Expedition Primer

Utah Expedition Primer

(5 & 7 days)

Clear skies for a Wheeler Peak summit attempt. -Nickel Wood

This course is designed for individuals seeking to learn expedition skills. It combines instruction with an exciting series of climbs that are designed to develop each person’s skill and technique. We will cover ice axe and crampon use, rope team management, anchors, belays, crevasse rescue, navigation, hazard/risk assessment, avalanche awareness/transceiver use, rock and ice climbing technique and more. The extended format of this program gives participants the opportunity to learn more advanced skills and techniques, and to attempt select climbing objectives.

The area used for these courses offers high quality rock, waterfall ice, alpine summits and great continental weather. It is an ideal setting for learning and applying mountaineering skills. This course is outstanding for people seeking to prepare themselves for major expeditions such as Denali, Aconcagua, or any of the seven summits. It provides a strong background for individuals who want a solid base in mountaineering. The Expedition Primer is an expedition in it’s own right! No previous experience is necessary.


ALTA: Alta Ski Resort is located in the heart of the Wasatch Mountains. These mountains receive over 500 inches of light powder every year. Alta was established as a mining town at the turn of the century and still retains the rustic character from its colorful past. Today Alta boasts some of the finest skiing on the planet, great accommodations, super restaurants and a lively atmosphere. Our climbing courses start and end here.

SALT LAKE CITY: Salt Lake City is easily reached by air.

GETTING TO THE MOUNTAINS: Alta can be reached via airport shuttle or we can arrange to pick you up. The first day of all trips begins with chair lift access to the high country.

THE MOUNTAINS: The Wasatch Mountains offer exceptional climbing opportunities. The clean granite makes for world class rock climbing and the cold nighttime temps and sunny days make for superb ice and snow climbing. With summits over 12,000 feet, the Wasatch Mountains offer adventure for all abilities.

OUR GUIDES: Alaska Mountain Guides & Climbing School Inc. instructors and guides are professionals. They are special individuals who have a passion for being in the mountain environment. They have a wealth of experience from guiding throughout Utah, Alaska and the world, and they genuinely enjoy sharing their knowledge. Their skill and positive attitudes help our guests to have the best possible experience during their trip. Your safety and enjoyment are their primary goals.

LENGTH: Five and Seven days, Alta to Alta.

INCLUDED: All food during the trip, instructors/guides, and all group climbing and camping equipment.

NOT INCLUDED: Airfare to/from Utah, hotel and food in Alta, sales taxes and personal equipment.

ADDITIONAL TRAVEL OPTIONS: Alta based climbing programs can easily be combined with backcountry skiing and steep ski camps. Contact us if you would like more information.

DATES/PRICES: Please see our schedule for current dates and prices information.