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Rappelling, Rope managament and other basic canyoneering skills- all welcome

Rappelling, Rope managament and

other basic canyoneering skills

beginners and beyond welcome

Learn to Rappel or sharpen those skills


For those of you who wonder what canyoneering is all about or have always wanted to learn to rappel, this is your chance. Depending on who shows up today we will tailor practice to what you want or need to build your skills base. Hopefully some of the more advanced canyoneers will be out with us today to share expertise.

We will be conducting a short exercise in how to rappel and give you a taste of what this one part of the exciting sport of canyoneering is all about.


Meet at 1 PM. Depending on number of people who show up we will be out 2-3 hours.

Location has been decided on as the rocks near Serpent's trail parking lot. I am looking forward to practicing low angle very controlled rappels; and, for those who want, high angle or possibly even overhung rappelling. If we have more advanced requests we may work on self-rescue, rope management, a knot or 2 and other skills.


No prior experience is necessary. If you do have experience and will be available to help, please note that in your RSVP. If you have equipment from the list below, please also note that in your RSVP.

I am looking forward to practicing low angle very controlled rappels; and, for those who want, high angle or possibly even overhung rappelling.

Be warned that once you rappel, it can be the start of getting the canyoneering bug; which is highly infectious. Once exposed to this 'bug', most people suffer from a overwhelming desire to go down slot canyons. That infection can never be cured—only treated. And, we only need go as far as Moab, San Rafael Swell, Robbers Roost (near Goblin Valley) to get some of the best canyoneering in North America.

This web site is very informative re: 'rapping'

Class size is limited to 10 who are learning. Helpers will not count and if we get more helpers we may be able to expand class size.


- Rock climbing-style harness (I have 1 or 2 extra harnesses but you would do well to bring your own if you have one or can get access to one for the afternoon.)

- Carabiners (bring between 2-3, preferably D-shape and twist gate, if you have any or can borrow. If not, I will have extras.)

- Rappel device (like the harness and carabiners, bring this if you have one or have access. If you cannot get one, I can loan a spare)

- Helmet (this is a MUST - any helmet will do, bike, kayak, etc.)

- Gloves (LEATHER or fake leather. This is a MUST. Synthetic material or gardening gloves will not work for this. You can purchase a pair of adequate leather gloves at places like Home Depot for ~$10)

- Backpack (Bring a generous sized pack so you can help carry some of the necessary ropes and gear. If you bring a small pack, I can show you other ways to carry ropes and gear)

- Warm clothing (dress in layers so you can adjust your body temperature depending on the activity, our location, etc. The plan had been to go up to Bangs Canyon but we shifted to lower elevation in hopes of getting better and warmer weather, so come prepared.)

- Warm hat that can be worn under your helmet if it is cool; warm gloves

- Sturdy shoes or boots (same as you would use on any WSA hike)

- Water & snacks; thermos of hot beverage


We will be in the Monument and they do not allow Fido to come with us.


Admission fee to the Monument - daily fee or buy a local or Golden Eagle parks pass (I suggest buying the 12-month Golden Eagle pass since it is also good at the Black Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Blue Mesa, Lk. Powell, Dinosaur and many other natl parks and rec areas.).

While there is no direct charge/ cost for this introduction, it would be great if you can bring as much of the equipment as possible. That will mean less wear and tear, thus long-term cost, on mine and other contributors gear.


Doug Van Etten [masked]

Hope to see you there!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Ooh, this one looks fun, but the day before Thanksgiving is going to count me out.

    November 7, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have not done Granary yet. I'll have to look at my work schedule and see what shift I am working. I am planning on hopefully hitting the Black Hole on Jan 1st for the annual FreezeFest.

      November 14, 2012

    • Doug Van E.

      I did not move here from Alaska to swim in near freezing water in January. Have fun!!!!!

      November 14, 2012

  • Danny N

    Looks like fun! I hope I can find such a perfect canyoneering practice area somewhere here around SLC.
    I see Ridg is putting his newly honed skills to work after our class in Moab last month. Go buddy!

    November 14, 2012

    • Doug Van E.

      O mostly stepped back and let Ridge and Lisa run the show that day. they were awesome.

      November 14, 2012

  • Lisa B.

    Very welcoming to all levels!

    November 11, 2012

  • Doug Van E.

    Great time had by all. Sunny, breezy and COLD. But we found a spot out of most of the wind and did 2 sequences of rappels, used tree as well as equalized rock anchors. Leaned the water knot and figure 8 on a bight. Rapped down a steep cliff with a small overhang then the real deal overhang. Had 3 brand new to ropes and they did great. Many thanks to Ridgeway and Lisa for sharing your knowledge, humor and overall good cheer. All our new folks did ALL of the exercises and I think, had a good time. Thanks for the snacks and hot bev, Lisa and Rani (pronounced Ron-ee). hope you all sign up to go next Sunday and share your photos from today's event.

    November 11, 2012

  • Ridgway R.

    Very enjoyable helping people with the the scary stuff and being safe. Great fun and always nice to get some practice. Good group!

    November 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time!!! Thanks Doug and Ryan for teaching us about Canyoneering!!! and it was very nice meeting this new great group of people!!!

    November 11, 2012

  • Carl

    Park fees should be free because of veterans day weekend. It is at other parks that I have heard from.

    November 10, 2012

    • Ridgway R.

      That's right. Going to be there?

      November 10, 2012

  • Ridgway R.

    Want to meet at Lunch Loop parking lot and car pool in? I am sure my guest won't make it due to expected cold temps.

    November 10, 2012

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