ART of Canyoneering • Level 1

2 Days $95

Instructor: Rich Carlson

ART of Canyoneering Level 1 workshop provides students with the anchor, rigging, technical and problem-solving skills they need to become safe, efficient canyoneers. By the end of the training students should be comfortable descending easy canyons on their own or more challenging canyons with competent leaders.

Skills and techniques covered include:

  • canyoneering gear selection, use and care
  • knots and hitches for rope, cord and webbing
  • efficient movement, climbing and stemming
  • belaying and handlines
  • utilizing transient anchors for belays and hand-lines
  • evaluating and rigging specialized canyoneering anchors and belay systems
  • approprieate use of friction and sequencing for marginal anchors
  • importance and proper use of tension-releasing hitches and contingency rigging
  • rappelling and passive lowering systems
  • efficient rope deployment and rigging
  • group dynamics and problem solving
  • pros and cons of using auto-blocks and prusiks for self-belay
  • tips and tricks from Rich's 30+ years canyoneering

Prerequisite: NONE

Required Gear:

  • Totem Rigging & Rappelling Device
  • VT Prusik
  • 6 feet 6mm cord for knot tying and Prusik
  • (3-4) Locking HMS (pear shaped) carabiners
  • 48 inch (120cm) sewn sling
  • Personal Safety Lanyard (e.g. Petzl Spelegyca, Purcell Prusik)
  • 30 feet of 1 inch webbing
  • (2) 5/16 inch (8mm) QuickLinks

Of course you will also need your harness, helmet, appropriate footwear (approach shoes recommended), leather gloves and a pack to carry your gear. We will be outside most of the time so dress appropriately for the anticipated weather. Layering recommended. Bring at least two quarts of water, lunch and snacks each day.

15% Discount on Gear

If you are missing anything on the Required Gear list, we encourage you to wait and purchase it during the workshop. You will be given a chance to try different combinations of gear to discover what works best for you, plus you will receive a 15% discount on gear purchased during the workshop.

Private Instruction Available

If the workshops on our calendar do not suit your schedule or objectives, you may want to consider private instruction. All of our workshops are available on a private basis and can be customized to match your abilities and objectives, allowing for the utmost personal attention.

 

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  • Melissa P.

    I loved this class!! Rich is a patient, thorough and funny instructor (in this order). I feel I learned enough to be a contributing member of a canyoneering team. There is a lot of information crammed in a short time, but Rich is very good at highlighting the essential skills and setting up the class so that said skills are practiced a lot. I'd highly recommend this class to anyone, regardless of previous experience.

    February 23, 2013

  • Jimmy B.

    I really enjoyed this course and found it very helpful. I got lots of new problem solving skills for the canyoneer tool bag. I will recomend this course to others. Thanks Rich; And a big thank you to my canyoneering cohorts, such a good time.

    February 19, 2013

  • Ian S.

    Amazing class! We learned a ton and made good use of the skills immediately afterward in Baptist Draw. This could become a serious habit. Thanks Rich!

    1 · February 19, 2013

  • Joel A.

    Thanks for a great class and the opportunity to meet a group of great people.

    February 19, 2013

  • Malcolm N.

    I Leared a lot of new skills and ways to think about canyoneering effectively and safely. My adventures will now be a lot more fun and I will approach them with greater confidence. The group of students was fantastic and they made learning effective as we helped each other.

    February 17, 2013

  • Pat H.

    Alot of information but it clicked in when we hit the rock.

    February 17, 2013

  • Pat H.

    Great job Rich, had a blast and learned alot. All of the other canyoneers made the day, the weather was the icing on the cake. Good times, look forward for more.

    February 17, 2013

  • Rich C.

    Fun group of students and fabulous weather for our day out on the rock. Had a blast.

    1 · February 17, 2013

  • Melissa P.

    Hi Rich, my Paypal account is having an attitude problem this morning. It won't let me change the name on the account, so the name you will see is "All Azimuths Photography, Inc.", that's me. Also, it won't let me change the email address. My address is [masked], not [masked]. I'm an escaped mountaineer from the Pacific Northwest, just relocated to sunny Arizona. I have the gear one would need for climbing (helmet, harness, etc.) but am missing part of the required list. I can get it from you with a credit card, yes?

    This will be fun! :-)

    February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hope it's not too cold. I am super excited to learn these skills and get out in some easy/medium canyons this year!

    January 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Dropping 4000 feet sounds like a good idea; the more we can do out side the better. See you a week from tomorrow!

      1 · February 8, 2013

    • Ian S.

      I would definitely like to get outside as much as possible!

      1 · February 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    is this class really full?

    February 7, 2013

    • Rich C.

      Yes, it is really full. You can RSVP to the waiting list in case someone cancels.

      February 8, 2013

    • Rich C.

      A couple minutes after my previous post, I read another from someone who changed his workshop dates. There is now one space open in the 16 Feb workshop.

      February 8, 2013

  • Carlo O.

    Is there a sister ACA that primarily works out in the Sothern California area?

    February 4, 2013

    • Rich C.

      No. I am usually the one who teaches courses there. Additionally, there are occasional meetups led by others who are willing to accept newbies.

      February 4, 2013

  • Carl

    I was told that I will only be allowed to use equipment that you have designed. I have been canyoneering before and have some of my own equipment. I would like to use what I am used to. Do you show and demonstrate the different options like descenders or do you only show the totem as the only option able to be used in this class? I like to see different techniques shown so that I can make my own decision on what may work in the canyons.

    January 23, 2013

    • Rich C.

      I have been teaching for 23 years. In the past I allowed people to bring any device and we took lots of time to show one person how to use a figure eight, another how to use a tube device, another how to use a Pirana, another how to use a rappel rack, etc. etc. Much more efficient - especially in a 2-day workshop - to have everyone using the same gear.

      January 24, 2013

  • Rico T.

    How much total (money) would I need (approximately ) for the gears listed above ? (I don't have any) except helmet, harness, footwear, gloves, which I bought to learn rock climbing (but haven't got any chance to take a course yet ).

    Thanks, I'm very interested to learn about this.

    January 18, 2013

    • Rico T.

      thanks, one more question (sorry ) ,if I can finish level 1 and level 2, I can do technical canyoneering by myself ?

      January 18, 2013

    • Rico T.

      I just paid with my paypal, email address is [masked]

      January 18, 2013

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