Continuing a series of monthly skill practice meetings for fellow canyoneers in the Phoenix area. Some topic ideas for review and practice (but certainly not limited to):
– Contingency anchors (figure 8, munter mule, jester, etc.)
– Converting from static to contingency anchor
– Ascending (including converting from descending to ascending)
– Passing knots
– Anchor building and assessment
Please note that the above list is just an example of topics we may cover. It is certainly not set in stone and there are plenty of other topics not listed. When we meet, we can discuss which topics are of most interest to the group and go from there. We should also discuss the pros and cons of all techniques presented to understand the appropriate times to use said techniques (like Rich always says, “IT DEPENDS!”).
This is not a formal training session. This is just a bunch of canyoneers getting together to share their knowledge, discuss topics, and practice them in an outdoor setting. You are expected to have basic canyoneering skills and be able to comfortably evaluate your own safety as well as that of others. Safety is of the utmost concern! You are responsible for your safety at all times!
If you have a rope, please bring it! The more ropes we have, the more practice stations we can set up and the more top belays we can provide when attempting more advanced techniques so they can be practiced in-situ. Location: https://goo.gl/maps/kiTy8Z2M3LG2
What to bring:
Helmet, harness, descender device, at least four locking carabiners (the more the merrier), two or more prussik loops (or similar like a VT), comfortable clothes and shoes, snacks/food/water, whatever makes you happy, etc.