Technical Canyoneering Course, Part 1, FREE!! (March 9)

  • March 9, 2014 · 10:00 AM

Introduction to Canyoneering!!

Part 1 of 3 :: Open to everyone!

(By request, I've divided the Technical Canyoneering Course into 3 parts!  If spending a whole weekend in training has been time-or-energy-prohibitive, or if you learn better in 'smaller doses', this format is for you!  By attending Part 1 now, you can join the 2nd and/or 3rd day of any future 3-day course!  Check the calendar for course dates ... courses are added regularly, all year long!)

Each Part is unique; there is no overlapping of information or skills from Part I to Part II or Part III.  There is NO PREREQUISITE for Part I or Part II, but Part III (Anchors & Rigging training) requires solid on-rope skills, including adding friction pre-rappel, mid-rappel, locking-off and self-rescue ... which are the primary skills taught in Part II.  Ideally, everyone should take all 3 parts ... if you feel exempt from one, give me a shout and I'll approve your participation in individual Parts!)

“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 in PART I will include:

Introductions & Overview

BETA and Community Resources

Canyon Rating System

Weather & Canyon Topography

Safety Considerations & Dangers

Gear Presentation, Requirements, Use and Care

Discussion, Q & A

Instructor: Klaus Gerhart

ACGA Certified Guide, Officer and Instructor, Certified Rappel Master, Wilderness First Responder, Advanced 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 Part I is FREE! You will not need any gear for Part I.  (The cost of Part II is $195; The cost of Part III is $200)  Any $40 credits from the Learn to Rappel workshops may only be applied to Part II.

This class will be held in Griffith Park on Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 10:00am - 1:00pm.  Logistics and exact location will be provided to confirmed participants a few days before the event.

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

"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

    Klaus was awesome. He was super organized and informative about the aspects of canyoneering. I learned about the canyon rating system, essential equipment and pros and cons on specific gear, and safety considerations. Part 1 got me amped up about signing up for the three-day canyoneering course.

    March 9, 2014

  • Klaus G.

    Directions to Griffith Park Visitor's Center Picnic Area/Park Headquarters/Friendship Auditorium/Bicycle Rental Trailer. A GPS will NOT get you to this location, so I've outlined detailed directions below. So, please print this and use it!

    If you're coming from the Hollywood side of the hill: From Los Feliz Blvd turn North onto Crystal Springs Drive to enter Griffith Park; In 1.2 miles turn Right at the stop sign toward the Park Headquarters/Visitor's Center/Auditorium. Drive 50 yards, turn right or left and park (it's near the Bicycle Rental Trailer on the Right). Enter the courtyard of the Visitor's Center/Auditorium from the back and find the picnic tables between the visitor's center and the auditorium. If you're coming from the Valley side of the hill: take I-5 South and exit Los Feliz Blvd heading West (right) ... and then follow the above instructions.

    Please don't be late as there are 55 people signed-up for this event and we need to cover some exciting material!!

    March 7, 2014

  • Zach

    Been a while since I took the rappel course but I'm stoked to start in the this course. I am also bringing my wife.

    February 18, 2014

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