Scheduled Course - Light & Fast Alpinism

Light & Fast Alpinism

Are you interested in building skills for The Grand Traverse in the Tetons, The WURL (Wasatch Ultimate Ridge Link-up), Cirque Traverse in the Wind Rivers, Crestones, Blanca, Maroon Bells or any other light and fast alpine adventure?

This 2-day camp will practice mental and technical skills for alpine traverses in the Rocky Mountains and elsewhere. Time is of the essence with such "ultra" style traverses and the use of ropes/protection is minimal, but essential in certain situations. Learning light & fast alpine techniques can open up a new approach to common peaks or high alpine traverses where safety and timing are key.

Day 1: Mental & Technical Skills

  • Prepare mentally and physically to become comfortable moving quickly on moderate terrain
  • Learn best practices for minimizing the use of pro, ropes and fixed belays
  • Climb & descend moderate pitches (up to 5.6) in sticky-rubber approach shoes, utilizing running pro and terrain belays
  • Discover the best light & fast gear
  • Learn how to pack properly for your alpine traverses

Day 2: Short Alpine Traverse

  • Take all your skills from day 1 for a spin!
  • Apply terrain belays where possible
  • Practice down climbing moderate terrain
  • Learn to spot followers vs. belaying
  • Read terrain & understand how to recognize terrain features to lower & rappel off to save time & gear
  • Practice lowering first climber and rappelling

Doesn't fit your schedule?
Any of our pre-scheduled courses can be run as custom outings. If you're interested in a course but the dates don't fit your schedule please check out our custom guiding options.

How to Register:

Scrambling Fantasy Ridge

Scrambling Fantasy Ridge

Photography by Tyson Bradley

Climbing fast & light above Solitude Mountain Resort

Climbing fast & light above Solitude Mountain Resort

Photography by Tyson Bradley

Above it all in the Lone Peak Wilderness

Salt Lake Climbers Festival learning the art of light & fast mountain travel

Photography by Tyson Bradley

Course Details

2024 Dates

July 13-14, 2024 Sat & Sun


2 days




$499 per person plus tax

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

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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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