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Advanced Canyoneering Course - Escalante Utah

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Welcome to Excursions of Escalante!

With the Advanced Course, guests can anticipate long days in the canyons with practical training in "keeper pothole" escapes, safe natural anchors, extended rappels (up to 300 ft.) and other advanced canyon "problems". Canyon leadership roles, spotting and risk assessment are just a few of the many other valuable topics covered in the course. If you have completed the ACA Technical Course and are proficient with those skills, then you are ready take the Advanced Course.

Early mornings are spent in an outdoor classroom setting learning the skill set for that day. Mid- morning we head out to the canyons to begin applying your newly learned skills out on the rocks and in the canyons. The first morning begins at 8AM and ends around 5pm-6pm. The second day begins at 8:30AM and ends between 5pm-6pm. This course has a 12 person maximum, 10 Students and 2 Instructors.

Topics covered are taken from the ACA's Level 3 Skills Checklist including:

Students will also learn how to ascend with only one ascender, how to pass a knot while ascending or rappelling, how to convert a rappelling anchor to an efficient ascending anchor, how to transition from rappelling to ascending and from ascending while at mid-rope.

Pothole Escapes:
Students will learn, partner assists, cheater sticks, pack tosses and direct aid climbing using hooks or fixed placements.

Advanced Anchors and Ropework:
Topics covered include advanced knots and anchor systems, rigging and using retrievable anchor systems, advanced techniques for rope deployment, efficient rope management, multi-pitch rappels, sequencing and pre-rigged rappels, combination rappel and passive lower for long drops, advanced rope work for traverses and extremely strong water current, direct aid climbing techniques, guided rappels, rebelays, deviations, and strategies for first descents.

Self Rescue
Topics covered include avoiding rescue situations by pre-rigging for contingencies, assisted/tandem rappels, converting static blocks to lowering systems, converting static blocks to haul systems, converting contingency rigging to haul systems and improvised carry techniques.

2 Full Days
$325 Per Person plus Tax
Rate includes your instructors, gear, coffee each morning, and lunch each day. 3 person minimum to conduct course.

Payment is made directly through Excursions of Escalante. Please contact Amie at[masked] or[masked] or e-mail [masked]

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  • Fred S.

    The Advanced Technical Canyoneering Course at Excursions of Escalante; taught by Rick Green and his staff was exceptional. In March I had taken the Basic Course, which was excellent; had to come back for more. If you want to learn, learn it all and learn it right Excursions of Escalante is the place to come.

    1 · July 18, 2013

  • Ryan W.

    Lindsay and I got onto an earlier course. Good luck!

    April 1, 2013

  • Phillip M.

    Hey Rick or Aime, Does this qualify as the Technical Canyoneering Level 2 course, or is it more advanced than that?

    March 9, 2013

    • Phillip M.

      Rick, I do see that there is another Phillip in some of the RSVP's.

      March 18, 2013

    • Rick G.

      Yes, Technical Level 2 Course

      March 22, 2013

  • Jerry P.

    Hey guys, is this a 2 or 3 day course? The second paragraph above says 2 to 3 days. Seems like a lot to learn in 2 days. I,m getting older and can't seem to absorb all that stuff that fast.

    January 30, 2013

    • Rick G.

      Hi Jerry - I fixed that. My mistake. The course is 2 Big days. Cheers, Amie

      January 30, 2013

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