Basic Canyoneering Course

Looking to extend your summer with sunshine, temps in the mid 70’s and some of the most spectacular scenery on the Planet? Want to explore some of the North America’s most spectacular and awe-inspiring technical canyons with names such as Mindbender, Larry, Bluejohn, Heaps and Leprechaun? Looking to have fun in the canyons, learn essential safety skills, and experience the unique camaraderie and power of the “team”? This course will provide you a well-rounded base of technical canyoneering and canyon leadership skills that are essential for achieving these goals.

The Three-Day Technical Canyoneering Course is the premier introductory course designed to give you the confidence you need to pursue the exciting sport of technical canyoneering. The course includes beginning and intermediate level techniques, trip planning, problem solving, hazard recognition and avoidance and team building. Completion of this course will provide you the skills you need to pursue canyons up to a Class 3B Rating and how to travel safely in a variety of wilderness environments.

Mornings are spent in an outdoor classroom setting learning the skill set for that day. Each afternoon is spent applying your newly learned skills out on the rocks and in the canyons.

Specific Skills You will learn Include:

Canyoneering gear. (Selection, use and care)
Navigation and route finding
Canyon Rating System
Knots and Hitches
Hazard Recognition and Avoidance
Critical Thinking Techniques
Climbing Techniques
Partner Assist Techniques
Using and setting natural and fixed anchors
Natural Anchor Construction Techniques
Rappelling and Belaying Techniques
Ascending Fixed Lines
Handlines and Tethers
Pothole Escape Techniques
Group Problem Solving
Self-Rescue Techniques

Interested in registering for the course? Please email [masked] to register or to request additional information.

This course will be taught from a central canyoneering basecamp in the Dirty Devil/Robber’s Roost Wilderness that is accessible by vehicle. Cost includes instruction, course handouts, and all team canyoneering equipment, i.e. ropes, webbing, and rigging. Recommended gear that you should bring includes harness, helmet, rappel device, several locking carabineers, and appropriate footwear and clothing. If you do not have your own gear let us know and we can provide helmets, harnesses and hardware for you to use. Cost for the course does not include lodging, meals, transportation, personal equipment, and gratuities (tips) for instructors and guides.

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  • Christopher H.

    There is still space available for the October 18th Canyoneering Course. Great way to extend your summer with plenty of sunshine and temperature in the mid 70's. Fortunately, the course will be held in one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in America and is unaffected by the Federal shutdown. Come join us for an outdoor adventure of a lifetime!

    October 9, 2013

  • Karen L

    I see that there is a cost but do not see how much it is?

    September 22, 2013

    • Christopher H.

      Hi Karen - The tuition for the three day course is $375. The cost includes three days of professional canyoneering instruction in one of North’s Americas premiere canyoneering destinations. All course materials, permits and group canyoneering gear is included in the price.

      September 22, 2013

  • B.G

    wow I will be in the area(ZionNP) during this time, details on which outfitter, price etc.

    September 22, 2013

    • Christopher H.

      Hi B.G. - The tuition for the three day course is $375. The cost includes three days of professional canyoneering instruction in one of North’s Americas premiere canyoneering destinations. All course materials, permits and group canyoneering gear is included in the price.

      September 22, 2013

  • Melissa H

    Should we plan camping or making hotel reservations?

    2 · September 21, 2013

    • Christopher H.

      The plan is to camp at a basecamp located in the Dirty Devil/Robber's Roost Wilderness. There are also a couple of hotels within a 30-45 minute drive for those with this preference.

      September 21, 2013

  • jeff

    wow that would be a fun hike

    1 · September 21, 2013

  • John B.

    Very exciting! Ever since watching the movie 127 Hours, I have wanted to tr canyoneering. I have never been to the Southwest and am very excited to give this a try. :-)

    1 · September 21, 2013

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