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 — and provided innovative team building activities for a wide array of clients.

Check out the online resources – including 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

Arctic Circle


Monday morning drive from Akureyri to Dalvik to catch the 9:00 o’clock ferry to the island of Grimsey; the only place in Iceland that extends into the Arctic Circle. Rough 3-hour ferry ride,... Read More

Seydisfjordur Iceland


According to the guidebook: “If you explore only one town in the Eastfjords, Seydisfjordur should be it. Made up of multi-colored wooden houses and surrounded by snowcapped mountains and cascading waterfalls.” On this... Read More

Canyoneering Karma


Be sure to check out and join our meetup group at: Canyoneering Karma La Canada Flintridge, CA 3,425 Canyoneers Welcome to the Canyoneering Karma Meetup GroupOur group exists to serve; to help you... Read More