What we're about

The Western Slope Adventurers (WSA) is a bunch of motivated individuals who want to get together with other outdoor minded folks to share hiking, backpacking, canyoneering, dog walks, outdoor film festivals (indoors on winter nights), photography, road and mountain biking, rafting and other water sports; and, in season, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, winter camping (or huts), outdoor ice skating and so much more.

You are encouraged to BE ACTIVE in the group. MeetUps are about just that, actively meeting up with others with shared interests.

Being a'Western Slope' group we are attracting members from Delta/ Montrose, Paonia/ Hotchkiss, Rifle/ Glenwood Springs and other areas. When members want to generate activities in those outlying areas to be posted on the WSA calendar, that is great. Everything need not emanate from Grand Junction. As a matter of fact, we are excited about locals in a variety of areas posting activities so those of us from other areas can learn where to go with the various 'locals'.

MeetUp.com allows for a principle 'Organizer' and unlimited number of Assistant Organizers and Event Organizers . If you have an event you want posted to the calendar, you can then be designated as the event organizer. After you have initiated a few events you will probably be invited to become an Assistant Organizer (AO). It will be great if we can expand our network of AOs into all the various population centers of the Western Slope.

Western Colorado is a great place to live and we will meetup up to share it and make it even better , for ourselves, our group and and larger community.

Oh and by the way, if you are from Denver, Salt Lake City, Colorado Springs, Price or places even farther away, if you share our interests in getting outdoors, we welcome your membership.

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Moab, UT - Technical Canyoneering Course (ACE-L1)

Goose Island Campground

**TECHNICAL CANYONEERING COURSE (ACE-L1) Moab, UT! $395/person for training, handouts, certificates ... (and if you want to camp with us, it is only $50 and can be paid during class)! The $100 collected by Meetup is the deposit; the remaining $295 will be due before class begins. This event provides you the training to attend all events and UBERFests; putting your new skills to use! http://uberadventures.net ACE-L1 in Moab - April 19-21; ACE-L2 in Moab - April 23-24; ACE-L3 in Moab - April 26; ACE-L4 in Moab - April 27-28 ... http://uberadventures.net/courses 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! https://vimeo.com/148696696 Canyoneering is an emerging adventure sport in the US that has grown significantly in popularity over the past decade. This sport has unique risks and requires a very specific set of technical skills to enjoy it safely. Rock-climbing, caving, mountaineering and swiftwater training teach related skills for your ‘toolbox’, but Canyoneering has become highly specialized, and much of the gear and many of the techniques of Canyoneering are distinctly different from those of the other sports …and, that’s where we come in! https://vimeo.com/104538804 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. PREREQUISITE: None 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 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 myriad of skills and tools. INSTRUCTOR: Klaus Gerhart - ACE Master Instructor/Certified Guide, Certified Tactical Rappel Master, Wilderness First Responder, Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Technical Rope Rescue Technician, trained whitewater rafting guide, former Basic Mountaineering Instructor for Sierra Club's Wilderness Travel Course, Map & Compass Navigation Instructor and a Master Educator for Leave No Trace wilderness ethics. LOGISTICS: This class will begin in Moab at our campsite on Friday evening from 7:00-9:30pm and will reconvene each morning (Saturday-Sunday) at 7:00am and will finish around 5:00pm each afternoon, allowing for some hikes and sight-seeing in the area. Feel free to camp with us for $50/class, to get your own camping, or to stay at a motel ... your choice. (Uber Adventures provides no camping gear.) GEAR REQUIREMENTS for this course is a harness and a helmet (we can loan these out if you don't have them ... and we offer a 10% discount off any gear bought before/during/directly after the course at the http://uberadventures.net store), and we'll also be loaning 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.

North Desert Clean Up in Grand Junction

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Its great that we have somewhere to go shoot, camp and ride for free!! ICS wants to help keep our local desert and BLM land clean. We will be holding our first annual clean up to show our appreciation for this wonderful place we call home. Gloves and bags will be provided. All you need to do is show up! 25 Rd Desert May 11th 12:00-4:00! Turn in a full bag of trash to enter our raffle for a free Kitchen and bathrooms Cleaning Service!!!

Backpacking: Western High Uintahs, Utah
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Ryder & Kermsuh Lakes (4 out of 5 stars) 22.6 miles 1,770' gain/loss Trailhead: 8,790 ft. Ryder Lake: 10,560 ft. Kermsuh Lake: 10,300 ft. Good trail but very rocky in places. It can also be muddy in spots, especially in the early Summer before all of the snow has melted. Day 1---8.1 miles (walking time -- ca. 6.5 hours) Day 2:--7.1 miles (walking time -- ca. 5 hours) Day 3:--7.4 miles (walking time -- ca. 4 hours) We will begin at Christmas Meadows Trailhead which is NE of Kamas, Utah off of Hwy. 150 headed towards Evanston, Wyoming. The drive to the trailhead is approximately 6-6.5 hours from Grand Junction.

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