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    Technical Canyoneering Course

    The Technical Canyoneering course is designed to give beginners and novices alike the confidence they need to pursue their canyoneering explorations further and maybe even take it to that next level. The course discusses beginning and intermediate techniques as well as helping to you feel more comfortable in a canyon setting. The class prepares you to travel through canyons rated up to 3B in the canyon rating system. The course meets in the mornings with in-class, hands-on technique discussions and practical's. In the afternoons, we hike into the adjacent canyons for practice in a real canyon environment. The course includes the techniques and skills taught in the American Canyoneering Association's (ACA) Technical course, and will satisfy prerequisites for other ACA courses.
    The course focuses on beginning and intermediate canyoneering techniques. You will learn:

    • Canyon topography and rating systems
    • Canyon navigation and route finding
    • Canyoneering gear selection, use and care
    • Climbing, belaying and hand lines
    • Utilizing transient anchors for belays and hand lines
    • How to evaluate and rig specialized canyoneering anchors and belay systems
    • The importance and proper use of tension-releasing hitches
    • Rappelling and passive lowering systems
    • Efficient rope deployment and rigging
    • Locking off on rappel
    • Meteorology and flash floods
    • Canyoneering style and ethics
    • Ascending fixed ropes
    • Transitions from rappel to ascend and back to rappel
    • Escaping potholes

    Tuition for the course is $395.00 per person.

    Cost includes instruction, course handouts, and all group canyoneering equipment, i.e. ropes, slings, and rigging. We like to encourage you to be able to bring the minimal beginning equipment for canyoneering. This includes - harness, helmet, a rappel device, several locking carabineers, and proper clothing for the season. If you do not have your own gear let us know and we can provide helmets, harnesses and hardware for you to use. Once here or prior to arrival you also have the opportunity to purchase gear from our store at a student discount rate. Cost for the course does not include lodging, meals, transportation to and from Bluff, personal equipment, and gratuities (tips) for instructors/guides.
    To register, fill out our Course Registration Form. Once the form is completed it will submit to us and you will be transferred to the store to pay the course fee or deposit. Any questions as well as finding out equipment needs, expectations, and lodging information during the course, check out our FAQ's page. You may also contact Jared Hillhouse at or call 435-678-3255. You will not be signed up or have a spot reserved until you have completed registration which includes paying for the course or sending in a deposit. Class size is limited and fills up on a first come first serve basis.

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