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Learn to Rappel! (Basic) 2/16/13

Interested in learning to Canyoneer?

Did the movie 127 Hours intrigue you?!

This workshop is a very basic introduction to rappelling, safety checks and fireman belaying (bottom belaying). This workshop is in no way a substitute for a Technical Canyoneering Course. This course will, however, provide you with an introduction to rappelling, safety checks 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 on 8.3mm static canyoneering rope
  • Double strand on 8.3mm static canyoneering rope
  • Single strand on 9mm static canyoneering rope

I will also bring a variety of descenders for you to try: ATC, Pirana, Figure 8.

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 .. 8am-4:30pm so bring water and a lunch. 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.

Required gear for this workshop is a climbing harness (I will have a few to loan out on a first-come/first-served basis, check with me in advance), a helmet (climbing, bicycle, kayaking, snow boarding .. any helmet .. but you gotta have one!) and at least 1 locking carabiner.

Optional gear: Gloves, Descender of your choice (ATC, Figure 8, Pirana, ATS, etc). And feel free to bring any gear you have questions about ... I'm happy to answer any/all gear questions.

We will be scrambling around alot as we rappel, climb back up, rappel, climb back up, rappel, climb back up, etc. ....so wear some comfortable shoes with good 'grip' .. trail, running, approach shoes all work well. 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 to Uber Adventures, 427 S Serrano Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020 or paypal to: [masked] If you do not make your payment within 2 days of signing-up for this workshop, you will be moved to the waitlist until your payment is received.

P.S. We can all go to Shakey's afterward 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)

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  • Bob in P.

    February 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Klaus, amazing class! You know your stuff & have the patience of a Saint!! I'd recommend this class to anyone who wants to learn the basics of repelling!

    February 17, 2013

  • Klaus G.

    You guys were awesome! Klaus

    February 17, 2013

    • Bob in P.

      Hi Klaus -- Great outing yesterday -- THANKS! Want to post my pics so all can get to them. Think I will post on Picasa, then put the link on each of the four MeetUp pages, so all can get to them .... But I have access only to the Santa Monica page. What were the other three? --- Thanks. -- Bob

      February 17, 2013

  • Leah

    Klaus was a great instructor. I learned a lot and had a lot of fun doing it! Thanks, Klaus!

    February 17, 2013

  • Bob in P.

    Great stuff and a lot of fun! Thanks, Klaus.

    February 16, 2013

  • Lynda

    I wish there were 6 stars, because Klaus's course was that.. At least. He and Steven made it a great day and a valuable learning experience. I can't wait to rappel again. In fact, I may actually get addicted . I would love to see the Intermediate workshop posted on SMHC !!!

    February 16, 2013

  • Klaus G.

    Howdy Folks! I've got this workshop cross-posted on several meetups. As of this moment I have more than 35 RSVPs yet only 8 paid attendees. The workshop has a maximum of 20 people! The only fair way I can think of to handle RSVP's is to allow the first 20 paid people to attend. This workshop is only 5 days away, so please make your payment by paypal ASAP. Thanks! Klaus

    February 11, 2013

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