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Private Guiding and Instruction


Julie Faure leading "Arm and Hammer"
Photo by Tyson Bradley

UMA's outstanding guides and instructors are available daily from March through December to lead a great multi-pitch, show individuals and groups a variety of single-pitch climbs, and help guests progress in any and all aspects of climbing.

All scheduled course curriculum can also be taught on a private basis if scheduled dates don't work for you. The maximum guide to client ratio for top-roping is 1 to 6, and for multi-pitch, 1 to 2 is standard. Advance notice is appreciated, if possible.

Beat the heat in July and August by getting into the cool, shady canyons with our guides. They know where to stay cool on warm days and find warm, dry rock in colder weather. On the hottest of days, an early morning or late afternoon start is an option.

Many of our clients go through a progression of increasingly challenging climbs to build skills while adventuring. Develop a rapport with a UMA guide, and he or she can also lead you on desert towers and cracks, Mt. Rainier, the Tetons, Denali, the Himalaya, etc.

Rates:

          Full Day:
               
$299 for one person plus $125 for each additional person plus tax

          Half Day:
               $179 for one person plus $75 for each additional person plus tax

          Long and more difficult days:
               $350 for one person plus $150 for each additional person plus tax

Rate Chart:

Private Guide
Full Day (6-10 hours)
Number of Clients
Total Amount
Amount per Person
Base Price
Additional Person
1
$299.00
$299.00
$299.00
$125.00
2
$424.00
$212.50
3
$549.00
$183.00
4
$674.00
$165.50
All fees are subject to tax.

Private Guide
Half Day (3-5 hours); 60% of Full Rate
Number of Clients
Total Amount
Amount per Person
Base Price
Additional Person
1
$179.00
$179.40
$179.00
$ 75.00
2
$254.00
$127.20
3
$329.00
$109.80
4
$404.00
$101.10
All fees are subject to tax.

Private Guide
Difficult Climbs or Long Day (10 or more hours)
Number of Clients
Total Amount
Amount per Person
Base Price
Additional Person
1
$350.00
$350.00
$350.00
$150.00
2
$500.00
$250.00
3
$650.00
$216.67
All fees are subject to tax.

Gear & Equpment - Rock Climbing

Gear, Equipment Rentals, Books & Maps


Catching the breeze on the third pitch of
"Steort's Arête" in Big Cottonwood Canyon
Photo by Tyson Bradley

Rock Climbing Equipment List:

  • Comfortable and flexible pants (no jeans) and top
  • Waterproof/windproof jacket
  • Light fleece jacket or sweatshirt
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • 2 liters of water (in a water bag pack (optional))
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Approach shoes (no sandals)
  • Rock climbing shoes **
  • Harness *
  • Belay device and locking carabiner *
  • Helmet *
  • Day backpack

Download Gear List ( PDF)

*  UMA will provide a helmet, harness and personal technical gear if you need them.

** Rock climbing shoes are available for rent at local shops.

Rental Shops:

     Black Diamond Retail
     2070 E. 3900 South, Salt Lake City
     (801) 278-0233

     REI
     3285 East 3300 South, Salt Lake City
     (801) 486-2100

     University of Utah Outdoor Rec Center
     
2140 E. Red Butte Road, Fort Douglas, Building 650
     (801) 581-8516

Guidebooks:

     Rock Climbing, Utah's Wasatch Range. By Stuart and Bret Ruckman.
     Canyoneering. By David Black.

Logistics & Trailhead Directions - Rock Climbing

Lodging, Trailheads, and Directions


“Triple Overhangs”
Photo by Wes Holmes

Accommodations

     Skyline Inn
     Foothill Drive, SLC: 2475 E. 1700 South
     (801) 582-5350

     Crystal Inn
     818 E Winchester St., Murray
     (801) 685-9300

     La Quinta Inn
     Midvale: 7231 S. Catalpa Rd
     (801) 566-3291

     Residence Inn
     
Cottonwood Heights: 6425 South 3000 E.
     (801) 453-0430

Trailheads & Meeting Points - Driving Directions:


To BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON PARK & RIDE LOT:

  • From Salt Lake City, and the Wasatch Front:
    Follow Interstate 215 (Belt Route) either south from I-80 or east from I-15 to the 6200 South Exit. Drive southeast, uphill, toward Brighton, Solitude, Alta, and Snowbird ski resorts. Continue through a traffic light at the intersection with Wasatch Boulevard. Turn left (east) at the next light onto Big Cottonwood Canyon Road (SR 190, also called 7200 South.) Take another left after 200 yards into the UTA Park & Ride lot.

  • From Park City and other points east:
    Go west over Parley's summit and down Parley's Canyon into the Salt Lake Valley. Go south on I-215, and exit at the 6200 South. Drive southeast, uphill, toward Brighton, Solitude, Alta,and Snowbird ski resorts. Continue through a traffic light at the intersection with Wasatch Boulevard. Turn left (east) at the next light onto Big Cottonwood Canyon Road (SR 190, also called 7200 South). Take another left after 200 yards into the UTA Park & Ride lot.

To Knudsen Corner PARK & RIDE LOT, 6450 South Wasatch Blvd:

  • Follow directions for Big Cottonwood Park & Ride Lot (above), until you reach the junction of 6200 South and Wasatch Blvd. Turn left here and make another immediate left into the large Park & Ride Lot.

To EINSTEIN BAGEL SHOP in Olympus Cove, SLC:

  • From Park City and other points east:
    Drive west on I-80 over Parley's summit and down Parley's Canyon into the Salt Lake Valley. Go south on I-215, and exit at 3900 South. Turn left (east) under the freeway and make a right on Wasatch Blvd then an immediate left into the Bagel Shop, which is next to a mall and Dan's Grocery Store.

  • From Salt Lake City, and the Wasatch Front:
    Follow Interstate 215 (Belt Route) south or north to the 3900 South Exit. Get on Wasatch Blvd, which parallels the freeway on the east, and locate the Bagel Shop, just south of the intersection of 3900 South and Wasatch Blvd. It is at the north end of a mall and Dan's Grocery Store.

Utah Rock Climbing Guides Private Guiding & Instruction - Utah Rock Climbing

Frequently Asked Questions - Rock Climbing


Eric Shmookler on "Tingey’s Terror"
Photography by Tyson Bradley

Can I lead?

We teach learn-to-lead classes, but a back-up top-rope is always included for safety.  Typically the guide belays on a gri-gri while jugging up a fixed rope beside the new leader.  This enables the instructor to give immediate feedback on the effectiveness of cam and stopper placements. 

How old do I need to be to climb?

For private guiding and instruction, there is no restriction.  Students must be at least 14 years of age to join a group class.  Even five and six-year olds seem to enjoy rock-climbs with short approaches and lots of holds.  Longer approaches and multi-pitch climbing is typically not appropriate for kids under 10.

Should I wear pants or shorts?

Many warm days are better for shorts, but always carry a pair of water-resistant pants in case it gets cool, windy or rainy.  Shorts should always be long enough to go under the entire harness.  Granite climbs can be abrasive on bare skin.

How tight should my rock shoes fit?

If you are doing multi-pitch climb and / or just learning, get a half-size bigger shoe than the sales or rental clerk recommends. Nothing spoils the fun quicker than foot pain.  If you are trying to progress upward from a level at 5.10 or above, the old saying is true: No pain, no gain.  Fit 'em snug!

Where do I meet my guide?

The guide will arrange a specific meeting location and time with you specifically. Most commonly, this location is the Big Cottonwood Canyon Park & Ride Lot.

 
Testimonials

Thank you so much for helping me set up Bob's surprise clinic. He absolutely loved it and can't say enough good things about Colby. He had a great day and I appreciate everything you guys did to make that happen!

- Lauren Maerz


Micah was an awesome guide. I am a engineering software trainer and part-time dance instructor myself, so I really appreciate a high quality instructor and a high level of professionalism. I am a beginner and Micah made everything very easy for me. He clearly knows his stuff and makes it easy and very safe. The whole day was very enjoyable.

- Joe Meikle


I had a great training session with Quino today. I thought that he was a great instructor: patient, safe, knowledgable, and professional.

- Wayne Stump


My son, (age 13) and I recently spent a couple days climbing in Big Cottonwood Canyon with Annie Trujillo. We're both pretty new to climbing; We had a great time, and Annie was a great guide. She taught us a lot, challenged us, helped us keep ourselves safe, and made the trip fun and rewarding. Best of all, my son loved it and says he'll do it again.

- Greg Smith


   
   

Rock Climbing - Guiding & Instruction - Utah Mountain Adventures

Join Utah Mountain Adventures for guiding or instruction in Utah's Wasatch range, a world class climbing area with outstanding vertical landscapes of granite, quartzite, limestone and alpine peaks. Learn techniques and routes in Little Cottonwood, Big Cottonwood, Mt. Olympus, Bell’s Canyon, etc. Our guides know the routes intimately and can help you excel while making your climb as memorable as the scenery.

Or build skills in a course, such as the Rock Climbing Clinic or Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing Course, Teton Prep, Canyoneering Course, or Learn to Lead. Safety and client satisfaction are paramount at Utah Mountain Adventures. We limit the size of our groups to ensure individual attention from our highly experienced guides.

UMA also specializes in corporate team-building and just-for-fun, group climbing activities.  Participants learn trust by belaying and lowering  one another under guides’ supervision. Climbers overcome fear and push each other while scaling vertical walls and rappelling down. Venues in the Cottonwood Canyons are easily reached, can accommodate large groups, and offer climbing challenges from friendly to 5.13.

View our complete schedule of Salt Lake Rock Climbing Courses.