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Date Wednesday  9/15/2021
Group Pikes Peak
Event Title Pikes Peak Intro to Technical Canyoneering
Start Time 6:00 PM
End Time 12:00 AM
Status Canceled
Leader Eric Hunter
Co-Leader Richard Keetch
Group Price $250.00
NonGroup Price $300.00
Leader Price $250.00
Available Participants 7
Type Members Only (Programs/Education)


Colorado Springs, CO

For more info Contact

Eric Hunter


Have you completed Intro to Desert & Canyoneering AND BMS Rock?  Take those skills to the next level.  Learn proper gear, safety, and technique for technical canyoneering.  There are many nuances warranting the safe approach provided by this class.  The course cost is $250 for Pikes Peak Group members and leaders, and $300 for all others.  The classroom session will be in Colorado Springs on 15 Sep from 6:00p to 9:30p.  There are two evening field session in Colorado Springs to cover some basics and evaluate fitness levels on 16 and 23 Sep.  Then we go on a four day trip to the desert scheduled for 03 through 06 Oct.  This year's desert trip is planned for San Rafael Swell in Utah.  A strong fitness level to go on daily full day hikes with scrambling and rappelling on high exposure in hot terrain, squeezing through narrows, and hiking all day in loose sand and deep water is required for the field sessions.  The field sessions will be progressive in nature to build on skills.  Attendance at the classroom session and local field sessions will be required to attend the Utah trip.  Agenda: Below is a sample class outline.  Variations should be expected.

Prerequisite:  Completion of both BMS Rock Climbing AND Intro to Desert & Canyoneering is required!  A city parks rock climbing permit is also required.  The link to register for the climbing permit is here:

NOTE:  This course is not intended for those already going into technical slot canyons as it is introducing the basic concepts.  To get the registration password, please contact the instructor with your prior course completion and experience in both canyoneering and rock climbing.

Gear Required:  Harness, helmet, PAS, 4 small screw lock carabiners, prusiks, 2 WAG bags, 10ft x 9/16" tubular webbing, two 4ft x 1" sewn runners, 4+ gallons water, 10 Essentials, car camping gear.

Gear Recommended:  Approach shoes, snug leather rappel gloves, camp chair, critter proof food storage.

Class 1:  Handouts, review of basics, technical canyon gear, belays, rappelling, anchors, managing rope, and navigating potholes in both wet and dry canyons.

Field Session 1 & 2:  Red Rock Canyon Open Space to demonstrate and practice rappelling with canyon tools and self rescue.  We will also evaluate student's abilities to handle a four day technical desert trip.

Field Session 3:  Four day car camp trip to San Rafael Swell, UT to hike technical canyons and view cultural history.  Some scrambling, rappelling, and wading will be required.  Students must be able to scramble easy, short routes with moderate exposer, rappel long routes with high exposure, wade through muddy water, stem across water, and hike in loose sand all day.

The target audience is anyone new to technical slot canyons.  Prior climbing and scrambling skills are required.  Basic climbing gear is also required.

*--* $35 cancellation fee prior to last week, no refund after that *--*



Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.