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Learn to Rappel Class – Boulder, CO

July 28 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am


Learn to Rappel Class      

Interested in learning to Rappel or maybe even Canyoneer?

This rappelling class is a great introduction to rappelling.  Have fun and learn how to safely descend a rope!  This class is appropriate for any skill level, and we can accommodate families as well.  The class could also be used as a steppingstone to the sport of canyoneering – or possibly even climbing or caving (which also involve rappels).  We will cover the following skills related to rappelling:

  • Gear and Gear Strength
  • Firefighter’s Belay / Bottom Belay
  • Site Safety
  • Safety Check
  • Communication
  • Rappelling Technique and Instruction
    • Including Adding Friction Pre-rappel, Mid-rappel and Locking Off

We will spend the morning learning and rappelling on single strand 8.3mm Imlay Canyon Fire and 9.2mm Imlay Canyonero canyoneering ropes using the Sterling ATS descender.

  • If you don’t know how to rappel – come learn.
  • If you know how to rappel – come practice and consider signing up for our Rappel and Gear Workshop in the afternoon.

This Learn to Rappel Class will last all morning – 7am-11:00pm so bring lunch & water!  You will be required to sign a release of liability and assumption of risk.  We should be able to do multiple rappels, playing with friction, locking off, and building confidence.  You will need to arrive at 7am for the instruction, and then you are welcome to do as many rappels as you would like up to 11am – it’s YOUR day.

Gear for this class will be provided. However, if you own gear that you want to use – bring it!  Whether it’s a climbing harness, any kind of helmet (climbing, bicycling, kayaking, snowboarding, etc.), a pair of gloves (mechanics, cycling, weightlifting, garden, etc.), you are welcome to bring it and we’ll inspect it and discuss it.  Feel free to bring any gear you have questions about … we’re happy to show you how to use your own descender and to answer any/all gear questions.

We will be scrambling around a lot as we rappel, scramble back up, rappel, scramble back up, rappel, scramble back up, etc., so wear some comfortable shoes with good ‘grip’.  Trail, running, approach shoes all work well (don’t wear rock climbing shoes or open toe footwear such as sandals). Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, maybe a hat, and clothes/layers appropriate for the forecast.  The training location is close to Nederland, so it’s usually 5 to 10 degrees cooler than Boulder – so factor that into your gear choices.

This Learn to Rappel Class is open to everyone, so invite your friends, your teenage kids, your spouse to join!  If you’d like to organize a private event for your students, colleagues, friends or for a family reunion, just give us a shout!  This event also is a tremendous team-building activity!

The cost for this class is only $99 per person!!  The $99 is non-refundable but may be put toward a future rappelling class in the same calendar year if 30-day notice is given cancelling your participation on this date.  Read more company/course policies here.

Instructor:  AJ Pastula (Boulder, CO)


July 28
7:00 am - 11:00 am
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