I take a small group of family through one or two canyons a year. Due to proximity and lack of skill I usually take them through Yankee Doodle using the shorter two rappel entry. Well I think they are finally hooked on canyoneering and want to do a different canyon. Iím thinking about hopping the freeway and doing something like pine creek or the likes. But with more rappelling and a longer day I want them to be more competent before taking them.

What are a list of skills you prefer the people you take through a canyon have?

Just a few off the top of my head: locking off, setting up a simple bolted anchor, how to carefully pull a rope, how to handle something getting stuck in the rappel device...

What else you got?