Overhangs, Free Hangs, Soft Starts & Hard Starts .. Woohoo!
...so you know how to rappel? ...single-strand? ...double-strand? ...how to lock-off? ...how to add friction pre-rappel and mid-rappel? ...how to do safety checks and fireman's belay?
It would be nice if every rappel in a canyon had a perfectly placed anchor which made every rappel 'text-book' easy. Keep dreaming! This workshop teaches and let's you practice some of the skills necessary for 'spicy' situations!
- Going over an edge on your hip/belly (Hard/Soft Start)
- How to handle the biggest safety concern for a Hard Start
- How to handle the biggest safety concern for a Soft Start
- What to do with your pack when you have a tight squeeze
- Techniques for entering an overhanging rappel
- Techniques for free-hanging rappels
- How and Why to do an over-the-shoulder rappel
All of this ... and if we have time we'll demonstrate a class-C lowering technique with a rip-cord release which simultaneously sets rope length!!
This workshop is in no way a substitute for the full Technical Canyoneering Course. While all of these skills are discussed in the 3-day Technical Canyoneering Course, they are not all practiced ... now is your chance to practice them!
New tools for your mental toolbox!
We will spend the whole day rappelling at Stoney Point in Chatsworth.
Come get some valuable time on-rope!
If you don't know how to rappel .. join the 'Learn to Rappel' and 'Intermediate Rappelling' workshops.
If you know how to rappel .. come learn some advanced skills for spicy situations.
This workshop will last all day .. 8am-4:30 pm 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 locking carabiners (I will have some to loan out).
Optional gear: Tether, Gloves, Rappel Device
We will be scrambling around alot as we rappel, climb back up, rappel, climb back up, change stations, 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 and that you don't mind scraping-up as you slide on sandstone!
This workshop is open to everyone who already knows how to rappel.
The cost for this workshop is $50 per person. To reserve your space in this workshop you must send your payment within 2 days of RSVPing 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.
P.S. If there's interest, we can all gather after the workshop for some Pizza, Salad and Camaraderie at Shakey's Pizza in Northridge!