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CANYONEERING PRACTICE; SALT RIVER REC. AREA

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CANYONEERING PRACTICE; SALT RIVER REC. AREA
DATE; FRIDAY, July 5, 2013 @ 4:30 p.m. to ABOUT DARK
FACILITATOR; David A.
I’ll be out at Coon Bluff Friday July 5, practicing canyoneering techniques. Sign up to come out and practice, if you wish. I will build the anchor and bring the rappel rope(s); you bring your personal gear. See below for list of items you need to bring. It will be HOT. But we are right beside the Salt River and you can jump in when you want.
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY.
READ THIS ENTIRE WRITE-UP BEFORE YOU SIGN UP.
RATING: 3A I-II
# OF ATTENDEES: 6
If you have never rappelled before, this event is NOT for you, but feel free to talk to me about learning to rappel & canyoneer. You can call me at: 480.331.7741. If you are going to be buying gear, talk to me first, or take someone experienced with you to shop.

YOU WILL NEED ONE $6.00 TONTO PASS PER VEHICLE TO PARK AT COON BLUFF REC. AREA. BUY IT IN TOWN, OR ON-LINE, BEFORE YOU COME OUT.

Coon Bluff is out of town, in the Tonto Natl. Forest. about 15 minutes from AZ 202 (Red Mtn. portion) and N. Power Rd, Mesa, AZ. See below for directions to Coon Bluff Rec. Area.

PLEASE OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING STANDARD PROTOCOLS WHEN AT THE RAPPEL LOCATION:

1. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY.
2. You must bring your own gear to rappel /climb.
Minimum gear is:
a. a harness that fits,
b. helmet,
c. rappel device (An “ATC”, ATS, Totem, etc. I use an ATS, by Sterling, and I love it.) d. personal anchor,
e. four locking carabineers,
f. shoes with good traction and light gloves.
g. Bring water and food, sun-wear, swim-wear. It’ll be hot, so we’ll probably jump in the river.

If you are new and are going to continue rappelling, and develop your skills, after this event, you will definitely also need;
h. 3 more locking carabineers (one should be a “pear-a-biner”),
i. 35 feet of 6mm “cordelette” (climbing rope to make ascending / self-rescue prussiks),
j. a whistle,
k. and a pocketknife, and lighter (“cigarette lighter”).
l. When you are canyoneering, it’s always good to have 20-50 feet of one-inch tubular webbing, and a rappel ring and/or quick link on your harness.

I have the rappel rope(s). I will build the anchor. You should check out the anchor, anytime, anywhere, before you rappel on it. Your life depends on it.

3. Stay away from the edge of the cliff. You may knock off rocks on someone below, or if you fall, you may kill someone below. Don’t throw anything off the cliff (duh).

4. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY.
5. Do not approach the edge of the cliff without first clipping your personal anchor into an established safety line.
6. Alcohol and rappelling do not mix.
7. Don’t step on the ropes, webbing and other equipment.
8. Don’t distract someone when they are setting up for a rappel or going over the edge. Let them concentrate.

DIRECTIONS TO COON BLUFF RECREATION AREA, LOWER SALT RIVER, TONTO NATIONAL FOREST:
From AZ 202, Red Mtn. portion, (that’s the northern portion), drive north on Power Rd. (heading out of town).
Power becomes Bush Hwy. Stay on it.
Pass Granite Reef Rec. Area,
Pass Phon D. Sutton Rec. Area,
Turn Left, at Coon Bluff Rec. Area (see brown Natl. Forest sign),
go to end of road, and to far end of parking lot.
The rappel bluff is straight ahead of you.
If we are up on the top of the bluff/cliff when you arrive, walk to the far end of the parking lot, to a “Road Closed” sign on a gate. You can probably see us from your car when you pull in, and from that “Road Closed” sign.

Attendees (6)