ART of Canyoneering • FasTrack

4 Days $195

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.

This is a 4-day "fast track" curriculum covering material from the ACA's Level 1 & 2 courses.

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

Required Gear:

  • Totem Rigging & Rappelling Device
  • VT Prusik
  • Petzl Tibloc
  • Micro Traxion or Ropeman 2
  • 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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  • Li

    Hey guys, please find the attached web link. I bet you will like it: s

    March 25, 2013

  • Jared R.

    Thoroughly enjoyed the class and look forward to signing up for a Canyon Leader Course.

    March 21, 2013

  • Li

    Excellent course and awesome team! I really enjoyed it. Thank 师傅 (Shifu) and all the guys for the help and support.

    1 · March 19, 2013

  • Brett G.

    I thought Rich's ART of Canyoneering workshop was excellent! He's a great teacher and is very patient. He also moves quickly into coaching and directs the group into building new skills. This is a must for any beginner or intermediate canyoneer! The group was great too and I had a ton of fun!
    FYI: Rich didn't pay me to say all these nice things about him :)

    1 · March 18, 2013

  • Jeff H.

    Great team, great instructor and instruction, lots learned, time very, very well spent. Thanks to all for making these four days of training wonderful!

    1 · March 18, 2013

  • Yashua

    I had a blast, Rich is a fantastic teacher and the team was awesome!

    1 · March 18, 2013

  • Erik S.

    Great four days of canyoneering training! Rich is a very natural and patient teacher. Enjoyed meeting everyone and hope to meet up soon to descend some canyons!!

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • Rich C.

    Had a blast with this crew. Beautiful weather was a bonus.

    March 17, 2013

  • Erik S.

    Anyone else hoping to camp for this event next week? If not, where are you staying?

    March 5, 2013

    • Yashua

      I will be - no idea where yet - heading up there 12th or 13th to scope things out

      March 5, 2013

    • Rich C.

      There is dispersed primitive camping available in Cedar Canyon - Hwy 14 leaving Cedar City to the east.

      March 8, 2013

  • Erik S.

    Anyone interested in renting a home for this course? I found a nice three bedroom for $151 per night. If one other person wanted to go in on this it could make sense. Probably could accomodate 3-4 people and we could split the cost.

    March 6, 2013

  • Brett G.

    Hey Rich, will you be providing any other information about this course - any info you need, hotels, campgrounds, food, where to meet, etc.

    February 27, 2013

    • Rich C.

      Where and when to meet is in the description. Logistics are incredibly simple. Classroom in my store. Outdoor training sites 5 minutes away. Restaurants and/or grocery stores for food. Tons of empty hotel rooms this time of year.

      March 5, 2013

    • Brett G.

      Great! I'm stoked about this course!

      March 6, 2013

  • Rich C.

    This time of year there are a lot of empty hotel rooms in Cedar City. Pretty easy to get a good rate at the small independents.

    March 5, 2013

  • James

    Schedule conflict

    February 27, 2013

  • Mike H.

    Rich, is here any chance of opening up a fasttrack course March 30-Apr 2 in utah?

    February 27, 2013

    • Rich C.

      Yes. But you know that is Easter weekend?

      February 27, 2013

  • Darin

    Hey Li. I will be driving from LA through LV. I can give you a lift. I am planning on workin a half day which would put me in LV around 4. This is just a rough estimate. You can send me an e-mail and we can sort out the details.

    February 24, 2013

  • Li

    Please let me know if there are anyone from LAS or SLC. I would like to share the ride with you. I have booked flight from Houston to LAS, but can change to SLC. Thanks!

    February 20, 2013

  • Karl T.

    Please let me know what else I need to do to get refunded. [masked]
    Thank you.

    February 19, 2013

  • Sal C.

    Schedule conflict in March, but will attend alternate workshop.

    January 16, 2013

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