What we're about

The Western Slope Adventurers (WSA) is a bunch of motivated individuals who want to get together with other outdoor minded folks to share hiking, backpacking, canyoneering, dog walks, outdoor film festivals (indoors on winter nights), photography, road and mountain biking, rafting and other water sports; and, in season, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, winter camping (or huts), outdoor ice skating and so much more.

You are encouraged to BE ACTIVE in the group. MeetUps are about just that, actively meeting up with others with shared interests.

Being a'Western Slope' group we are attracting members from Delta/ Montrose, Paonia/ Hotchkiss, Rifle/ Glenwood Springs and other areas. When members want to generate activities in those outlying areas to be posted on the WSA calendar, that is great. Everything need not emanate from Grand Junction. As a matter of fact, we are excited about locals in a variety of areas posting activities so those of us from other areas can learn where to go with the various 'locals'.

MeetUp.com allows for a principle 'Organizer' and unlimited number of Assistant Organizers and Event Organizers . If you have an event you want posted to the calendar, you can then be designated as the event organizer. After you have initiated a few events you will probably be invited to become an Assistant Organizer (AO). It will be great if we can expand our network of AOs into all the various population centers of the Western Slope.

Western Colorado is a great place to live and we will meetup up to share it and make it even better , for ourselves, our group and and larger community.

Oh and by the way, if you are from Denver, Salt Lake City, Colorado Springs, Price or places even farther away, if you share our interests in getting outdoors, we welcome your membership.

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Moab, UT - September Canyoneering Courses!!

Goose Island Campground

**TECHNICAL CANYONEERING COURSES in Moab, UT! $395 per course: Choose your level! (and if you want to camp with us, it is only $50 per person/per class and can be paid during class)! ACE-L1 (TECHNICAL Canyoneering Course) - Sept 20-22 ACE-L2 (ADVANCED Canyoneering Course) - Sept 24-25 ACE-L3 (Canyon ESSENTIALS Course) - Sept 27 ACE-L4 (Canyon RESCUE Course) - Sept 28-29 See full descriptions here: http://uberadventures.net/courses 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 technical 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 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! 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. INSTRUCTOR: Klaus Gerhart - ACE Master Instructor/Certified Guide, Certified Tactical Rappel Master, Wilderness First Responder, Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Technical Rope Rescue Technician, trained whitewater rafting guide, former Basic Mountaineering Instructor for Sierra Club's Wilderness Travel Course, Map & Compass Navigation Instructor and a Master Educator for Leave No Trace wilderness ethics.

Kayak the UNCOMPAHGRE through Montrose, CO

We will be running the Class 2 rapids of the Uncompahgre River through Montrose, CO. None of the rapids are Class 3, but there will be some rocks that you will want to avoid. This river is not deep, but it is fast! In the middle of this run we will go through the Montrose Water Park with some big drops which are a lot of fun. They are not difficult but they may take your breath away! Here is a video of some of us going through the Water Park from the last trip we took: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQ2S3XVIbzI). Some of you may recognize Shirley in the yellow kayak. I am in the purple and blue one. The launch site is just behind the Target store off of US50 in Montrose and the take out will be on a small side channel at Tavawach Park. If you have Google Earth, you will be able to find aerial photos of both of these locations: 2355 Air Parkway, Montrose, CO for the take out and Target, Montrose CO for the launch site. Afterwards we can relax at one of the local restaurants or micro-breweries for a late lunch.

Backpacking: Western High Uintahs, Utah
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Ryder & Kermsuh Lakes (4 out of 5 stars) 22.6 miles 1,770' gain/loss Trailhead: 8,790 ft. Ryder Lake: 10,560 ft. Kermsuh Lake: 10,300 ft. Good trail but very rocky in places. It can also be muddy in spots, especially in the early Summer before all of the snow has melted. Day 1---8.1 miles (walking time -- ca. 6.5 hours) Day 2:--7.1 miles (walking time -- ca. 5 hours) Day 3:--7.4 miles (walking time -- ca. 4 hours) We will begin at Christmas Meadows Trailhead which is NE of Kamas, Utah off of Hwy. 150 headed towards Evanston, Wyoming. The drive to the trailhead is approximately 6-6.5 hours from Grand Junction.

Past events (2,772)

Kayak Colorado River, Glenwood Springs to Silt

South Canyon Boat Ramp

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