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Technical Canyoneering Course (ACE-L1) - Moab, UT + Monday Canyon!
What is Canyoneering? Canyoneering is an adventure sport that 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! 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 Canyoneering is an emerging adventure sport in the US that has grown significantly in popularity over the past decade. This sport has unique risks and requires a very specific set of technical skills to enjoy it safely. Rock-climbing, caving, mountaineering and swiftwater training teach related skills for your ‘toolbox’, but Canyoneering has become highly specialized, and much of the gear and many of the techniques of Canyoneering are distinctly different from those of the other sports …and, that’s where we come in! https://vimeo.com/104538804 (You can also check us out at http://uberadventures.net) 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). Prerequisite: None This 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 cayoneers refine their current skill set! The topics and skills covered will include: • Knots, Bends and Hitches • Canyon Rating System • Rules, Ethics, Style, Communication and Courtesy • Specific Gear Choices, Requirements, Use and Care • Belays, Lowering and Handlines • Natural, Artificial, & Human Anchors • Static and Contingency Riggings • Rope Deployment, Coiling, Bagging and Etiquette • Rappelling Techniques & On-Rope Skills (Adding Friction Pre-rappel, Mid-rappel, Locking Off, etc.) • Specialized Rappelling Techniques (Hard Starts, Soft Starts, Free-Hanging, Over-Hanging, etc.) • Basic Climbing & Down Climbing Skills (Bridging, Stemming, Partner Assists, Partner Captures, etc.) • Safety Checking and Basic Self-Rescue • And, within each of these broad subjects are a myriad of skills and tools. Host: 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, trained whitewater rafting guide, former Basic Mountaineering Instructor for Sierra Club's Wilderness Travel Course, Map & Compass Navigation Instructor and a Master Educator for Leave No Trace wilderness ethics. The cost of this course is $395 and includes camping! A $100 deposit is required within 2 days of your RSVP to reserve your place in the class. Please send your deposit through PayPal: [masked] or at our online store, where you'll also find a full listing of courses http://uberadventures.net. (The deposit is non-refundable, but may be put toward a future class during the same calendar year if 30 days notice are given, cancelling your participation in this course. If you do not give 30 days notice to cancel, the remaining fee for the class is due whether you attend or not.) This class will begin in Moab at our campsite at 7pm on Friday evening, and will reconvene each morning (Saturday-Sunday) at 7:00am at our campsite, and will finish around 5pm each afternoon. 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.) Required gear for this course is a harness and a helmet (we can loan these out if you don't have them ... and we will offer a 10% discount for any gear bought before/during/directly after the course at the Uber Adventures store: http://uberadventures.net, and we'll also be loaning out carabiners, descenders, tethers, foot loops, prusiks, etc. Feel free to borrow our gear for this course, until you determine what your needs will be. POLICIES http://uberadventures.net/policies/, lots of TESTIMONIALS http://uberadventures.net/testimonials/ Here's what some recent students are saying: "This course was FANTASTIC! It far exceeded my expectations. Klaus was an awesome instructor with an impressive knowledge of all things canyoneering. He gives you hands on experience in several rappelling devices (and rappelling off a Munter hitch), rappel starts in several positions, self rescue, and building anchors (just to name some of the major components, the course content is far more extensive). He is an organized and patient instructor. Every second of the course is filled with either classroom or hands on experience with little down time. After Klaus' class, I feel very confident that I could go out and be a member of a canyoneering meetup. I would give this class my highest recommendation possible. Klaus rocks!!!" --Scott Merrill "This was an excellent class. I've been canyoneering for about 5 years but never fully gotten all of the fundamentals of canyoneering. A very comprehensive course that enables one to competently descend canyons, even if you don't have any experience prior. It was a really full class and didn't skimp on anything. Klaus is an excellent teacher and always makes it fun while packing in so much information." --Alden Anderson "I had attended Klaus' last training and it was Amazing! I never expected that I will be able to do so much adventure stuff in a 2.5 day course. Klaus is a great instructor and the training was great fun and totally worth the money. Exceeded expectation!!!!" --Gokul Ramachandran "This course was great, and it was taught by an even greater guy. Klaus knows his stuff and teaches it well. After only a few days I feel like I can take on just about any canyon. I recommend this course to everyone, and I hope no one hesitates to take it. A great experience!" --Mark Crawford "Klaus is an amazing canyoneer and a terrific instructor; smart, funny, engaging - but most importantly knowledgeable and SAFE! He's one of the few people I trust with my life, literally. If anyone is waffling on whether or not to attend, DO IT. I assure you you will not regret it." --Nick Brogna "This 3 day class was awesome. Klaus was knowledgeable and patient. His technical skills taught me confidence in building my own anchors and validating the strength of others. I enjoyed learning with this group. Klaus was able to give individual instructions to all of us. Can't wait to get back out there." --Julie Mello "Great course with an excellent instructor. Klaus is patient and makes everything challenging and fun but most importantly safe. I don't think he left anything out. I had a great time out there with a good group. I look forward to the intermediate/advance course. Anybody considering this course at a later date, don't hesitate, you won't regret it. Thanks Klaus!" --Darin Matus

Goose Island Campground

Goose Island Campground Road · Moab, UT

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Intrepid Adventure Sports started with Steve Morga who spent years perfecting his craft as an elite Canyoneer and completed countless descents of canyons across the western United States.

He took this passion for adventure and combined it with his desire to share his knowledge and teach others. By 2017 hundreds of canyoneers from all skill levels had attended his classes conducted in Utah and Colorado.

Unfortunately Steve is no longer with us but his memory lives on as does our goal in continuing IAS as a MeetUp site where we will continue to post training opportunities independently as well as through our partners at Uber Adventures and other organizations where our goal will be to provide education through practical application of acquired skills with a continuous focus on safety first, fun second.

We have a sister site https://www.meetup.com/Canyoneering-Colorado-Utah/ where recreational outings and events will be posted for those who have attended training or have verifiable experience for the outing selected.

For those new to the sport please read on and contact us with any questions!

Canyoneering and "Canyoning" are terms used to describe an adventure sport that combines hiking, wading, swimming, boulder hopping, rock climbing and rappelling - often over waterfalls.

Hazards encountered in the sport of canyoneering include "keeper" potholes, flash floods, extreme water flow, high, narrow slots and hypothermia. Once committed by rappelling the first drop of a canyon, escape out the steep, often un-climbable, walls of a canyon is frequently impossible. Descending the remainder of the canyon is the only possibility to avoid a rescue that may take hours or days.

It is highly recommended an individual receive training prior to participating in the canyoneering sport to learn how to cope with the previously described hazards.

A quality technical canyoneering course should focus on beginning and intermediate techniques and provide students with the anchor, rigging and problem-solving skills and techniques they need to become safe, efficient and independent canyoneers.

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