Technical Canyoneering in Red Rock Desert

March 21-28, 2020


Travel through a magical and iconic American landscape. Let the sight of a million stars and the aroma of woodsmoke lull you to sleep each night. Wake up each morning to the smell of sagebrush and juniper. On this 7 day backpacking trip, you will explore a small slice of our vast desert, from high topped mesas to hidden slot canyons - narrow, twisted passageways, carved by wind and water.

Build your technical skills. You'll learn how to evaluate fixed anchors, rappel, spot your parters in technical terrain, give a hip belay, set a hand line, and escape a "keeper" pot hole. With these skills, we will penetrate deep into the heart of the Utah desert, an area famous for its Native American history, unusual geology, and reputation as a "Robber's Roost." 

Gain perspective. Participate in a Citizen Science project and play a part in conserving our public lands. Eat backcountry gourmet treats including biscuits and gravy, homemade pizza, and gooey cinnamon rolls. Take time away from it all on a desert solo. Spend each day travelling over physically challenging terrain and return to school stronger both mentally and physically.


NAME: Dave     

AGE: 37

OUTDOOR SPECIALITIES: Rock Climbing, Packrafting, Backcountry Skiing

CREDENTIALS: NOLS Instructor, Wilderness EMT, LNT Master Educator

PASSIONS: Motorcycling, Hitchhiking, Writing

Dave has led more than 100 NOLS courses.

Time and space. In the desert there is space. Space is the twin sister of time. If we have open space then we have open time to breath, to dream, to dare, to play, to pray to move freely, so freely, in a world our minds have forgotten but our bodies remember. Time and space. This partnership is holy. In these redrock canyons, time creates space—an arch, an eye, this blue eye of sky. We remember why we love the desert; it is our tactile response to light, to silence, and to stillness.
— Terry Tempest Williams
May your rivers flow... down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs, where deer walk across the white sand beaches, where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you ... beyond that next turning of the canyon walls.
— Edward Abbey

If you are interested in creating your own Custom Backpacking trip, please send an email to wildernessrescuetraining@gmail.com