Professional and knowledgeable guidance

Team equipment provided

Stunning canyons and epic views

If you are a passionate canyoneer and are ready to take your anchor building skills to the next level, our Advanced Anchor Course is perfect for you. This course will provide you with the requisite skills to solve advanced anchor problems characteristic of many wild and remote canyons. Our goal is to provide you with a robust and comprehensive toolkit so you can handle virtually any anchor challenge you encounter.

$395 per person | 2 days

Trip Details

Price

Tuition for the course is $395 per person


Departure time

8 AM


Meeting point

Hanksville, Utah.
Meeting location will be provided in your pre-trip information packet.


Availability

October 10-11, 2020
Custom dates available for private groups. Contact us for additional information.


Duration

2 days


Group size

2-8 people
If you have more than 8 people in your group, contact us about doing a private course.


Experience level

You must have previous technical canyoneering experience to participate in this course. Students aged 12-17 will be considered on a case by case basis.


Difficulty rating

4

Level 1
  • Activity:
    • Hiking: Easy hiking on well maintained trails
    • Canyoneering: Easy hiking and scrambling using hands and feet for balance and support A rope may be used for handlines, belays, rappels and lowering packs
  • Distances: Hike up to 2 miles
  • Surfaces: Easy terrain
  • Elevation Change: Little to none. Short sections of uphill travel.
Level 2
  • Activity:
    • Hiking: Easy to moderate hiking
    • Canyoneering: Easy to moderate hiking and scrambling using hands and feet for balance and support. A rope may be used for handlines, belays, rappels and lowering packs.
  • Distances: Hike up to 3 miles
  • Surfaces: Flat or rolling terrain with some steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
  • Elevation Change: Up to 600 ft/day
Level 3
  • Activity:
    • Hiking: Moderate, off-trail hiking on rugged trails
    • Canyoneering: Moderate, sustained, climbing and scrambling using hands and feet. A rope is required for handlines, belays, rappels and lowering packs
  • Distances: Hike up to 6 miles
  • Surfaces: Rolling or mountainous terrain with some steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
  • Elevation Change: Up to 1200 ft/day
Level 4
  • Activity:
    • Hiking: Difficult, off-trail hiking on rugged, technical terrain
    • Canyoneering: Difficult, sustained, climbing and scrambling using hands and feet. A rope is required for handlines, belays, rappels and lowering packs.
  • Distances: Hike up to 10 miles
  • Surfaces: Rugged, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
  • Elevation Change: Up to 3000 ft/day
Level 5
  • Activity:
    • Hiking: Very difficult, off-trail hiking on rugged, technical terrain
    • Canyoneering: Very difficult, sustained, climbing and scrambling using hands and feet. A rope may be used for handlines, belays, rappels and lowering packs. May require advanced canyoneering techniques including guided rappels, multi-pitch rappels, complex ropework difficult pothole escapes, and advanced problem-solving and anchor building.
  • Distances: Hike up to 14 miles
  • Surfaces: Extremely rugged, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
  • Elevation Change: Up to 4000 ft/day

Solitude rating

5

  1. Expect to be around other hikers and travelers most of the time.
  2. Expect to have some solitude, as much as an hour at a time without seeing other groups.
  3. Expect several hours of solitude at a time.
  4. Expect to see no more than one or two groups on your trip.
  5. Expect to see no other hikers or travelers on your trip.

Included

  • Experienced and knowledgeable instructors
  • Wilderness-based classroom
  • Group campsite
  • All team canyoneering equipment (i.e., ropes, webbing, and rigging)
  • Course-specific handouts
  • Federal land permit fees
  • Safety equipment, including a team first-aid kit and satellite messenger
  • A commitment to make the course as exciting, challenging, and informative as you’d like

Not included

  • Lodging
  • Meals
  • Transportation
  • Personal equipment
  • Gratuities or tips for instructors and guides

What to bring

    • Harness, helmet & rappel device
    • Layered clothing
    • Comfortable, high-friction footwear
    • Medium backpack
    • Sun Protection
    • Water bottles or bladder
    • Headlamp or flashlight
  • A full packing list will be sent upon booking

What Lies Ahead of You

Learn 8 advanced anchor techniques to grow your canyoneering toolbox

Develop and refine or your rope skills

Review anchor construction fundamentals

Build camaraderie with other canyoneers


Course Focus

Course instruction will focus on the proper setup, execution and sequencing of the following anchor systems

Advanced Anchor Types

-Retrievable

  • Sand Trap
  • Water Trap
  • Pot Shot Tower

-Releasable

  • Fiddle Stick
  • CEM Releasable Knot
  • Pack Drag

-Specialized

  • Directional Wart
  • Dynamic Human/Meat Anchor

The course will also provide a review of anchor construction fundamentals including:

Physics

  • Force
  • Magnitude
  • Direction
  • Balance
  • Reduction
  • Static vs Dynamic

Friction

  • Composition
  • Geometry
  • Optimization
  • Equalization
  • Redundancy
  • Extension
  • Strength (Bomber vs Marginal)
  • Efficiency

Basic static anchors will be reviewed as necessary and appropriate during the course. These anchors include:

  • Tree Wrap
  • Boulder Wrap
  • Pinch
  • Knot Chock
  • Rock Chock
  • Deadman
  • Cairn
  • Bolted

An overview of the different ethics and prevailing practices among different regions and land agencies will also be presented.

Other Important Information

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. This course is designed for those who have previous canyoneering experience. If you’re interested in learning the basics, why not start by joining us on our beginner’s course?

Wear clothes you can move in and don’t mind if they get “worn-in” by the canyons. We recommend wearing clothing that covers your knees and elbows. Layers are also key! For your feet, comfortable medium-weight hiking shoes or boots work best. You definitely need closed-toed shoes that you’ve worn before and broken in well.

Entrance fees are included in the price. Students are responsible for their own meals during the course. Remember to check out our packing list so you don’t forget anything important. Students will be sent a course gear list after registering.

Have more questions? Head to our FAQ page to read more!

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