Hey all, first time posting and had some questions I was hoping you all might be able to answer. Moved out to AZ for a job a few months ago and in my desire to experience more of the outdoors discovered this wonderful sport. A few weeks ago I took a two day intro to canyoneering course which covered a lot of the basics of anchors & rigging, rappelling, rating classifications, leave no trace ethics, etc., and have since purchased a lot of the requisite gear and spent my evenings practicing tying different knots. Now I want to get my boots on the group and acquire more tangible experience. My questions are: 1. How did you find a group to run with? Here, or on MeetUp? Facebook? Reddit? Or did you just cross paths with other adventurers over time and they became your go-to canyoneering partners? I'm having a heck of a time finding more experienced groups to go explore with (which I understand; a lot of people don't want to take a rookie under their belt given the at times precarious nature of navigating more technical canyons). Should I just pay for more led tours to get my experience level up? 2) Did you start off slow? I'm going to be exploring some class 1 canyons solo just as a form of conditioning, but for higher ratings I'm not yet comfortable going solo. Any recommendations for easy, "entry-level" (i.e., no - or at best only a few short-drop - rappels) canyons in AZ? 3) I still need to purchase a rope. Recommendations for brand/length/diameter? My course instructor said 120' - 150' would be more than sufficient to begin with. 4) Anyone in the Phoenix area know of any climbing gyms that have dedicated rappelling stations? I'd like to practice rappelling in more of a controlled environment. Thanks for any advice, and hope to see you guys out there.