Quote Originally Posted by ChrisB View Post
One element of a guided experience that has not been mentioned so far is the learning opportunity. A really good guide is also a teacher and mentor. H/she wants to do more than merely drag clients up a route.
Agreed -- we picked up some decent skills pretty quickly doing a guided canyoneering course through some slots out in Utah; these might have taken us a bit longer to figure out on our own. After several years of doing these unguided, we hit a barrier for our skill sets and opted to hire someone who was an excellent, patient teacher.