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Learn to Rappel Workshop, Los Angeles, July 13, 2013

Interested in learning to Canyoneer?

Did the movie 127 Hours intrigue you?!

This workshop is a very basic introduction to rappelling, safety checks, communication and fireman belaying (bottom belaying). This workshop is in no way a substitute for the full Technical Canyoneering Course. This course will, however, provide you with an introduction to rappelling, safety checks, communication and bottom belays that can make taking the full course more beneficial.

We will spend the whole day rappelling at Stoney Point in Chatsworth.

Single strand on 8.3mm static canyoneering rope

Single strand on 9mm static canyoneering rope.

I will also bring a variety of descenders for you to try: Pirana, Figure 8.

That's all we're going to do ... all day. So ...

If you don't know how to rappel .. come learn.

If you want to try out different descenders and ropes .. come experiment.

If you know how to rappel .. come practice.

This workshop will last all day .. 7am-3:30pm so bring water and a lunch. You will be required to sign a release of liability and assumption of risk. 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 you one), a helmet (climbing, bicycle, kayaking, snow boarding .. any helmet .. but you gotta have one!) I can loan you everything else.

Optional gear: Gloves, descender of your choice (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, scramble back up, rappel, scramble back up, rappel, scramble back up, etc. 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 .. so invite your friends, your teenage kids, your spouse to join and sign-up as +1 +2 +3 etc.

The cost for this workshop is $40 per person ... AND participants will be given a $40 discount on the tuition of a future 3-day Technical Canyoneering Course ... THAT WOULD MAKE THIS WORKSHOP FREE!! To reserve your spot, you MUST send in the $40 fee within 2 days of your RSVP to Uber Adventures, 427 S Serrano Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020 or paypal to: [masked]

P.S.  When we're finished for the day, we can head to Shakey's Pizza in Northridge for some Pizza and Camaraderie!

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.

What people are saying about this workshop:

"What a fabulous day! Great group of people and awesome instructor! You have got to meet Klaus! If you haven't tried this, you're missing out. Klaus is all about safety first, but teaches in a way that makes you count the seconds to rappel and canyoneer! I'd rate this as a 15 out of 10! Can't wait to see what else he's cooking up. Thanks to Jason for his assistance!"  -C- (Carmen B 2/2/13)

"Best Meetup I've ever been to.  What a great group of people .. Klaus encourages us all to support one another and we learned how to care for each others' safety!  I look forward to more adventure and instruction!  Thanks Klaus, I loved every minute of it."  -Lynda-

"Had a blast!  Met very cool people.  Klaus is a great instructor, super supportive and his assistant(s) are knowledgeable and patient!  Can't wait to do it again."  -Aurora-

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  • Toni O.

    Daunting at first, scary on the first time over the edge, but Klaus talks you down and the other rappellers urge you on and applaud your successes. Fun stuff!

    July 15, 2013

  • Allison T.

    Klaus clearly knows his stuff inside and out. Great (reassuring!) attention to safety- thorough but not boring explanations of equipment and technique. Awesome experience! 11 out of 10 / will do again! Thanks, Klaus and Alden!

    July 14, 2013

  • Joan H.

    Incredible, amazing, fantastic!!! Highly recommended. Klaus is simply superb. He explained everything clearly and was able to make us feel safe, secure and comfortable- which for some of us was not easy! He has amazing patience and sensitivity especially when standing atop a 55 ft cliff we had to go over! His partner Alden was also great and and to my fellow rappellers- you are wonderful, supportive, and fun to share this experience with. Thanks to all!

    July 13, 2013

  • Klaus G.

    This event is now full. If you're interested in attending a future event, check out: Friday August 9 and Sunday August 11! Thanks. Klaus

    July 10, 2013

  • Klaus G.

    Alrighty folks. The instructions of how to register are posted above ... and I've sent a friendly reminder. The following people are ignoring messages, requests and procedures and are being discourteous to organizers, event hosts and their fellow members ... so I'm removing you from the event. If you'd like to attend a future event (or if i've removed you in error), please contact me via e-mail or greeting.


    July 10, 2013

    • Klaus G.

      Thanks for getting in touch with me Allison! ... and from the Grand Canyon! Woohoo. I've got you confirmed for Saturday. Thanks. K-

      July 10, 2013

  • Toni O.

    I'm going from Culver just off the 405, anyone want to carpool?

    July 3, 2013

  • Toni O.

    Been a while since I've rappelled outdoors, looking forward to it.

    July 3, 2013

  • David C.

    i want to learn

    June 18, 2013

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