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Learn to Rappel! (Basic) Friday 8/9/13

Interested in learning to Canyoneer?

Did the movie 127 Hours intrigue you?!

This workshop is a very basic introduction to rappelling, safety checks, communication and fireman belaying (bottom belaying). This workshop is in no way a substitute for the full Technical Canyoneering Course. This course will, however, provide you with an introduction to rappelling, safety checks, communication and bottom belays that can make taking the full course more beneficial.


We will spend the whole day rappelling at Stoney Point in Chatsworth.

Single strand, Double strand, on 8.3mm and 9mm static canyoneering rope!


I will also bring a couple of descenders for you to try: Piranas and Figure 8's.

That's all we're going to do ... all day. So ...

If you don't know how to rappel .. come learn.

If you want to try out different descenders and ropes .. come experiment.

If you know how to rappel .. come practice.

This workshop will last all day .. 7am-3:30pm so bring lunch & water!

You will be required to sign a release of liability and assumption of risk. You may participate all day or for a few hours ... it's YOUR day.

Gear for this workshop is a climbing harness (I can loan you one), a helmet (climbing, bicycle, kayaking, snow boarding .. any helmet .. but you gotta have one!  If you've got nothing, let me know in advance.) If you have a couple of, locking carabiners that would be great (Black Diamond Rock Lock Screwgate, Black Diamond Mini Pearabeaner Screwgate, Petzl Williams Screwgate or Petzl Attache Screwgate are my favorite (I will provide these if you have none .. autolockers should be avoided).If you're got a pair ofgloves .. mechanics, cycling, weightlifting, garden .. any kind of gloves, your hands will be happier! And feel free to bring any gear you have questions about ... I'm happy to show you how to use your own descender and to answer any/all gear questions.

We will be scrambling around a lot as we rappel, scramble back up, rappel, scramble back up, rappel, scramble back up, etc. wear some comfortable shoes with good 'grip' .. trail, running, approach shoes all work well (don't wear rock climbing shoes). Bring sunscreen, maybe a hat, and clothes/layers appropriate for the forecast.

This workshop is open to everyone .. so invite your friends, your teenage kids, your spouse to join and sign-up as +1 +2 +3 etc.

The cost for this workshop is $40 per person ... AND participants will be given a $40 discount on the tuition of a future 3-day Technical Canyoneering Course ... THAT WOULD MAKE THIS WORKSHOP FREE!! To reserve your spot, you MUST send in the $40 fee within 2 days of your RSVP to Uber Adventures, 427 S Serrano Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020 or paypal to: [masked]

P.S.  When we're finished for the day, we can head to Shakey's Pizza in Northridge for some Pizza and Camaraderie!

Your Instructor: Klaus Gerhart, American Canyon Guides Association certified Guide, Officer and Instructor, Wilderness First Responder, Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Technical Rope Rescue Technician, Basic Mountaineering Instructor for Sierra Club's Wilderness Travel Course, Whitewater Rafting Guide and Leave No Trace wilderness ethics Master Educator.


What people are saying about this workshop:

"What a fabulous day! Great group of people and awesome instructor! You have got to meet Klaus! If you haven't tried this, you're missing out. Klaus is all about safety first, but teaches in a way that makes you count the seconds to rappel and canyoneer! I'd rate this as a 15 out of 10! Can't wait to see what else he's cooking up. Thanks to Jason for his assistance!"  -C- (Carmen B 2/2/13)

"Best Meetup I've ever been to.  What a great group of people .. Klaus encourages us all to support one another and we learned how to care for each others' safety!  I look forward to more adventure and instruction!  Thanks Klaus, I loved every minute of it."  -Lynda-

"Had a blast!  Met very cool people.  Klaus is a great instructor, super supportive and his assistant(s) are knowledgeable and patient!  Can't wait to do it again."  -Aurora-

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  • Diana

    My kids can't stop talking about today! They keep asking "when r we going to do that again?" Thank u KLAUS for your AWESOME instruction.

    August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    ok, Klaus, I got the message, I will not come tomorrow. Unfortunately my Sunday is full! Have fun everyone!!

    August 8, 2013

  • Aurora

    Ian Gadbury will be the participant & I'll be your gopher (go fer this, go fer that...) :-)

    August 3, 2013

  • Craig K.

    Not sure if I successfully RSVPed to this, but I'm coming on Sunday, not Friday!

    August 1, 2013

  • Scott M.

    Klaus, did you mean for this to be on Friday?

    June 18, 2013

    • Klaus G.

      Hey Scott .. it'd be awesome if you could help me out on this date. Sorry it took me this long to commit. Let me know if you're still available. Thanks! K-

      July 23, 2013

    • Scott M.

      I'm still committed, so just give me a call when we get closer to the 9th.

      July 23, 2013

  • Diana

    Klaus, as it stands... I have my 3 plus 2 additional 14year olds. The system only allows me to + 3.

    July 19, 2013

    • Klaus G.

      awesome .. i updated your rsvp .. I think there's going to be another dad or 2 with their sons too.

      1 · July 23, 2013

  • Diana

    Klaus RSVP for my 3 kids. Can I borrow "small" harnesses?

    1 · July 9, 2013

    • Diana

      I might b able to get more 14 year old boys... To get u some numbers. ?

      July 11, 2013

    • Klaus G.

      That sounds terrific! AND FUN! But I'll have to find a couple people to volunteer to be full-time bottom belayers .. one on each rope to coach the teens and keep them focused and backed-up.

      July 11, 2013

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    ACE L5 Master Instructor, ACGA Certified Guide/Instructor, Organizer,
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