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  • Fortin de las Flores, Veracruz, Mexico
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Recreational canyoneering, basic to advanced; pro guide training and certification; ultralight rigging & rescue; rappel master; PPE inspection; and land navigation.


Custom training programs available worldwide. Offices and facilities in Cedar City Utah and Veracruz Mexico.

Canyons & Crags on YouTube

Check out my Canyons & Crags’ channel on YouTube. Now, no matter where you are, you can benefit from my training, gear reviews, and much more online just by subscribing to my channel. So if you love adventure – whether you are a rock climber, mountaineer, canyoneer, caver, or rescue technician – and want to learn some new skills and techniques – grab your rope and gear and follow along.


The Totem is the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of rappelling and rigging devices. Deceptively simple-looking, the Totem is remarkably versatile. Use it for rappelling — it’s simple to add friction mid-rappel and simple to lock off. You can also use it for ascending, belaying, releasable rigging systems and hauling systems.
  • Designed by Rich Carlson
  • Manufactured by Rock Exotica
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If you would like to have Rich Carlson conduct a Totem workshop in your store, contact him directly at