Today is the last day of a 10-day entry level guides course here in Nepal. 15 local students are completing the training. A 10-day advanced level course will begin on the 12th.
I've been told that students from the courses here in February had previously found occasional work in the fields making 400 rupees per day (about $4). They now have regular work making 3500 rupees per day (about $35). Good wages for Nepal.
The training here is making a difference. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Initial goal of $2,000 was exceeded by $100. Raising the goal to $7,000. Hoping to raise another $5,000 in the first quarter of 2015 to facilitate upcoming projects. Thanks to everyone for your support.
Finished the training here in Nepal. Trained 37 Nepali canyon guides during three 10-day courses. Donated 12 sets of gear and approximately 1500 feet of rope. Also set up training sites for the trainees to continue practice. Support won't stop with the training and gear. We will also help arrange opportunities for them to work with mentor guides and with securing employment.
It has been a wonderful experience. Looking forward to the next project.
Thank you again for your support. Without you, it would not have been possible.
I depart on 9 January for Nepal. Will be teaching a basic canyoneering course in Lamjung, 14-23 Jan, followed by a rescue course, 25 Jan to 2 Feb. Then another basic course in Bhotekoshi Valley, 10-20 Feb.
After Nepal I will be in Hong Kong to teach an instructor course. Students in Hong Kong have paid for roundtrip airfare from US to HK. The airfare from HK to Kathmandu is $567.
With support from Petzl, I was able to acquire gear valued at $3,546.60 retail for $1,679.33. This gear, along with VT Prusiks and several slightly used ropes donated by me, will be left in Nepal with the students there. All of this made possible by your generous support.
I added some incentive levels for donations. If you were planning to attend a workshop soon anyway, donate here to help with my volunteer training projects and receive equal credit toward one of my workshops. That's a win-win proposition. My 2014 workshop schedule is posted at www.canyoneering.net.
Canyoneering Instructors Service Network (CISN) was founded by Rich Carlson in 2013. The network's primary mission is to assist with economic development and enhance quality of life for individuals and communities around the world through the provision of training for canyoneers, canyon guides and canyon rescue teams. We are especially interested in serving underprivileged youth and unemployed adults in Native American communities and in developing countries.
Photo above is from canyon rescue training for White Mountain Apache tribe in Arizona.
For qualifying groups, we will provide training, assist with the establishment and promotion of a youth service program, canyon guide program and/or canyon rescue program, as well as help with the acquisition of gear.
Funds will be used to cover travel expenses and donated gear. Rich will donate his time, labor and expertise.
Rich also provides training for volunteer Scout Leaders and volunteer members of search and rescue teams.
Rich has been canyoneering for more than 35 years and has explored canyons in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East. He started the first canyoneering guide service in the U.S. in 1990, giving him the distinction of being one of, if not the most experienced guide and instructor in the world. His clients and students have included individuals, corporate groups, film crews, search and rescue teams, backcountry rangers, law enforcement agencies and the military. Rich founded the American Canyoneering Association (now the American Canyoneering Academy) in 1999. Rich teaches around the world all levels of canyoneering courses, from beginner to advanced, including training for professional guides and rescue teams.
Photo above is from Rich's teaching trip to Iran in Nov-Dec 2012.
Rich - this is just a very small thank you for your time and expertise at the ART course last weekend. I love your karma-centric perspective on life and only wish more of humanity shared it. Here's a little karma for the karma bank and I know you'll add interest and spread the wealth generously! I sure hope our paths will cross again, preferably in a remote slot canyon some day! All the best, SD
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