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Technical Canyoneering Course, Los Angeles May 3-4-5

***This course is full ... please consider signing-up for the course on June[masked] at: 

http://www.meetup.com/canyoneering/events/111945692/

 

Learn to Canyoneer!!

“Canyoneering has enjoyed a tremendous surge in popularity over the past several years. Unfortunately many of the people who are discovering this exciting sport remain unaware of the inherent risks and the complex technical skills required to enjoy it safely. The rope skills learned from rock climbing and rappelling are a good start, but will prove to be inefficient and sometimes dangerous in an aquatic or semi-aquatic canyon environ. This curriculum is designed to enhance safety, efficiency and enjoyment for canyoneers of all experience levels. "

Prerequisite: None

This is a beginner to intermediate course which teaches the skills necessary to safely descend canyons as part of a group (being a competent participant and the knowledge to recognize and implement safe canyon practices). This course is designed to quickly get the beginner up-to-speed on basics, to give both the rookie and intermediate canyoneer new tools for his/her toolbox, and will help intermediate cayoneers refine their current skill set! The topics and skills covered will include:

  • Knots, Bends and Hitches
  • Canyon Rating System
  • Rules, Ethics, Style, Communication and Courtesy
  • Specific Gear Choices, Requirements, Use and Care
  • Belays, Lowering and Handlines
  • Natural, Artificial, Transient & Human Anchors
  • Static and Contingency Riggings
  • Rope Deployment, Coiling, Bagging and Etiquette
  • Rappelling Techniques & On-Rope Skills
    (Adding Friction Pre-rappel, Mid-rappel, Locking Off, etc)
  • Specialized Rappelling Techniques
    (Hard Starts, Soft Starts, Free-Hanging, Over-Hanging, etc)
  • Basic Climbing & Down Climbing Skills
    (Bridging, Stemming, Partner Assists, Partner Captures, Etc)
  • Safety Checking and Basic Self-Rescue
  • And, within each of these broad subjects are a miriad of skills and tools.


Instructor: Klaus Gerhart
ACGA Certified Guide, Officer and Instructor, Wilderness First Responder, Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Technical Rope Rescue Technician, Basic Mountaineering Instructor for Sierra Club's Wilderness Travel Course and a Master Educator for Leave No Trace wilderness ethics.

The cost of this course is $395 ($349 for members of http://www.meetup.com/canyoneering). A $100 deposit is required within 2 days of your RSVP to reserve your place in the class. Mail the deposit to Uber Adventures, 427 S Serrano Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020 or PayPal to: [masked] (The deposit is non-refundable, but may be put toward a future class if 2 weeks notice are given, cancelling your participation in this course.) Feel free to post your questions on this site or contact me directly through e-mail or a greeting.

I have reserved a group campsite in the Santa Monica Mountains for Friday and Saturday evenings, therefore, the Friday evening orientation/class will take place at that campground (even if you're not going to stay and camp). The campsite is large, so feel free to bring your family for the weekend (tho they will have to find their own activities while we are training from 8am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday).

This class will begin on Friday evening (7:00-9:30ish) with an orientation, introduction and presentation with an emphasis on the canyon rating system, gear considerations, hitches, weather, canyon topography ... and getting to know each other.

Required gear for this course is a harness (I can loan you one if you don't have one), and a helmet (any helmet .. bicycle, kayaking, snowboarding, climbing .. any helmet, but you gotta have one!) and I'll be loaning out carabiners, descenders, tethers, foot loops, prussiks, etc.

Here's what some recent students are saying:

"This course was FANTASTIC! It far exceeded my expectations. Klaus was an awesome instructor with an impressive knowledge of all things canyoneering. He gives you hands on experience in several rappelling devices (and rappelling off a Munter hitch), rappel starts in several positions, self rescue, and building anchors (just to name some of the major components, the course content is far more extensive). He is an organized and patient instructor. Every second of the course is filled with either classroom or hands on experience with little down time. After Klaus' class, I feel very confident that I could go out and be a member of a canyoneering meetup. I would give this class my highest recommendation possible. Klaus rocks!!!" --Scott Merrill

"This was an excellent class. I've been canyoneering for about 5 years but never fully gotten all of the fundamentals of canyoneering. A very comprehensive course that enables one to competently descend canyons, even if you don't have any experience prior. It was a really full class and didn't skimp on anything. Klaus is an excellent teacher and always makes it fun while packing in so much information." --Alden Anderson

"I had attended Klaus' last training and it was Amazing!
I never expected that I will be able to do so much adventure stuff in a 2.5 day course. Klaus is a great instructor and the training was great fun and totally worth the money. Exceeded expectation!!!!" --Gokul Ramachandran

"This course was great, and it was taught by an even greater guy. Klaus knows his stuff and teaches it well. After only a few days I feel like I can take on just about any canyon. I recommend this course to everyone, and I hope no one hesitates to take it. A great experience!" --Mark Crawford

"Awesome course. Klaus came prepared with everything needed, taught in an easy to understand way, gave us plenty of practice with all maneuvers, and had a great spot for us to learn in. It was fun and instructive. I'm ready to go canyoneering." --Somil Viradia

"Klaus is an amazing canyoneer and a terrific instructor; smart, funny, engaging - but most importantly knowledgeable and SAFE! He's one of the few people I trust with my life, literally. If anyone is waffling on whether or not to attend, DO IT. I assure you you will not regret it." --Nick Brogna

"This 3 day class was awesome. Klaus was knowledgeable and patient. His technical skills taught me confidence in building my own anchors and validating the strength of others. I enjoyed learning with this group. Klaus was able to give individual instructions to all of us. Can't wait to get back out there." --Julie Mello

"Great course with an excellent instructor. Klaus is patient and makes everything challenging and fun but most importantly safe. I don't think he left anything out. I had a great time out there with a good group. I look forward to the intermediate/advance course. Anybody considering this course at a later date, don't hesitate, you won't regret it. Thanks Klaus!" --Darin Matus

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Well structured, informative, excellent documentation, supportive practical training, and all around fun time!

    May 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent class. Top notch, entertaining and well documented instruction from Klaus. Thorough practical training. Great attitudes and laughs with the whole group! Can't wait to get out there with all of you again!

    1 · May 6, 2013

  • Steve R.

    Great class, Klaus is an awesome instructor. Looking forward to putting my new skills to work in a canyon.

    May 6, 2013

  • Analise D.

    Great weekend hanging out with all of you! Thank you Klaus and Alden! I can't wait to stand at the top of my first cliff, webbing in hand, and forget every single knot except the shoe-tying one!

    1 · May 5, 2013

    • Kim

      I had dreams about that, and of forgetting to bring the webbing altogether :)

      3 · May 6, 2013

  • Pedro O. J.

    Very useful and fun class, highly recommend it.

    May 5, 2013

  • Pedro O. J.

    Thanks all for sharing the pictures, they look great, and we were AWSOME! in all the rappels, and as always Klaus did a great job. Now we need to go to real canyons and practice all that what we learned, hope to see you soon!

    May 5, 2013

  • Donald

    A great class.I feel much more comfortable canyoneering and look forward to doing some canyons with all of you in the future :-)

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • thomas

    I have learned a lot from the group. This is one of the must have lesson for Canyoneering by instructor Klaus.

    Thank you all for the very fun two days.

    May 5, 2013

  • Diana

    Best instruction I've ever had learning a new skill!

    1 · May 5, 2013

    • Ursula

      Diana, I just can't thank you enough for your hospitality! I really enjoyed staying with you and can't wait to go on more adventures with you! Oh, PS, I have your booklet.

      1 · May 5, 2013

  • Ursula

    This course was informative, entertaining, fun and most of all AWESOME! There was so much information given, which would have been a bit overwhelming except that we were given nice booklets that had all of the new concepts and techniques with pictures even! What an amazing adventure with amazing new friends!

    May 5, 2013

  • Diana

    Best instruction I've had learning a new skill.. Hands down!!!!!

    May 5, 2013

  • Pat P.

    Very informative

    May 5, 2013

  • Kim

    AWESOME !!!!!

    May 5, 2013

  • Freddy

    Awesome

    May 5, 2013

  • Donald

    Ursula ended up working tomorrow so we might be alittle late.All depends on traffic.

    1 · May 2, 2013

    • Ursula

      Klaus, will Donald and I be able to cook hot dogs on his hibatchi when we get there? Or is the class somewhere we can't cook up a quick meal?

      May 2, 2013

    • Klaus G.

      I sent you a personal message on the bottom of the logistics e-mail ... you can absolutely prepare and eat your dinner at camp as long as you keep an ear to the presentation! Looking super forward to seeing you again! Klaus

      1 · May 2, 2013

  • Freddy

    i hike Boney Mountain all the time. If anyone wants to meet me in Westlake Village and then follow me up to Circle X Ranch your more than welcome to.I'll be heading up their around 6:45ish.

    April 30, 2013

  • Donald

    Just paypaled you the rest of the money for the class Klaus.Do you have an address for the campgrounds or a name so we can find them.Me and Ursula plan on getting there around 3 pm to miss all the 5 oclock traffic

    April 29, 2013

    • Klaus G.

      We're camping at the Circle X Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains .. I'll send out a logistics e-mail to everyone tonight or tomorrow night with directions on how to get there!

      2 · April 30, 2013

  • Klaus G.

    Howdy Melody and Charlie! It is unlikely that a spot will open up for the May 3-4-5 technical canyoneering course ... almost everyone has paid their deposit. The June course is posted on several meetups and is already 1/2 full ... You might want to sign-up for that one before it fills up as well! Looking forward to meeting you both. -Klaus- P.S. I'll be hosting another canyoneering trip this Fall for students of the June course!

    April 16, 2013

  • Vinh T.

    I'm booked for that weekend, is there going to be more courses int eh future, would love to join one

    March 22, 2013

    • Klaus G.

      Vinh, I just posted another course June[masked]!

      April 8, 2013

    • Vinh T.

      Awesome, i had a shoulder injury a few months ago too, its almost ready to go, but i think by June i should be even better.

      April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to learning and enjoying a new sport with a great group of people.

    March 29, 2013

  • Kim

    I can't wait to play on the rocks again. Yay for us!

    1 · March 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would like to purchase an ascender that I could use middle road. Or should I just get emergency use ascender?

    February 26, 2013

    • Klaus G.

      my favorite ascenders for canyoneering are the Ropeman II by Wild Country. We won't be using them in this course tho .. don't learn that till the advanced course. K-

      1 · February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there a gear list we need to bring? Can't wait.

    February 15, 2013

    • Klaus G.

      For the class you only need a helmet, harness and a few carabiners .. the rest you can borrow and try-out before you purchase.

      February 26, 2013

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