Training & Serving

People in Nepal need our help following the devastation caused by recent earthquakes. Donations already made by Rich were used to purchase and distribute food and shelter to victims of the earthquakes. But more is needed. The next $3,000 raised by this GoFundMe campaign will be sent directly to Nepal. 

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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Rich Carlson 
Cedar City, UT
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