Train and Explore With Me

Hi! My name is Rich Carlson -- adventure travel addict and technical rescue, rigging and rappelling instructor. Since 1990 I have trained thousands of adventurers, professional guides and rescue teams across the Americas and around the world. Now you can follow my online courses, free instructional videos and my blog and join me as I share the adventure through entertaining stories and beautiful images, plus technical advice, gear reviews and minimalist travel tips.

The Latest from Rich's Blog

Dr Carlson?
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It popped up on the kiosk when I was signing in for a flight from LAX to Hong Kong. DR CARLSON RICHAR. Somehow the D at the end of Richard and my middle... Read More

1200 Feet of Rope
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Posted on a forum, “Someone left a lot of rope in Mystery Canyon”. Several people inquired, “What do you mean, a lot of rope.” “A lot. Like some hand lines on the entry... Read More

Canyon Rendezvous
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The canyon rendezvous concept was started by the ACA in 2000. Here’s is a brief history. Also just an excuse to wear my buckskins and show off my .50 caliber Hawken rifle. 🙂 Read More

Forever Loyal
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For several years back in the 90s I taught a wide range of outdoor courses for an Arizona-based retail chain called Popular Outdoor Outfitters. When they decided to add climbing gear they asked... Read More

Training in Portland
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Sitting in the Alaska Airlines Lounge in Portland waiting for my flight back to Salt Lake City. Posting to share a quote from Lisa Hewitt, a student in two of the three one-day... Read More