[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.