Introduction to Mountaineering

Utah Introduction to Mountaineering

(1/2 – Full day)

Wheeler Peak, with its soaring rock ridges and steep alpine faces, offers mountaineers an array of climbing options. -Tripp Dennison

These courses are designed for individuals seeking to learn basic mountaineering skills. We will cover ice axe and crampon use, as well as basic anchors, belays, navigation, and hazard/risk assessment. The courses will give individuals the opportunity to explore the basic skills of mountaineering and will provide an introduction to mountain travel and safety systems.


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.

-Ted Roxbury

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: Introductory Mountaineering trips are available in lengths from a half day to a full day.

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

NOT INCLUDED: Airfare to/from Utah, hotel and food in Alta, 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.