Intro to Advanced Rope Systems and Swiftwater is a technical canyon descent focusing on detailed advanced evaluations and experience. Over the duration of this two day class students will have a chance to train in an intensive swiftwater canyon. This is a unique course that will challenge each participant. The student will learn still water versus swiftwater swimming techniques, river current negotiation, water hazard negotiation, direct waterway rappelling techniques, edge top belaying of a swimming leaders tag line, base setting and belaying of the tag line, setting the rope length, negotiating a two stage drop, intellectual and practical leadership training, pothole escapes, and advanced T.E.R.M. including wetsuit vs. layering.
LOCATIONS, TIMES, & REGISTRATION
2 people: $330 per person
3 people: $220 per person
4+ people: $165 per person
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KERNVILLE, CA AREA
SEQUOIA NATIONAL FOREST
Contact ATS prior to purchasing your airline tickets to confirm the trip has the minimum number of participants required to operate.
Closest Airport: Fresno International Airport (FAT)
Upon registration a detailed packet will be emailed to the student with further details on the course.
TRAVEL AND OTHER INFORMATION
• Professional Instruction
• Technical canyoneering equipment
• Leave No Trace Ethics Card
• Sample rope and webbing
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
• Transportation from your home town to the group meeting point
• Insurance of any kind
We meet at our group meeting spot to pass out gear and do a final gear check. After discussing the TERM's of the day we set out on a nearly 2 mile hike to our first obstacle - the Kern River. After a thorough discussion of swiftwater tactics we demonstrate and complete a river crossing using a tensioned diagonal line. Moving up and into the canyon, time is spent discussing and completing rappels where proper rope length is set, contingencies are built into the rope systems, swimming techniques are perfected, and safety is especially emphasized. We'll arrive back at the cars just after sunset.
The golden rule of Class C canyoneering is that ropes and water do not mix well - this course teaches you some of the safest possible ways to use them together. On our second day we move higher into the canyon and put together all the techniques from Day 1 into team based evolutions. Constructive criticism is presented to refine your skillsets into efficient and effective maneuvers for a swiftwater canyon environment. As we descend into the canyon additional topics such as temporary anchors and river navigation tactics are discussed. We arrive back at the cars after dark.
Canyoneering is a marathon not a sprint. There is typically a several mile hike into a canyon route while wearing a 20-30 pound backpack. This hike will at some points be on uneven terrain and at other times on an established trail. Between rappels in canyon you will have to hike and potentially do assisted down climbs on uneven terrain. You will potentially be exposed to cold water, high air temps, poisonous plants and animals, and adverse weather conditions.
We have taken clients as young as 12 and as old as 72 into routes. Our main stipulation is you must fit within the size requirements for a harness (typically under a size 40 waist and under 350 pounds). Beyond that you should possess a general fitness level and enjoy hiking in the outdoors. If you have a specific question about the sport please contact us.
WHAT TO BRING
ITEMS PROVIDED BY ATS UPON REQUEST
• Fleece Pants
• Fleece Top
• Kayaking Splash Pants
• Kayaking Splash Top
• Chain Reactor
• ATS Device
• 2 - Hollow Blocks
• 3 - Falcon Carabiners
• 4 - Eagle Carabiners
• Canyon Backpack
• Ascending Equipment
• Dry Bag
ITEMS PROVIDED BY STUDENT
• Sturdy Closed Toe Shoes that will get wet
• Thick Synthetic or Wool Socks
• 3/4 or 7mm full wetsuit
• High Caloric Lunch
• 2 Liters of Water
• Medications/Glasses/Extra • Contacts
• After Canyon Clothes