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Learn to Rappel! (Basic) 3/23/13

Interested in learning to Canyoneer?

Did the movie 127 Hours intrigue you?!

This workshop is a very basic introduction to rappelling, safety checks and fireman belaying (bottom belaying). This workshop is in no way a substitute for the full Technical Canyoneering Course ( This course will, however, provide you with an introduction to rappelling, safety checks and bottom belays that can make taking the full course more beneficial.

We will spend the whole day rappelling at Stoney Point in Chatsworth.

Single strand on 8.3mm static canyoneering rope

Double strand on 8.3mm static canyoneering rope

Single strand on 9mm static canyoneering rope.

I will also bring a variety of descenders for you to try: ATC, Pirana, Figure 8.

That's all we're going to do ... all day. So ...

If you don't know how to rappel .. come learn.

If you want to try out different descenders and ropes .. come experiment.

If you know how to rappel .. come practice.

This workshop will last all day .. 8am-4:30pm so bring water and a lunch. You will be required to sign a release of liability and assumption of risk. You may participate all day or for a few hours ... it's YOUR day.

Required gear for this workshop is a climbing harness (I will have a few to loan out on a first-come/first-served basis, check with me in advance), a helmet (climbing, bicycle, kayaking, snow boarding .. any helmet .. but you gotta have one!) and at least 1 locking carabiner.

Optional gear: Descender of your choice (ATC, Figure 8, Pirana, ATS, etc). And feel free to bring any gear you have questions about ... I'm happy to answer any/all gear questions.

We will be scrambling around alot as we rappel, climb back up, rappel, climb back up, rappel, climb back up, etc. wear some comfortable shoes with good 'grip' .. trail, running, approach shoes all work well. Bring sunscreen, maybe a hat, and clothes/layers appropriate for the forecast.

This workshop is open to everyone .. so invite your friends, your teenage kids, your spouse to join and sign-up as +1 +2 +3 etc.

The cost for this workshop is $40 per person ... AND participants will be given a $40 discount on the tuition of a future 3-day Technical Canyoneering Course ... THAT WOULD MAKE THIS WORKSHOP FREE!! To reserve your spot, you MUST send in the $40 fee within 2 days of your RSVP to Uber Adventures, 427 S Serrano Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020 or paypal to: [masked] If you do not make your payment within 2 days of signing-up for this workshop, you will be moved to the waitlist until your payment is received.

P.S. When we're finished for the day, we can head to Shakey's Pizza in Northridge for some Pizza and Camaraderie!

Your Instructor: Klaus Gerhart, American Canyon Guides Association 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, Whitewater Rafting Guide and Leave No Trace wilderness ethics Master Educator.

What people are saying about this workshop:

"What a fabulous day! Great group of people and awesome instructor! You have got to meet Klaus! If you haven't tried this, you're missing out. Klaus is all about safety first, but teaches in a way that makes you count the seconds to rappel and canyoneer! I'd rate this as a 15 out of 10! Can't wait to see what else he's cooking up. Thanks to Jason for his assistance!" -C- (Carmen B 2/2/13)

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  • Brian of the Swan C.

    Great class! I learned a lot and can't wait for the canyoneering course. Klaus is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructor!

    March 25, 2013

  • Klaus G.

    Fantastic group!

    March 24, 2013

  • Freddy

    Awesome day. Klaus was great extremely knowledgeable. I gained allot, can't wait for the three day class so I can start canyoneerig with the group. All in all a great class

    March 23, 2013

  • Aurora

    I was so looking forward to attending, but I'm working on a job app and am in AutoCad hell at the moment.

    Have fun, and be safe, y'all...

    March 23, 2013

  • Lynda

    OK... No strike for now...I'll be there Klaus.. :-)

    March 22, 2013

  • Lynda

    I still am awaiting word whether or not I am required to work this Saturday.... Hoping to know for sure tomorrow...

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is what I need, but I already have a commitment that day. Looking forward to the next one.

    March 17, 2013

  • Freddy

    Hey Klaus, Bob Bringle says hi

    March 10, 2013

  • Dia C.

    sorry I won't be able to make it on 3/23 after all, just found out that my kids are in a tournament! Hoping to make the next avail beginner class though. Can't wait!

    March 11, 2013

  • Freddy

    Go down there its not offered online

    March 8, 2013

  • Freddy

    Black diamond half dome on sale for 46 bucks at REI

    March 7, 2013

    • Jason

      I took a look only saw one for 60 online. Which store SM? Thanks!

      March 8, 2013

  • Jason

    Hi Freddy, I don't have a helmet, any chance I could loan one out? Thanks.

    March 6, 2013

  • Lynda

    WooooHoooo.. can't wait, Freddy!

    March 1, 2013

  • Freddy

    Glad your going Lynda

    March 1, 2013

  • Lynda

    Perfect practice makes perfect!

    February 28, 2013

  • Freddy

    I'm gonna shoot ya a money order, pay to the order of? Or will blank do?

    February 17, 2013

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