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From Phoenix to all points North, South, East & West .. this region of America is bursting with canyoneering opportunities! With its proximity to the canyons of Utah, Nevada and California, (not to mention the great local selection of canyoneering opportunities from the Tonto to the Superstitions, to Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon) Central Arizona is a hot spot for the sport of Canyoneering. The purpose of this Meetup Group is to connect people in Arizona with each other, and with the communities of California and the greater Southwest. We will offer regular qualified instruction for the sport of canyoneering, as well as ACE Certified Guide Assessments, and other outdoor/wilderness skills courses like Wilderness First Aid, Meteorology, and Map-and-Compass Navigation. In addition to our courses, which are the core of this organization, we will host canyoneering events and festivals in canyoneering regions across America and will do our best to nurture leaders to help provide opportunities for local canyon descents, practices, workshops, and community meetings. Anybody with the desire to learn canyoneering and anybody who already canyoneers ... this is your group. "Pay for the training and your fun is free!"
(If you want to see what you can expect from the Canyoneering Arizona meetup group, check out our sister site in Los Angeles, Canyoneering California: http://www.meetup.com/canyoneering/ ... you can also check us out at: http://UBERAdventures.net
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- Tucson, AZ - Technical Canyoneering Course (ACE-L1) - NEW LOCATION!!Windy Point Vista, Mt Lemmon, AZ
TECHNICAL CANYONEERING COURSE (ACE-L1)
To register for this class and avoid additional Meetup fees, please visit our website:
Upcoming Events – Uber Adventures
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!
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.
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 Technique
(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.
Tuition: The cost of this course is only $395. Tuition is non-refundable and non-transferrable but may be put toward a future course in the same calendar year if a 7-day notice is given cancelling your participation in this course. For a full list of our course offerings and locations, go to https://UberAdventures.net
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/after the course at the Uber Adventures store), and we also loan 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.Not open
- UBERFest: Death Valley 2023Furnace Creek Campground, DEATH VALLEY, CA
UBERFest: Death Valley 2023
Who wants to go to Death Valley for some canyoneering?!
To register for this event, you must go to our website:
UBERFest: Death Valley - December 13-17, 2023 - Uber Adventures
COST: The only fee for this 4-day canyoneering extravaganza is a $35/person non-refundable cost-sharing fee, which includes camping at the Furnace Creek Campground Group Site, bottomless morning coffee, and some cool swag. Or make arrangements for your own accommodations and the fee is only $15. However, remember that this is a National Park, so you will also need a National Parks Pass or pay the park entry fee.
As canyoneering is an inherently dangerous activity, this event is only open to those with professional canyoneering training or significant canyoneering experience. And, as this is a social event, anyone competent/qualified to lead a canyon should plan on helping to lead rookies through some awesome canyons! If you want to go to this event, get the training and become a competent participant and valuable team member! There are several Uber Adventures Technical Canyoneering Courses (ACE-L1) offered between now and this event.
Please read all of the event information on our website before signing up
THE CANYONS: There are a number of different mountain ranges in Death Valley with a variety of canyons to fit all skill levels. AND – permits are not required to descend canyons here.
Bolting is not allowed in the park, so this is the perfect place to hone your natural anchor building skills. Bring your A-game!
WEATHER: The average high/low for this time of year is 65°/38°, making it the perfect time to explore these canyons!
THE GROUP CAMPSITE: I've reserved group site #2 at Furnace Creek Campground for a maximum of 40 people. The group campground is for tent camping only with limited vehicle parking. The campground accommodations include water, flush toilets, picnic tables, and fire pits/grills. We can accommodate up to 40 people, but only 10 cars at the site!
The Group Campsite will also lend itself for all group activities including gathering for ridesharing, meals, the potluck, games and especially, CAMARADERIE! Because we will always want to get a super early start for our canyons and morning shuttles, our evenings at the group campsite will end early so people can get their sleep.
The campground also has RV spaces and individual tent sites available. If you want to go that route, you may be able to reserve one on your own. Individual reservations at Furnace Creek are now open. Stovepipe Wells (first come, first serve) and Slabby Acres (free) are other camping options. Or you can splurge and stay at more luxurious accommodations nearby. Contact me for more details. If this is your choice, you'll be responsible for making (and paying for) your own arrangements.
CARPOOL! DO IT! Two-three people to a car would be reasonable when you consider camping gear, coolers, canyoneering gear and shuttling to the canyons.
You are responsible for your own travel and your own meals - except - we should absolutely do a POTLUCK on Saturday evening at 7:00pm. Bring something delicious to share. This might also be the time for us to have movie night and an awesome campfire (weather permitting), so bring some firewood!
BETA: Be prepared and review beta for the area canyons in advance.
Ropewiki: Death Valley National Park - ropewiki
BluuGnome: BluuGnome.com - Canyoneering Route Descriptions for Death Valley National Park, California.Not open