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Date Wednesday  9/22/2021
Group Pikes Peak
Event Title Pikes Peak Intro to Desert Hiking and Canyoneering
Start Time 6:00 PM
End Time 12:00 AM
Status Approved
Leader Eric Hunter
Co-Leader Richard Keetch
Group Price $135.00
NonGroup Price $160.00
Leader Price $135.00
Available Participants 6
Type Members Only (Programs/Education)


Colorado Springs, CO

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Eric Hunter


If you have only been hiking in the high altitude for your spring, summer, and fall there is another world out there.  When you have climbed enough peaks to wonder what other environments might be out there, the next step for you may be desert terrain.  Come learn the proper gear, safety, and entry level techniques for basic desert hiking and basic canyoneering.  There are many nuances to this environment that should warrant a safe approach such as provided by this class.  The course cost is $135 for Pikes Peak Group members and leaders, and $160 for all others.  The classroom session will be in Colorado Springs and is on 22 Sep from 6:00p to 9:30p.  There is a one day field session in Colorado Springs to cover some basics and evaluate fitness levels scheduled for 26 Sep.  Then we go on a five day trip to the desert scheduled for 29 Sep through 03 Oct.  This year's desert trip is planned for the San Rafael Swell in Utah.  A strong fitness level to go on daily full day hikes with scrambling on moderate exposure in hot terrain, squeezing through narrows, hiking in loose sand, and wading through 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 session will be required to attend the Utah trip.  Agenda: Below is a sample class outline.  Variations should be expected.

Class 1:  Handouts, desert terrain, risks, mitigation, and gear to bring.

Field Session 1:  Ute Park and Red Rock Canyon Open Space to review some basic travel and survival items.  We will also evaluate student abilities to handle a five day desert trip.

Field Session 2:  Five day car camp trip to San Rafael Swell, UT to hike moderate canyons and view cultural history.  Some scrambling will be required, but no technical gear will be brought along.  Students must be able to scramble easy, short routes with moderate exposer, wade through muddy water, stem across water, and hike in loose sand all day.

The target audience for this course is anyone new to the desert and canyon experience.  Prior climbing and scrambling skills are not required, but are helpful.

Gear Required:  Car Camping gear and camp chair; day hiking gear including 10 Essentials; 2 WAG Bags; 5+ Gallons of water; gear to handle abrasive terrain in canyons (or older gear); boots/shoes to handle wading and with good traction (approach shoes work great); and a plastic, sealing food storage container.

**---** There is a $35 cancellation fee up to the last week.  No refund will be provided in the last week before the course. **---**



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