Learn to Rappel! (Basic) 3/23/13

Interested in learning to Canyoneer?

Did the movie 127 Hours intrigue you?!

This workshop is a very basic introduction to rappelling, safety checks and fireman belaying (bottom belaying). This workshop is in no way a substitute for the full Technical Canyoneering Course (http://www.meetup.com/canyoneering/events/104152542/). This course will, however, provide you with an introduction to rappelling, safety checks and bottom belays that can make taking the full course more beneficial.

We will spend the whole day rappelling at Stoney Point in Chatsworth.

  • Single strand on 8.3mm static canyoneering rope
  • Double strand on 8.3mm static canyoneering rope
  • Single strand on 9mm static canyoneering rope

I will also bring a variety of descenders for you to try: ATC, Pirana, Figure 8.

That's all we're going to do ... all day. So ...

If you don't know how to rappel .. come learn.

If you want to try out different descenders and ropes .. come experiment.

If you know how to rappel .. come practice.

This workshop will last all day .. 8am-4:30pm so bring water and a lunch. You will be required to sign a release of liability and assumption of risk. You may participate all day or for a few hours ... it's YOUR day.

Required gear for this workshop is a climbing harness (I will have a few to loan out on a first-come/first-served basis, check with me in advance), a helmet (climbing, bicycle, kayaking, snow boarding .. any helmet .. but you gotta have one!) and at least 1 locking carabiner.

Optional gear: Gloves, Descender of your choice (ATC, Figure 8, Pirana, ATS, etc). And feel free to bring any gear you have questions about ... I'm happy to answer any/all gear questions.

We will be scrambling around alot as we rappel, climb back up, rappel, climb back up, rappel, climb back up, etc. ....so wear some comfortable shoes with good 'grip' .. trail, running, approach shoes all work well. Bring sunscreen, maybe a hat, and clothes/layers appropriate for the forecast.

This workshop is open to everyone .. so invite your friends, your teenage kids, your spouse and sign-up as +1 +2 +3 etc.

The cost for this workshop is $40 per person ... AND participants will be given a $40 discount on the tuition of a future 3-day Technical Canyoneering Course ... THAT WOULD MAKE THIS WORKSHOP FREE!! To reserve your spot, you MUST send in the $40 fee within 2 days to Uber Adventures, 427 S Serrano Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020 or paypal to [masked]   If you don't make payment immediately, you will be moved to the waitlist until payment is received.

P.S.  Maybe we can all head to Shakey's Pizza after for some Pizza and Camaraderie!!

Your Instructor: Klaus Gerhart, American Canyon Guides Association certified Guide, Officer and Instructor, Wilderness First Responder, Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Technical Rope Rescue Technician, Basic Mountaineering Instructor for Sierra Club's Wilderness Travel Course, Whitewater Rafting Guide and Leave No Trace wilderness ethics Master Educator.

What people are saying about this workshop:

"What a fabulous day! Great group of people and awesome instructor! You have got to meet Klaus! If you haven't tried this, you're missing out. Klaus is all about safety first, but teaches in a way that makes count the seconds to rappel and canyoneer! I'd rate this as a 15 out of 10! Can't wait to see what else he's cooking up. Thanks to Jason for his assistance!"  -C-  (Carmen B, 2/2/13)

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  • Klaus G.

    Awesome Group! K-

    March 24, 2013

  • Brian of the Swan C.

    Just mailed my check!

    March 14, 2013

  • Leonie

    I have a friend visiting from Portland that weekend and he is interested to take this class as well. He is not a meetup member. I'll pay the $40 on this behalf via PayPal. Please let me know how to register him here. Thanks!

    March 15, 2013

    • Klaus G.

      Terrific .. I've changed your RSVP to you +1, so you can go ahead and paypal when you get a chance! Thanks! Klaus

      1 · March 15, 2013

    • Leonie

      Great! Thank you!
      Oh and by the way, please lend him a harness, too, if you have extra. Thanks!

      March 15, 2013

  • Leonie

    I would like to learn how to rappel. Please count me in. I don't have climbing harness so please lend me one if you have some extra harness. I'm sending the money now through paypal. Thank you!

    March 12, 2013

  • Brian of the Swan C.

    Can't wait!

    March 11, 2013

  • elaine l.

    do you have to be a proficient climber to do this?

    March 7, 2013

    • Klaus G.

      Nope. No climbing skills required.

      March 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I just realised that weekend I'll be interstate. Have fun!

    February 15, 2013

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