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*DEATH VALLEY: Most canyons are low-traffic with natural anchors that will need to be rebuilt, so it is crucial to have sufficient anchor materials. Be sure to bring adequate water, food, and protection for long days in extreme conditions. Be prepared to pack out ALL waste (bathrooms are closed). During the government shutdown, it will be extra-important to be self-reliant and good stewards of the environment. *BASIC PLAN: Arrive on Friday night Canyon on Saturday Canyon on Sunday Will anyone be staying and looking to run a canyon on Monday? *CAMPING: DVNP campgrounds are mostly closed due to the government shutdown. At the moment, Stovepipe Wells is still offering first-come, first-serve camping for $12 night (https://deathvalleyhotels.com/our-hotel/rv-park-and-camping/). Some of the resort accommodations in Furnace Creek are also open. There will be no pre-arranged group lodging or meals, but it'd be great to meet up, so comment with your plans. *BETA: TBD, will post final canyons/Saturday and Sunday schedule by Wednesday. Here is a list of options, let me know if you have any preferences. http://ropewiki.com/Inconceivable_Canyon http://ropewiki.com/Shrieking_Eels_Canyon http://ropewiki.com/Cliffs_of_Insanity_Canyon http://ropewiki.com/Miracle_Max_Canyon http://ropewiki.com/Heart_of_Stone_Canyon *PERSONAL GEAR: You MUST have a harness, a helmet, 3 locking carabiners (minimum), safety tether, rappel device, 48" footloop, prusik, and beta to attend this event. Bring adequate water and snacks and dress for the weather/conditions. *GROUP GEAR: Ropes, webbing, rapides, and first aid kit. Please comment with details regarding what you can bring. *REQUIREMENTS: To join this event, as well as any of the other recreational events posted on this Meetup Group, are that you must have taken the Uber Adventures 3-day Technical Canyoneering Course. (Exceptions may be made for those who have taken an approved equivalent 3-day course, or for those who have SIGNIFICANT canyoneering experience. Approval for these exceptions are at the discretion of the group organizer, Klaus Gerhart.) *NOTE: Since this is not a guided trip and because canyoneering is a team sport where every member should be able to rappel well, inspect anchors, build new anchors, rig for all contingencies, manage ropes efficiently and contribute in every aspect of the adventure, anyone who's profile does not reflect the appropriate training or sufficient experience will not be allowed to participate. PLEASE KEEP YOUR PROFILE ACCURATE & UP-TO-DATE! If at the trailhead for this event you do not have the beta and map for the canyon, a harness, helmet, rappel device, safety tether, foot loop for self rescue, sufficient protection from the heat or cold, and sufficient water for the intended exertion, you will be turned-away from the event for not being prepared. If you are unable or unwilling to contribute group gear, or you are unable or unwilling to help carry group gear, you may be turned away from the event.
[nb: the $100 collected by Meetup for this course is the Deposit; the full course price is $395, so $295 will be due before the class begins. Don't forget to inquire about descending a canyon with us on Monday! http://uberadventures.net] 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! 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. 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! 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, & 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. LEAD 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. TUITION: The cost of this course is only $395. A $100 deposit is required within 2 days of your RSVP to reserve your place in the class. If Meetup didn't collect your deposit, please send it via PayPal to: [masked] or register here http://uberadventures.net/product/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. If you don't give 30 days notice, the balance for the course will still be due whether you attend or not.) Feel free to post your questions on this site or contact me directly through e-mail or a greeting. LOGISTICS: This class will begin on Friday evening (7:00-9:30) at UBER Adventures, 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. If you're traveling to Los Angeles for this course, inquire about some free lodging/camping possibilities! GEAR REQUIREMENTS for this course are a harness and a helmet (we can loan these out if you don't have them ... and we offer a 10% discount for any gear bought before/during/directly after the course at the Uber Adventures store), and I'll also be loaning out carabiners, descenders, tethers, foot loops, prusiks, etc. Feel free to borrow our gear for this course, until you determine what your needs will be. POLICIES (http://uberadventures.net/policies/) TESTIMONIALS (http://uberadventures.net/testimonials/) 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
[nb: the $100 collected by Meetup for this event is the Deposit; the full course cost is $395. The balance will be due the first day of class, or before.] ADVANCED Canyoneering Course (ACE-L2) This course is designed to provide students with the tools needed to jump to the next level of technical skill and become competent and safe canyoneers in ALL classes of canyons and touches on techniques and skills for the Canyon Essentials Course (ACE-L3) and the Canyon Rescue Course (ACE-L4). The practical experience that you gain during this course will give you the knowledge and confidence to tackle advanced canyon obstacles and many unexpected situations. This extremely popular curriculum has set a new standard by which all other courses and curriculums may be judged. This course was designed primarily to meet the needs of recreational canyoneers, but also forms the training foundation for those planning to seek certification as Professional Canyon Guide (ACE-L5). Prerequisite: 3-day Technical Canyoneering Course (ACE-L1) or Instructor permission. Since this Two-Day Advanced Canyoneering Course (ACE-L2) builds upon the skills and techniques presented in our Technical Canyoneering Course (ACE-L1), you must have that training or extensive personal experience to be admitted to this class. Feel free to call if you're unsure if this course is the right fit for your experience. The topics covered include: • Efficient Rope Management • Advanced Knots & Hitches • Retrievable/Releasable Anchor Systems • Transient Anchors • Artificial Anchors Installation & Inspection • Advanced Rope Deployment Methods • Multi-Pitch Rappels • Simul Rappels • Advanced Rope Work for Traverses • Guided Rappels & Tensioning Systems • Deviations/Re-Directs • 3 Ascending Methods & Converting to Rappel (Changeovers) • Transitioning on top of Ascend • Pothole Escape Techniques • Basics of Mechanical Advantage Don't forget that the Uber Adventures store (http://uberadventures.net) carries all the technical gear a canyoneer could need or want ... and there's always a 10% discount for students! Tuition for this 2-Day Advanced Technical Canyoneering Course (ACE-L2) is only $395 per individual. A $100 non-refundable deposit will reserve your space in this class. While the deposit is non-transferrable and non-refundable, it may be put toward a future course in the same calendar year if 30 days notice are given, canceling your participation. If 30 days notice are not given, the balance of $295 will still be due whether you attend the course or not. Feel free to post any questions on this event or send me a greeting/e-mail through meetup. Included with tuition is all instruction and all group Canyoneering equipment, i.e.: ropes, webbing, rope bags, rapides, rigging, etc. ... and a Certificate of Completion!! Warning: The activities in this course have been found to be addictive. Only those people prepared for ultimate adventure and nonstop fun need attend! Please read the course policies here: http://www.meetup.com/canyoneering/pages/UBER_Adventures_Course_Policies/ Instructor: Klaus Gerhart: ACE (Association for Canyoneering Education) Master Instructor/Certified Guide, American Canyon Guides Association (ACGA) Certified Guide/Officer/Instructor, Certified Tactical Rappel Master, Wilderness First Responder, Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Technical Rope Rescue Technician, Map & Compass Navigation Instructor, trained whitewater rafting guide, former basic mountaineering instructor for Sierra Club's Wilderness Travel Course, and a Master Educator for Leave No Trace wilderness ethics.
[nb: this is an 'intensive' version of the 2-day Canyon Essentials Course (ACE-L3) ... all skills will be covered in only 1 long-ish day, but there will be a maximum of only 4-5 students! The $100 collected by Meetup for this event is the Deposit. The balance will be due the first day of class, or before.] Canyon Essentials Course (ACE-L3) Improve your skills and expand your canyoneering toolbox! Uber Adventures' Canyon Essentials Course (ACE-L3) is designed to prepare some for organizing or leading canyons and others to simply increase the number of tools in their toolbox; specifically providing the next level of skills training through technical instruction and experiential practice. While these tools are a vital component for any active canyoneer, they are imperative for anyone leading rookies, kids, family or friends into a canyon. This course provides strategic training for unexpected technical and group management challenges ... when things don't go quite as planned! While this course is designed primarily to meet the needs of recreational canyoneers, it also provides a bridge between the Advanced Canyoneering Course (ACE-L2) and the Canyon Rescue Course (ACE-L4), and forms the training foundation for those planning to seek ACE certification as a Professional Canyon Guide! (While it is not required you take ACE-L2-L3-L4 Courses in sequence, it is recommended.) Skills covered include: • Alternate Guided Rappel Options to keep people dry • Group Gear Choices & Distribution, Pack Management • Strand Isolation and Leapfrogging for speeding things up • Static Courtesy Rappels to make hard-starts easier • Dynamic Courtesy Rappels to make super-hard-starts safer and easier • Lowering Systems for emergencies and speed • Pre-Rigged Rappels and Rigging Kids for Rappel • Static & Dynamic Edge Protection to increase rope life • Direct Top Belays, Handlines and Sequencing • Advanced Belay Techniques & Rappel Friction for Long Rappels • Passing Knots on Ascend and Rappel • Advanced Lock-Off Methods • Converting Static Block to Lowering System for assist or rescue • Isolating In-Field Rope Damage (Core Shot) • Constructing a Swiss Seat or Swami for rescue or gear failure • Rappelling on a Munter for emergencies • Advanced Friction Options PREREQUISITES: Since this course builds upon the skills and techniques presented in our Technical Canyoneering Course (ACE-L1) AND our Advanced Canyoneering Course (ACE-L2), we recommend that you've either taken both courses or have significant relevant personal experience before taking this class (please inquire if you're unsure if this is the correct course for your current skill set). GEAR REQUIREMENTS: Harness, Helmet, Rappel Device, Figure 8 for Rigging, Gloves, 5-6 HMS Screwgate Carabiners, 48" Sling or Foot Loop, Personal Safety Tether/Lanyard, Prusik Loop, Mechanical Ascenders, 20' Cordelette or Canyon Cordelette (and appropriate shoes and pack). LOGISTICS: This course will be held on Monday ... most of the course will be held at Stoney Point Park in Chatsworth, with part of the class, possibly held at the Uber Adventures classroom at 21901 Devonshire St, Chatsworth, CA 91311. TUITION: This Canyon Essentials Course (ACE-L3) is $395 per individual. A $100 deposit reserves your space in this class. The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferrable but may be put toward a future course in the same calendar year if 30 days notice are given cancelling your participation in this course. Feel free to post any questions on this event or send me a greeting/e-mail through meetup. Included with tuition is: A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION!! INSTRUCTOR: Klaus Gerhart - ACE Master Instructor/Certified Guide, Certified Tactical Rappel Master, Wilderness First Responder, Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Technical Rope Rescue Technician, Basic Mountaineering Instructor, Map & Compass Navigation Instructor and a Master Educator for Leave No Trace wilderness ethics. TESTIMONIALS: "Brings you to an overall higher level and better approach to the sport of canyoneering. This class is a whole new and wonderful chapter to my canyoneering experience! Thank you Klaus! I look forward to solidifying more of these newfound skills out there in the canyons, can hardly wait!!!" -Christopher Abando- "To everyone thinking about taking this course or any of the other courses, I highly recommend taking training sessions with Klaus & the Uber Team. A well prepared agenda to cover a lot of topics as well as techniques. The items covered include a deeper understanding with real world canyon applications. Being shown a technique with a "here is why it is" followed by hands on "just doing it" really makes it stick to the memory. A huge thank you to the Uber Team for such a wonderful training weekend & experience." -Chester Wu "Awesome tools to add to any leaders skill set! Loved the class!" -Jason Marvin- "Best Class Ever :-)" -Donald Hamblen- "The best class yet! Highly recommended for all leaders. I feel like my skills have just gone up several notches. Awesome class." -Freddy Unger- "An excellent course. It really taught so many useful techniques and builds on what we learned in advanced. Also great group made it fun!" -Jeff Siew- "Thank you Klaus for the wonderful two days! This is a must take canyoneering course, if you want (prepare yourself) to be a leader." -Thomas Ku- "Awesome class Klaus! Learned lots of cool new tricks for the toolbox. Super awesome group too!" -David Doucette-