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.

I will be co-hosting with Matt Riley who gave the great Canyoneering in Zion presentation at the club meeting a couple months ago..  Matt is very experienced as a canyoneer and is a thoughtful and knowledgeable teacher.

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?

I will be adding people to the trip from the waitlist after the questions are answered.

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.

 

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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  • Joel B.

    Fun time with an excellent group. We learned a lot from Lori and Matt and the others. Toby and Sierra had a great time!

    2 · April 6, 2014

    • Lori C

      Brewsters can come any time. :)

      April 6, 2014

  • Cory G.

    I had the coolest Canyoneering day today! As always with awesome leaders. And with Toby and Sierra Brewster, the youngest Canyoneers I know, as a bonus! Thank you Lori and Matt! And Ian who carried me down from a perch like he did 7 yr old Sierra.....instead of letting me slide!

    3 · April 6, 2014

    • Lori C

      that was so fun, Cory. You were a big help with this group too.

      April 6, 2014

  • Minas

    Just want to thank Lori, Matt, and Ian for being outstanding teachers today...patient and kind and very dedicated. Having a fear of heights, canyoneering goes against every fiber of my being. Having such great and knowledgeable mentors along with a supportive group made it possible for me to make it down the canyon and overcome my fear. I had a grand 'ol time and look forward to future classes from Lori! By the way...the Brewster's rocked it today!

    4 · April 6, 2014

    • Lori C

      you were great Minas!!! You have the makings, for sure. your great smile every time you "did it!" wow.

      April 6, 2014

  • Brent G. R.

    Hey you guys. have fun.

    1 · April 5, 2014

    • Lori C

      Hey Brent! Looking forward to another "gift from Grandma" at the end of the month. :)

      April 6, 2014

  • Garry j.

    Lori can you resend me the questions please

    April 5, 2014

    • Lori C

      Yes, you should go ahead and rsvp to that, and answer the questions. I'll move you up from the waitlist on it.

      1 · April 5, 2014

    • Garry j.

      Do you have a contact number?

      April 5, 2014

  • Cory G.

    Wow! You will have two,youngsters with you! I'd love to do this with them!

    1 · April 3, 2014

    • Lori C

      Cory, yes I think so. Sign up on the waitlist and answer the questions and I'll move you up.! How fun!

      April 4, 2014

    • Cory G.

      Yaaaay! I got in. And I got to play!

      1 · April 4, 2014

  • Joel B.

    I am bring my two kids, Toby (12) and Sierra (8).

    1 · April 3, 2014

    • Lori C

      Great. Glad you found the gear. Looking forward to teaching them.

      April 3, 2014

    • Amy

      Thanks, Lori! They are going to love taking this class from you!!

      1 · April 3, 2014

  • Lori C

    There are two more spots available for this. I move people up from the waitlist when they answer the questions. :)

    1 · April 3, 2014

  • Lori C

    Thanks a lot to Tom Gibbons for this: “Lori, I saw Diane can't see the questions either. I just accidentally figured out the trick should you have others in our situation. When you go LOG IN to the Meetup Site for the 4/26 trip, there will be a note on the right screen saying 'YOU ARE ON THE WAITLIST'. Underneath that there is a button labeled CHANGE. I was going to take myself off the wait list since I couldn't see the questions. HOWEVER, when you hit the CHANGE button you will see the questions. So there is the answer.” Thanks Tom!!!

    April 2, 2014

  • Lyn B.

    Lori: Did you receive my email? I think I answered everything that you mentioned. Apart from, yes of course I'll sign a waiver.

    April 1, 2014

    • Lori C

      yes, i did Lyn, and replied. I checked with our organizers' group and really need to emphasize answering the questions on meetup. Hope to see you out canyoneering.

      April 2, 2014

  • Tom Mc G.

    Lori C or Matt R; The write up suggested we are to answer some questions, but I do not see those or how to access them. Can you please let my IT challenged self know. Thank you.

    March 31, 2014

    • Tom Mc G.

      Lori, A couple of things. First, I 'signed up' for the 4/26 outing. This thread is now tied to the 4/6 outing. When I hit Reply RSVP, it just endlessly loops. I re-entered the web site via the 4/26 trip link and not much different. Based on past LVMC 'questionaires'­ let me anticipate a few questions. Yes, I have a current (family) membership. Yes, I am an experienced rock climber, have all the gear and have rappelled. Yes, I have actually canyoneered in the distant past. Pine Creek Cyn (ZionNP), Side Cyns off Narrows (ZionNP). Yes, I can help with carpooling and gear and such. Yes, I consider myself very safety conscious. Active member of Mazamas, instructor in their BCEP classes. Let me know if there is something else you might need.

      1 · March 31, 2014

    • Lori C

      Tom, Meetup is notorious! Try to answer again today, and if you still can't I will accept your answers here or email you. I see that another person was able to answer them today. I won't apologize on behalf of Meetup for their issues, but I will thank you for your patience and promise it will pay off! :) See you later this month.

      April 1, 2014

  • Cory G.

    Darn..am backpacking and I love Matt!!!!

    March 31, 2014

  • Lorraine W.

    gee, if i wasn't already committed...:))

    1 · March 31, 2014

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