Since 1990 Canyons & Crags’ proprietor, Rich Carlson has provided comprehensive training and certifications for canyoneers, climbers, rescue teams, rope access workers and others from across the Americas and overseas. Rich’s courses continue to set the gold standard for canyoneering, canyon rescue and professional canyon guides. Although Rich is best known in the canyoneering community, the skills and techniques he teaches have applications across the spectrum of vertical rope work. Follow the link at the top of the page for more information about our training programs.
We also carry quality rope and gear for rappelling, rigging and rescue (including canyoneering, of course). We are a full-line dealer for Petzl, Rock Exotica, BlueWater, CMC Rescue, Black Diamond and CanyonWerks. If they make it, we can get it for you. Browse our online selection or contact us for technical advice, custom orders and competitive bids on quantity orders.
Proceeds from sales support the Canyoneering Instructors Service Network. 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. 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.