Please join the meetup group: http://www.meetup.com/canyoneering (not only to sign-up for this class, but also to connect with other canyoneers for trips, training and camaraderie) This is a beginner to intermediate course which teaches the skills necessary to safely descend canyons as part of a group (being a competent participant and the knowledge to recognize and implement safe canyon practices). This course is designed to quickly get the beginner up-to-speed on basics, to give both the rookie and intermediate canyoneer new tools for his/her toolbox, and will help intermediate cayoneers refine their current skill set! The topics and skills covered will include: Knots, Bends and Hitches Canyon Rating System Rules, Ethics, Style, Communication and Courtesy Specific Gear Choices, Requirements, Use and Care Belays, Lowering and Handlines Natural, Artificial & Human Anchors Static and Contingency Rigging Rope Deployment, Coiling, Bagging and Etiquette Rappelling Techniques & On-Rope Skills (Adding Friction Pre-rappel, Mid-rappel, Locking Off, etc) Specialized Rappelling Techniques (Hard Starts, Soft Starts, Over-Handing, Free-Hanging, etc) Basic Climbing & Down Climbing Skills (Bridging, Stemming, Etc) Safety Checking and Basic Self-Rescue And, within each of these broad subjects are a miriad of skills and tools. Instructor: Klaus Gerhart ACGA Certified Guide, Board Member and Instructor, Wilderness First Responder, Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Technical Rope Rescue Technician, Basic Mountaineering Instructor for Sierra Club's Wilderness Travel Course and a Master Educator for Leave No Trace wilderness ethics. The cost of this course is $349. You will be required to sign a release of liability and assumption of risk. A $100 deposit is required to reserve your place in the class. This class will begin on Friday evening (7:00-9:30ish) with an orientation, introduction and presentation with an emphasis on knots, bends, hitches, rating system and gear considerations. The gear required for this class is a climbing harness, a few screw-gate carabiners, close-toed shoes and a climbing helmet. And the class will continue at the training site on Saturday and Sunday from 8am-4 or 5pm.