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Our 2 Day Intermediate Course is designed to be the next step in becoming a proficient canyoneer.  This course teaches the skills necessary to safely descend canyons as part of a group as a competent participant, with the knowledge to recognize and implement safe canyon practices.

Day One is spent in the classroom, reviewing the ground skills necessary for safe canyoneering, including: equipment review and selection, canyon ethics and courtesy, knots, hitches and anchoring; the Canyon Rating System, canyon topography, and weather and flooding.

Day Two is conducted in a canyon environment where the students can implement and perfect on-rope skills, anchoring, problem solving, risk management, and more.


This course requires 3 people minimum to run.

$450 / person – minimum group size of 3

Trip Overview

  • Duration:  5 – 7 hours per day
  • Drive from Moab:  Up to 20 minutes
  • Season:  Spring, Summer & Fall (see Course dates)
  • Max. guide to student ratio:  1:5
  • Technical Challenges:  Rappels up to 120’, hiking and scrambling up to 5.5

What you can expect to learn

  • Canyon Rating System
  • Rules, Ethics, Style, Communication and Courtesy
  • Specific Gear Choices, Requirements, Use and Care
  • Knots, Bends and Hitches
  • Reading/interpreting weather forecast and evaluating environmental hazards
  • Belaying, Lowering and Hand lines
  • 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
  • Intro to Rope Ascension (Mechanical & Improvised)

Skill & Fitness Level

  • Beginner athletic skill level
  • Previous climbing & rappelling experience recommended but not required
  • Must be able to hike up to 3 miles over easy to moderate natural terrain
  • Minimum age:  12 years

What to Bring

We provide

  • Snacks (granola bars, peanuts, etc)
  • All of the technical gear you will need for canyoneering (see below)
  • Transportation from our office to the route and back to our office

What you should wear

  • Shoes with a soft, flexible sole, such as running shoes or lightweight hiking shoes that you are comfortable possibly getting wet or dirty
  • No open-toed sandals, please
  • Clothes that are light-weight and loose fitting to allow you flexibility and freedom of movement
  • Clothes that are suitable for the season

Other items we recommend that you bring

  • Any personal canyoneering gear you have/use (to be reviewed by your instructor)
  • 2 liters drinking water
  • Sun screen
  • Lip balm
  • Brimmed hat
  • Light long-sleeve shirt (for sun protection or as insulation if temps dictate)
  • Sun glasses
  • Light rain gear
  • Camera
  • Extra snacks if you get really hungry, are a growing teenager, or have dietary restrictions or allergies

Departure Times

All trips depart from our office at 253 North Main, Moab UT.  See location on Google map

  • 8:00 am

Please be at our office by 7:45 am to complete any payment or paperwork