Intended for those wishing to build a foundation of skills needed to descend canyons independently or to decide if this is the sport they would further like to pursue.
Perfect for beginners with little or no rope experience, rappellers with limited background, or gym climbers who have some rope experience but no canyon-specific training.
The day consists of a half day ground school and half day of skills field work, including: equipment review, simple rope-set ups used in canyoneering, how to rappel, with proper friction, manage safety.
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
Please be at our office by 7:45 am to complete any payment or paperwork
This course requires 3 people minimum to run.
$325 / person – minimum group size of 3
Because a reservation guarantees space on a trip, we sometimes have to turn others away for those same dates. Thus, cancellations must be made at least two weeks prior to the trip dates in order to receive a full refund of the reservation deposit. Due to the special nature of these courses any cancellations made inside the two-week cut off will not be refunded. Please consider purchasing Trip/Vacation Insurance if you have concerns.