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There are many canyoneering opportunities throughout the Southwest! From San Diego, through the San Gabriels and San Bernardinos, the Los Padres, the Sierra and as far north as Death Valley in California (and beyond); not to mention those near Las Vegas, those scattered through Arizona and those bursting from the seams of the topographic maps of Utah. The purpose of this Meetup Group is to connect people in the Southwest for this adventure activity/sport/passion and to provide certified instruction, experiential education, canyoneering opportunities and an introduction to the Canyoneering Community in a safe and fun way. Anybody with the desire to learn canyoneering and anybody who already canyoneers ... this is your group. Tho located in California, the area this Meetup Group covers includes Nevada, Colorado, Arizona and Utah. (Note: By basing it in Southern California, trips of greater distance are made more plausible by cost-sharing travel expenses!)

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St George - Canyon Essentials Course (ACE-L3) 'Intensive'!

Virgin River Gorge, Cedar Pocket

$100.00

[nb: this is an expedited 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 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). Required/Recommended Gear: 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, 25' of webbing, 20' Cordelette-optional or Canyon Cordelette-optional (and appropriate shoes and pack). Logistics: This course will be held on THURSDAY ... most of the course will be held at at my exclusive training site within the Virgin River Gorge near St George, Utah with a portion possibly held at a Picnic area in the Cedar Pocket campgrounds. There should be plenty of super-cheap camping at Cedar Pocket which is a first-come/first-served park, or you can make other lodging/camping arrangements on your own. 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, ACGA Certified Guide, Officer and Instructor, 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.

St George - Canyon Rescue Course (ACE-L4) 'Intensive' 2-day

Virgin River Gorge

$100.00

[nb: this is an expedited version of the 3-day Canyon Rescue Course (ACE-L4) ... all skills will be covered in only 2 long-ish days! The $100 collected by Meetup for this event is the Deposit. The balance will be due the first day of class, or before.] Train Hard. Plan Well. Be Safe. (but accidents still happen) This Canyon Rescue Course (ACE-L4) by Uber Adventures teaches the skills necessary to perform immediate, in-canyon self-rescues, partner rescues, and how to assist with group emergencies … all with your groups’ normal rack-and-pack (the minimal gear you should carry on your harnesses and in your packs.) Boost your confidence and fill your mental toolbox with skills to handle technical emergencies. This course not only teaches you the skills and methods necessary to execute a variety of rescue procedures, but it provides the impetus for critical thinking through an emergency. How would you help a canyoneer stuck on a rope? How would you help an unconscious canyoneer stuck on a rope? How quickly could you figure out how to convert a static block to a lowering system? Could you haul a rappeller back to the top of a drop by yourself? Have you ever been in a canyon, assessing a fictional problem and felt helpless? Are your responsibilities in a canyoneering event greater because you’re the leader/organizer? Would you like to be a more valuable team member? This course is vital for not only canyoneering leaders, but also for conscientious recreational canyoneers who value their own safety and the safety of their party. With the technical skills presented in this course, you could prevent the need for calling in an expensive Search And Rescue team, avoid putting rescuers at risk, avoid spending the night in a canyon, and continue a canyon descent with a non-critically injured teammate. Prerequisite: Participants should have some advanced formal canyoneering-specific training. This course builds on the skills taught in the Uber Adventures’ 3-day Technical Canyoneering Course (ACE-L1), the Advanced Canyoneering Course (ACE-L2) AND the Canyon Essentials Course (ACE-L3). While we are not requiring the completion of each of those courses as a prerequisite, those who have had advanced formal canyoneering training will find it easier to ‘keep-up’ with this curriculum. If you’re not sure if this is the course for you, please give us a call and we can discuss your skills and training. The topics and skills covered will include: *Knots, Rope Grabs & Progress Capture Methods *Anchors, Rigging & Friction Dynamics for Rescue *Mechanical Advantage and Haul Systems *Converting Static Rigging to Haul or Lower *Assisted Rappel & Tandem Rappel Techniques *Hero Rescue, Balancier Lift *Rappelling on a Tensioned Rope *Guide Ropes, Tag Lines, Belays *Cut-and-Lower Procedures *Special Ascending Techniques for Rescue *Pick-Off Procedures Scenario *Considerations for musculoskeletal injuries Logistics: This course will be held on Saturday & Sunday ... most of the course will be held at at my exclusive training site within the Virgin River Gorge near St George, Utah with a portion possibly held at a Picnic area in the Cedar Pocket campgrounds. There should be plenty of super-cheap camping at Cedar Pocket which is a first-come/first-served park, or you can make other lodging/camping arrangements on your own. Tuition: This Canyon Rescue Course (ACE-L4) 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, ACGA Certified Guide, Officer and Instructor, 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.

Prescott, AZ - Technical Canyoneering Course (ACE-L1)

Watson Lake Park Road

$100.00

Learn Canyoneering from America's premier Canyoneering Instruction, Events & Community organization: Uber Adventures. Tuition for this comprehensive 3-day course is only $395 and includes loaner technical gear, all instruction, a 10% discount on any purchased gear from our online store, and a Certificate of Completion! You will find a full description of this course, a full calendar of our series of courses and locations, an online store for all your canyoneering gear needs, and a list of the festivals we host, on our website: http://uberadventures.net. In addition to our official site, we also host the most active canyoneering Meetup groups, with the best-trained canyoneers in the country! http://www.meetup.com/canyoneering ...and others! Sooo ..... What is Canyoneering? Canyoneering is an emerging adventure sport which has grown significantly in popularity over the past decade. This exciting sport 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! This sport has unique risks and requires a very specific set of technical skills to enjoy it safely. Rock-climbing, caving, mountaineering and swift water training teach related skills, but Canyoneering has become highly specialized. 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 https://vimeo.com/104538804 Prerequisite: None! This Technical Canyoneering Course (ACE-L1) 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! See a list of the TOPICS and SKILLS, Policies, and Testimonials on our website! Instructors: Ryan Smith & Klaus Gerhart - ACE Master Instructor/L5 Certified Guide, Certified Tactical Rappel Master, Wilderness First Responder, Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Whitewater Rescue Technician, Technical Rope Rescue Technician, Basic Mountaineering Instructor, Map & Compass Navigation Instructor and a Master Educator for Leave No Trace wilderness ethics.

Las Vegas - Technical Canyoneering Course (ACE-L1) + Monday Canyon!

[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 local canyon with us on Monday!] Full calendar of courses and activities at http://uberadventures.net. 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. 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. 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. LOGISTICS: This class begins on Friday evening (7:00pm-9:30pm) at the Boulder Beach Picnic Area near the Water Safety Center in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, 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 the same spot, and will run from 7am-5:00pm both days. If you're traveling to Las Vegas for this course, there is usually plenty of first-come/first-served camping available at the Boulder Beach Campground! POLICIES - http://uberadventures.net/policies/ TESTIMONIALS - http://uberadventures.net/testimonials/

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