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Wild Sky Adventure Guides

2 Day Desert To PNW Canyoneering Course

Bridging Canyoneering Worlds: 2-Day Desert to PNW Canyoneering Skill Transfer Course

2024 PNW Canyoneering Course Calendar

Are you an experienced desert canyoneer with aspirations to descend PNW canyons but lack the swiftwater experience? Look no further! Wild Sky Adventure Guides is thrilled to announce our upcoming 2-Day Desert to PNW Canyoneering Skill Transfer Course, designed especially for desert canyoneers like you.

What: Wild Sky Adventure Guides’ 2-Day Desert to PNW Canyoneering Skill Transfer Course.
Who: Seasoned desert canyoneers with big goals
Where: Western Washington. Location TBA in March/April

When: June 29-30 and July 22nd-23rd 2024. Open Availability for groups of 3+ from June through September.

Benefit: Train to pass Seattle Mountaineers Basic Canyoning Equivalency exam.

Visitors Guide for PNW Canyoning

The Wild Sky Adventure Guides’ 2-Day Desert to PNW Canyoneering Skill Transfer Course is designed for seasoned desert canyoneers with big goals to take on some of the challenging canyons of the Pacific Northwest.

Led by professionally certified canyoning instructors, this intensive course focuses on the nuanced distinctions in rigging, movement, and leadership between the slot canyons of the desert Southwest and swiftwater Pacific Northwest canyons.

During two challenging days of canyoning, Wild Sky instructors will evaluate participants skillset and help them adapt their skills to the lush and challenging canyons of the Pacific Northwest. 

From mastering new rigging techniques to adapting leadership skills to swiftwater scenarios, this course will help you  develop the skillset necessary to take on PNW objectives.

Wild Sky has partnered with the Seattle Mountaineers. Our instructors are familiar with Mountaineers techniques and can teach to the Mounties Canyoning Equivalency. After passinga quick  test  with a Mountaineer leader you will  receive  the Mountaineers Canyoning Badge and be able to  join any basic Mountaineers trip for free.

Train to prepare for your Seattle Mountaineers Basic Equivalency Assessment.

Experienced desert canyoneers who take the Wild Sky Two Day Skills Transfer Course will be trained to take  the Seattle Mountaineers Canyoning Basic Equivalency Assessment which grants you access to Seattle Mountaineers free canyoning trips.

Why Choose Wild Sky Adventure Guides?

Expert Guidance: Our professionally certified canyoning instructors have extensive experience in both desert and PNW canyoneering, ensuring you receive top-notch guidance every step of the way.

Community: The Wild Sky to Seattle Mountaineers pipeline is your ticket to joining a community of well trained, like-minded adventurers. Join us for 2 days of educational content and then enjoy putting those skills to use on free Mountaineers canyon trips throughout the summer. 

Safety: Swiftwater canyoning, much like desert canyoneering, is a very relaxing and entertaining adventure sport; until it’s not. By first teaching you swiftwater best practices, and then connecting you to free trips with the most active and professional community of canyoneers in the PNW, we aim to promote the practice of safer canyoneering.  

Desert to PNW Canyoning Courses.


Perhaps you are more interested in a beginner course that goes  more in depth about canyoning basics. All three professionally certified PNW canyoning guide services; Cascade Canyon Guides, West Coast Canyon Guides  and Wild Sky Adventure Guides have formed an educational alliance to promote the safe development of canyoning in the PNW. 

This course is designed as an introduction to swiftwater canyoneering. The goal is to provide students with a strong foundation of skills and create excellent canyon habits with an emphasis on communication, teamwork and moving slowly.

Participants can expect 4 days of learning, challenge and fun! By the end of the 4 days, students should be safe and active participants in appropriately rated canyons.

Are you ready to take your canyoning adventures to the next level? Our comprehensive canyoning training program is designed to equip you with the essential skills and knowledge needed to explore canyons safely, responsibly, and with confidence. With a combination of online courses, hands-on training at the crag, and immersive experiences in the canyon, our program offers a holistic approach to canyoneering education.

Advanced: Canyon Swiftwater Rescue

Maybe you are already experienced at swiftwater canyoning and are looking to build your toolbox of rescue skills. Wild Sky has partnered with Brent Roth from Kraken Whitewater to offer an interdisciplinary swiftwater rescue course. We have brought the best minds in American canyoneering together to develop this  much needed training that will set a new standard in PNW canyon training.

The Wild Sky Adventure Guides’ 3-Day Canyoning-Specific Swiftwater Rescue Course, is led by renowned Pacific Northwest canyoning expert, Brent Roth and International Canyoning Academy (ICA) trained canyon guide Sam Keller. 

This specialized course stands apart as a one-of-a-kind opportunity, drawing upon the expertise of the American Canoe Association (ACA) curriculum and ICA canyon whitewater protocols and systems to deliver  a professional quality swiftwater rescue course that is tailored explicitly to the challenges of canyoning.

Over the course of three days, participants will delve into a comprehensive curriculum covering essential techniques, hazard assessment, and emergency response strategies.

With Brent Roth’s wealth of knowledge and the ACA+ICA framework, this course promises to equip canyoneers with invaluable skills to navigate the unique water features of the Pacific Northwest.

The Wild Sky Adventure Guides 1 Day Intermediate Swiftwater Course is designed for people who want to understand and move more comfortably in swiftwater hydraulics. The course combines International Canyoning Academy (ICA) swiftwater principles and techniques with local PNW canyoning best practices to create an innovate Europe meets the US canyoning course. 

Summer 2024 Calendar Of Events.

2024 PNW Canyoneering Course Calendar

Wild Sky: Made in The Utah Desert, Operating Woldwide.

Wild Sky Guides lead guide, Sam Keller, lived in Utah off and  on for 15 years. As one of the few people that has lived in Springdale, Rockville, Escalante, Boulder, Monticello, and Moab he has over 10 years  of experience canyoning in desert slot canyons. Thus, he has an intimate understanding  of the strengths and weaknesses of desert canyoneers as they approach swiftwater canyoning. 

Wild Sky: A bridge between Europe and the US.

This project is a labor of love,  and in line with our stated mission statement of promoting safer canyoneering in the PNW and worldwide. We seek to serve as a bridge between European and US canyoneering communities. We believe that each community has much to teach the other, and that international skill shares are a great way to transfer knowledge between communities.

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