Dry Canyon Practice Sep 2017

September 30, 2017

I got to host an ACA Practice Session up Dry Canyon in Utah Valley.

I don’t have many pictures of the technical stuff we practiced. I do have a few pictures of the fall colors, though.

We met at the trailhead at 9:00 am, introduced ourselves, and then made the strenuous climb up to the second cliff on the left.

View of Utah Valley at the top of our practice cliff

We practiced rigging a couple of natural anchors – one wrap-three-pull-two from a tree and another was a basket hitch slung around a rock. We made sure the rigging was EARNEST and then set off down the cliff.

Figure 8 contingency
Heather rappelling with a Valdotain Tresse self-belay
Scott demonstrating a great way to provide a bottom belay

Aside from practicing rigging anchors, we practiced tying the Valdotain Tresse, locking off while on rappel, passing a knot on rappel using a Valdotain Tresse, ascending and conversion to rappel, and lowering someone from a figure 8 contingency.

Looking up canyon at the next set of cliffs

After the designated 3 hours I had to leave. Everyone else stuck around and practiced some more, though. It was great to see everyone’s passion for doing this stuff. We were safe, happy, learned a few things, and I met some amazing canyoneers this morning.

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