Little Santa Anita (Beginners)

This is a beginner friendly meetup. If you have never gone canyoneering before or have only gone once or twice this is for you. These rappels are relatively short (from 15-40 feet) but there are quite a few and it's so fun! If you are a more experienced and want to help out feel free to join otherwise this is focused on newer people to the sport.

 

This is not by any means a class. If you enjoy it I highly recommend taking Klaus' Technical  Canyoneering class. It's an excellent class, very affordable and Klaus is such a great teacher! He makes it fun and packs in so much knowledge, which is well balanced with as much practice as you can cram into a weekend.

http://www.meetup.com/canyoneering/events/90145812/

 

You will need a harness, helmet and some sort of descending device (including a carabiner). If you have gone rock climbing before even better! I have one spare harness and descending device. Bicycle helmets work if that's all you have.

 

You will get wet so dress accordingly. I did this canyon a few weeks ago and it did not require a wetsuit. However I did get wet from my waist down. The water level varies so if for some reason it gets too high before the meetup it will most likely be re-scheduled. Wear layers and bring something warm and dry ideally in a dry bag so you can put it on if it gets too cold. No cotton.

 

The total trip length is 6-7 hours and will depend on the amount of people that sign up. Bring food and water to last through the day.

 

You can find out more information on the canyon here:

 

http://www.dankat.com/advents/lanita.htm

http://www.ucanyon.com/canyon-beta/southern-california/san-gabriel-valley-front-range/little-santa-anita-canyon-%E2%80%93-3b-ii

 

This is a meetup, not a class or guided canyoneering adventure. As such by signing up you agree to take full responsibility for your safety at all times. It will most likely be a long day potentially in the shade and with the possibility of getting fully wet. You must plan accordingly. Because there are many rappels there may be waiting between rappels so again bring something warm!

 

If it's raining or there is a high water flow this meetup will be re-scheduled.

 

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  • Christian

    Report? Please tell me that "pothole" at the end is finally full now.

    December 15, 2012

    • Alden

      Yeah, hopefully we'll have a wet winter/spring

      December 15, 2012

    • Christian

      One can only hope. Thanks for the info regardless.

      December 15, 2012

  • Alden

    Another super fun descent of LSA. Water levels aren't an issue at all. Not much different than last weekend despite recent rains. Water flow still stops halfway through. With the rains forecast over the week this may change. I wore a 3mm wetsuit but the other 3 people didn't. All were fine. On a cloudy day or with lots of people I would recommend a wetsuit. Full sun today.

    December 15, 2012

  • Craigerino

    I bet LSA (and most canyons are goign to be super fun today after the rains!) I bet San Antonio has snow too...

    December 15, 2012

  • Paulo W.

    Are we still going tomorrow? It's raining now.

    December 14, 2012

  • Paulo W.

    OKay, this is my first time canyoneering and having to get wet during winter time. So my question is this, I am planning on renting a wet suit. What kind of wetsuit should I rent and from where? I am in the Pasadena area.

    December 7, 2012

    • Bianca

      sports chalet rents them. Forcasted at mid-60s 10% chance of rain at this point.

      December 7, 2012

    • Jeremy

      I believe the Chalet only rents 7mm dive suits, definitely overkill for this canyon. Best bet might just be going with rain pants and jacket w/ extra insulation.

      December 7, 2012

  • Jeremy

    We did, but that's also cause we rappeled through water whenever possible,even when avoidable. And I second Eric's recommendation for helmets.

    December 4, 2012

    • Alden

      Oh okay. Must have been the recent rain. I went a few weeks ago and it was hardly flowing at all.

      December 4, 2012

    • Jeremy

      Yes, the recent rain is what drew us in. I'm always looking to rappel through the water rather than around, so long as it's safe. I think you and the group will do fine without wetsuits. At worst, people will get their waists wet. Sorry, I don't have pictures to share, as I forgot my camera on this one.

      December 7, 2012

  • Bianca

    Alden, how likely will you let ppl on the waiting list to join? I missed the last trip to LSA with the big group. Would love to join to scout out the route for future reference.

    December 7, 2012

    • Alden

      Bianca, because this meetup is for people that are relatively new to the sport I think 10 is already a lot of people for this canyon. So I don't think I'll change the limit. However we will probably be doing it again on the 19th or 20th of January, although that depends on the water flow as well.

      December 7, 2012

    • Bianca

      Thanks for the quick reply, Alden. Understood. Just saw the beta on uCanyon, the map is awesome.

      December 7, 2012

  • Craigerino

    Helmets are an required essential for all canyoneering adventures.

    1 · December 5, 2012

    • Jeremy

      agreed, although I often see pictures or other groups that don't feel the same way, glad you do!

      1 · December 6, 2012

  • Eric H.

    Also, to add onto Jeremy's post, just did it this weekend. We had lots of rock fall, very scary. Remember those Helmets!

    December 3, 2012

    • Alden

      Thanks for the heads up Eric

      December 4, 2012

  • Jeremy

    Just got back from LSA today. Water flow is pretty good through the first 6 rappels. Water then disappears for the final 2 rappels just before the dam. lots of sediment filled in since my last visit (2010) and I said the same thing then.

    December 3, 2012

    • Alden

      Thanks Jeremy. Did you guys wear wetsuits?

      December 4, 2012

  • Alden

    I've changed the start time from 9am to 8am

    December 3, 2012

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