Alpine Climbing

Wasatch Alpine

The Wasatch Mountains Are A Launching Pad For Any Alpine Expedition, Which Is Why Our Team Of Mountain Guides Have Chosen Them As Their Home.


The Wasatch Range contains several major canyons, and a lot of micro zones. s. When combined with the accessibility of Salt Lake City, the alpine peaks of the Wasatch Mountains provide one of the best training grounds for the highest peaks in the world.

Explore the high quality alpine routes of the Wasatch Range with one of our guides, who know  the area like the back of their hand.


Trip Details

The North Ridge of the Pfeifferhorn is considered one of the best mountaineering routes in Utah and can be ascended any time of year, but many prefer to treat it as a stout winter mountaineering challenge. This mixed granite and snow ridge rises directly to the striking 11,326 feet / 3452 meters symmetrical summit in the heart of the rugged Lone Peak Wilderness. In the winter, the approach is on skis or snowshoes, and we usually do the trip in two days.

Day 1 begins at the base of Little Cottonwood Canyon with a gear and weather check and discussion about the adventure to come. We then drive up to Little Pine Parking Lot and start hiking up to Maybird Gulch on skis, split-board or snowshoes. Our approach takes 3-6 hours. Setting up camp for the night at 10,000 feet under the North Ridge, we have dinner and prepare for the the next day.

Our  base camp is typically just  under the North Ridge.The impressive North Ridge has some moderate technical rock climbing, but most likely the ascent will be done on crampons, because we will probably find ice and plenty of snow on the route.

The next day we have breakfast before sunrise and start hiking up the the ridge (skis, snowshoes or crampons depending on conditions), where we cache our skis or snowshoes to begin our alpine route. Once on the ridge, we set up anchors and your guide will lead the climbing, protecting the route. After enjoying spectacular views from the summit, we descend back to camp via the head wall, pack the tents and hike or ski back to the car.

We generally return to Salt Lake City at the end of Day 2. 


Location: Wasatch Range, Utah, USA

Length: 2 Days

Trip Dates: Winter, TBD

Prerequisites: Excellent physical condition, a knowledge of mountaineering techniques and previous alpine and rock climbing experience ideal. Climbers should be comfortable on 45 degree snow and ice slopes and climbing on exposed ridges.

Guide Ratio: 1:1, 1:2

Max: 2 climbers


Two days: $700 for one person, $300 for an additional person

One day speed: $350 for one person, $100 for an additional person

Deposit: $200


  • Certified Mountain Guide(s)
  • All meals while in the mountains
  • Camping and cooking gear for the group
  • Technical gear for the group (ropes, hardware, harnesses)
  • Some climbing gear for each member (snowshoes, ski poles, ice axes, helmets, beacons)
  • Private ground transportation throughout the trip from Salt Lake City Hotel or Airport
  • Communication equipment

Does not include:

  • Any hotel accommodations e.g. in Salt Lake City
  • Climbing/trip insurance and rescue expenses as needed. Any cost if a climber abandons the trip.
  • Customary guide gratuities
  • Personal meals out of the mountains e.g. any meals in towns / restaurants
  • Any other expenses occur beyond BBE control due to changes in the itinerary or clients needs
  • Personal gear for each member (boots (rentals available), crampons (rentals available), gloves, backpack, layered clothing)
  • Plane tickets
  • Park fees

Skills Practiced

  • The selection and use of personal equipment, ropes, knots and harnesses
  • Crampon use and snow climbing techniques, ice axe positioning, and self arrest techniques
  • Route finding and hazard assessment including a discussion of objective vs. subjective hazards
  • Proper clothing and climbing gear for survival in the high mountains, mountain weather, alpine ecology, avalanche hazard assessment, and Leave No Trace ethics

Travel Insurance and Rescue Insurance
We require the purchase of insurance plans to protect you from the unexpected. Please consult with your insurance company with any specific questions, regarding coverage, and policy details, and if you have any questions contact our offices.

Mountain Snacks
We recommend that you bring snacks to supplement the mountain lunches for 3 days. Take snacks that you genuinely enjoy. Eating well is the key to maintaining your strength while in the mountains. And in order to combat the loss of appetite at altitude, it is best to have a variety of foods from which to choose, from sweet to sour to salty.


Take Your Time

  • Full-Day outings, allow for the time to hike to routes that provide incredible solitude, and explore the longer climbs of the area.

Time to Cover intermediate to advanced topics

  • We are able to take the time to cover intermediate to advanced topics, such as speed vs time-efficiency, belaying strategies, and descending longer routes.

Explore Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon

The Cottonwood Canyons have literally everything you can think of, and more! Slabs, cracks, steeps and overhangs, and our unique diversity of rock from granite, quartzite to limestone. Some walls in Little Cottonwood Canyon reach 1,100ft feet in height and offer up to 10 pitches! Grades vary from 5.4 to 5.11, and some of our favorites include:

  • West Slabs (10 pitches, 5.5)
  • Steort’s Ridge (three pitches, 5.6)
  • Schoolroom (five pitches, 5.6)
  • Outside Corner (four pitches 5.7)
  • Tingey’s Terror (seven pitches, 5.7)
  • Pentapitch (three to five pitches, 5.8)
  • The Dorsal Fin (three pitches, 5.10d)
  • Triple Overhangs (four pitches, 5.10a)
  • Stiffler’s Mom (seven pitches, 5.11a)


... just to name a few. There are hundreds more to discover!

More than two-thirds of Willie’s trips are considered “private” bookings, or Custom Trips.

These rates do not include gratuity.

Half-Day Trips 

Typically only available for Little or Big Cottonwood Canyon in UT. Can be applied in other locations when added to a multi-day trip.

  • 1:1 – $230 per person per day  
  • 2:1 – $150 per person per day
  • 3:1 – $130 per person per day
  • 4:1 – $100 per person per day  

Local Day Trips – applies to all Alpine Climbing Days

  • 1:1 – $450 per person per day. $450
  • 2:1 – $300 or per person per day
  • 3:1 – $210 per person per day

Standard Trips

For all other destinations outside of Utah  and all overnight trips

  • 1:1 – $600 per person per day  
  • 2:1 – $350 per person per day.
  • 3:1 – $250 per person per day  

Extreme Days

‘Extreme’ days consist of more than 10 hours of movement, often up to 14. Depending on travel and logistics, Willie may require two Standard Days instead of one extreme day.

  • 1:1 – $800 per person per day
  • 2:1 – $405 per person per day


International Trips

For all destinations outside of the USA;  international trips consist of lengthy planning (logistics, flights, purchases, visa processing, international wire transfer fees, FX rate)

  • 1:1 – $800 per person per day
  • 2:1 – $450 per person per day

Special Objectives

This will depend on the type of climb intended (difficulty and length). Prices are pre-agreed with the client(s).


The rates listed above are accurate for  all USA domestic trips and in some cases international trips.  The final price may differ due to price fluctuations with local providers. Taxes are not included in the rates listed above and other fees may exist, depending on location. E.g. camping fees, hotels, food.


For all destinations outside of Utah the cost of Willie’s travel is to be covered by the guest. Many guide services add this to their rates, but we’ve chosen to keep it separate so that it may be divided evenly between guests. This travel fee is a second charge. Please contact us if you have any questions about this.


Rates does not include providing food for  guests – we’ve found just too many differences in tastes and preferences.


The rate does include all group camping and climbing equipment: tents, stoves, stove fuel, pots, climbing ropes, and climbing protection. The rate does not include personal camping and climbing equipment.


Tipping has become an ingrained part of the American service industry, and guiding isn’t an exception. Gratuity is not included in any of Willie’s rates. If you have questions or would like suggestions about how to tip your guide, please contact us.


Deposits, Refunds, and Cancelations

  • A 20% deposit is needed to secure your booking, and full payment is needed 30 days prior to your trip
  • If you cancel before the 30 day mark, half of your deposit (10% of the total) is non-refundable. If you cancel before 10 days prior to your trip, the entire deposit amount (20%) is non-refundable.
  • If you cancel at or less than 10 days prior to your trip, there is no refund, as it is very unlikely Willie can schedule other work in such short time.
  • If Willie cancels for any reason other than weather or avalanche conditions, you will get a full refund.
  • Willie reserves the right to change the objective. If that is not possible or agreeable, he will make a good-faith effort to reschedule once within the next three months, but cannot guarantee rescheduling in all instances. Weather and avalanche hazard are an inherent part of the mountain and wilderness experience, and we all get “skunked” now and again!

* PURCHASE TRAVEL INSURANCE! We cannot encourage strongly enough that you get trip insurance! Please feel free to contact me if you need assistance with this.

Our stunning Wasatch Range adventures our permited via our partner WASATCH MOUNTAIN GUIDES LLC.

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