Canceled Meetup

Rappelling Introduction before monthly potluck


Rappelling Introduction

(before monthly potluck at 7 PM)

and some skills building for more experienced canyoneers

For those who want to go canyoneering outings with WSA or who just wonder what this may be about; come on out. Due to limited time, ropes (and maybe gear) we will have to limit registrations to 15. You may only RSVP for yourself (for this and any future WSA rope-related events).

Experienced canyoneers please do not RSVP here (just let me know seperately that you will be attending). These 18 spots are for 1st, 2nd and 3rd timers on the rope.

We will need helpers those with 3 or more times on the rope) to make this a successful event for the new folks. If you have thebasic skills, please volunteer to help. There is no better way to see how well you know the skills than by teaching them to someone else. Others will be around to help you too, so please volunteer.


At 5:30 PM meet at the Serpents Trail parking lot (small lot along the left side of the road 1/3 mile inside CO Natl Mon entrance).

If you arrive late, walk about 3-4 minutes toward the Devil's Kitchen rock formation and we will be at the cliff on the left.


HELMET is REQUIRED of each participant (bike or boating or ski helmets are OK if that all you have) If you have these items (or can borrow in advance or rent), please bring:

Climbing Harness (do not buy one of these until you see &/or try some in action) Rappel Device (ATC, ATS, Figure 8, Piranah, etc) Carabiners (preferably locking carabiners; 2 or more. ~$8-15/each. Get the $8 kind and mark your gear) Leather or fake leather gloves to protect your hands from possible rope burns, rough sandsone and cactus spines. Available at Home Depot-type stores. Get snug fitting gloves, not the loose fitting gloves that many may use for activities like shoveling. ~$6-10/pair Running-type shoes or light hiking boots It will give everyone much more opportunity to rappel if everyone comes with the basic gear; HELMET REQUIRED and a climbing harness. Do not buy a harness until you have tried some or seen them on other people.

CMU outdoor program ( does rent this equipment so if you do not own or have anyone to borrow from, I suggest you contact them ( a week in advance to arrange rental.


Please take a few minutes to learn/ watch video/ read:

how to tie a Figure 8 on a bight ( basics (and beyond) on how to rappell ( essential rappelling equipment ( (bring what you have or can borrow; rent) There may be a very limited amount of gear available to borrow but it may have to be shared from one person to the next person so those wo have to share will get less opportunities to rappel.


Your participation in events like this one and longer week-night or weekend skills events will be expected from this point on if you want to participate in WSA canyoneering events. In the future, all new 'canyoneers' will have to have attended one or more of these types of events &/or be 'sponsored' by an expereinced member to participate in WSA canyoneering outings.


Doug Van Etten 970-433-4312

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