North Wash Canyoneering Experience
Small Group Environment
Learn the Basics in One of Our Best Canyoneering Courses in the North Wash
Our Basics North Wash Technical Canyoneering course is designed to teach students the fundamental skills needed for canyoneering. While it is suitable for beginners, it also caters to those with some canyoneering experience but no formal training. Safety is a top priority and students will learn how to assess risks and mitigate them for a safe outing.
The course covers anchor building and assessment, setting up rope rigging, rappelling, ascending, and different canyoneering movements outside of rappelling such as downclimbing and stemming. Students will also learn how to retreat back up the rope in emergency situations and use it to escape obstacles. The course includes several canyon descents where you will have the chance to put your skills to the test.
To ensure that students receive personalized attention, the course is kept small and manageable. Instructors are approachable and available to answer questions and engage with students. The course is conducted in the breathtaking canyon area of North Wash, and students will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with each other and instructors at the main basecamp where meals are served.
Why Choose This Course
Discover fundamental canyoneering principles such as approaching the sport from a safe position and mitigating risks in Canyoneering to ensure a safe outing (and more!)
Enjoy a welcoming and diverse course environment for everyone from complete beginners to students with some canyoneering experience under their belt - there’s a place for everyone!
Get the confidence needed to rappel with the best of them through learning the ins and outs of all aspects of rappelling - in all possible situations
Become more comfortable in emergencies (before they happen!) by learning how to think like a pro in those situations
Put your knowledge to the ultimate test in several canyon descents to truly learn how a safe canyon descent is made
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$495 per person
April 6 – 8, 2023 **COURSE FILLED UP**
April 13 – 15, 2023 **COURSE FILLED UP**
October 19 – 21, 2023
- Professional guide and instructors, decades of knowledge and experience teaching and training canyoneering and search and rescue
- All necessary ropes and anchor rigging material
- All necessary rescue gear to be introduced during the course
- Food and lodging
- Transportation to and from the training site
- Gratuity for Instructors
*A Meal plan may be purchased and added on for meals covering breakfasts and dinners during the duration of the course while camping
What to bring
Appropriate layered clothing and footwear to be in the elements all three days.
1 – 4 depending on class size
What You’ll Learn
Safety briefing and risk assessment for canyoneering hazards
Canyon rating systems
Meteorology and flash floods
Canyoneering gear available and needed anchors and anchor rigging for canyoneering
Rappel back ups and belay’s for safety in canyoneering
Friction setting and adjustment for various rappel devices
Ascending a rope
Ascending for self rescue and pothole escapes
Transitioning direction while on rope
Rope retrieval, care and packing
Group dynamics and gear collaboration for in canyon travel
Gear and preparedness inventory
In canyon practicals
All courses are taught by our guiding staff. Some courses may require us to have an outside instructor come in such as Wilderness First Aid where we offer a certification in CPR by the American Heart Association.
Our scheduled courses are not appropriate for small children. We recommend a minimum age of 12. Students under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Sometimes the best thing to do with children is to schedule a private class where individual attention can be given to the particular age group.
Obviously weather prediction is a tricky thing to do, just watch your local weather report and see how often they get it right. Anything more than a week in advance is a guesstimate. We schedule courses based on historical averages of weather patterns.
Courses are scheduled March – June and September – October. We don’t schedule any courses in November – February due to colder temperatures, and July – August due to hotter temperatures. During the other months we hope that the weather is bearable. Starting about in the middle of June through the first part of October also brings our Monsoon season, although very rarely a problem where we teach the courses. During the warmer temperatures we try to spend more time in the canyons where we can get wet. During the cooler temperatures we try to get through the wet stuff as quickly as possible, but hope that you are also prepared for the temperatures. We have done courses in extreme heat, fairly cold weather, in rain and almost in snow. We hope that no matter what happens you will enjoy your time with us and learn from the material as we work with the weather mother nature gives us.
This being said, if you are willing to bear the weather you are welcome to book a private course any time we have available space.
We realized that when we are camping out in North Wash we are in a remote location and not near any stores or restaurants. We camp nowadays with our camp trailers out there and have all the necessary space and equipment to store and keep food cold. We thought it might be nice to offer to those coming out a meal option so they didn’t have to plan as much food to bring and a way to store it. We aren’t looking to make a profit off charging for the meal plan, just hope it adds a bit of convenience for the students coming out to North Wash. Because this was the focus, we don’t’ offer the meal plan when the course is held in Blanding, Utah (ie. Rescue Course) or in Moab, Utah (ie. Technical Course being held there).
The Meal Plan is covering breakfast and dinner on the first two days of the class and breakfast on the third day. Lunches are still on your own as we find not everyone likes to eat a lot during the middle of the day out there. Some things we have done in the past: enchiladas, tacos, steak, philly cheese steak sandwiches, linguine w/ sausage and shrimp (no official name, but it’s amazing), pulled pork sandwiches, pastrami burgers, chicken fajitas, dutch oven lasagna – to name a few things.
Breakfasts are the usual: bacon and eggs, pancakes, french toast, omelets, scrambled eggs, egg and sausage/bacon sandwiches, biscuits and gravy, hen house soufflé and instant coffee.
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See What Our Customers Say About Us
A really awesome canyoneering course! North Wash Outfitters came recommended to me by some friends and I’m so glad I did it. I feel so much more comfortable with the skills and techniques I learned, the instructors are super knowledgeable and experienced. Great class, great experience, great people. I look forward to taking an advanced class when I’m ready
Jared is super knowledgeable and taught us a lot. I would definitely recommend and will do the advanced course through them as well. Also having multiple instructors was a big help they all had different things to teach us.
I have taken both the beginner and advanced class from Jared and his crew. Their knowledge and teaching methods are superior. They not only teach the techniques in a way that anyone can learn, but they are also patient and make sure you understand. Going through the trainings and the canyons with them you can tell that safety is definitely a value.
Jared is the man you want to learn canyoneering from. Without a doubt, you will not find a better instructor than him. His guides are also incredible at what they do and extremely knowledgeable. The progression of the course is absolutely perfect, going from learning the basics, to practicing what you’ve learned, to real life scenarios in the canyon.