UBERFest: Las Vegas!!

UBERFest:  Las Vegas!!

Who wants to go to Las Vegas for some canyoneering?!

The only fee for this 4-day canyoneering extravaganza is $30/person. The fee is non-refundable and includes camping at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area's Group Campground ... and a location off-site for showers ... woohoo!! (Since parking is our limiting factor, If you do not carpool to this event, you will be required to pay double.) (and, this per person non-refundable fee must be paid in cash, immediately following your signing-up by enclosing a note with your name(s) and $30/person in cash, in an envelope and sending it to: Uber Adventures, 427 S Serrano Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020 ... I will not accept checks or paypal for this fee). This event is only open to students who have graduated from Uber Adventures' 3-day Technical Canyoneering Course (with the possible exception of graduates of other 3-day technical canyoneering courses and some experienced canyoneers, approved by me, willing & qualified to lead rookies through some awesome, canyons!  If you feel you might be one of the exceptions, sign-up and send me a message ... if you fail to send me a message, I reserve the right to change your RSVP to 'not attending'.)

There are several Uber Adventures 3-Day Technical Canyoneering Courses offered between now and this event.  If you want to go to this event ... get the training and become a competent participant and valuable team member!  (If you decide to get your training elsewhere, you may not be allowed to attend the events offered by this group.)

CAMPING: I've reserved group campsites in Lake Mead NRA, NV.  The group campground is for tent camping only with limited vehicle parking. Group campground accommodations include water, a common area restroom, picnic tables, fire pit and limited shaded areas.  We can accommodate about 50 people/tents (but only 20ish cars, even with overflow parking)! 

WEATHER: Highs in the 50's-60's and lows in the 40's ... this is the perfect time of year to explore this part of Vegas Canyoneering ... when it's cool enough to enjoy the hot springs! 

CARPOOL:  DO IT!  It's 5 hours away. 2-3 people to a car would be reasonable when you consider camping gear, coolers, canyoneering gear and shuttling to the canyons. Also, it is likely that you will be canyoneering with your carpool mate since you are sharing transportation.

You are responsible for your own travel, and your own meals ... except!...  we should absolutely DO A POTLUCK on Saturday evening ... picnic-type food! (pasta salad, hot sausages, potato salad, cole slaw, hot dogs, buns, chips, salsa, salads, brownies, beer, wine, jello ... I don't care, but contribute something!)

CANYONEERING: We are camping near the 'Black Canyon' canyoneering region of Las Vegas, NOT the Red Rocks Region.  Some of these canyons have hot springs, small waterfalls, a lot of them end at the Colorado River and some require a short packraft either up or down stream in order to exit.  In addition to the Canyoneering, there are awesome hikes to hot springs, kayak rentals from Willow Beach, tours of the Hoover Dam, and a crappy casino not far from camp (if you like that sort of thing!)  For those of you who need beta for the 17 technical and non-technical hikes in the Black Canyon region, I have for sale the new book -- Las Vegas Slots: A Guide to Canyoneering in Southern Nevada ... add $30 cash in your envelope, andI will mail you one! 

DIRECTIONS TO THE CAMPSITE: Will be provided to participants.

P.S.  I'm limiting the RSVP's to +1 ... if your +1 hasn't taken the Uber Adventures 3-day Technical Canyoneering Course or doesn't have SIGNIFICANT RELEVANT EXPERIENCE, they should not be attending.

More details will be posted below as they become available.

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  • rick t.

    As I picked up a new Oregon 600 today it occurred to me to make a comment to my three amigos from Weeping Springs canyon. Not totally technologically incompetent, my GPS, which I could not get to work to facilitate our exit, had a glitch and while showing numbers, didn't work any more. We got out just fine, but I was feeling foolish because my GPS wasn't working- it wasn't me, it was the unit.

    November 17

    • JASON M.

      Topo map and compass after gaia and my phone fails me lol

      2 · November 18

    • rick t.

      the oregon 600 is one of the highest rated units, and getting the 400$ GPS on sale for 250 at REI right now (until Nov 23) is almnost like stealing.

      1 · November 18

  • Luca

    It was nice to meet everyone and share some adventures with you. Thank you Klaus for organizing this event.

    4 · November 15

    • Kim M.

      You're the best Jim!!! I still need to post my pictures and the great video I got of Brian coming down. As soon as work slows down I will!! :-)

      November 14

    • Jim S.

      Thanks Kim! I appreciate your time and effort in leading for the group. It was awesome to be able to do something this cool with you guys - all my friends are jealous! Hahaha! Hope to see you again soon.

      November 15

  • rick t.

    I want to thank Klaus for inviting me to his fest, I had a great time seeing some old friends, and meeting and doing canyons with a new crew. Interesting canyons, did 7, 6 new, it was good seeing new places with new people. It would be fun to do some of my "home" canyons with the group, either summer in Zion or North Wash in October. (if its the first weekend, already booked the rest of the month.)

    3 · November 14

  • Sandy

    To Kim: I live in Salt Lake City so probably won't have a chance to stop by :) if u think of it and have room, throw it in the car for the next UberFest. If not, no worries. They're cheap...I'll get another one....but thanks! I appreciate it!

    November 14

  • Matt G.

    Great Uberfest!

    2 · November 10

    • Matt G.

      No luck I searched the area again real good Sunday too. REI had one on sale starting today that I got to replace it though.

      1 · November 14

    • Kim M.

      Awe, that's too bad, but glad you got a new one!!

      November 14

  • Sandra K

    This was my first Uberfest, as well as, my first canyon. Thanks to all the leads for their patience and teachings, thanks Klaus for organizing and thank you to everyone else that made my trip exciting, interesting, and special.

    5 · November 10

    • Kim M.

      You did great Sandra, hope those blisters are healing!!!

      November 14

  • Sandy

    On another note, I left my camp chair at the fire- it's blue with SLC painted in white on the back (my initials, not the city). Anyway, anybody who has room to bring it to the next Uberfest, there's a beer or three in it for u. Thanks!

    1 · November 9

    • Kim M.

      Hahaha, Jason gave up his beer rights and gave it to me to take home, so I've got your chair!!! Jason's gonna have to find his beer elsewhere, lol!!!

      1 · November 14

    • Kim M.

      Where do you live Sandy? I'm in West LA if you're close at all and work at UCLA Medical Center

      November 14

  • Kim M.

    I had such a wonderful time, another great Uberfest organized by Klaus!!! Everyone was super friendly and easy going and down for just about anything!! Already planning my next trip out there for some more hot spring canyons!! Thanks again Klaus for being so wonderful and gracious!!

    1 · November 14

  • Micaela

    I'm really digging all those pictures from you guys!! Great shots, wish I could have done more canyons.

    2 · November 14

  • Yuriy

    Great time and awesome weekend! Thank you Klaus for organizing this great adventure.

    2 · November 12

  • Marlen

    Thank you Klaus for organizing this amazing weekend! Great canyons with awesome people. I had a wonderful time!!!

    2 · November 11

  • Brian F

    What an awesome weekend! I had a fantastic time! My favorite one to date! Thank you all for making it so memorable. The pot luck was absolutely gluttonous! Every canyon had its own charms and challenges. All of them are worth doing. I just wish I had enough time and energy to do them all and spend more time with every one of you. Outstanding group! Thank you to the leaders for stepping up and keeping us all safe and pointed down canyon. And special thanks to Klaus for putting this all together providing us with showers and security. Hope to see you all again!

    3 · November 11

  • Wojciech

    Hi guys, Thanks a lot for all your work Klaus. These canyons are great and fun, but the people you trained and brought with you are something more. Great experience and high quality time out there. Thanks people! My hope have raised higher that there are still fun/smart people left in the world. Keep an eye on your brain, amoeba is worse than Chack Noris. I didn’t get any amoeba. Not much in me to feed on for them anyway. Took me much more time than I expected before I got back home, two rather long 4hrs naps on the way and end up home 6 in the morning just for the class I was teaching today. Shower was helpful, they did not run away. Now I am totally brainwashed and don’t know what to do. Good to see you all and I am sure we will cross the swords again. Erik, I will upload the pics only tomorrow. Just busy for now. One more thing, somebody called me canyons walking chimney. Sorry for those who was helping for nice clean air during the weekend. Next time. I am trying to quit. Cheers

    10 · November 10

    • JASON M.

      Hey wojciech! It was nice meeting u and glad we got to get a canyon. By the way you totally are a walking chimney (-; but hey who cares man, to each his own right

      1 · November 10

    • Kristy

      Lol! Wojciech, you were awesome and so much fun to have in the canyon with us!! Your post is hilarious! And by the way, you might not want to quit smoking. I'd be afraid to see how fast you can scramble up a mountain on clean lungs! ;)
      You'd never want to hike with us slowpokes again!

      2 · November 10

  • Pedro O. J.

    Fabulous!

    4 · November 10

  • Jim S.

    My first Uberfest but one of the best times I've had in recent memory! Thanks Klaus for your conscientiousness and dedication in creating something special for the participants. The canyons were spectacular, and the diverse crowd that attended was interesting and fun. Can't wait for the next one!

    4 · November 10

  • JASON M.

    had a great outing with some really cool canyons! Thanks klaus for organizing and doing such a great job greeting and eclectic group together. What a great opertunity it was to meet some fellow canyoneers and forge new relationships while surrounded by spectacular scenery.

    6 · November 10

  • jeff S

    One of the best uberfests!

    2 · November 10

  • jeff S

    One of the best uberfests!

    1 · November 10

  • jeana k

    The Best!!

    1 · November 10

  • jeana k

    People that did Motorcycle canyon and Keyhole, send your pics today to me either by Facebook or Email so I can put them in my article :) [masked]. Thank you all again for making it an amazing weekend!!

    3 · November 10

  • Erik J.

    Amazing! Best trip I've had in years!

    1 · November 10

  • Erik J.

    Klaus, one of the best weekends I've had in years. I'm still spinning. Amazing. Thanks so much!

    2 · November 10

  • Tomer B.

    What an amazing group of people.
    It was a great weekend, thank you all for making it happen, especially you Klaus for doing what you did and building such a community.

    4 · November 10

  • jeana k

    Klaus, thank you for an awesome weekend of canyoneering. I had such a fun time canyoneering with your group. A top rate bunch of canyoneers!! The potluck was a great!! I cant wait for the next uberfest!! Keep up the great work and see you in a canyon soon!!

    2 · November 10

  • miki k.

    What a fantastic outing!!! Thank you Klaus for organizing and coordinating day and night for us to have a comfortable and safe stay. Thank you all for sharing your knowledge, fun time, and being supportive!! Till the next canyon :) p.s. I got o my first flight with plenty of time (thank you for everyone's kindness to get out of the canyon quick). However, I missed my flight connection at LAX (I bought the cheapest ticket with the flight connection at LA ( Vegas- LA-Seattle). I have been sitting on the bench at LA airport for 2 hours now and will continue sitting until tomorrow morning. My flight is 6am tomorrow morning...

    3 · November 9

  • Sandy

    Great trip and great meeting new Canyineering friends! Thanks Klaus for all your hard work organizing! I hAd a blast and can't wait for the next UberFest!

    4 · November 9

  • Kyle D.

    Great trip Klaus! Thanks for organizing everything and letting us use your rope for boyscout! amazing canyon!!!!

    2 · November 9

  • Kristy

    A great trip with fantastic people and incredible canyons! Klaus, you did such a beautiful job of pulling this all together!

    5 · November 9

  • Freddy

    Awesome trip Klaus. Best Uberfest yet. Cool canyons and a great group of people to party and do canyons with.

    6 · November 9

    • Freddy

      Special thanks to Yuriy, Tomer and Danny for sacrificing there trucks for us on Motorcycle..Thanks guys!

      6 · November 9

  • Sandy

    Trying out my skills with the Dutch oven and making cheese ravioli with sausage meatballs. Will also have some garlic bread. Now I just have to get those pesky coals to stay lit and cook the food!

    1 · November 6

    • Freddy

      Hurry up get over here

      2 · November 6

  • Julie H.

    Anyone leaving Thursday afternoon that would like to carpool? I can meet up anywhere.

    October 7

    • Julie H.

      I sent you a message of line Pedro

      November 5

    • Pedro O. J.

      Did not get it.

      November 5

  • Sandra K

    The countdown has begun. I'm prob bringing too much crap but will definitely be eating some grubbin food... Can't wait to meet everyone and FINALLY get some canyoneering in :) drive safe everyone

    3 · November 5

  • Klaus G.

    After sandy's posting I called NDOW
    again and spoke to 3 different people
    who said it wasn't required for our use.
    Then I talked to the director and he
    confirmed that it is required. The fine
    for not having it is $120.

    1 · November 5

  • Sandy

    Hi All,
    There's been some debate on here about the need to obtain an AIS sticker for our blow-up packrafts or not, and the NDOW website is not exactly crystal clear about it, but I just got off the phone with the Nevada Dept of Wildlife Las Vegas office (702/[masked]) and was told we DO need one. Rick Ianniello's book also states that we need one on page 28 so I'm getting one just to be safe. You can get one online for $10 (non-NV resident) and as long as you download the confirmation and bring it with you, you don't have to physically have the sticker on your craft. Just wanted to give everyone a heads-up.

    November 5

    • Tomer B.

      Can you send the link please

      November 5

  • rick t.

    There is a no glass on the beach posting at Boulder Beach, adjacent to the campsite, though it has been almost universally ignored over the years. SO- if you are planning on going to the beach, plan on taking your beverages in non-glass containers, you could get cited if you don't. Secondly, there is quite a bit of broken glass along the beach, both in and out of the water- if you plan on going there wear tennies or something to protect your feet.
    http://www.riverlakes.com/boulder_beach.htm

    1 · November 4

    • Freddy

      Rick, any chance there's an ATM around there?

      November 5

    • rick t.

      just in case you so cals were thinking you were heading out into the wilderness, allow me to point out that henderson, with its walmart and costco, is 15 minutes away from camp. This ain't exactly North Wash.

      1 · November 5

  • Marlen

    I'm leaving tomorrow (Wed) and have an open spot in my car. If someone wants to join me please send me a private message!

    November 4

  • jeff S

    Is anyone bringing a small air pump? It might be advisable. I tested my pack raft and it takes awhile to manually fill. I am going to see if I can buy a small cheap pump.

    November 4

  • Klaus G.

    9) Gear! If anybody is interested in buying imlay ropes, Sterling CIV rope, Canyon Pro DS or Canyon Extreme 8mm rope, Imlay rope bags, Imlay canyoneering packs, carabiners, Ropeman 2 ascenders, VT Prusiks, 48" footloops, webbing, rapides, waterproof headlamps, potshots, ATS's, safety-tether accessory cord, harness, helmets, etriers, pulleys, knives, or any other canyoneering gear, let me know and I can bring it from my new store!

    October 30

    • Matt G.

      Ropeman 2 ascenders

      October 30

    • Erik J.

      Please bring the Pirana knife (with "beer liberator"). Thanks Klaus!

      November 3

  • Pedro O. J.

    Hi I will be driving from Irvine, on Thursday afternoon, (around 3pm) and returning Sunday afternoon. Does anybody has space or want to carpool with me, is a small car (Toyota Corolla) ?

    November 3

  • rick t.

    while the water temp of the river below the dam is a constant 54 degrees, the water temps in the lake, @ camp, are currently a much more pleasant 73 degrees.
    The current weekend weather forecast is looking great- low 80s for daytime highs, and low 60's at night.

    5 · November 2

  • Sandra K

    Anyone have a gear list they want to share. My first canyoneering trip so not sure what to bring besides my canyoneering gear, wetsuit and food for potluck. Prob will bring some dry ice and cooler and of course my camping gear

    1 · November 1

    • Freddy

      Sounds like your good to go Sandra.

      2 · November 1

  • Micaela

    Did anyone make a list for the potluck so we don't all bring the same thing?

    2 · October 27

  • rick t.

    BYOB

    2 · November 1

  • Klaus G.

    1) The following people will be removed from this event for not having paid their $30 fee: Gokul, Yvonne, Jeana & Kim Kaspari. If my records are incorrect, please let me know. K-

    October 29

    • jeana k

      Look for my payment in the mail :)

      November 1

  • rick t.

    NOTE TO PADDLERS:
    Black Canyon contains moving flat-water, not whitewater. However, some sections of the river have strong currents, eddies, boils, and strainers. Sharp, jagged rocks hide just beneath the surface. Water temperatures are a chilly 54F degrees year-round, and beaches disappear in minutes if there's a Dam release. paddlers MUST be confident with their abilities to self rescue in the event of a capsize, and be self-reliant. There is no cell phone reception and no rescue service for tired or weary paddlers. You are responsible for your own safety.

    October 31

  • Micaela

    Are u guys bring wetsuits? I'll bring mine just in case.

    2 · October 31

    • Robert H

      If your boat flipped and you went in, you won't stand much of a chance without one.

      1 · October 31

    • Micaela

      Thanks Robert!

      October 31

  • Klaus G.

    2) We're camping at the Boulder Beach Campground Group sites #4 & #5 with overflow parking at #1. To reach the Group Campsite area, Turn Right off Lakeshore Scenic Drive (the road you enter the park on) toward Boulder Beach Campgrounds, and then make 2 immediate lefts ... the group sites are parallel to the Scenic Drive and not all the way into the individual sites (also near the trailer dump station, if you see signs for that.)

    October 29

    • Klaus G.

      UPDATE: Our overflow parking is Group Campsite #2, not #1.

      October 31

    • Klaus G.

      And, since several people are staying to do canyons on Sunday and Monday, I have extended Campsite #5 another night ... Campsite #5 is good till Monday morning. K-

      1 · October 31

  • Marlen

    My work situation has changed so I can go earlier :)
    Does anyone has an open carpooling spot for Wed? I'm in Venice but can come to any place to join carpool. Thx

    October 30

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