Advanced Rigging for Canyons


Advanced Rigging for Canyons - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

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An email will be sent out in advance of the workshop with detailed schedule, but plan on 8am-5pm at the North Plaza at the Seattle Program Center

Workshop Overview

This 2-Day Workshop explores advanced rigging techniques in water-filled canyons. The first part of the workshop focuses on high-efficiency techniques for increasing team progression, where we’ll learn tips for mastering double-ended rope bags and rigging complex twin rope systems. The second part of the workshop focuses on creative rigging solutions for unique problems encountered in canyons.  We’ll cover variations on the guided rappel and options for tensioning and releasing from above and below; Abnormal rope lengths and maintaining efficient releasability; And finally, advanced rope abrasion management. Every rigging taught includes a rigging-for-rescue component. We will talk about the rescue plan for each type of rigging, and if applicable, we may perform a mock rescue to demonstrate the rigging's functionality.

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is for intermediate level canyoners who are ready for increased complexity in ropework, and requires an application. Candidates must have a higher-than-average grasp on fundamental canyon rigging, and enough in-canyon experience to understand the contexts of lessons.  

Ideal Candidate Skills/Experience

If you are interested in taking this workshop, but are missing some of this experience, contact the leader to discuss whether it's the right workshop for you

  • Intermediate level training from a canyoning training provider
  • Experience in a multitude of canyon environments (suggested 15+ unique canyons), especially water-filled canyons
  • Mastery of personal movement on Single Rope Systems, with preference using a Frog Ascent System
  • Mastery of the two basic releasable systems: Munter-Mule-Overhand and Releasable Figure 8 Block

Apply Here

On May 22, we will offer a spot in the course to 8 applicants. If spots are left, applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis afterwards.


Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Participants should have a full personal canyoning kit

  • Helmet with whistle
  • Harness
  • Cowstails
  • Adjustable friction descender
  • 4 locking carabiners
  • Figure 8 device
  • Mechanical ascenders
  • Footloop
  • VT prussic
  • Alpine Canyon Draw
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