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From Phoenix to all points North, South, East & West .. this region of America is bursting with canyoneering opportunities! With its proximity to the canyons of Utah, Nevada and California, (not to mention the great local selection of canyoneering opportunities from the Tonto to the Superstitions, to Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon) Central Arizona is a hot spot for the sport of Canyoneering. The purpose of this Meetup Group is to connect people in Arizona with each other, and with the communities of California and the greater Southwest. We will offer regular qualified instruction for the sport of canyoneering, as well as ACE Certified Guide Assessments, and other outdoor/wilderness skills courses like Wilderness First Aid, Meteorology, and Map-and-Compass Navigation. In addition to our courses, which are the core of this organization, we will host canyoneering events and festivals in canyoneering regions across America and will do our best to nurture leaders to help provide opportunities for local canyon descents, practices, workshops, and community meetings. Anybody with the desire to learn canyoneering and anybody who already canyoneers ... this is your group. "Pay for the training and your fun is free!"

(If you want to see what you can expect from the Canyoneering Arizona meetup group, check out our sister site in Los Angeles, Canyoneering California: http://www.meetup.com/canyoneering/ ... you can also check us out at: http://UBERAdventures.net

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Moab, UT - Canyon Essentials Course (ACE-L3) 'Intensive'

Goose Island Campground

$100.00

**(nb: The $100 meetup collected with your RSVP is the deposit for this course; the full course fee is $395, so the balance of $295 will be due on or before the first night of class. If you're traveling to Moab for this course, you are invited to camp with Uber Adventures for 2 nights for $35!)** This course is not only a great time to 'up' your recreational canyoneering skills to an admirable level, but it's a great prep course for Certification as a Professional Canyon Guide (ACE-L5) with ACE (Association for Canyoneering Education)! Improve your skills and expand your canyoneering toolbox! Uber Adventures' Canyon Essentials Course (ACE-L3) is designed to prepare some for Leading Canyons and others to 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! Skills covered include: • 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 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). INSTRUCTION: UBER Adventures is America’s premier Canyoneering Instruction, Events and Community! We offer a variety of Canyoneering Courses to get the beginner/intermediate Canyoneer up-to-speed in his/her Canyoneering-specific skills; to provide intermediate Canyoneers with the skill set to tackle Advanced canyons; to train Leaders/Organizers the techniques and strategies for technical and group-management challenges; to teach individuals and groups the skills necessary to perform immediate in-canyon self-rescues, partner rescues and to assist with group emergencies; and ultimately to provide the comprehensive training for anyone interested in seeking certification as a Professional Canyon Guide (ACE-L5). INSTRUCTOR: Klaus Gerhart - ACE Master Instructor/Certified Guide, Certified Tactical Rappel Master, Wilderness First Responder, Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Technical Rope Rescue Technician, former Basic Mountaineering Instructor for Sierra Club's Wilderness Travel Course, trained whitewater rafting guide, Map & Compass Navigation Instructor and a Master Educator for Leave No Trace wilderness ethics. This class will begin in Moab at our campsite. Feel free to camp with us, to get your own camping, or to stay at a motel ... your choice. (Uber Adventures provides no camping gear.) You must have all your own personal protection gear and hardware to attend this course. If you're lacking anything, we offer students a 10% discount for any gear bought before/during/after the course at the http://uberadventures.net store. GEAR: Harness, Helmet, Gloves, Safety Tether/Cow's Tail/Personal Anchor, Descender, Ascenders, Prusik, 48" Footloop, VT Prusik, Figure 8 for rigging, and about 9 total screwlock carabiners (at least 2 empty. POLICIES http://uberadventures.net/policies/, TESTIMONIALS http://uberadventures.net/testimonials/

Moab, UT - Canyon Rescue Course (ACE-L4) 'Intensive'

Goose Island Campground

$100.00

**(nb: the $100 meetup collected with your RSVP is the deposit; the full course fee is $395, so the balance of $295 will be due on or before the first night of class. If you're traveling to Moab for this course, you may camp with Uber Adventures for 3 nights for $50!) This course is not only a great time to 'up' your recreational canyoneering skills to an admirable level, but it's a great prep course for Certification as a Professional Canyon Guide (ACE-L5) with ACE (Association for Canyoneering Education)! --------------------------------------------------------------- Canyon Rescue Course (ACE-L4) 'Intensive'=All skills presented in 2 days! Train Hard, Plan Well, Be Safe ... but accident's 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. -------------------------------------------- Skills covered include: • Advanced Friction Options • 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/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 (X2) • Considerations for musculoskeletal injuries -------------------------------------------- Prerequisites: Since this course builds upon the skills and techniques presented in our Technical Canyoneering Course (ACE-L1), our Advanced Canyoneering Course (ACE-L2), AND our Canyon Essentials Course (ACE-L3), we recommend that you've either taken all three 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). INSTRUCTION: UBER Adventures is America’s premier Canyoneering Instruction, Events and Community! We offer a variety of Canyoneering Courses to get the beginner/intermediate Canyoneer up-to-speed in his/her Canyoneering-specific skills; to provide intermediate Canyoneers with the skill set to tackle Advanced canyons; to train Leaders/Organizers the techniques and strategies for technical and group-management challenges; to teach individuals and groups the skills necessary to perform immediate in-canyon self-rescues, partner rescues and to assist with group emergencies; and ultimately to provide the comprehensive training for anyone interested in seeking certification as a Professional Canyon Guide (ACE-L5). Instructor: Klaus Gerhart ACE Master Instructor/Certified Guide, ACGA Certified Guide/Officer/Instructor, Certified Tactical Rappel Master, Wilderness First Responder, Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Technical Rope Rescue Technician, former Basic Mountaineering Instructor for Sierra Club's Wilderness Travel Course, trained whitewater rafting guide, Map & Compass Navigation Instructor and a Master Educator for Leave No Trace wilderness ethics. This class takes place in Moab at our campsite on Day 1 & Day 2 from 7:00am-5:00pm-ish. Feel free to camp with us, to get your own camping, or to stay at a motel ... your choice. (Uber Adventures provides no camping gear.) If you decide to stay longer or come early, you must make your own camping/lodging arrangements for the additional days. POLICIES (http://uberadventures.net/policies/) TESTIMONIALS (http://uberadventures.net/testimonials/)

Moab, UT - Advanced Canyoneering Course (ACE-L2)

Goose Island Campground

$100.00

(Advanced Canyoneering Course (ACE-L2)-Moab! $395/person for training, certificates ... and if you want to camp with us, it is only $50 and can be paid during class) http://uberadventures.net 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. 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. I will provide mechanical ascenders for practice to anyone who doesn't own their own yet! Don't forget that the Uber Adventures store carries all the technical gear a canyoneer could need or want ... and there's always a 10% discount for students! Place your order in time and I can deliver the gear to the class! LOGISTICS: This class will begin at our campsite in Moab each morning at 7:00am and will finish around 4pm each afternoon. 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 Master Canyoneering 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.

Swiftwater Canyoneering Course (3-day) Kern River, CA

Needs a location

$100.00

This is the only curriculum of its kind being taught in America, AND includes camping, handouts, a Certificate of Completion, AND a descent of 7 Teacups Canyon on Sunday! **(n.b.: The $100 collected by Meetup is the DEPOSIT for this course, the full course price is $595 so the remaining $495 will be due at least 1 week prior to the course dates. You must provide your own transportation to and from the location; and you can either camp with us or you can get your own camping/lodging; you must provide your own PPE including your standard canyoneering gear (harness, helmet, hardware, etc), AND a full wetsuit (4/3 preferred) and a Type 3 PFD. Uber Adventures will provide the ropes and all training equipment.)** Canyons with strong current, water volume and hydraulics pose dangers that dry canyons (Class 'A') and low-flow, or standing-water canyons (Class 'B') do not. This course provides skills, knowledge and experiential training FOR exactly that type of environment, IN exactly that type of environment. We've taken the relevant skills from a Swiftwater Rescue Course and combined them with the relevant skills for Canyoneering in Class 'C' canyons and have produced this hybrid Swiftwater Canyoneering Course! This course will be challenging ... and empowering! Prerequisites: This course cannot be your first foray into the sport of canyoneering. The skills and methods in this course are a supplement to previous training. You MUST have taken a previous Uber Adventures Canyoneering Course, or a thorough series of other APPROVED courses, or, have SIGNIFICANT canyoneering experience! IN ADDITION to the above technical requirements, you MUST BE A STRONG SWIMMER! This course does not teach you how to swim. Skills, Techniques, Topics covered include: • Rope Management in Deep or Swiftwater • Anchor Access and Challenges • Belays & Rappel Methods, Air Pockets • Specific Gear, Handling & Utility • Tensioned Diagonals, Guided Rappels, Tyrolean Traverses • Potholes, Deviations, Re-Belays, Lowers & Hauls • Slides & Jumps, Surface Tension, River Crossings • Hydrology: Holes, Rapids, Laminars, Eddies • Defensive/Aggressive Swimming, Ferry Angles • Strainers, Sieves, Entrapments • Rescue: Towed Victim, Live Bait, Throw Bags/Rope • Communication, Safety, CFS, LNT • Hypothermia, Submersion, Water Quality Instructors: In Addition to Klaus Gerhart (and maybe Jason), Uber Adventures is bringing in a dynamic Swiftwater Rescue Instructor for his 15 years of experience and expertise! 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.

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