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ART of Canyoneering • UT

4-Day FasTrack Workshop Fee: $195

$95 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit required to RSVP. $100 balance due on first day of workshop.

Instructor: Rich Carlson

Rich's "ART of Canyoneering" workshops provide students with the anchor, rigging, technical and problem-solving skills they need to become safe, efficient canyoneers and competently descend technical canyons.

Skills and techniques covered include:

  • canyoneering gear selection, use and care
  • knots and hitches for rope, cord and webbing
  • efficient movement, climbing and stemming
  • belaying and handlines
  • utilizing transient anchors for belays and hand-lines
  • evaluating and rigging specialized canyoneering anchors and belay systems
  • approprieate use of friction and sequencing for marginal anchors
  • tension-releasing hitches and contingency rigging
  • rappelling and passive lowering systems
  • ascending, knot-passing and transitions
  • pothole escape techniques
  • static and dynamic courtesy rigging systems
  • guided rappels, deviations and rebelays
  • efficient rope deployment and rigging
  • group dynamics and problem solving
  • pros and cons of using auto-blocks and prusiks for self-belay
  • tips and tricks from Rich's 30+ years canyoneering

Prerequisite: Previous Rappelling Experience

Gear Included with Workshop Fee:

  • 10 feet 6mm cord for knot tying practice and Purcell Prusik
  • 15 feet of 1 inch webbing
  • (1) 5/16 inch (8mm) QuickLink

Additional Required Gear:

  • Totem Rigging & Rappelling Device
  • VT Prusik
  • VT QuickDraw
  • Petzl Tibloc
  • Micro Traxion or Ropeman 2
  • (3-4) Locking HMS (pear shaped) carabiners
  • 48 inch (120cm) Dyneema/Spectra sewn sling

Of course you will also need your harness, helmet, appropriate footwear (approach shoes recommended), leather gloves and a pack to carry your gear. We will be outside most of the time so dress appropriately for the anticipated weather. Layering recommended. Bring at least two quarts of water, lunch and snacks each day.

15% Discount on Gear

If you are missing anything on the Required Gear list, we encourage you to wait and purchase it during the workshop. You will be given a chance to try different combinations of gear to discover what works best for you, plus you will receive a 15% discount on gear purchased during the workshop.

Scholarships Available

If you will use the skills learned in this workshop in a volunteer capacity with a non-profit group that serves others and you cannot afford the workshop fee, a scholarship may be available.

Private Instruction Available

If the workshops on our calendar do not suit your schedule or objectives, you may want to consider private instruction. All of our workshops are available on a private basis and can be customized to match your abilities and objectives, allowing for the utmost personal attention.


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  • Rich C.

    I know I will sound like a broken record saying how much I love my work, meeting amazing new people and sharing my passion for canyoneering. This was yet another fun group. Had a blast.

    August 14, 2013

    • Ilze

      Likewise! Lots of fun, lots of learning,thanks Rich!

      August 14, 2013

  • Natalie

    I just got called into work for tomorrow. :(
    wont beable to attend this one.

    August 9, 2013

  • mark r.

    I havent been able to finagle time to take one of your courses, but, I need to. I couldn't find much on your site re private instruction

    July 4, 2013

    • Eric R.

      I'm going to talk to rich about price and schedule at the zion rondy. I live 60 miles north of vegas

      July 19, 2013

    • Rich C.

      I won't be at the Zion Rendezvous. Clark Wiscombe and Steve Jackson are taking over. Happy to arrange private instruction. Just a bit of a challenge fitting into my travel schedule. Weekdays in Cedar City, my daily rate is $350. Weekends or traveling, my daily rate is $500. Private instruction can be much more productive as students are able to dictate what topics are covered and at what pace. The fee can be split between as many people as you feel like inviting to bring the per person cost down.

      July 24, 2013

  • Ilze

    Any suggestions for campgrounds to stay at during the course?

    1 · July 17, 2013

    • Rich C.

      There is dispersed primitive camping available within a couple miles of town. In town there are a couple commercial campgrounds (i.e. KOA), but you can probably find a hotel for the same price. Cedar City has LOTS of hotels.

      1 · July 18, 2013

  • Geoff L.

    Is there an approximate total cost on the additional gear list if purchased the day of with the 15% off? I am trying to see if I can put this together..

    July 10, 2013

    • Rich C.

      Approximately $150-$200.

      1 · July 11, 2013

  • Amber S.

    My husband and I want to take this course but will not have enough vacation time until next year. Do you have any plans for this course in Spring 2014? I would be interested in reserving our spots now.

    July 10, 2013

    • Rich C.

      I will certainly offer this workshop a few times in 2014, but I don't make my schedule very far in advance.

      July 10, 2013

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