Technical Canyoneering Course, Los Angeles, January 24-25-26, 2014

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 and Handlines
  • Natural, Artificial & 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. 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.

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

Gear required for this course is a harness, helmet, gloves, 3 locking HMS carabiners (Black Diamond RockLock, Black Diamond Pearabiner, Petzl Williams, Petzl Attache screwlock ... are my personal favorites ... autolocking carabiners do not work well for canyoneering), and a descender (rappel device) ... and you should wear appropriate footwear and bring a pack ... I can loan out any technical gear you don't have.

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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  • BenB

    Hey everybody... Thank you for such an uber weekend. :) Had a wonderful time testing my fear of heights and hope to do it again real soon. Kim and Jason, let me know if you guys head back there to practice... would love to join you. Klaus and Dave, you guys are truly the best!

    2 · January 28, 2014

  • Klaus G.

    What an awesome group of people!! Thanks for keeping it AWESOME! btw .. anybody lose a black adidas baseball cap?

    2 · January 27, 2014

    • Kim M.

      I think that hat was Freddy's??

      January 27, 2014

  • Kim M.

    Awesome! Great leadership by Klaus and Dave, learned so much valuable information and my classmates were the best!! Looking forward to seeing everyone in the canyons!

    January 27, 2014

  • JASON M.

    Great information a techniques with an awesome group!

    January 27, 2014

  • Dennis b.

    I had a great time, feel like I'm chock full of new knowledge Anderson skills, I can't wait to use. Thanks Klaus and Dave, great teachers. Thanks to my fellow classmates for your engagement and upbeat attitudes.

    January 27, 2014

  • Kim "Kowhugger" K.

    What a great weekend with really fun and cool people. Thanks Klaus, Dave and all my classmates!

    January 26, 2014

  • Amanda R.

    Awesome! I really couldn't have had more fun. I learned a lot, met some great people, and cannot wait to get into my first canyon. Thanks Klaus, Dave, and everyone who was part of the class.

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • Klaus G.

    Woohoo! Howdy folks! One of the leaders on this meetup group (John) has posted a canyon just for you guys ... check it out and sign-up! http://www.meetup.com/canyoneering/events/162142912/

    January 23, 2014

  • Catalina M.

    hi Klaus, so excited! I see the times for Friday but can you please remind me the start & finish time for Saturday?

    January 18, 2014

    • Klaus G.

      7:00am to 5:00pm Sat & Sun

      January 22, 2014

  • Klaus G.

    Logistics e-mail just sent out via meetup ... check your mail. Call me if you don't receive it tonight. Klaus[masked]

    January 22, 2014

  • Amanda R.

    Where are we meeting on Friday? I feel like it was somewhere around Griffith Park.

    January 22, 2014

  • Klaus G.

    Howdy folks! I have received deposits now from everyone. Woohoo!! The remaining balance is due at the first class .. and I will offer an additional $10 discount for people willing to pay in cash! The class is full and no cancellations will be allowed from here forward. There are 12 students registered for the course and Celia, Leslie and Howard will be joining us for just the Friday evening class! I'll send out a logistics e-mail through Meetup next Wednesday ... If you have any questions in the meantime, hit me up! Klaus

    January 16, 2014

  • Celia H.

    I am so excited to get more technical knowledge and get out there on some trips!

    January 13, 2014

  • Amanda R.

    Just got most of my gear. I'm very excited!

    1 · January 7, 2014

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