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PNW Canyoneering Courses

Swiftwater Canyoning Skill Building Courses

High Quality and Affordable PNW Specific Canyoning Courses From Certified Swiftwater Rescue Instructors and Canyoning Guides.

PNW Canyoneering Courses

Experienced & Certified Instructors!

Wild Sky Adventure Guides instructors are some of the most experienced canyoneers that the PNW has to offer. Our instructors are professionally certified in their area of instruction.

Beginner - Intermediate - Advanced

Wild Sky Adventure Guides has courses that focus on any skill level to help you take your skills to the next level.

Desert to PNW Pipeline

Wild Sky Adventure Guides Instructors have years of experience adventuring and guiding in Utah and the Colorado plateau. Thus we are familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of desert canyoneers, and can help your team fill in the gaps so that you can take on larger PNW objectives.

BONUS OFFER!

Course participants receive a 10% discount on all Seland Wetsuits/Drysuits and a 20% discount on Seland accessories.

Follow the adventure!

4 Day Course: Introduction To PNW Canyoning

Location

To Be Announced!
Potential Locations are; Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest.

Length

4 Days: June 28th - July 1st

Experience required

The Wild Sky Introduction to PNW Canyoneering Course is 4 days of instruction to teach beginner canyoneers the skills necessary to thrive as a competent team member in PNW canyons.

Fitness required

Must be able to complete 4 complete days of moderate physical activity. This course entails significant amounts of water immersion and corresponding physical and mental difficulties associated with exposure to heights and rappelling.

Price

$795 per person.
Wild Sky provides all the technical gear except for appropriate shoes..

BONUS OFFER!

Wild Sky course participants receive a 10% discount on all Seland Wetsuits/Drysuits and a 20% discount on Seland accessories. Try out the gear on our course, decide if you want to invest, and then get a great deal!

Group Size

3-6 Participants.

Advanced

3 Day Course: Swiftwater Rescue Workshop

3 Day Premier Course

The Wild Sky Adventure Guides 3 day Swiftwater Rescue Course is our premier offering. We have designed a first of its kind course using the American Canoe Association Swiftwater Rescue curriculum to provide this canyoning specific rescue course.

Location

To Be Announced!

Length

3 Days June 7th - 9th 2024

Experience required

The Canyon Specific Swiftwater Rescue Course is for those with the technical skills required to participate on and lead canyoning adventures in Class C canyons. You must be proficient in releasable rigging and rope rescue.

Fitness required

Must be able to complete 3 full days of moderate physical difficulty. The course entails high amounts of water immersion and corresponding physical and mental difficulties associated with cold water immersion and swiftwater rescue.

Price

$445 per person with all personal gear.
Inquire in advance about gear rentals.

Group Size

3-9 Participants.

Intermediate

Two Day Course: Desert To PNW Skills Transfer

Location

To Be Announced!
Potential Locations are; Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest.

availability

Open Availability: June 10th - September 28th 2024
Course Offered: July 22nd - 23rd

Length

2 Days. This course includes two days of canyoneering that last about 8 hours..

Experience required

This course is designed for seasoned desert canyoneers with big goals to take on some of the challenging canyons of the Pacific Northwest.

Fitness required

Must be able to complete back to back full days of moderate physical activity.

Price

$395 per person with all personal gear.
Inquire in advance about gear rentals.

Group Size

3-6 participants

Intermediate

One Day Course:Intermediate Swiftwater

Location

To Be Announced!
Potential Locations are; Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest.

availability

Open Availability for groups of 3x or more
June 10th - September 29th 2024
Planned Courses
June 15th and 16th

Length

Approximately 8hrs.
Start Times: 8:00am and 1:30pm

Experience required

The Intermediate Whitewater Course is for those with the technical skills required to participate on and lead canyoning adventures in Class C canyons. You must be proficient in releasable rigging.​

Fitness required

Must be able to hike a half a mile with 500 feet of elevation gain. All four hours of the adventure will be spent moving, climbing around obstacles, rappelling, and swimming.

Price

$195 per person with all personal gear.
Inquire in advance about gear rentals.

Group Size

3-6 Participants.

Beginner

Cascade Canyon Guides:Introduction to Swiftwater Canyoneering

Location

Gifford Pinchot National Forest

availability

May 24 - 27 2024

Length

4x 8 hour days.
Start Times: 8:00am and 1:30pm

Cascade Canyon Guides

Wild Sky is proud to endorse this course run by our neighbor Cascade Canyon Guides. The course is taught by ACA pro guide Andrew Jimenez. Wild Sky is not the provider of this course.

Experience required

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.

Fitness required

4 days of physical activity. Must be prepared to hike, rappel, jump, and downclimb.

Price

$850 per person with all personal gear including wetsuits, harnes, etc except for footwear included.

Group Size

3-6 Participants.

Intermediate

Cascade Canyon Guides:Intermediate Swiftwater Canyoneering

Location

Gifford Pinchot National Forest

availability

May 31st - June 2nd 2024

Length

3x 8 hour days.
Start Times: 8:00am and 1:30pm

Cascade Canyon Guides

Wild Sky is proud to endorse this course run by our neighbor Cascade Canyon Guides. The course is taught by ACA pro guide Andrew Jimenez. Wild Sky is not the provider of this course.

Experience required

The intermediate canyoning course designed for those who are competent rappellers, familiar with at least one releasable rigging system, adept in canyon communication, and skilled in both horizontal and vertical canyon progression. Prior knowledge of rope management and anchor concepts is required.

Fitness required

3 days of physical activity. Must be prepared to hike, rappel, jump, and downclimb.

Price

$650 per person with all personal gear including wetsuits, harnes, etc except for footwear included.

Group Size

4 participants max group size!

Custom Courses: Canyoning Courses That Fit Your Organizational Needs

Location

Various Locations!
Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest.
Wenatchee-Okanogan National Forest.
Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Age Limit

12 and older.

availability

June 10th - September 29th 2024

Length

Custom length courses designed to fit your institutional needs.

Experience required

Beginner to expert. This product is for organizations and institutions who want a custom designed curriculum to train your members or staff in swiftwater canyoneering.

Fitness required

Must be able to complete a full day of moderate physical difficulty. A full day of hiking in the mountains is required to access these remote canyons.

Price

Custom Pricing

Group Size

2-10 participants per day.
We have capacity to work with much larger groups, but this must be arranged in advance.

Wild Sky guides in the Snoqualmie Corridor of I-90 between North Bend and Snoqualmie Pass.

Upon booking you will receive a confirmation email detailing all the important details for getting ready for the trip, and 48 hours leading up to the trip your guide will be in touch with you to confirm meet up location and time so that there is no confusion the morning of your adventure. 

The Wild Sky Operations Zone in King County WA

There are currently two lead instructors; Brent Roth and Sam Keller. 

Both are certified by recognized bodies in their fields and bring a wealth of experience to their course  subjects.

You can find out more about our guide/instructor team HERE.

Wild Sky courses provide certified lead instructors from either the American Canoe Association (ACA) or the International Canoe Association (ICA), National Forest permits and fees, all group gear, and a structured curriculum. It’s important to note that Wild Sky does not offer accident insurance for participants. Students are required to bring their own personal gear, but Wild Sky offers the convenience of renting out the personal gear used on guided trips for a small fee. Additionally, wetsuits are available for purchase if arrangements are made in advance.

The most important thing that you can bring on a Wild Sky adventure is a Positive Attitude and a readiness to exert yourself physically for the day. 

Canyon appropriate clothes includes lightweight, non-cotton, long pants, a non-cotton shirt, and a pair of durable shoes with good grip (vibram soles preferable) that you don’t mind getting wet! 

To keep your attitude positive and your body moving you are going to want to bring enough food and at least 2 liters of water to keep you on the move for the duration of your adventure. 

For a Wild Sky Canyoneering Course, we recommend bringing canyoning-specific gear such as a 2-piece or thick 1-piece wetsuit, with options like the Seland Iguazu proving effective. It’s advisable to include a thermal base layer, a light microfleece jacket, and a splash jacket like the CE4Y Shield Jacket for added comfort and protection during the adventure. To enhance insulation, we suggest wearing 4-5mm neoprene socks with wool socks underneath. To ensure warmth before and after water sessions, it’s a good idea to pack additional warm clothes, allowing you to stay comfortable throughout the day. Preparedness with the right gear ensures a safe and enjoyable canyoneering experience.

Prior experience requirements vary for Wild Sky Adventure Guides courses, and each trip will specify the necessary background for participants. This approach ensures that instructors can address more advanced subjects tailored to the skill levels of the enrolled students. The Beginner course is an exception, as it is designed for individuals without prior experience, making it an ideal starting point for those new to the adventure. By outlining specific prerequisites for each trip, we aim to provide a customized and safe learning experience for participants at every skill level.

 
 

Wild Sky Adventure Guides trips typically commence with an 8 am meetup and conclude around 4 pm. Participants are encouraged to bring snacks and beverages to share at the end of each day, fostering a relaxed and semi-formal atmosphere for debriefing and socializing. This shared experience adds to the overall enjoyment of the adventure, creating a sense of camaraderie among participants as they reflect on the day’s activities.

Please bring an extra pair of glasses or contacts with you on your trip. Leave them in your dry bucket so that you have them if you lose yours in the canyon. Please bring glasses straps to secure your glasses in the canyon. 

At Wild Sky we understand that life is messy and things can change. We have designed our cancellation policy to be fair to our valued customers, but allows us to provide some certainty in our guide schedule.

Cancellation Policy:

More than 7 days before trip begins: Full Refund.

Less than 7 days before trip begins: Wild Sky Credit to add on to existing trip.

 

Tips are not mandatory, but are very much appreciated by your instructors.

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