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.

Upcoming Workshops and Events

  1. Bolting and Advanced Anchors

    October 20
  2. Advanced Rigging and Rescue

    October 21
  3. Intro to Swiftwater

    October 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm PDT
  4. Advanced OnRope Skills and Contact Rescues

    October 22

The Latest from Rich's Blog

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

1,000 YouTube Subscribers
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Feels like a legitimate channel now. 🙂 Working on a Resources Page on my website to provide another means of support for my volunteer training programs and free instructional videos. Read More

Hong Kong to the Sierras to Baja
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Some trips run like a well-oiled machine. Other trips … not so much. Getting to Hong Kong for a 2-day Totem CRT Ultralight Rigging & Rescue training involved a 2.5-hour drive from home... Read More

It Depends
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My students know when they ask questions about canyoneering that my answer will often start with, “It depends ….”  One of the things that makes canyoneering such an amazing sport is the diversity... Read More