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 the Lake Tahoe area, enjoying easy access to the phenomenal climbing and skiing of the Sierra Nevada. In the spring, summer, and fall we climb splitter granite on Donner Summit and in the high alpine peaks of the Eastern Sierra. In the winter we ski powder through old growth forests, off craggy peaks, and in exclusive side-country terrain off the backside of Squaw. In the spring, as powder turns to corn snow, we strap our skis to our backs to climb and ski the big couloirs.

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 Alpenglow Expeditions 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