MOAB, UT, Aug. 25, 2022– Moab Adventure Center, the go-to hub for guided adventure in and around Moab, Utah, continues to evolve ways for visitors to get up close and personal with the sandstone spires, arches, fins and hoodoos that make this a world-class vacation destination.
To help answer the demand for these rapidly growing sports, the company recently added a new Moab canyoneering option that includes rappelling & adventure hiking in Bow and Arrow Canyon. This five-hour adventure begins with a hike among sandstone fins up to Longbow Arch, followed by rappelling through slot canyons hidden by massive sandstone monoliths. The route descends farther and farther down into the canyons on each of four rappels. The first descent is a warm-up at 15 feet, followed by descents of 80 and 25 feet, concluding with an open drop of 50 feet. Professional canyoneering guides provide detailed instruction through each section, offering insights into geology, plant life and natural history. No experience is required, just an appetite for adventure. These twice-daily immersions into prehistoric worlds continue through November. For more information, please see https://www.moabadventurecenter.com/moab-rappelling-hike.
Also available through November is Moab Adventure Center’s signature introductory program to canyoneering: Canyoneering Grandstaff Canyon - Ephedra's Grotto and Morning Glory Arch. This five-hour excursion may well claim to be the best place on the planet to be introduced to canyoneering. The first rappel is 90 feet down into a narrow chasm called the Medieval Chamber and then 120 feet down the massive Morning Glory Arch (actually a Natural Bridge). The adventure concludes with a hike along a trickling stream bed in the gorgeous Grandstaff Canyon. The experience continues daily through November. For details, please see https://www.moabadventurecenter.com/moab-canyoneering.
The per person rate for each canyoneering program is $125 (age 13 and up) and $105 (age 10-12). The price includes snacks and water, gear and safety equipment, guided instruction, and transfers.
When it comes to canyoneering, this region is celebrated as “canyon country,” where the sport of canyoneering was practically invented. “Like rock climbing, canyoneering is a crafted experience conducted under the watchful eyes of trained instructors,” said Sierra Schmutz, General Manager of the Moab Adventure Center. “The playing field comprises gear and safety equipment fitted to the participants, sheer rock walls, narrow crevasses, a breathtaking natural bridge, wide-open vistas and, always, adrenalin.”
What is the difference between rock climbing and canyoneering? Rock climbers use the textures, bumps, and cracks in the rock walls (and may wear special shoes) to go up a rock wall. Once they reach the top, they descend with the rope and harness back to the horizontal ground. Canyoneers slide or rappel down into canyons and caverns where only a rope can give them access. Often there are multiple descents through a given canyon.
Another popular pursuit is basic rock climbing. The per person rate for Moab Rock Climbing Introduction is $125 ($105 for ages 5-12). This includes snacks and water, gear and safety equipment, and guided instruction. Through guided instruction, participants at all skill levels learn how to improve face and crack climbing techniques, how to use and care for equipment, the techniques of knot and rope work, and basic belaying and descending. This can help transition climbers from a climbing gym to real rock or even offer the ideal first experience for someone who has never tried rock climbing. A variety of routes and a relaxed atmosphere allow guests to progress at their own pace. For details see https://www.moabadventurecenter.com/moab-rock-climbing
All guides are trained and certified by the Association for Canyoneering Education (ACE). They have passed every advanced canyoneering and rescue course ACE has and have customized their knowledge to fit the needs of Moab Adventure Center guests and participants.
About the Moab Adventure Center
Moab Adventure Center is at the epicenter of nature-themed adventure, promising activities that include rafting, jet boating, stand-up paddle boarding, hiking, mountain biking, and hot air ballooning. Hummer safaris, rock climbing, canyoneering, and horseback riding are also very popular. Most of these activities are conducted with experienced guides, an arrangement that helps preclude the kind of damage to the land that can happen when uneducated visitors venture into areas where they shouldn’t be. Guides help people understand where they can move through the backcountry with the least impact possible.
Moab Adventure Center is a division of Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/) an adventure travel company headquartered in Salt Lake City, with operations and offices in Moab and Fredonia, AZ. The company is the largest single tour provider in Moab, Utah. The Moab Adventure Center is located at 225 South Main St., Moab, UT 84532. For information and reservations, please call (435) 259-7019 or (866) 904-1163. The center also has a 2,000-square-foot retail space selling adventure-related gear, clothing, maps, and souvenirs.
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