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.
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.