After-work Rappel Practice

  • September 17, 2013 · 5:00 PM
  • Cara way bridge near I-15 with Mercy Road intersection

Come out after work to learn how to rappel or to improve your current skills. We will have ropes set up from 5ft to 80ft and we'll use them to discuss safety and practice basic techniques used for canyoneering and caving.
People with no prior rappelling experience should join us from 5pm to 6pm. The rest of the time will be dedicated to experienced folks that want to practice more technical skills.

If you have any technical equipment (helmet, gloves, harness, descenders, ascenders, ropes) bring it. If you don't have any that's ok, I'll have several different type of gear you can borrow and practice with.

5pm-6pm: Basic rappeling techniques for canyoneering/caving
6pm-7pm: Basic leading practices for canyoneering/caving
7pm-8pm: Caving techniques (ascending, changeover, knott/rebelay)
Show up at the time you're most interested in, but allocate at least 1h to practice. Bring a headlamp and a sweater in case you stay till after dark.

LOCATION: Cara Way Bridge, map of parking spot
Directions: Take Scripps Poway Parkway exit from I15 and head east, make a U-turn at first light and immediately after passing Chili's enter Cara Way. Park where road widens and splits into two drives and walk to bridge

All my activities are run as a group of friends that get together to have fun and learn from each other with no fees involved. My vertical practices may provide you the minimum skill required to tag along on beginner trips but are no substitute for professional training. I have 10 years of caving and canyoneering experience and I've descended hundreds of fantastic caves and canyons all over the world. I am also a Search & Rescue volunteer for the San Bernardino Sheriff, trained in High Angle, Mountain and Desert rescue, Wilderness First Aid and CPR certified. I will love to share with you all that I know, but keep in mind YOUR SAFETY IS ALWAYS YOUR OWN RESPONSIBILITY!

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  • Rich h.

    Hope to see some all of you at the Canyon rendezvous @ Zion!

    September 19, 2013

  • Tiffanie

    awesome finding other people who are interested/obsessed with canyoneering! Looks like I'll be practicing some knot tying during my spare time

    September 18, 2013

  • Chris S.

    I learn more every time I attend. Looking forward to the next one.

    September 18, 2013

  • Rich h.

    A lot of fun meeting up with a bunch of psyched canyoneers to share techniques with. This area also proved to be an exceptionally good learning platform for the less experienced.

    September 18, 2013

  • Craig J.

    Thank you Luca for all your great instruction and help. It is much appreciated.

    September 17, 2013

  • Luca

    Here is a video of the "7 Teacups", the canyon near Bakersfield that I mentioned:

    Once you do that one and decide you like it... the next level up is "Jump Canyon" (Fresno):

    September 17, 2013

  • Nei

    Thank you Luca for the opportunity to practice.

    September 17, 2013

  • Chris S.

    I will have an extra Medium sized harness if anyone needs it.

    September 15, 2013

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