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!! We are finally allowed and ready for some activity: our courses take place outdoors in the sun, there is little-to-no physical contact, our courses max at 8 students +2 instructors, and we wear rappelling gloves! Come outside with us, bring your mask, stay physically out-of-range, but let's get socially reconnected !! [nb: This is a professional course with accreditation and the price is only $395, so please visit our website to pay for the course, or your $100 deposit. Any remaining balance will be due before the class begins.] Full calendar of courses and activities at http://uberadventures.net/courses/ What is Canyoneering? Canyoneering is an emerging adventure sport that has grown significantly in popularity over the past decade. It combines hiking, wading, swimming, jumping, sliding, boulder-hopping, scrambling, down-climbing, sometimes packrafting and always rappelling — often over waterfalls! Physically, it takes 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! This sport has unique risks and requires a very specific set of technical skills to enjoy it safely ... and that's where we com in! This 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 https://vimeo.com/104538804 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. We will provide all the necessary gear for participation in this course, but feel free to bring your own harness, helmet, and gloves if you have them! 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! TOPICS and SKILLS covered include: Knots-Bends-and-Hitches, Canyon Rating System, Rules-Ethics-Style-Communication-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. COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Cole Anderson POLICIES - http://uberadventures.net/policies/ TESTIMONIALS - http://uberadventures.net/testimonials/
Margs Draw Trail – out and back From the AllTrails App: “Margs Draw Trail is a 4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.” I chose Saturday morning, because based on the weather prediction, it should be the coolest day of next week. Temperatures should be between 70 and 80 degrees during the 2 hour hike. Saturday morning also allows those less fortunate folks, who work Monday through Friday, to come as well. And, this time frame gets us off the trail and the highway mostly before the tourist onslaught of the weekend. Please note: This lot is the southern end of the trail and also the parking area for The Broken Arrow Trail. The map is correct. We will begin the hike by climbing uphill. The parking lot is not very large, so get there early. There are no bathrooms at this site. Lots of bushes though. I'm not sure if a parking pass is required. I always put my America The Beautiful National Park Senior pass on the dashboard as a precaution. I'm keeping the size of the group to 8 people because I'd like to limit possible virus exposure for both myself and the other participants. (Depending on demand, I may increase that size). You are not required to wear a mask, but I'd suggest bringing one anyway. We will practice social distancing. I am not a professional guide, so you alone are responsible for your own physical safety.
UPDATE: Hi Folks. Due to the extreme temperatures and how fast it gets hot, I am rescheduling this hike for later in the month. Tuesday is forecast to be over 100 again, and this hike has NO shade. Even in the morning I have found it uncomfortable. Hope some or all of you can make it then. Thanks. We will hike the loop trail on top of the mesa with an out and back, side trail, to a point that overlooks Montezuma Well. Basically flat and about 4 miles total length. With views of Sedona and Thunder mountain. Take exit 293 off 17, or come via Cornville Road, thru Maguireville. Stay right at Fork by gas station. There are signs that say trail head. Make left onto Cliffside Trail at the Beaver Creek Inn. Again, follow signs for trailhead. Parking is at the south end of Forest Glen Road.
OLLI FUNDRAISER Nearly 2 billion years of geological history are exposed in the steep walls of Grand Canyon, Arizona's most beloved natural landmark. Join respected geologist and friend of OLLI Wayne Ranney on Thursday, September 3 for a special talk about the canyon. All proceeds raised from the event will help OLLI Sedona - Verde Valley recoup financial losses due to the temporary cancellation of face-to-face classes. Register now for this event, which is open to all, at a cost of only $15 (additional gifts are welcome) which will be on Thursday, September 3 at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom. Wayne Ranney is an award-winning author, river and trail guide, geologist and educator who inspires residents and visitors of the Colorado Plateau with his words and descriptions. He is a former backcountry ranger at Grand Canyon National Park and attained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology from Northern Arizona University. He is the co-author of “Ancient Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau,” which takes readers on a virtual time machine tour across the stupendous Plateau landscape. He lives in Flagstaff with his wife Helen and is also the author of “Carving Grand Canyon,” “Sedona Through Time,” and “Defining the Colorado Plateau: A Geologic Perspective.” TO SIGN UP & RECEIVE THE ZOOM LINK, COPY & PASTE THIS LINK INTO YOUR BROWSER: www.yc.edu/OLLISVfundraiser Note that this virtual visit to the bottom of the Grand Canyon is being presented in part as a fundraiser for OLLI Sedona•Verde Valley. Your support will help us continue to offer engaging opportunities for lifelong learning.