ACA Core Course
ACA Core Course
This is the first level, of the two level ACA Recreational Canyoneer Program. We recommend folks complete the program to become a "sovereign" canyoneer.
Goal: The objective of the ACA “Core” course is to teach the introductory level canyoneering skills needed to safely become an "active participant" when in appropriately rated canyons. An “active participant” is capable of evaluating and applying the basic fundamentals of personal and team safety. This includes confidence in rappelling and belaying (protecting partner), competence in identifying correct anchor and rigging techniques and have a good understanding of environmental risks. This course WILL NOT prepare you for an advanced level canyon such as Imlay Cyn, Choprock Cyn. Don't get tricked by your friends! IT WILL show you the skills and mindset needed to safely see and experience some of the World's most stunning scenery.
This three day introductory level training will be held in Escalante Utah. We are fortunate to select from dozens of technically rated slot canyons, which provide optimal "in canyon" training opportunities. Students time is spent learning new skills directly in a dynamic slot canyon environment, without "simulation". Participants in these courses should be prepared for three full days of learning, teamwork and challenge.
ACA Philosophy: Take this training serious: Think Yoga, and not Ninja Warrior. The best canyoneers understand and apply very low impact techniques. Low impact on the environment and low impact on themselves. Keep heart rate and respirations to a minimum, avoid over exertion or unnecessary stress when possible. "Aggressive" physical actions (straining) are less safe and can impact the environment negatively. Stress has a similar effect. It’s difficult to see all options and make good choices under those type conditions. The greatest canyoneers go slowly, work well together, are kind to the environment and endeavor to make a series of excellent choices…….easy money:)
Topics Covered in Core Course:
-Canyon Rating System
-Rappelling and Belays
-Down Climbing and “Spotting"
For more details, the majority of the items on this list will be covered.
RATE: $475.00 Per Person. Rate includes ACA Certified Instructor, coffee/tea in the morning & sorbet in the afternoon. Tax and Meetup processing fees included. 3 person minimum to conduct workshop.
Payments are refundable until 30 days prior to course start date. Cancelations after this date are Non-Refundable and Non-Transferable.
All payments incur a non-refundable $50 booking fee.
***We recommend purchasing trip insurance.
Transportation to/from training areas is not provided. Roads are rough. Please plan ahead with appropriate vehicle.
We have basic gear available for rent. Rates are PER DAY and CASH ONLY.
$10 - Helmet
$10 - Harness
$5 - Combo - ATC & Carabiner
$5 - Gloves
We stock our favorite gear, equipment and ropes. Course discounts are applied :)
The weather in Escalante can change quickly whether before the course or during it. We expect that you come prepared with rain jacket/gear.
**Please note that the location of ANY trip/course is subject to change based upon the current weather (precipitation, temperature etc.) and group. Safety First.
ACA Core Course