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.