Skills

Photography by Tyson Bradley

The Exposed South Ridge of Mt. Superior

The Exposed South Ridge of Mt. Superior

Photography by Tyson Bradley

Course Details

2024 Dates

May 15-18, 2024
Wed-Sat, 8am-4pm (with one early start)


4 days (8am-4pm. Last day, 6 am start)


Salt Lake City, Utah
Big & Little Cottonwood Canyons and Mt. Olympus


$899 per person plus tax

UMA reserves the right to cancel or shorten the clinic if fewer than 3 participants register.


Intermediate. Moderate fitness and previous mountain experience is recommended.

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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


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