Introduction to Canyoneering

Darkhorse offers a 2-3 day (depending on how quickly your group moves through material, and how many hours are spent per day) Introduction to Canyoneering course that puts students on the path to becoming safe and competent canyoneers. The following topics will be discussed and demonstrated during the course;

-Solid foundation of knowledge of gear, rappel devices, choice of rope and care, equipment, its purpose, and how to use it

-Essential skills to canyoneering 

-Basic route finding skills

-Proper equipment use and care

-ACA canyoneering rating system


-Anchors (How to evaluate and rig natural and artificial anchors)

-Personal on rope skills (hooking up, adding friction, locking off, bottom belay)

-Rigging (proper use of blocked and releasable systems)

-Hand Lines

-Belaying and spotting down-climbers

-Self Rescue (How to free stuck gear)


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