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Keyhole Canyon - Technical canyoneering (canyons 101)

Keyhole Canyon is a perfect place to begin to learn canyoneering.  There is a rappel practice point before committing to the canyon.  The canyon has four rappels, downclimbs, a slide, lots of opportunities for partner assists and learning the teamwork of moving through a canyon.

The emphasis of this first outing is taking care of yourself, understanding your surroundings, and paying attention to others where needed. And safety, mostly safety. And fun, that too.

I have taken several groups of new canyoneers through this canyon.  My overall experience level is pretty high, having done many first descents in Las Vegas, Virgin River Gorge, Grand Canyon and Death Valley as well as most of the well known canyons.  But really, my claim to fame is that I love to teach new people how to canyoneer safely.

Total Distance: about 2 miles

Total Elevation Gain: 800'
Longest rappel:  100' 
Terrain Description: Off trail approach. Technical canyon descent. 
Approximate time including plenty of time for training - depends on group size, could be 6 hours.

Each person must bring a helmet, harness, descending device and large locking caribiner.  Please inspect your gear.  I will inspect your gear and will turn you around if your gear is unsafe. An extra locking caribiner and 24-36" sling are recommended although I will have a couple extras.  You may want a rappel glove.

The LVMC has 3 harnesses and 5 helmets if you need a loaner.  You will need to coordinate borrowing from the club and you will also need to round up the remainder of the gear.  I prefer you bring an ATC style descender.

You do not need to have rappelled before to come on the trip.  Answer the questions honestly in the questions section, so I can plan accordingly.

Safety is the most important thing.  I will promise to keep you safe, if you promise to do what I say. Deal?

Do not RSVP if you have any doubt if you will be coming.  I have a policy of one strike and you're out for no shows; two strikes for cancellations closer than 5 days to the trip. I will be offering this beginner canyon and follow up canyons regularly throughout 2014 in a progression. You must have completed this canyon with me in order to go to the next level.  The goal is to develop an LVMC canyoneering team that will be qualified to go anywhere we want to go.

You'll need to bring a lunch, snacks, water, and dress appropriately for the weather. I will ask someone to carry the ropes. Please bring a pack large enough to hold all of your gear inside, bigger if you want to carry a rope.

Please remember to answer the questions after RSVPing. If you are using a phone, the questions will not appear unless you have the meetup app. Therefore, please check back again to answer the questions. I will waitlist you if you don't answer the questions.

 

To participate in this outing, you must be a current, paid member of LVMC. You can obtain a membership via this link: http://www.lvmc.org/w.... The fee is $40 per year for a family/roommates or $30 per year for an individual. Please contact your organizer if you have any questions.

 

 

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  • Cory G.

    What a great learning experience. It was exciting, safe and fun! Thank you Lori for being so clear and strict yet so caring, calm and patient in showing us the 'ropes' for my first Canyoneering experience! Can't wait to do another one!

    2 · March 16, 2014

    • Jim M.

      Unusual is what we do, right Cori, Lori, and Cory?

      1 · March 19, 2014

    • Cory G.

      Yes, Jim. Castle Rock! My first rapell with Harlan. He made sure someone was there to help him with me for my first time. There were five of us. I realized they were all thinking about me because when we got there all four of them brought an extra harness for me! That made 5 harnesses including the new one I had with me ;o) Loved and spoiled. I still am !

      2 · March 19, 2014

  • Harlan S.

    Thanks Lori for organizing these trips.

    4 · March 18, 2014

    • Lorraine W.

      Harlan, very glad to hear you're among the breathing! worried...

      1 · March 19, 2014

    • Cory G.

      I miss you, Harlan ;o(

      1 · March 19, 2014

  • Jim M.

    I can't wait for the next one. Having already been through it, I am looking forward especially to the upclimbs! Good stuff. And the rewards are all the rappels down the other canyon.

    1 · March 19, 2014

  • Jennifer

    Awesome group of folks to learn with! :)

    1 · March 17, 2014

  • Michelle N.

    Thank you Lori for your excellent teaching and leadership, and to the whole group for a fun day. Looking forward to the next canyon and learning experience...

    2 · March 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the great leadership and instruction Lori! I look forward to seeing y'all again!

    3 · March 16, 2014

    • Lori C

      Thanks for all your meat anchoring skills and general conviviality! It was fun hanging out with you.

      March 16, 2014

  • Brent G. R.

    Now THIS was a fun day! A great group of people enjoying learning more about technical canyoneering. Yes, life is good!! Lori, you were a fantastic teacher, guide, supporter, and neat person with whom to spend some quality time. Thanks a bunch. From Newby Brent

    4 · March 16, 2014

    • Lori C

      thanks Brent... it was really great to see how you just kept stepping up and doing it!! It was rewarding for me to see how much you learned in one day. Keep up the good work.

      March 16, 2014

  • Lorraine W.

    what a damn fine day! as is the given with lori, i learned a lot, found new ways to do things, and enjoyed a wonderful day with great folks. michelle made a considerable contribution to the day with her calm presence kudos to all!

    2 · March 16, 2014

    • Lori C

      It was a really great group... you made your won "considerable"­ contributions... :)

      March 16, 2014

  • Bill I.

    Thank you, Lori, for a very enjoyable training outing. I appreciate your patient instruction and helpful coaching.

    2 · March 16, 2014

    • Lori C

      Bill, thanks for bringing all the spare gear and for taking to this so well! Nice work!

      March 16, 2014

  • Brent G. R.

    I'm not sure where we are to meet. Could someone send me the physical address so that I can Mapquest directions. Thanks.

    March 15, 2014

  • Lori C

    Oh, hey.. in case I forgot, we will have a little bit of time at the end to enjoy some snacks and decompress before we load up in the cars and head home. If you want to, you could bring something to share..but it's not on the gear list! :) I do like bacon, though. hahahha...

    2 · March 14, 2014

    • Cory G.

      I'm being challenged! I better bring something tasty!

      1 · March 15, 2014

    • Lorraine W.

      can't have too much food!

      1 · March 15, 2014

  • Cory G.

    If there is anyone coming from the NW, if I could please carpool from this area. I live around the vicinity of REI Boca Park. Would prefer to leave our only car at home in case Oscar needs it for emergency. He can drop me off at your convenient place where he could pick me up later. Thanks. Kindly message me.

    March 13, 2014

    • Cory G.

      March 14, 2014

    • Cory G.

      Ian, not sure if you got my message. I'll have Oscar drop me off at Albertson's Charleston/215. I think that would be the most convenient for you. Let me know what time you want me there. Thanks a bunch.

      March 14, 2014

  • Lori C

    Yeay for carpooling. We have four in my truck!

    1 · March 14, 2014

  • Lori C

    Meetup is not passing emails prop erly. Ian contact me at lcurry1000 @msn.com with contact info. We need to get you back in the trip.

    March 11, 2014

  • Lori C

    WOOT and shout out! Michelle Napoli has agreed to come as my assistant. She has climbing experience, and will be a great help. Welcome aboard, Michelle. Just so you know, she is not taking anyone's spot, and there will be as many as 3 others going that have previously attended so there is a mix of experience. They are not taking anyone's spot either. :) looking forward to this!

    March 4, 2014

  • Tom T.

    Sorry, going to be flying out in a business trip that day. Very much look forward to next time! Wife wants to try as well! Tom

    1 · February 26, 2014

  • Rob K.

    I'm going to be out of town this weekend.

    1 · February 26, 2014

  • Wolfie

    Hi Everyone,
    Great non-technical hiking experience with decent survival and medical skills. Really want to learn some technical skills and canyoneering. Total newbie on that level. Who can I contact to get a few more details? Hope I can get in on this!

    1 · February 21, 2014

  • Bill I.

    I have a 4 dr Jeep and can take three or four passengers plus me.

    1 · February 14, 2014

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