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, Transient & 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 miriad of skills and tools.
Instructor: Klaus Gerhart
ACGA 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 and a Master Educator for Leave No Trace wilderness ethics.
The cost of this course is $395 ($349 for members of this meetup!). You will be required to sign a release of liability and assumption of risk. A $100 deposit is required to reserve your place in the class. (The deposit is non-refundable, but may be put toward a future class if 2 weeks notice are given, cancelling your participation in this course.) Feel free to post your questions on this site or contact me directly through e-mail or a greeting.
I have reserved a group campsite in the Santa Monica Mountains for Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, therefore, the Friday evening orientation/class will take place at that campground (even if you're not going to stay and camp). The campsite is large, so feel free to bring your family for the weekend (tho they will have to find their own activities while we are training from 8am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday). If there is interest, we can also have a potluck BBQ at camp on Saturday evening followed by board games!
This class will begin on Friday evening (7:00-9:30ish) with an orientation, introduction and presentation with an emphasis on the canyon rating system, gear considerations, hitches, weather, canyon topography ... and getting to know each other. (if you have a harness, a couple of locking HMS screw-gate carabiners (not auto-locking) and a climbing helmet, plan on bringing them. If you don't have any gear, let me know before the class and I'll see about borrowing some for you.)
The location for the campsite and Friday class will be provided to participants.
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
"Awesome course. Klaus came prepared with everything needed, taught in an easy to understand way, gave us plenty of practice with all maneuvers, and had a great spot for us to learn in. It was fun and instructive. I'm ready to go canyoneering." --Somil Viradia
"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
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