Canyon Practice Session

Skills practice for canyoners
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22 ( 30 capacity)

This is an informal event to bring together PNW Canyoners to socialize, build community and practice skills.

This is a free event and is open to the canyoning community, including those interested in learning about canyoning. Note that this is not a training event, though there will likely be opportunities for informal learning and sharing.

Those wishing to practice or observe more advanced techniques are welcome to join at 12:00, and the "structured" practice will start at 2:00. See details in the schedule below.

Directions: 7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA. Enter Magnuson Park via the 74th St. Entrance off of Sand Point Way. Go straight into the park, and turn left onto 63rd, then left onto 77th, which takes you around the back side of the building. Go left once again to get to the front of the building. There should be little a-frame sandwich board signs directing you to The Mountaineers throughout the park.

The loose agenda:
2:00pm we'll do introductions, then break into groups based on experience and what folks want to practice. There's always a great mix of brand new canyoners and very experienced folks, and everywhere in between. More details on the agenda to come.

What to bring (if you have it):
Clothes appropriate for being inside as well as outside
Variable-friction rappel device (Pirana, Critr, ATS, Hannibal, Sqwurel, etc)
Cows tails
Figure 8 belay device
Locking carabiners
Canyon Ropes
Canyoning books (instructional or guide) that people can peruse
Whatever you don't have, you'll surely be able to borrow because a lot of us tend to show up with a bunch of extra gear :)

Experienced Canyoneers (and those interested in observing) coming early:
For those who are already proficient at rigging releasable systems, rappelling single-strand on variable friction device, and ascending ropes, a bunch of us are going to arrive early to get some more advanced practice in starting at 12:00. This part is more of a free-for-all. I plan to use some of the time to make adjustments to my cowstails and also practice passing a knot through an anchor. All are welcome at this time, but the more "structured" time will start at 2:00.

If you have questions feel free to email me.
Looking forward to seeing/meeting everyone!

Seattle Program Center
7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
Goodman C, Goodman C: Rock Walls, North Plaza: Friction Slabs, South Plaza: Climbing Wall East Side, South Plaza: Climbing Wall West Side