Canyons & Crags exists to train and to serve; to help you learn, practice and hone technical rope skills. Our ART of RopeWork series includes:

  • ART of Canyoneering
  • Pro Canyon Guide Training
  • Ultralight Rigging & Rescue
  • Rappel Master

Canyoneering Karma

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

Our Canyoneering Karma events are open to everyone, whether or not you have received any formal training, and regardless of where you may have received it. Ours is a big tent. We believe that bringing people together is good for the sport. It brings people into the community; encourages sharing of ideas, information and techniques; and improves safety and ethics.

Travel with us. Train with us. Help us help others.

Would you like to join Rich Carlson on his next adventure to Nepal? Southeast Asia? Latin America? Or with Native American communities? Each trip will provide you with opportunities to:

  • serve others in need;
  • participate in technical rappelling, rigging and rescue training (as a student or assistant instructor);
  • enjoy uncommon adventures in exotic places; and
  • experience new cultures.

Now retired from guiding, Rich invests the majority of his time teaching and on volunteer service projects. His mission is to assist with economic development and enhance quality of life for individuals and communities around the world through the provision of training for canyoneers, canyon guides and canyon rescue teams. Rich is especially interested in serving underprivileged youth and unemployed adults in Native American communities and in developing countries. For qualifying groups, he will provide training, assist with the establishment and promotion of a youth service program, canyon guide program and/or canyon rescue program, as well as help with the acquisition of gear.

You will be responsible for the costs associated with your travel, accommodations, meals and other incidental expenses, plus a donation that will be used to defray program costs. In return for your support you will be welcome to participate in all of the training and events offered during the program. In addition, program organizers and local partners will do their best to assist you with your travel arrangements and serve as your “hosts/concierges” during your stay. You will also have as much free time as you want to enjoy the local culture and landscape.


Check out our Calendar for upcoming workshops and other events.

Customized Private Training is Available

If our schedule and training objectives do not match yours, consider private custom training. Custom training can be tailored to your specific needs and taught at your location. This allows you and/or your team to develop skills based on the local environment and the rigging and rescue situations you could most likely encounter. Contact Us to discuss your training needs.