Learn to canyoneer with the support of the PNW’s first swiftwater canyoneering guide service

Experience the Pacific Northwest’s most exciting new sport

Develop technical and leadership skills to safely descend swiftwater canyons

The sport of canyoneering is quickly taking off in the lush green, rugged and wet canyons of the Pacific Northwest. It’s not hard to see why – the thrill and exhilaration of rappelling under a waterfall is unmatched.

Learn to rappel down a waterfall confidently and skillfully with our 2-day Waterfall Rappelling Workshop which covers gear selection, waterfall rappelling techniques, knots, belaying, rope management and basic rescue techniques.

The Waterfall Rappelling Workshop is a great option for beginners who are interested in pursuing the sport of swiftwater canyoneering and are not able to commit to the 4-day Intro to Swiftwater Course, and for those with some experience or have taken a course and want to practice and refresh their skills under the guidance of a professional instructor.

Note: This workshop does not teach you how to swim. You must be a good swimmer to take this workshop.

Trip Details

Price

Tuition for the course is $395 per person.


Departure time

8 AM


Meeting point

North Cascade Mountains/Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest


Availability

July 22-25, 2021; August 5-8, 2021; August 19-22, 2021
Custom dates available for private groups. Contact us for additional information.


Duration

2 days


Group size

2-8 people


Experience level

This course is designed specifically for beginner canyoneers and those with existing Class A and B experience who wish to learn swiftwater-specific skills and techniques.

This course does not teach you how to swim. You must be a good swimmer to take this course.


Difficulty rating

3

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

4-5

  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, ascenders, full-wetsuit
  • Layered clothing
  • Comfortable, high-friction footwear
  • Medium backpack
  • Sun Protection
  • Water bottles or bladder
  • Headlamp or flashlight

A full packing list will be provided upon booking.

What Lies Ahead of You

Experience the excitement and thrills of swiftwater canyoneering

Learn and refine your skills in the canyons, not in a classroom

Grow as a leader and refine your decision making skills

Meet new adventures and experience the power of the team

Specific skills you will learn Include:

DAY 1 – Dry Practice Session

  • Sample the most common canyoneering rappelling devices
  • Two handed breaking
  • Fireman belay
  • Adding friction pre-rappel on different thickness ropes
  • Adding/removing friction on rappel
  • Hands-free lock off on rappel
  • Rappelling out of the bag
  • Carrying the pull-side on rappel
  • Communication/Whistle signals
  • Adjusting rope length after 1st person down
  • Setting rope length without letting rope touch down
  • DAY 2 – Wet Practice Session

  • Create air pocket on rappel while in light waterfall
  • Practice Day 1 skills in light waterfall
  • Rappelling on the hip in waterfall
  • Seated start off a ledge
  • DAY 2 – Dry Practice Session

  • Anchor inspection discussion
  • Water knot, frost knot, BHK
  • Setting up a releasable block
  • Releasing live bait on rappel and lowering
  • Self-rescue step up
  • Ascending a fixed line
  • Passing a knot on rappel
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Absolutely not. If you’re a keen adventurer looking to discover the pleasure of canyoneering, this trip is for you.

    Wear clothes you can move in and won’t tear easily. 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.

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

    Photo Gallery

    You May Also Like...


    Advanced Anchors and Rigging Canyoneering Course
    Technical Canyoneering/Canyon Leadership
    Backpacking & Mountaineering in Washington