Acknowledgement of Risk
Canyoneering and other adventure sports are fun, but are not without risk. You are responsible for your own safety and staying within your own comfort limits. All practice and canyon events are unguided events. By participating in a Canyoneering event, you acknowledge that you have a personal duty and responsibility for your own safety.
Canyoneering Meetups are organized to provide a venue for canyoneers to meet, have fun and practice existing skills. The Las Vegas Canyoneering Meeup Group does not assess the technical and/or safety skills of participants, nor does it assess any canyon to determine current conditions. You acknowledge that you have a personal duty and responsibility to (a) assess your own skills, honestly and accurately, to determine your suitability as a participant for each canyon, (b) seek adequate information to assess the difficulty of each canyon to determine if it is within your skill level, (c) seek adequate information about the current conditions in each canyon and the weather to assess potential risks prior to entering the canyon, and (d) evaluate your prospective partners and to use your own judgment to determine their suitability as partners.
Inherent hazards and risks of canyoneering include:
- My own physical condition, and the physical exertion associated with this activity
- Possible equipment failure and/or malfunction of my own or others’ equipment
- Risks associated the hazards of walking on uneven terrain and slips and falls
- Being struck by rock fall or other objects dislodged or thrown from above
- The use of climbing ropes and equipment; rope burns; pinches, scrapes, twists and jolts that could result in scratches, bruises, sprains, lacerations, fractures, concussions, or even more severe life threatening injuries
- The forces of nature, including flash floods; the risk of falling off the rock or mountain
- The risk of altitude and cold including hypothermia and frostbite and heat including heat exhaustion
- Fatigue, chill, and/or dizziness, which may diminish my/our reaction time and increases the risk of accident
- Exposure to potentially dangerous wild animals, insect bites, and hazardous plant life
- Exposure to water, including potentially contaminated sources, as well as drowning
- My own negligence and/or the negligence of others, including but not limited to user error and group decision making including misjudging terrain, rapids, weather, trails, or route location.
- Accidents or illness occurring in remote places where there are no available medical facilities.
- Travel in remote areas with poor or no access to emergency and/or medical services
- Travel to and from the activity
I understand the description of these risks is not complete and that unknown or unanticipated risks may result in injury, illness, or death.
All participants are encouraged to:
(1) honestly assess their skills to ensure each canyon is within your ability
(2) assess your prospective canyon partners
(3) accept responsibility for your own safety and comfort
(4) do your share of the work, carry your share of group gear
(5) share your ideas for problem solving and rope work
(6) speak up if you're having a problem
(7) speak up if you question what's going on or something that is being done, no matter who's doing it
(8) bring, or make arrangements for all of the gear on the gear list
(9) wear a helmet