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Tech Tip: Question Canyoneering for Climbers: Fundamentals

Discussion in 'Tech Tips and Gear' started by Tricam, Aug 17, 2020.

  1. Tricam

    Tricam

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    What are fundamentals of canyoneering that a climber should learn beyond what is required for descending climbs?

    Assume the climber has the skillset for safe multi pitch climbing (anchors, rappels up to 200', basic self rescue, etc).

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    I am a climber who was able to go canyoneering once in Zion, but loved it and want to do more in the future (brother's family is moving to Utah which will give me more opportunities when visiting). I only did Pine Creek and Keyhole which aren't technically challenging, but I would have benefited from learning about rope management in canyons, which is quite different when doing a bunch of short rappels.

    What other fundamentals am I likely missing for more challenging routes?
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  3. Canyonero

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    Pothole escape. High stemming. Anchor assessment and testing. Properly setting and adjusting friction on rappel. Swimming disconnects.
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  4. Canyon Monkey

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    Here is a link to some of the canyon skills you may want to familiarize yourself with: ACA Skills Checklist
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  5. Tricam

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    Wow, that Canyon Skills list is perfect... very concrete examples that can be generalized to give a much better idea of expected challenges.. thanks!
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