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River Mountain Canyons (Canyons 102)

  • Mar 30, 2014 · 8:00 AM

Up one canyon and down another!  River Mountain Canyons at Lake Mead Recreation area is a good  place to begin to learn about natural anchors, rope management, and moving through a canyon as a team.  As a bonus there is quite a lot of upclimbing to get to the head of the canyon we descend and there are some unusual and unexpected sights.

The emphasis of this outing is working on natural anchors, inspecting and potentially rebuilding them, and getting on rappel from various anchor locations.

And safety, mostly safety. And fun, that too.

I have  been through this canyon three times.  My overall experience with natural anchors is pretty high, having done many first descents in Las Vegas, Virgin River Gorge, Grand Canyon and Death Valley. I love to teach new people how to canyoneer safely and to understand anchors and teamwork.

Michelle Napoli, who we all know from her community service position on the board of LVMC, and her climb last year of Denali, is assisting.

Total Distance: about 5 miles

Total Elevation Gain: 'about 1500'
Longest rappel:   60'
Terrain Description: Off trail approach. Upclimbing on smooth rock using hand and foot holds, some handlines, all with some exposure. Technical canyon descent. 
Approximate time including plenty of time for training - depends on group size, could be 7 or 8 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.  Your stickier hiking shoes or approach shoes will make upclimbing easier but are not a requirement.

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 need to have rappelled before and been through at least one canyon with me to come to this class.

I will add individuals to the "YES" list from the waitlist after I reviewed the answers to your questions.

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: 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.

    Another day of fun and learning experience. Thank you all for always taking care of and watching over me. I love being a newbie. Then I know I am being watched carefully! Many good lessons learned today!

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • Lorraine W.

    ok, folks, i sent out an email without the link to the inner beauty hot sauce remedy, dope not on a rope! here 'tis:

    1 · March 30, 2014

    • Jim M.

      Some of this is over stated, still, be forewarned. And it's good, too!

      March 30, 2014

  • Jim M.

    Great ups, great downs and a great group of people!

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • Lorraine W.

    tons of fun, tons of learning! thanks lori, michelle, jose, and matt for shepherding us newbies through a new canyon. hoo haa!

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • Lori C

    great, fun day with a great crew!

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    As usual I had a great time with great people! I learned a lot and I'm ready for the next canyon! Thanks to everyone that helped out (which was everybody) and especially to Lori for putting it together!

    2 · March 30, 2014

  • Brent G. R.

    Well, a guy can dream can't he?

    2 · March 16, 2014

    • Lorraine W.

      dreams are what life is made of. dream!

      2 · March 16, 2014

  • Lori C

    Hoping to clear up some apparent confusion. You must have attended the canyoneering 101 class with me to progess to canyoneering 102 class. Even if we have done a canyon together, the purpose of attending the 101 class is so you are aware of everyone else's skill level as we move up to harder and more technical canyons. For some reason, meetup wouldn't let me set this particular meetup to "waitlist" so that could be managed better. Looking forward to seeing everyone in 101, then 102, then 201, and onward!!! :) Thanks for understanding.

    March 12, 2014

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