Long time lurker on this site and finally made an account. I have done quite a bit of technical canyoneering in the robbers roost/san rafael swell area. However, I have always gone with a couple other guys that are wizards with ropes, anchors, etc. I've learned a ton from them and I am super comfortable setting up anchors, working with webbing, and setting up double rope rappels. However, I am inexperienced when it comes to single rope rappels (knot block/biner blocks etc.) and what to do in emergency situations. I have never used an ascender, converted a block to a lower, or been in any situation where my ropes are stuck or too short. I've never used a prusik and when I rappel first I've always been comfortable without a fireman's belay. I recently moved to southern Utah and I really want to get out and explore the canyons down here. After doing some research I would feel comfortable doing a few of the "easier" canyons like the subway, keyhole, or orderville. I wouldn't be comfortable with the canyons that have bigger rappels (pine creek, mystery, behunin, etc.). How did you all develop your canyoneering skills? When did you make the jump from tagging along with experienced people to becoming the experienced one and bringing inexperienced people along for the ride. I would love to take my brother through a couple canyons, but he has only minimal rappelling experience. I read tons of articles, watch youtube videos, and frequent these forums. I can set up a biner and knot block with contigency in my living room and I can think through the precautions I need to take and what I would need to do in emergency situations, but I have no real life experience with many of these techniques. I also worry that I haven't thought through every possible situation and how to act in each scenario. My questions are: How did you practice/develop your skills? At what point did you feel confident enough to take beginners and keep everyone safe? Could you escape any situation you could ever reasonably be in? Are there any books/resources you recommend that discuss dangerous situations and how to escape them? I am poor so preferably resources that don't cost big $$$. Disclaimer: I have experience working in Emergency departments. I've seen people do silly things and really mess their lives up because they didn't take proper safety precautions. I am an overly cautious individual so I won't be going out alone or with beginners anytime soon, but eventually I want to have those skills.