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There are many canyoneering opportunities throughout the West & Southwest! From Northern California to San Diego; from the Bay Area to Death Valley; not to mention those near Las Vegas, those scattered through Arizona and those bursting from the seams of the topographic maps of Utah. The purpose of this group is to connect people in the Bay Area to each other, and to the large national community of Canyoneers; to provide certified professional instruction, experiential education, canyoneering opportunities and social events. Anybody with the desire to learn canyoneering and anybody who already canyoneers ... this is your group. Tho located in California, the area this meetup group covers includes Nevada, Colorado, Arizona and Utah.

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St George - Advanced Canyoneering Course (ACE-L2)

Cedar Pocket

$100.00

[nb: the $100 collected by Meetup for this event is the Deposit; the full course cost is $395. The balance will be due the first day of class, or before.] ADVANCED CANYONEERING COURSE (ACE-L2) This course is designed to provide students with the tools needed to jump to the next level of technical skill and become competent and safe canyoneers in ALL classes of canyons and touches on techniques and skills for the Canyon Essentials Course (ACE-L3) and the Canyon Rescue Course (ACE-L4). The practical experience that you gain during this course will give you the knowledge and confidence to tackle advanced canyon obstacles and many unexpected situations. This extremely popular curriculum has set a new standard by which all other courses and curriculums may be judged. This course was designed primarily to meet the needs of recreational canyoneers, but also forms the training foundation for those planning to seek certification as Professional Canyon Guide (ACE-L5). PREREQUISITE: 3-day Technical Canyoneering Course (ACE-L1) or Instructor permission. Since this Two-Day Advanced Canyoneering Course (ACE-L2) builds upon the skills and techniques presented in our Technical Canyoneering Course (ACE-L1), you must have that training or extensive personal experience to be admitted to this class. Feel free to call if you're unsure if this course is the right fit for your experience. The TOPICS covered include: • Efficient Rope Management • Advanced Knots & Hitches • Retrievable/Releasable Anchor Systems • Transient Anchors • Artificial Anchors Installation & Inspection • Advanced Rope Deployment Methods • Multi-Pitch Rappels • Simul Rappels • Advanced Rope Work for Traverses/Retrievable Handlines • Guided Rappels & Tensioning Systems • Deviations/Re-Directs • 3 Ascending Methods & Converting to Rappel • Transitioning on top of Ascend • Pothole Escape Techniques • Basics of Mechanical Advantage GEAR REQUIREMENTS: Basic personal gear is required for this course: Harness, Helmet, Rappel Device, Safety Tether, Multiple Locking HMS Carabiners, 48" sling/runner/footloop, prusik loop. And any mechanical ascenders you would like to learn how to use. We will provide mechanical ascenders for practice to anyone who doesn't own their own yet! Don't forget that http://uberadventures.net/ carries all the technical gear a canyoneer could need or want ... and there's always a 10% discount for students! TUITION for this 2-Day Advanced Technical Canyoneering Course (ACE-L2) is $395 per individual. A $100 non-refundable deposit will reserve your space in this class. While the deposit is non-transferrable and non-refundable, it may be put toward a future course in the same calendar year if 30 days notice are given, canceling your participation. If 30 days notice are not given, the balance of $295 will still be due whether you attend the course or not. Feel free to post any questions on this event or send me a greeting/e-mail through meetup. Included with tuition is all instruction and all group Canyoneering equipment, i.e.: ropes, webbing, rope bags, rapides, rigging, etc. ... and a Certificate of Completion!! WARNING: The activities in this course have been found to be addictive. Only those people prepared for ultimate adventure and nonstop fun need attend! INSTRUCTOR: Klaus Gerhart: ACE (Association for Canyoneering Education) Master Instructor/Certified Guide, Certified Tactical Rappel Master, Wilderness First Responder, Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Technical Rope Rescue Technician, Map & Compass Navigation Instructor, trained whitewater rafting guide, former basic mountaineering instructor for Sierra Club's Wilderness Travel Course, and a Master Educator for Leave No Trace wilderness ethics.

St George - Canyon Essentials Course (ACE-L3) 'Intensive'!

Virgin River Gorge, Cedar Pocket

$100.00

[nb: this is an expedited version of the 2-day Canyon Essentials Course (ACE-L3) ... all skills will be covered in only 1 long-ish day, but there will be a maximum of only 4 students! The $100 collected by Meetup for this event is the Deposit. The balance will be due the first day of class, or before.] Canyon Essentials Course (ACE-L3) Improve your skills and expand your canyoneering toolbox! Uber Adventures' Canyon Essentials Course (ACE-L3) is designed to prepare some for organizing or leading canyons and others to simply increase the number of tools in their toolbox; specifically providing the next level of skills training through technical instruction and experiential practice. While these tools are a vital component for any active canyoneer, they are imperative for anyone leading rookies, kids, family or friends into a canyon. This course provides strategic training for unexpected technical and group management challenges ... when things don't go quite as planned! While this course is designed primarily to meet the needs of recreational canyoneers, it also provides a bridge between the Advanced Canyoneering Course (ACE-L2) and the Canyon Rescue Course (ACE-L4), and forms the training foundation for those planning to seek ACE certification as a Professional Canyon Guide! (While it is not required you take ACE-L2-L3-L4 Courses in sequence, it is recommended.) Skills covered include: • Alternate Guided Rappel Options to keep people dry • Group Gear Choices & Distribution, Pack Management • Strand Isolation and Leapfrogging for speeding things up • Static Courtesy Rappels to make hard-starts easier • Dynamic Courtesy Rappels to make super-hard-starts safer and easier • Lowering Systems for emergencies and speed • Pre-Rigged Rappels and Rigging Kids for Rappel • Static & Dynamic Edge Protection to increase rope life • Direct Top Belays, Handlines and Sequencing • Advanced Belay Techniques & Rappel Friction for Long Rappels • Passing Knots on Ascend and Rappel • Advanced Lock-Off Methods • Converting Static Block to Lowering System for assist or rescue • Isolating In-Field Rope Damage (Core Shot) • Constructing a Swiss Seat or Swami for rescue or gear failure • Rappelling on a Munter for emergencies • Advanced Friction Options Prerequisites: Since this course builds upon the skills and techniques presented in our Technical Canyoneering Course (ACE-L1) AND our Advanced Canyoneering Course (ACE-L2), we recommend that you've either taken both courses or have significant relevant personal experience before taking this class (please inquire if you're unsure if this is the correct course for your current skill set). Required/Recommended Gear: Harness, Helmet, Rappel Device, Figure 8 for Rigging, Gloves, 5-6 HMS Screwgate Carabiners, 48" Sling or Foot Loop, Personal Safety Tether/Lanyard, Prusik Loop, Mechanical Ascenders, 25' of webbing, 20' Cordelette-optional or Canyon Cordelette-optional (and appropriate shoes and pack). Logistics: This course will be held on THURSDAY ... most of the course will be held at at my exclusive training site within the Virgin River Gorge near St George, Utah with a portion possibly held at a Picnic area in the Cedar Pocket campgrounds. There should be plenty of super-cheap camping at Cedar Pocket which is a first-come/first-served park, or you can make other lodging/camping arrangements on your own. Tuition: This Canyon Essentials Course (ACE-L3) is $395 per individual. A $100 deposit reserves your space in this class. The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferrable but may be put toward a future course in the same calendar year if 30 days notice are given cancelling your participation in this course. Feel free to post any questions on this event or send me a greeting/e-mail through meetup. Included with tuition is: A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION!! Instructor: Klaus Gerhart ACE Master Instructor/Certified Guide, ACGA Certified Guide, Officer and Instructor, Certified Tactical Rappel Master, Wilderness First Responder, Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Technical Rope Rescue Technician, Basic Mountaineering Instructor, Map & Compass Navigation Instructor and a Master Educator for Leave No Trace wilderness ethics.

St George - Canyon Rescue Course (ACE-L4) 'Intensive'

Virgin River Gorge, Cedar Pocket

$100.00

[nb: this is an expedited version of the 3-day Canyon Rescue Course (ACE-L4) ... all skills will be covered in only 2 long-ish days! The $100 collected by Meetup for this event is the Deposit. The balance will be due the first day of class, or before.] Train Hard. Plan Well. Be Safe. (but accidents still happen) This Canyon Rescue Course (ACE-L4) by Uber Adventures teaches the skills necessary to perform immediate, in-canyon self-rescues, partner rescues, and how to assist with group emergencies … all with your groups’ normal rack-and-pack (the minimal gear you should carry on your harnesses and in your packs.) Boost your confidence and fill your mental toolbox with skills to handle technical emergencies. This course not only teaches you the skills and methods necessary to execute a variety of rescue procedures, but it provides the impetus for critical thinking through an emergency. How would you help a canyoneer stuck on a rope? How would you help an unconscious canyoneer stuck on a rope? How quickly could you figure out how to convert a static block to a lowering system? Could you haul a rappeller back to the top of a drop by yourself? Have you ever been in a canyon, assessing a fictional problem and felt helpless? Are your responsibilities in a canyoneering event greater because you’re the leader/organizer? Would you like to be a more valuable team member? This course is vital for not only canyoneering leaders, but also for conscientious recreational canyoneers who value their own safety and the safety of their party. With the technical skills presented in this course, you could prevent the need for calling in an expensive Search And Rescue team, avoid putting rescuers at risk, avoid spending the night in a canyon, and continue a canyon descent with a non-critically injured teammate. Prerequisite: Participants should have some advanced formal canyoneering-specific training. This course builds on the skills taught in the Uber Adventures’ 3-day Technical Canyoneering Course (ACE-L1), the Advanced Canyoneering Course (ACE-L2) AND the Canyon Essentials Course (ACE-L3). While we are not requiring the completion of each of those courses as a prerequisite, those who have had advanced formal canyoneering training will find it easier to ‘keep-up’ with this curriculum. If you’re not sure if this is the course for you, please give us a call and we can discuss your skills and training. The topics and skills covered will include: *Knots, Rope Grabs & Progress Capture Methods *Anchors, Rigging & Friction Dynamics for Rescue *Mechanical Advantage and Haul Systems *Converting Static Rigging to Haul or Lower *Assisted Rappel & Tandem Rappel Techniques *Hero Rescue, Balancier Lift *Rappelling on a Tensioned Rope *Guide Ropes, Tag Lines, Belays *Cut-and-Lower Procedures *Special Ascending Techniques for Rescue *Pick-Off Procedures Scenario *Considerations for musculoskeletal injuries Logistics: ... most of the course will be held at at my exclusive training site within the Virgin River Gorge near St George, Utah with a portion possibly held at a Picnic area in the Cedar Pocket campgrounds. There should be plenty of super-cheap camping at Cedar Pocket which is a first-come/first-served park, or you can make other lodging/camping arrangements on your own. Tuition: This Canyon Rescue Course (ACE-L4) is $395 per individual. A $100 deposit reserves your space in this class. The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferrable but may be put toward a future course in the same calendar year if 30 days notice are given cancelling your participation in this course. Feel free to post any questions on this event or send me a greeting/e-mail through meetup. Included with tuition is: A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION!! Instructor: Klaus Gerhart ACE Master Instructor/Certified Guide, ACGA Certified Guide, Officer and Instructor, Certified Tactical Rappel Master, Wilderness First Responder, Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Technical Rope Rescue Technician, Basic Mountaineering Instructor, Map & Compass Navigation Instructor and a Master Educator for Leave No Trace wilderness ethics.

Prescott, AZ - Technical Canyoneering Course (ACE-L1)

Watson Lake Park Road

$100.00

Learn Canyoneering from America's premier Canyoneering Instruction, Events & Community organization: Uber Adventures. Tuition for this comprehensive 3-day course is only $395 and includes loaner technical gear, all instruction, a 10% discount on any purchased gear from our online store, and a Certificate of Completion! You will find a full description of this course, a full calendar of our series of courses and locations, an online store for all your canyoneering gear needs, and a list of the festivals we host, on our website: http://uberadventures.net. In addition to our official site, we also host the most active canyoneering Meetup groups, with the best-trained canyoneers in the country! http://www.meetup.com/canyoneering ...and others! Sooo ..... What is Canyoneering? Canyoneering is an emerging adventure sport which has grown significantly in popularity over the past decade. This exciting sport combines hiking, wading, swimming, jumping, sliding, boulder-hopping, scrambling, down-climbing, sometimes packrafting and always rappelling — often over waterfalls! Physically, it takes significantly less upper body strength than rock climbing, and is therefore a sport that can be enjoyed by a much larger spectrum of the population .. young or mature .. tall or short .. large or small. If you can hike, you can canyoneer! This sport has unique risks and requires a very specific set of technical skills to enjoy it safely. Rock-climbing, caving, mountaineering and swift water training teach related skills, but Canyoneering has become highly specialized. Our basic course gets you from "That looks cool!" ... to "Woohoo!" in 3 days! Check out these Vimeos and see why we are hooked on the sport! https://vimeo.com/148696696 https://vimeo.com/104538804 Prerequisite: None! This Technical Canyoneering Course (ACE-L1) is a beginner to intermediate course which teaches the skills necessary to safely descend canyons as part of a group (being a competent participant and the knowledge to recognize and implement safe canyon practices). This course is designed to quickly get the beginner up-to-speed on basics, to give both the rookie and intermediate canyoneer new tools for his/her toolbox, and will help intermediate canyoneers refine their current skill set! See a list of the TOPICS and SKILLS, Policies, and Testimonials on our website! Instructors: Ryan Smith & Klaus Gerhart - ACE Master Instructor/L5 Certified Guide, Certified Tactical Rappel Master, Wilderness First Responder, Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Whitewater Rescue Technician, Technical Rope Rescue Technician, Basic Mountaineering Instructor, Map & Compass Navigation Instructor and a Master Educator for Leave No Trace wilderness ethics.

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