Rope Progression - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Field trip: Waterfall Canyoning Course

Rope Progression - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Learning vertical and horizontal progression using rope travel

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  • Moderate

Exact schedule will be communicated shortly before the course start, but plan to be at The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center at 8am. 

While many people think of canyoning as rappelling through slot canyons and waterfalls, its actually much more than that. The experienced canyoner uses ropes to move both vertically (down and up) and horizontally through exposed or challenging terrain. On this day, students will practice ascending and descending ropes in a variety of contexts, as well as using ropes as hand lines to traverse challenging terrain and access exposed anchors.



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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

All equipment is provided for use during the course. However, if you have your own equipment, we encourage you to use it. Be sure to let the instructor know in advance.

This day will not require the use of wetsuits, canyon shoes, knives or whistles.

  • Canyon harness (caving harness is also acceptable. Climbing harnesses are not allowed) 
  • Helmet (Climbing helmets & Paddling helmets both acceptable)
  • 2 dynamic cowstails with locking carabiners 
  • 1 variable-friction descender with locking carabiner (examples: Critr, Pirana, Hannibal, Hoodoo, Oka, Resonator)
  • 1 compact mechanical hand ascender (Petzl Basic recommended)
  • 1 mechanical chest ascender (Petzl Croll recommended)
  • 1 single runner (60cm sling) OR chest harness
  • 1 foot loop
  • 4 pear shaped locking carabiners
  • 1 locking XL Master carabiner
  • 1 quickdraw
  • 1 Figure Eight Descender
  • 1 tape sling

Please arrive on time and bring a water bottle, writing utensil, lunch, and a few layers to accommodate air conditioning, basement temps, and outdoor temps.

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