21901 Devonshire St, Chatsworth, CA
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!
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!
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 canyoneers 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, Transient & 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.
Instructor: Klaus Gerhart
ACE Certified Guide/Master Canyoneering Instructor, ACGA Certified Canyoneering Guide/Officer/Instructor for Technical Canyoneering-Advanced Canyoneering-Canyon Leader-Canyon Rescue, Certified Tactical Rappel Master, Wilderness First Responder, Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Whitewater Rescue Technician, Technical Rope Rescue Technician, former Basic Mountaineering Instructor, trained Whitewater Rafting Guide, Map & Compass Navigation Instructor and a Master Educator for Leave No Trace wilderness ethics.
The cost of this course is $395. A $100 deposit is required within 2 days of your RSVP to reserve your place in the class. Please send it via PayPal to: [masked] If you don't have PayPal, you can pay here: TECHNICAL CANYONEERING COURSE. (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.) Feel free to post your questions on this site or contact me directly through e-mail or a greeting.
This class will begin on Friday evening (7:00-9:30) at UBER Adventures, 21901 Devonshire St, Chatsworth, CA 91311, with an orientation, introduction, and presentation with an emphasis on the canyon rating system, gear, weather, canyon topography ... and getting to know each other. The class will reconvene on Saturday and Sunday at Stoney Point Park in Chatsworth and will run from 7am-5:00pm both days.
Required gear for this course is a harness and a helmet (I can loan these out if you don't have them, or you can buy gear at a 10% discount from Uber Adventures before/during/after class), and I'll also be loaning out carabiners, descenders, tethers, foot loops, prusiks, etc. Feel free to borrow my gear for this course, until you determine what your needs will be.
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
Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.