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ART of Canyoneering • UT

4-Day FasTrack Workshop Fee: $195

$95 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit required to RSVP. $100 balance due on first day of workshop.

Instructor: Rich Carlson

Rich's "ART of Canyoneering" workshops provide students with the anchor, rigging, technical and problem-solving skills they need to become safe, efficient canyoneers and competently descend technical canyons.

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
  • tension-releasing hitches and contingency rigging
  • rappelling and passive lowering systems
  • ascending, knot-passing and transitions
  • pothole escape techniques
  • static and dynamic courtesy rigging systems
  • guided rappels, deviations and rebelays
  • 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: Previous Rappelling Experience

Gear Included with Workshop Fee:

  • 10 feet 6mm cord for knot tying practice and Purcell Prusik
  • 15 feet of 1 inch webbing
  • (1) 5/16 inch (8mm) QuickLink

Additional Required Gear:

  • Totem Rigging & Rappelling Device
  • VT Prusik
  • VT QuickDraw
  • Petzl Tibloc
  • Micro Traxion or Ropeman 2
  • (3-4) Locking HMS (pear shaped) carabiners
  • 48 inch (120cm) Dyneema/Spectra sewn sling

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.

Scholarships Available

If you will use the skills learned in this workshop in a volunteer capacity with a non-profit group that serves others and you cannot afford the workshop fee, a scholarship may be available.

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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  • Sandy

    A very belated thank you Rich for a great class (2 weekends ago)! I learned so much and look forward to putting it into practice soon. Hope to see you around the canyoneering world...

    August 26, 2013

  • Pam B.

    I would really be interested in this Course if you added one next month (September)... :-) Doesn't look like you have another one of these scheduled for this year...:-( I would be coming from AZ...

    August 14, 2013

    • Rich C.

      I will post all of my workshops here on the meetup group. As a member you will receive a notice whenever I put one on the schedule.

      August 14, 2013

  • Sandy

    Hi RIch,
    Just checking in to see what time the actual workshop starts on THursday. My confirmation email listed two times: 10 am and 8 am. It would really be helpful to know this information to plan whether I will drive down the night before or the morning of. Please respond. THanks!

    August 14, 2013

    • Rich C.

      ?? No idea where 10:00 AM came from. Starts at 8:00.

      August 14, 2013

  • Sandy

    Hmmm....RSVP'd very last minute and paid on Pay Pal just now (around midnight) and got a message saying "Sorry, Pay Pal is taking a really long time to get back to us, but don't submit another payment until you check that this one went through." So, I will check it in the morning to make sure I'm paid. In the meantime, I have a few questions:
    1. Is anyone driving down from SLC and would like to carpool?
    2. Are people planning on getting to Cedar City Wed night or driving in on Thursday morning?
    3. WHere are people staying? Is there camping available? I'd like to do this on the cheap.
    Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    August 14, 2013

  • Robert


    Are you still going to teach the class even if no one else signs up?

    August 1, 2013

  • Mike A.

    Hi Rich,

    Any plans on scheduling this class in September or October? Making plans to be out there and we would like to take this course.

    July 31, 2013

  • Robert

    I've had just a little rappelling experience but really am interested in an introductory course in canyoneering. Is this the right class for me?

    July 18, 2013

  • Eric R.

    Rich, Since I have a weird work schedule and the art of canyoneering classes are always scheduled when i am working maybe a private class would work best for me. I would like to take the canyon leader class but I guess I need the art of canyoneering 1 and 2 classes. I thought the ACA beginning and advanced classes would cover the prerequisite for the canyon leader class, but if not let me know how the private class works.

    July 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok....that's fair...I'll have to decide...Thanks for the opportunity. Karen.

    July 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would definitely be interested in the scholarship and private lessons because of time and financial constraints. This is one thing I moved to Utah for! I want to learn and put it to good use!:-)

    July 18, 2013

    • Rich C.

      Unfortunately, you will need to pick one or the other. I will give scholarships to scheduled courses, but not for private instruction.

      July 18, 2013

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