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Technical Canyoneering Course, April 25-26-27

Learn to Canyoneer in Southern UTAH!!

“Canyoneering has enjoyed a tremendous surge in popularity over the past several years. Unfortunately many of the people who are discovering this exciting sport remain unaware of the inherent risks and the complex technical skills required to enjoy it safely. The rope skills learned from rock climbing and rappelling are a good start, but will prove to be inefficient and sometimes dangerous in an aquatic or semi-aquatic canyon environ. This curriculum is designed to enhance safety, efficiency and enjoyment for canyoneers of all experience levels."

Prerequisite: None

This is a beginner to intermediate course which teaches the skills necessary to safely descend canyons as part of a group (being a competent participant and the knowledge to recognize and implement safe canyon practices). This course is designed to quickly get the beginner up-to-speed on basics, to give both the rookie and intermediate canyoneer new tools for his/her toolbox, and will help intermediate canyoneers refine their current skill set!

The topics and skills covered will include:

• Knots, Bends and Hitches

• Canyon Rating System

• Rules, Ethics, Style, Communication and Courtesy

• Specific Gear Choices, Requirements, Use and Care

• Belays, Lowering and Hand lines

• Natural, Artificial, Transient & Human Anchors

• Static and Contingency Riggings

• Rope Deployment, Coiling, Bagging and Etiquette

• Rappelling Techniques & On-Rope Skills
(Adding Friction Pre-rappel, Mid-rappel, Locking Off, etc.)

• Specialized Rappelling Techniques
(Hard Starts, Soft Starts, Free-Hanging, Over-Hanging, etc.)

• Basic Climbing & Down Climbing Skills
(Bridging, Stemming, Partner Assists, Partner Captures, Etc)

• Safety Checking and Basic Self-Rescue

• And, within each of these broad subjects are a myriad of skills and tools.

Tuition for the three days of instruction is $295.00 per person.

Included with tuition is a free 1-year membership in Coalition of American Canyoneers, Canyoneering instruction, course handouts and all group Canyoneering equipment, i.e.: ropes, webbing, rope bags, rapides, rigging, etc. ... and a Certificate of Completion!!

Warning: The activities in this course have been found to be addictive. Only those people prepared for ultimate adventure and nonstop fun need attend!

Instructor: Steve Morga: American Canyon Guides Association (ACGA) Certified Master Guide, Officer and Instructor and Wilderness First Responder.

You will need to secure your own travel and camping/accommodations for the duration of this event!

Gear required for this course is a harness, helmet, gloves, 3 locking HMS carabiners (Black Diamond RockLock, Black Diamond Pearabiner, Petzl Williams, Petzl Attache screwlock ... are my personal favorites ... autolocking carabiners do not work well for canyoneering), appropriate footwear and a pack ... I will loan out any technical gear you don't have, including harnesses, helmets, rappelling devices, footloops, tethers, etc. for the course ... but not for the canyons.

Additional details will be sent to participants upon receipt of course deposit. Group size is limited. It is set to a first registered, first served basis.  Sorry, space can not be held for anyone who hasn't completed the registration process. 

How to Complete Registration:

1. RSVP for this meetup event.

2. Submit a $100.00 deposit for the canyoneering course

Deposits may be paid using Paypal.  Paypal payments should be sent to  [masked].


Checks may be mailed to:

Intrepid Adventure Sports
15520 Bar X Road
Black Forest, CO. 80908

Please let me know when your check is on the way.


Please call[masked] if you have difficulty paying the deposit

This course is being hosted and sponsored by Intrepid Adventure Sports in Moab, UT.  Space is limited.

PLEASE NOTE:  Intrepid Adventure Sports also accepts direct registration.  Therefore, the RSVPs here may not reflect the total number of registered students.  We do our best to keep the meetup group roster up to date, but it is possible that a course is already full even if it appears that there are spaces available.

Please visit for additional canyoneering course details, student comments and training site pictures.

e-mail us at: [masked] or phone[masked]

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  • Scott B

    Steve, Thanks for the great class. It was an outstanding weekend and I'm really glad that I participated in the class. The best way to learn is to get out and do.


    April 30, 2014

  • Holly

    Can I bring another person?

    March 29, 2014

    • Steve M.

      Holly - I responded via e-mail but have not heard from you.

      April 4, 2014

    • Holly

      I just saw that. I apologize. This is exactly what we are looking for, but my S.O's schedule came out before we got accepted. He's been trying to switch with someone, to no avail. It's something we want to do together. I will be looking for more opportunities. This is on our "to do" list for this year.

      April 5, 2014

  • Scott B

    There maybe 4 or 5 of us

    January 31, 2014

  • Scott B

    Hey Steve,
    I'm looking at doing a guys trip and this would be fun for us. I'm working on getting 4-5 guys, is this something you could accommodate? Is there a price break for a group size? If so at what size? What canyons would you be looking at on Mon/Tues?

    January 18, 2014

    • Steve M.

      This is very doable. I sent you details via private e-mail.

      January 19, 2014

  • Shazia C

    Hey, I'm just wondering if you'll be offering more courses like this again someday? I didn't realize the cost when I first RSVP'd, and I can't afford it right now. :/ It's something I want to save up for in the future, though!

    January 16, 2014

    • Steve M.

      Yes. More courses will be offered throughout the year. Some with and some without the added canyon descents.

      January 16, 2014

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