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St George - Canyon Essentials Course (ACE-L3) 'Intensive' on a Thursday!
[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). Logistics: Most of the course will be held at our 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.

Virgin River Gorge, Cedar Pocket

36.950773, -113.797959 · St George, UT

What we're about

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 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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