Friction! and Locking Off!
...so you know how to rappel!? This workshop takes it a step further and teaches how to add friction pre-rappel with specific devices, how to add friction mid-rappel with specific devices, and how to add friction with ANY device including a Munter Hitch! In addition we will learn device specific lock-offs and generic lock-offs. Consider this Part 2 of the 'Learn to Rappel' workshop. This workshop is in no way a substitute for the full Technical Canyoneering Course, but it will help you get more out of the full course. This workshop does, however, provide you with additional tools for your mental toolbox. These tools will help you determine how much friction you need based on circumstances and conditions; tools to help you if you find you need more friction in the middle of a rappel; and tools to help you go 'hands free' in the middle of a rappel for a self-rescue or simply to take an awesome photo.
We will spend the whole day rappelling at Stoney Point in Chatsworth.
I will bring a variety of descenders for you to practice with: ATC, Pirana, Figure 8.
That's all we're going to do ... all day. So ...
If you don't know how to rappel .. join the 'Learn to Rappel' workshop on 3/23..
If you want to try out different descenders and ropes .. come experiment.
If you know how to rappel .. come learn intermediate skills.
This workshop will last all day .. 8am-4:30pm so bring water and a lunch. You may participate all day or for a few hours ... it's YOUR day.
Required gear for this workshop is a climbing harness (I can loan some out), a helmet (climbing, bicycle, kayaking, snow boarding .. any helmet .. but you gotta have one!) and 2-3 locking carabiners (I can loan out).
Optional gear: Gloves, Descender of your choice (ATC, Figure 8, Pirana, ATS, etc). And feel free to bring any gear you have questions about ... I'm happy to answer any/all gear questions.
We will be scrambling around alot as we rappel, climb back up, rappel, climb back up, etc. ....so wear some comfortable shoes with good 'grip' .. trail, running, approach shoes all work well. Bring sunscreen, maybe a hat, and clothes/layers appropriate for the forecast.
This workshop is open to everyone who already knows how to rappel.
The cost for this workshop is $40 per person ... AND participants will be given a $40 discount on the tuition of a future Technical Canyoneering Course ... THAT MAKES IT FREE!! Please make payment with 2 days of your RSVP by sending a check to Uber Adventures, 427 S Serrano Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020 or PayPal to [masked]
Your Instructor: Klaus Gerhart, American Canyon Guides Association 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, Whitewater Rafting Guide and Leave No Trace wilderness ethics Master Educator.