Desperado Canyon is REALLY fun and scenic, located south of Jean, NV. It starts with a fairly long approach up another canyon, with a fun large rock scree slope near the top! The canyon has everything a dry canyon can offer...11 rappels (2 optional) in the 50 to 80 foot range (2 hard starts), many down climbs, twisty slot sections, and even a single (semi) keeper pothole. All anchors are natural or constructed - no bolts.
NOTE: While this canyon is considered a 3A, I would not call it a beginner canyon. IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST CANYON, you must contact Jeff or Bryan and make sure we are comfortable with your skillset.
We will meet at the M Resort in the front parking lot near the resort sign at 7:45 am and carpool to the canyon. We will need a second semi-high clearance vehicle (a regular truck is fine) to shuttle everyone to the canyon. If you are willing to use your vehicle, please let me know.
WE WILL BE LEAVING THE CARPOOL AREA AT 8:00AM SHARP! We should be done by 3-4pm.
For more info on this canyon:
1) Check out the beta at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.226464300760031.54680.179244358815359&type=3
2) Check out a detailed GPX track with pictures at: http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=2504293&code=8100aafdaf40962c6d72e953d8efe7cf
Before signing up for this Meetup...SEE REQUIRED SKILLS BELOW..... ---------------------------------------------------
** Please note ** that all participants in this event will be required to sign a waiver and acknowldgement of risk form. This form is available for your prior inspection in the Pages section of this meetup. http://www.meetup.com/Las-Vegas-Canyoneering-Meetup-Group/pages/Las_Vegas_Canyoneering_Meetup_-_Liability_Waiver . Please print and have signed upon arrival to this event or you will not be able to participate. Copies will be available at meeting location also.
Some events require that all participants possess basic canyoneering skills. When basic canyoneering skills are listed as a requirement for an event, participants must be able to demonstrate all of the following. NOTE: This is considered a very basic, minimum skill set.
- The ability to rappel
- The ability to rig a rappel device to provide the appropriate amount of friction for rope diameters from 8mm to 10mm rigged either single or double strand.
- The ability to lock off at mid rappel.
- The ability to use a foot loop, rigged with a friction hitch or mechanical ascender, to free a stuck rappel device.
- The ability to climb and down-climb on rock.
- The ability to provide a bottom belay (aka millitary belay, fireman belay) for a rappeller.
- The ability to swim (for Class B or C canyons)
Canyoneering Gear - minimum required for participation in canyon events:
Helmet (meets UIAA standards)
Extra Locking Carabiners (3 or 4)
Ascenders or Prusiks (optional)
Sewn Runners aka Dyneema or Nylon Slings (24 or 48-inch)
Gloves (optional but recommended)
Wetsuit appropriate to conditions (for Class B or C canyons)
Footwear appropriate to conditions
You should also bring: a pack, water (2-3 liters per person), clothing appropriate to anticipated weather incl a wind jacket, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc., plus camping gear if applicable.
Meetup Etiquette and Attendee Responsibilities:
Canyoneering is a group activity. All participants are expected to contribute in a meaningful way. This may include:
Carrying rope and other equipment. Offering to bring your own ropes to minimize the wear & tear on organizer ropes. Providing basic equipment such as webbing or rapid links . Providing vehicle shuttles when needed. Offer to reimburse event drivers for gas and wear & tear on their vehicles.
When doing a canyon:
Each rappeller should offer the next person down a fireman's belay.At difficult down/up climbs, offer to spot or assist the next person. Do not simply continue on to the next obstacle.
Safety comes first. No canyoneer should ever feel self conscious about asking for assistance.
Make sure to check the weather. Be prepared!
** Acknowledgement of Risk **
Canyoneering and other adventure sports are fun, but are not without risk. You are responsible for your own safety and staying within your own comfort limits. All practice and canyon events are unguided events. By participating in a Canyoneering event, you acknowledge that you have a personal duty and responsibility for your own safety.
Canyoneering Meetups are organized to provide a venue for canyoneers to meet, have fun and practice existing skills. The Las Vegas Canyoneering Meeup Group does not assess the technical and/or safety skills of participants, nor does it assess any canyon to determine current conditions. You acknowledge that you have a personal duty and responsibility to (a) assess your own skills, honestly and accurately, to determine your suitability as a participant for each canyon, (b) seek adequate information to assess the difficulty of each canyon to determine if it is within your skill level, (c) seek adequate information about the current conditions in each canyon and the weather to assess potential risks prior to entering the canyon, and (d) evaluate your prospective partners and to use your own judgment to determine their suitability as partners.
Inherent hazards and risks of canyoneering include:
My own physical condition, and the physical exertion associated with this activity
Possible equipment failure and/or malfunction of my own or others’ equipment
Risks associated the hazards of walking on uneven terrain and slips and falls
Being struck by rock fall or other objects dislodged or thrown from above
The use of climbing ropes and equipment; rope burns; pinches, scrapes, twists and jolts that could result in scratches, bruises, sprains, lacerations, fractures, concussions, or even more severe life threatening injuries
The forces of nature, including flash floods; the risk of falling off the rock or mountain
The risk of altitude and cold including hypothermia and frostbite and heat including heat exhaustion
Fatigue, chill, and/or dizziness, which may diminish my/our reaction time and increases the risk of accident Exposure to potentially dangerous wild animals, insect bites, and hazardous plant life
Exposure to water, including potentially contaminated sources, as well as drowning
My own negligence and/or the negligence of others, including but not limited to user error and group decision making including misjudging terrain, rapids, weather, trails, or route location.
Accidents or illness occurring in remote places where there are no available medical facilities.
Travel in remote areas with poor or no access to emergency and/or medical services
Travel to and from the activity
I understand the description of these risks is not complete and that unknown or unanticipated risks may result in injury, illness, or death.
All participants are encouraged to:
(1) honestly assess their skills to ensure each canyon is within your ability
(2) assess your prospective canyon partners
(3) accept responsibility for your own safety and comfort
(4) do your share of the work, carry your share of group gear
(5) share your ideas for problem solving and rope work
(6) speak up if you're having a problem
(7) speak up if you question what's going on or something that is being done, no matter who's doing it
(8) bring, or make arrangements for all of the gear on the gear list
(9) wear a helmet