Zion Canyon Rendezvous

Thursday-Sunday, September 20-23

The Zion Canyon Rendezvous provides an opportunity for a diverse group of canyoneers to get together to practice skills learned in ACA courses and elsewhere, meet new friends and have fun doing canyons.

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.

There is no charge for participation in this rendezvous.

Participants are responsible for making arrangements for their own accommodations at the Ponderosa.


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Rendezvous Discussions

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  • Sal C.

    Hi Canyoneers,
    For those interested, I made 2 videos of the canyons we did together:
    Keyhole Pine (best with headphones)
    Thanks a bunch.
    Be safe.

    October 24, 2012

  • Sal C.

    Hi All! I posted some pixs from the rondy at Flickr. If we did canyons together, there's probably a shot of you there somewhere. You can also copy the full file of any photo. Thanks for standing still, even when I wasn't. :)

    October 21, 2012

    • ricky w.

      Thank you for the such wonderful trip!

      October 23, 2012

  • Sal C.

    Hey Rich! Tae and I don't mind being called newbie leaders! :) We lead 5 canyons, Beh, Key, Pine, Spry and Lodge with great satisfaction. I promise to take your Canyon Leader course. ;) Seriously, without saying, this event brings people from around the world and I'm very proud to be apart of it and to know you.
    Warm regards,
    Sal Ciro

    September 26, 2012

    • Rich C.

      Sal, I knew the list below would be incomplete. I have received some emails and Facebook messages from participants who appreciated you and Tae's efforts. Thank you.

      September 29, 2012

  • Sal C.

    The Hilton of rendezvous.

    September 28, 2012

  • Bill A.

    As always, an excellent trip. Great people, fun canyons and superb weather. Kudos again to Rich for herding the cats and all the hard work that goes into making a successful event like this happen every year. Thank you Rich!

    September 26, 2012

  • Rich C.

    Special thanks go out to our regulars - those who have been participating in rendezvous for a number of years who are always so willing to take people under their wings to "show them the ropes" and make sure everyone has a blast. The list includes, but is certainly not limited to: Dave Meding
    Sharon Shierling
    Rick Thompson
    Shane Holst
    David "Roscoe" Tigner
    Bret Matthews
    Kirk Belles
    Ron Hudson
    Ted Doughty
    and ..... You guys are all awesome and greatly appreciated.

    September 23, 2012

    • Sharon S.

      Ditto what Dave said! THANKS VERY MUCH to you, Rich, for putting these events together year after year. As long as you keep organizing, I'll keep coming back. I love getting together with old friends and meeting new ones. (My only regret this year is that I bailed on doing Keyhole at night so didn't get to do a canyon with you.)

      September 25, 2012

    • Andi

      Special Thanks for Rich's support to BEIJING team. It was fantastic.

      September 26, 2012

  • Sharon S.

    Awesome time, as usual!

    September 25, 2012

  • Dianne A.

    Beautiful canyons of course, and was great to make new canyon friends. Hope to meet even more people next year!

    September 25, 2012

  • Dale

    A lot of fun -- great people and great canyons.

    September 24, 2012

  • Ted D.

    Love these events! Great to catch up with old friends, and so wonderful to make new ones! Being able to share canyon adventures with others that have a real appreciation of these wonders of nature is a true blessing.

    September 24, 2012

  • Terri

    What a wonderful weekend! Thank you. My first wet canyons and I loved it.

    September 24, 2012

  • Dawn

    Incredibly fun..it my first one and I really enjoyed it--met some great people and enjoyed some fun canyons..what more could a person ask for??

    September 24, 2012

  • Mike A.

    Sweet, did three fun slot canyons!

    September 23, 2012

  • Tim & Carrie C.

    Worked well for us because of using the Meetup site to respond to posted canyon trips. Was able to make the exact canyon trips we had hoped for. If a person who did not use the Meetup site (we knew one), they would have had a more difficult time finding a trip to be included in.

    September 23, 2012

  • Rich C.

    Always a blast organizing these rendezvous. As usual, we drew a great group of fun-loving canyoneers to this, our 12th annual Zion rendezvous.

    September 23, 2012

  • Mike L


    September 23, 2012

  • Rich C.

    Just finished our Saturday evening social time. Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's rendezvous. Thanks to Chris Brennen for the awesome slide presentation this evening after dinner. Thanks to Zion Canyon Brewing Company for all the free beer. And thanks to the Zion Ponderosa for the hospitality.

    September 22, 2012

  • Rich C.

    Questions and comments about the Zion Canyon Rendezvous should be posted in the discussion message boards.

    April 22, 2012

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