For more info, please choose from the following courses offered by Utah Mountain Adventures:
Learn the use of ice tools and crampons and climb on Utah’s beautiful frozen waterfalls. No previous climbing experience is necessary.
Focus on steep ice technique, multi-pitch climbing and building ice anchors. This course is designed for graduates of our Ice Climbing Clinic and moderately experienced climbers, and is limited to 3 participants per guide.
Guides are available daily. At least a few days notice is appreciated.
POPULAR ROUTES INCLUDE:
COURSEWORK ON A PRIVATE BASIS:
Private guide for introduction to ice climbing, intermediate, steep climbing or mixed climbing skills is available daily. The maximum guide to client ratio for toproping is 1:4, and for multi-pitch, 1:2 is standard.
Cost: $349 for one person plus $133 for each additional person, plus tax.
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* UMA will provide you with a helmet, harness and belay device if you need them. Boots, crampons and ice tools are available for rent at local shops.
Black Diamond Retail
2070 E. 3900 South, Salt Lake City
REI (Boots only)
3285 East 3300 South, Salt Lake City
1836 Student Life Way, Salt Lake City
Ice Climbing, Utah. By David S. Black.
Wasatch Mixed: A guide to Northern Utah’s mixed and select ice routes. By Dough Heinrich & Nathan Smith.
Foothill Drive, SLC: 2475 E. 1700 South
(801) 582-5350La Quinta Inn
Midvale: 7231 S. Catalpa Rd
(801) 566-3291La Quinta Inn
Orem: 1100 West 780 North
(801) 235-9555Residence Inn
Cottonwood Heights: 6425 South 3000 E.
(801) 453-0430Sundance Resort
8841 N. Alpine Loop Road, Sundance
(801) 225-4107Residence Inn
252 W 2230 N, Provo
To Provo Canyon, Nunns Park, for Stairway to Heaven, Bridal Veil Falls, and other climbs:
Provo and points west: Drive north or south on Interstate 15 to Exit 272, 800 North St. Follow this thoroughfare (also called Utah SR 52) east through Orem, and turn northeast (Left) on US 189 into Provo Canyon. Look for the signed Nunns park exit as the limestone walls start growing on your right and park in the large lot on the South side of US Highway 189.
Drive West on US 189 through Provo Canyon until the walls start shrinking. Look for the signed Nunns Park exit, and turn south back under the highway to the large parking lot.
To the Great White Icicle: Most parties meet at the UTA Park & RIde Lot at the base of Little Cottonwood Canyon. Exit on 6200 South off of Interstate 215, and drive Southeast up a hill to join Wasatch Blvd. Continue South past the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon, and up another hill and wrap east into Little Cottonwood Canyon. Just as the canyon walls start to rise, turn left at a junction marked by a flashing information sign, and park in a large lot with a bus stop. The actual GWI trailhead is 2 miles up the canyon on the south side of the road next to a garage-looking power plant building.
Rigid, 12-point, spikes work better for the front-pointing involved in water-ice climbing than hinged, flexible, and often lighter-weight 10-point designs. The extra set of points usually faces forward and down from the front of the frame providing much greater stability and shearing resistance. Just as on rock, footwork is vital to effective ice climbing.
Water-ice tools are far different than the traditional, straight-shafted alpine axe. They have reverse-droop picks and shafts bent to hold the hand, protect the knuckles, and enable hooking placements above roofs. Most modern tools have no wrist leashes, but we teach with or without.
Yes, usually it is. Being prepared for ice climbing with warm mitts and parka to wear when belaying or resting helps immensely. When its your turn to climb, take off the puffy jacket and overmitts, and avoid sweating.
No experience of any kind is necessary. In all classes and guided outings we review the very basics of tying-in and belaying. Any background in rock or alpine climbing may accelerate the learning curve.
This is very feasible, especially for top-roping in Provo Canyon Steep bulges, thin ice, and mixed lines often present themselves right next to confidence-building, WI 3 routes.
We usually meet between 7 and 9 am, either at Nunns Park, The Park and Ride Lot at the base of Little Cottonwood Canyon, or another pre-arranged spot. The approach to most ice formations is on a climber’s trail that gains 300-500 feet and takes about 20-30 minutes. The guide takes a belay and demonstrates techniques as he / or she leads a pitch and sets up on or more top-rope anchor(s.) A combination of climbing, instruction, and snack and rest breaks keep us occupied until we run out of daylight or energy, usually between 3-5 pm.
On Multi-pitch routes, such as the Great White Icicle or Stairway to Heaven, the guide will belay from above, and the party will continue up until the formation is completed, if possible. Descent is by rappel and/or down climb, and glissade.
The guide will arrange a specific meeting location and time with you specifically. Most commonly, this location is the Nunns Park lot in Provo Canyon.
Call (801) 550-3986 or email us at uma@UtahMountainAdventures.com