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ART of Canyoneering
August 19 @ 9:00 am - August 20 @ 5:00 pm MDT
Canyoneering is an adventure sport that combines hiking, wading, swimming, jumping, sliding, boulder-hopping, scrambling, rock-climbing and rappelling — often over waterfalls.
Canyoneering is not new, but it has grown significantly over the past two decades. The sport involves some unique risks and requires a specific set of technical skills to enjoy it safely. Knowledge and skills learned rock climbing provide a good foundation, but fall short and can even prove deadly in environments that combine rope and water.
In this workshop you will gain knowledge and competence with anchors, rigging and problem-solving while honing your personal rappelling and self-rescue skills. Even if you have already been descending canyons for awhile, this workshop will likely be your first step in transitioning from a handful of memorized techniques to a true understanding of anchor, rigging and rope techniques to become a competent member of a canyoneering team.
Topics covered in this workshop include:
- performing proper system safety checks
- knots, bends and hitches
- belays, lowering and handlines
- natural, artificial, transient and human anchors
- using friction and sequencing to utilize marginal anchors
- static rigging vs releasable contingency rigging
- efficient rope deployment
- rappelling and on-rope skills
- courtesy rigging for difficult rappel starts
- tips and tricks from Rich’s 40+ years canyoneering
- harness with safety lanyard
- rappel/belay device
- 5-6 locking carabiners, HMS (pear-shape) preferred
If you have additional gear, feel free to bring it, but it is not necessary to purchase anything special for the course, other than what is listed above. Additional gear will be available for you to borrow, try and purchase during the course.
This is a Hybrid Workshop
This workshop includes online training material. Virtual meetings with your instructor will be available to you before and after the hands-on training days.
Workshop Fee: $295 / with Canyoneering Karma Passport: $195
REGISTRATION: Get your ticket(s) here on this page. If you have a Canyoneering Karma Passport, the $195 ticket price is your payment in full. If you do not have a Passport, the $100 balance will be due on or before the first day of the workshop.
Canyoneering Karma Passports are available HERE