OBJECTIVE: Provide students with the fundamental canyoneering skills necessary to join a competently led group into canyons rated up to 3A/B III and supervised introduction to technical canyoneering skills.
Identify, Evaluate, and rig single-point natural anchors (i.e. tree, boulder, arch) using a) simple webbing wrap, b) cinching wrap (i.e. wrap 2 pull 1, Girth hitch). Explain the pros and cons of each and demonstrate how to securely back up & test single point anchors.
Set up and use a releasable/contingency system for rappel. Explain the hazards/risks of using releasable systems and steps that should be taken to avoid accidents and mitigate risks.
Identify & explain the variables and situations (scenarios) that dictate safely setting rope length to the height of a rappel. Demonstrate setting the rope length for safe descent for each scenario using appropriate communication and applicable rigging techniques.
Set up and use edge protection to protect rope from abrasion and soft rock from rope grooves/damage.
Identify, assess and mitigate basic rope retrieval challenges (crossed ropes) including minimizing or avoiding rope grooves/damage to soft rock.
Prep ropes for retrieval & successfully retrieve rope and prep for transport (Coil or Bag).