A partnership offering Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing, Backcountry Skiing & Avalanche Education focused courses.

We manage and instruct a variety of outdoor focused courses for the University of Utah (UofU). These courses are offered to UofU students for academic credit. They can also be taken by UofU students and non-affiliated UofU individuals (public) not for credit.

Initial registration and money collection is handled by the UofU directly. See below for current course offerings by semester and more information on how to register. 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Academic Credit

The UofU Office of the Registrar handles registrations associated with academic credit courses. Reference the below "Academic Credit" course information specific to a semester at the time of registration. This option is available to students currently enrolled at the UofU.

 

Academic Non-Credit

The UofU Continuing Education Program handles registrations associated with academic non-credit courses. Reference the below "Academic Non-Credit" course information specific to a semester at the time of registration. This option is available to students currently enrolled at the UofU & non-affiliated UofU individuals (public).

COURSE INFORMATION - LAND BASED

Rock Climbing 1 (Indoor/Outdoor)

Introduction to top rope climbing fundamentals in an outdoor setting. Equipment use, basic knots, belaying, communication, climbing movement and anchor building are discussed and practiced.

Rock Climbing 2 (Indoor/Outdoor)

Introduction to sport lead climbing fundamentals. A review of top rope climbing fundamentals. Lead climbing principals using fixed protection is discussed and practiced. A 3 step progression is practiced which includes: 1) Lead climbing 2) Setting up a top rope anchor after a lead climb 3) Cleaning a top rope anchor via a backed up extended rappel.

Rock Climbing 3

Introduction to traditional lead climbing fundamentals. A review of top rope and sport lead climbing fundamentals. Lead climbing principals using removable active and passive traditional protection is discussed and practiced. A 3 step progression is practiced which includes: 1) Lead climbing 2) Setting up a top rope anchor after a lead climb 3) Cleaning a top rope anchor via a backed up extended rappel.

Rock Climbing 4

Introduction to top site management and multi-pitch systems used in rock climbing. Lead climbing principals are reviewed. Belaying a second climber, top site station management, multi-pitch transitions and efficiency and technical descent techniques are discussed and practiced.

Rock Rescue 1

Introduction to base-site self rescue concepts and techniques. This course is taught in a single pitch top rope setting. Belay transfers, belay escapes, counter ascension and counter balance lowering/rappelling are discussed and practiced.

Rock Rescue 2

Introduction to top-site self-rescue concepts and techniques. This course is taught in both a single pitch and multi-pitch setting. Belay transfers, belay escapes, rope ascension, partner hauling and lowering methods are discussed and practiced.

Rock Rescue 3

Continuation of the top-site self-rescue curriculum. This course is taught in both a single pitch and multi-pitch setting. Counter-balance lowering/rappelling, complex partner hauling, management of an unresponsive second climber in vertical terrain, and tandem rappel techniques are discussed and practiced.

COURSE INFORMATION - SNOW BASED

Ice Climbing 1

Introduction to top rope climbing fundamentals in an outdoor setting. Equipment use, basic knots, belaying, communication, climbing movement and anchor building are discussed and practiced.

Ice Climbing 2

Introduction to lead climbing fundamentals. A review of top rope climbing fundamentals. Lead climbing principals using removable ice protection is discussed and practiced. A 3 step progression is practiced which includes: 1) Lead climbing 2) Setting up a top rope anchor after a lead climb 3) Cleaning a top rope anchor via a backed up extended rappel. Other topics specific to lead climbing in an ice setting are included.

Backcountry Ski Guide

Introduction to skills and techniques associated with management of diverse populations in complex backcountry ski or snowboard type terrain.