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Canyoneering Style- Evening Workshop

  • Mar 12, 2014 · 5:30 PM
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Canyoneering Style Workshop:

It has been suggested I put together a workshop as an introduction to canyoneering. So here goes…

The goal of this workshop is to teach you the basic art and style of canyoneering. It will give the confidence to be prepared for your first technical canyoneering trip or add to your knowledge and bag of tricks if you have followed through a few canyons already. This is a hands on and interactive workshop, feedback and sharing of personal techniques and ideas during the workshop is strongly encouraged. 

COST: $15
Since this is this first time for this specific topic I am doing it basically at cost for $15.  This is an introductory price and it will not be this low again.

(For those that have taken  any of the Utah Great Outdoors rigging and anchoring workshops you can knock $5 off the price for this workshop due to the fact there will be some overlap with what is taught in our other various rigging course. If you want another length of webbing and quick link just go ahead and pay the full $15)


American Fork, the exact location will be emailed to you as soon as I work out the details and get any needed permits. If you do not receive this email with 48 hours of the workshop please text Spencer at[masked] for the details.


What should be in your pack and on your harness at minimum.

Canyoneering gear, what I use and why. Everyone has their own style and we will touch on things I have seen others do as well.


Canyoneering packs, different styles for different canyons.

Wet canyoneering gear, dry sacks, stuff sacks, drain grommets etc.

Where to find canyon beta, canyon rating system, and picking a canyon appropriate to your skills and desires.

Technical canyoneering gear .

Anchor evaluation.

Rigging evaluation.

Basic rigging techniques.

QAS and PAS methods.

The $15 includes a kit consisting of a length of webbing, a mallion rapide, and a length cord for you to use your upcoming trip.
You will use this kit to learn a couple of basic rigging methods along with the QAS PAS .

At the end of this course you will leave with an added confidence in your own abilities and what is needed to enjoy the sport of canyoneering. This course is specific to canyoneering but the techniques do carry over into to many other high adventure sports, as well as hiking and backpacking. 

ABOUT Spencer and Utah Great Outdoors LLC: Spencer moved to Escalante, Utah from Washington State to Escalante Utah in 1981. Spencer grew up hiking biking and exploring the desert and mountains of southern Utah. He has been “on rope” since 1991 when he first began canyoneering and doing things such as rappelling into Indian ruins in the canyons of Escalante. He spends every free moment enjoying the outdoors in Utah, sometimes with his family, sometimes with friends, and sometimes solo.

Some of his noteworthy accomplishments include: summiting the highest peak in each of Utah’s 29 counties; summiting all of Utah’s “ultra” peaks; exploring, surveying, and mapping several of Utah’s deepest caves; and being heavily involved in Search and Rescue both as a team member and as a trainer. Spencer has been involved with Search and Rescue since 1999 when he first joined the statewide Utah Cave Search and Rescue team. He quickly became the training Sergeant for the statewide cave rescue team. Later he joined the Utah County Sheriff’s SAR team and is currently the Cave Sergeant for Utah County Sherriff’s Search and Rescue as well the secretary for the Intermountain region of the Mountain Rescue Association (MRA). He also is a key member of an industrial rescue and emergency response team at his work at Deseret Chemical Depot. Between his involvement with the rescue teams at work, the county, and his personal activities Spencer has been through Hundreds of hours of professional training and holds certifications ranging from FEMA certs, to Heavy Rescue, to Structural Collapse, to White Water rescue and beyond.

Utah Great Outdoors was founded to share this knowledge of the outdoors with others through, seminars, workshops, guided trips, and free social events and trips.

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  • Cindy

    Spencer has a lot of knowledge. He is great at explaining and teaching.

    March 13, 2014

  • Spencer C.

    I've sent an email to the paid RSVPs with workshop location. If you did not receive it please let me know

    1 · March 10, 2014

    • Danny N

      I will need the location too!

      March 11, 2014

  • Shelly

    Are you planning on having this workshop again for those that did not get in this session?

    1 · March 11, 2014

    • Spencer C.

      Yes, If it goes well. This is the first time I have done this specific workshop which is why it is only $15 this time.

      March 11, 2014

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