Hi! My name is Rich Carlson — adventure travel addict and technical rescue, rigging and rappelling instructor. Since 1990 I have trained thousands of canyoneers, climbers, adventurers, professional guides and rescue teams across the Americas and around the world. Check out my free instructional videos and my blog to follow the adventure through entertaining stories and images, plus technical advice, gear reviews and minimalist travel tips.

ART of RopeWork & Canyoneering Karma

Canyons & Crags exists to train and to serve; to help you learn, practice and hone technical rope skills. Our ART of RopeWork series includes training for canyoneering, professional canyon guides and rappel masters, and ultralight rigging and rescue.

In addition to our training workshops we frequently host other events for canyoneers to practice their skills; to meet other canyoneers; and of course to have fun exploring canyons.

The Latest from Rich's Blog

Nature’s Temple
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The soundtrack to my personal experiences in canyons is almost always Native American flute music. Surrounded by silence I hear the music in my head. I am at peace. Recently that silence was... Read More

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Arrived in Monterrey, Mexico on the 7th of March. Here training 19 aspiring canyon guides. Four days on, three days off, four days on. From here on to Guadalajara for another seven days... Read More

Internet Forums
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I started the first canyoneering forum on the internet back in May of 2000. The original platform was called eGroups, which was later acquired by Yahoo! Those who have been around long enough... Read More

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“OMG! Can you believe that guy? He almost ran right into me!” Actually, I couldn’t believe the woman who said that. I was stuck behind her group of around ten people, who were... Read More