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Canyoneering Practice for next weekend in the desert

Canyoneering Practice

for next weekend in the desert  

Headed to a canyon (or 2) that will have potholes. Let's practice


We will do that another time.

This evening is for those who already have canyoneering experience.

READ this BEFORE our evening practice - Pothole Escape for Dummies


  • all your usual canyoneering gear


Mexican ___ ? ____ Knot - AJ

Pastula taught me and it is v cool

Double quick link

Fifi hook (You Tube video en Espanol)

Sand trap

  • an old beat up pack that we can fill w heavy gear and toss onto or over rock

If you've done enough canyoneering to be headed with us to potholes that need escape techniques and tools, it is time to buy some of the tools. Not everyone must have a rope and surely not all 200' ropes. Who owns a fifi hook? How about a potshot (best used in 2's)? How about a sandtrap?


Meet at Devils Kitchen parking lot inside east entrance to CNM at 6 PM and plan to be out 2-1/2 hours or until dark, which ever is the later.

We will start there and may have to scrounge around to find practice places for some of the techniques we want to spend time on this evening.


  • All your usual canyoneering gear
  • HELMET is required
  • Someone needs to own another Pot Shot - I have one  
  • Someone needs to buy a Sand Trap
  • Fiddle stick if you have one
  • Quick Links
  • Lots of 1" Webbing - 15', 30', 60' lengths
  • Rope, if you have 1 or more, please bring them
  • Beat up pack that we can use for pack toss practice


Tell in your RSVP what gear you are bringing.

Will you be joining us in the San Rafael Swell for 1 or 2 canyons this coming weekend?


Here is a good general read on canyon ethics and more


Doug Van Etten  [masked]

Canyons for this weekend -- planned or suggested (depends on who comes along and how the first day goes with potholes)

Cable Canyon is planned for Saturday

Some of the possible Sunday options:

Knotted Rope Canyon video    Mellow

Seegers Hole video                   Stiff

Quandary Canyon video          Stiff

Crack Canyon video (non-technical)

Ding & Dang Canyons video (non-technical)



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  • Wes

    It was good to learn and practice, thanks for all the great information Doug.

    August 21, 2013

  • Stacie B.

    There will always be so much more to learn, but it was a good start. Had fun practicing different techniques. I can't wait to use them in a canyon.

    August 21, 2013

  • Barrie B.

    It was worth the drive up form Montrose. Doug was fired up up from Ouray. Always more to learn.

    August 20, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    We got so busy practicing skills that we forgot to take photos --oops!! Practiced with sand-filled PotShot bags, built a hand/zip line for skirting a pothole. Practiced with a fiddle stick and a horseshoe retrievable anchor. Did a little partner assist down climbing and a few other small but valuable skills. Practice like this is not so much about doing anything 'right' or the way it was done in this or that canyon so much as trying things, adapting to the conditions, gear and people - practicing problem solving and teamwork. For all that, this evening was very good. Thanks to all for your participation.

    August 20, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    The name of the know AJ taught me is the C.E.M = Canyoneering en Mexico. I know I have seen it on the web somewhere but I cannot find it now to share the link.

    Here is a very good read on Summit Post on all sorts of anchors, for climbing and canyoneering.

    July 17, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    Bogley has some good and some rather dated retrievable anchor discussion at

    July 17, 2013

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