Video: Backcountry Skiing with Utah Mountain Adventures
Name: Anna Keeling
Nicknames: My dad used to call me Bessie Bunter. Don't ask.
Guiding Since: 1993, IFMGA certified since 2002
With UMA: 2000
Favorite line in the Wasatch:
The Great White Icicle (Ice)
The West Slabs and Kamp's Ridge on Olympus
And anything that's in and safe, I suppose.
Major first ascents / descents OR what you're most proud of:
"My background in international adventure racing is actually stronger than my climbing/skiing resume. I won the world's first Adventure race in 1989 at the tender age of 20 and managed a comeback to 3rd in the World champs in 2005."
What are some of your goals at the moment?
"Rock climb harder. Tick off some of my huge tick list of ski trips and canyoneering and rock climbing and mountaineering. It's ridiculous."
Best thing to do after a day out OR What do you do in your spare time:
"I'm a mum so spending time with my family (son Obie age 11 and hubby, Scott Simper) takes high priority. Luckily, they are super active."
Something funny about yourself:
"After 20 years of living in Utah, I still have a really strong kiwi accent and I speak pretty quickly. Every time I return from New Zealand, people just look at me in confusion. I have to remember to slow down but I'm excitable, so I talk fast."
Based in the Wasatch Range near Salt Lake and Park City since 1993, Utah Mountain Adventures (UMA) is the premier full-spectrum, year-round guide service in Utah. Programs include backcountry skiing, split-snowboarding, rock climbing, ice climbing, avalanche instruction, summer and winter mountaineering, trekking (hiking and snowshoeing) and canyoneering skills. UMA’s incredible roster of guides and instructors (including many who are AMGA certified) maximizes the knowledge and experience gained by guests. Led by Julie Faure and Tyson Bradley, UMA (formerly Exum Utah Mountain Adventures) operates under a permit issued by the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.
The Wasatch Mountains offer world-class skiing and climbing terrain within just 30 minutes of Salt Lake International Airport. Easy access, consistent powder snow and high-quality Ice, Peaks, Granite, Quartzite, and Limestone, make UMA the place for fun, adventure, training, and alpine skills development.
Whether you seek fresh powder or corn tracks; ice axe, crampon, or winter camping skills; crack-climbing, sport, or natural-pro leading techniques; route-finding, beacon rescue and snow-pit skills; film work guidance; team-building; alpine summits; ridge traverses; or wilderness leadership; UMA is the guide service of choice in the Mountain West.
Ski and snowboard tours go out-of-bounds from Alta, Snowbird, and Brighton ski resorts as well as trailheads in Mill Creek, Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons. UMA’s permit area includes the Mt. Olympus, Twin Peaks, Lone Peak and Deseret Peak Wilderness areas. It features Mt. Superior, the Pfeifferhorn, Cardiff, Silver, Days and Mineral Forks, Stairway to Heaven and Bridal Veil Falls, Gobbler’s Knob, Coalpit, the Y-Couloir, Red and White Pine, Maybird and Hogum Gulches, Porter Fork, Reynolds Peak, Willow Fork, Kessler, the Gate Buttress, Storm Mountain Island, Hellgate, the Sundial, Peak 10,420, Bear Trap, Grizzly Gulch, Broads Fork, Bells Canyon, and Wolverine Cirque.
We look forward to climbing and skiing with you!
Photo credits (homepage): Backcountry skiing: "Preparing to descend Lone Peak" by Andrew Burr; Backcountry Touring: "Skinning in Big Cottonwood" by Tom Bear; Backcountry Snowboarding: "Riding the world’s greatest snow" by Andrew Burr; Ski Mountaineering: "Rappelling into a Wasatch Couloir" by Andrew Burr; Alpine Climbing: "Alpine climbing in Little Cottonwood Canyon" by Andrew Burr; Ice Climbing by Andrew Burr; Overnight Trips: "Winter camping in Broad’s Fork" by Tyson Bradley; Alpine Rock: "Traversing the Cottonwood Crest" by Tyson Bradley; Rock Instruction: "Learning to lead on Pentapitch" by Lane Peters; Rock Climbing: "Scaling Summit Wall on Lone Peak" by Wes Holmes.