What brings you to the mountains?

Each outing I guide is unique. What are you dreaming about?

Drop me a line, I'd love to hear from you.

[ Places where I guide ]

The backyard

I currently live in Salt Lake City, enjoying easy access to the phenomenal climbing and skiing of the Wasatch Range less than half an hour from town. Just a few hours to the south, we have the sandstone splitter cracks and epic desert towers of the Utah desert. To the north, there are the remote alpine granite monoliths of the Wind River Range, and of course, the endless classic alpine climbs and ski descents of the Tetons. Then there’s City of Rocks, the Uintas, Maple Canyon, and the list goes on.

Destinations

What's your idea of vacation? Setting out across a glacier at dawn to climb a Cascade summit? Drinking espresso below the teleferique after climbing the Cosmique Arete? A week of fresh tracks and catered dinners out of a lodge in British Columbia? I’ve spent the last two decades organizing and enjoying trips to the world's best climbing and skiing destinations, from Red Rocks to Alaska to Chamonix to Patagonia. 

I take safety and professionalism seriously. I hold international AMGA/IFMGA certification as a Mountain Guide. As of 2018, there are less than 150 of us in the United States.

I work primarily at low client-to-guide ratios – max 2:1 for rock, alpine, and technical ski mountaineering, and max 4:1 for backcountry skiing and non-technical ski mountaineering objectives. All guiding I do is permitted and insured.

I am currently on staff at Utah Mountain Adventures and have guest guiding relationships with services throughout the country. Rates depend on the objective and the guide service that I am partnering with.

Chris Burk

AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide

Applied Alpinism

Salt Lake City, Utah

chris@AppliedAlpinism.com