Training & Serving
Our 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 and other volunteers will donate their time, labor and expertise.
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.
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We also donated some gear, including child-size harnesses and helmets, ropes and hardware for canyon guides here to use in providing adventure programs for disadvantaged children. After a full-day of training for the guide staff, we ran two programs with children in Kathmandu and one in Pokhara. It is a wonderful feeling to see the smiles on these amazing kids.
Also wrote a 20-page instruction manual for the guides to serve as a refresher in how to rig the tree anchors, rope systems, pulley trolleys, etc. I was happy to see so much enthusiasm on the part of the guides and am confident they will put the gear and their talents to good use serving more children in the future.
I have been asked how I manage to to work travel projects like this on into my budget. Well, the biggest boost comes from paid training gigs that come my way that happen to be in the same region. This time around it was a gig in Japan. Students there covered my round-trip airfare to Tokyo and paid me for the training. I used the money earned in Japan to come to Nepal. Have done the same with training gigs in Hong Kong and Taiwan. So my thanks to students in each of those locations for their support.
And, of course, the support received from friends who support this GoFundMe page help out immensely. Thank you all for caring.
The programs we provided for the children were conducted in a park and included an ascending treadmill, a "skate block" zip line and a slack line. We made due with the adult-size gear we had on hand, but I am in the process of acquiring children-size harnesses and helmets as well as a better quality slack line.
We also used some of the funds raised here to help pay for 195 fleece jackets for kids in a school in one of the villages effected by the earthquakes.
"Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you." --Saint Augustine
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
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.