Canyoneering --- An evening introduction


                                  An evening introduction  

Have you heard about canyoneering and wonder if it is for you?  

             Have you tried it once and been wondering how to learn and do more? 

  This evening's session is open to anyone who thinks you have the slightest 

                         interest in or curiosity about canyoneering.    

Tonight will be the first hands on gear and ropes intro. We will talk about what canyoneering is, maybe watch a few short You Tube videos of the action, try on the basic necessary gear and learn a few of the canyoneering essential knots. Knots may include: variations on a figure 8, clove hitch, prusik, and water knot (for use in nylon webbing).

I am hoping we will have 3 or 4 or 5 of our experienced canyoneers here this evening to share their knowledge and enthusiasm as well as maybe a short story or two each. 

Then next Wednesday, October 30th we are trying to figure out how we can make it happen to get out on the rocks of a local cliff and do 2 or 3 short rappels using an assortment of basic canyoneering & rappelling gear. Finding a spot to do this outdoors may be a challenge since sunset on the 30th is at 6 PM.

If anyone knows of warehouse or high beamed shop space where we may be able to hang some ropes from a beam or ceiling for an hour or two on Wednesday the 30th, please let me know. 

• That evening will be followed by a Sunday, November 3, canyoneering introduction IN A CANYON, most likely eitherLost & Found Canyon or MMI Canyon, both part of a small group of canyons we know locally as the Yellow Cat Canyons.

Do you get question marks on your eyeballs and wonder what this term 'canyoneering' even means? 

This will be an evening to learn what canyoneering is' to look at, feel and try on the gear. We'll discuss where we go canyoneering and what kind of conditions to expect in CO-UT canyoneering. 

Then you will be introduced to a few knots commonly used in the sport: Figure 8,  Figure 8 on a bight, clove hitch, prusik & water knot; and, bagging &/or coiling a rope. 


Please at least look over, preferably print and read this very through Canyoneering Primer found on the web site and 


We will meet at 6:00 PM for a couple of hours (or less?) at the Library on Grand Ave.


• piece or 2 of rope, each piece 3-10' long or longer


Doug Van Etten  [masked]

                              Acknowledgement of Risk 

By RSVPing YES and participating in this activity you acknowledge that you have read the statements below and agree to abide by them while participating in this or any Western Slope Adventurers meetup activity. Only those persons who have read this information and agree to its terms shall be viewed as participants in this or any WSA activity. Hiking, backpacking, road or mountain biking, water sports, skiing, snowshoeing, climbing, rappelling, canyoneering and other adventure sports are fun, but arenot without risk . . . . 

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  • Alanna P

    it was a very informative night for us beginners. thanks for all of your input on gear. i personally would like to meet at night one more time to discuss safety, techniqiue, and those what not to do stories.. after we tie some knots. :)

    October 23, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    I was not in great form and had it been up to me this evening . .. . it would have been practical but . . . boring. Jerry jumped in (who Jerry? Yes, Jerry :-) ) and showed much of what he has learned and his huge level of enthusiasm. Way to go, Jerry that was all good stuff. And, like I joked with you after we were outside, you managed to avoid tying any knots. Hope you can mostly or all make it out for the real thing with rock and rope this Saturday afternoon.

    October 22, 2013

    • Jerry Y.

      Plenty of time for knots, although quite important. Good to see four newly interested folks. Hope you can all get out and experiences the thrill and adventure which canyoneering provides. Also, Hope I did not step on your toes Doug. Great post already out on Saturday's rappelling practice.

      October 23, 2013

  • Jerry Y.

    How do I SHARE this on my Facebook status so I can promote this event to my friends?

    October 20, 2013

    • Doug Van E.

      Go up near the top of the page and click the share "F".

      October 21, 2013

    • Jerry Y.

      Actually not to share with a particular friend, but to be able to put it up on my facebook wall?

      October 22, 2013

  • Barrie B.

    I'll bring some stuff.

    October 21, 2013

  • Alanna P

    i have no rope to bring, but i think i might have a few feet of webbing stashed somewhere... is that OK??

    October 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will do my best to come. Any topic you would like me to be prepared for?

    October 19, 2013

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