Canyoning is a sport and recreation that is unlike any other. It combines fun, adventure, endurance, and life-threatening risks, things you don’t usually experience in other sports. It can be insanely challenging, yet enjoyable at the same time. Canyoning, like other sports, requires that you have some training and learn certain skills for you to participate.
What is canyoning, exactly? Canyoning involves walking, climbing, scaling rocks/cliffs, jumping, scrambling, and even swimming through a canyon. This entails jumping into a deep pool from a cliff, walking and swimming through rough and water-filled canyons, rope climbing waterfalls and more. These are high-risk activities that are designed to give you one of the most thrilling experiences you can have in your life.
Canyoning can take place where there are gorges, waterfalls, caves filled with water, valleys with cliffs, etc. This recreational sport is planned and organized in natural landscapes with beautiful surroundings and difficult terrains, which make it challenging and very interesting at the same time. It is for people who have a thirst for risky adventures.
There are so many beautiful spots around the world where people can go canyoning to get the best experience. Some beautiful locations you can visit for canyoning include:
- Inchree Falls (Scotland)
- Twister Canyon (Australia)
- Kalang Falls (Australia)
- Colorado Plateau (part of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico)
- Grand Canyon (Arizona)
- Eldorado Canyon (Colorado)
- Hole-in-the-wall Canyon (California)
- Maentrog Gorge (North Wales)
- Fortress Canyon (Utah)
- Galah Canyon (Australia)
- Firefly Canyon (Australia)
- Empress Canyon (Australia)
Canyoning requires special equipment if you are to indulge in it safely and successfully. This equipment is needed because of the risks associated with the sport, and they include helmets, specially designed shoes, climbing ropes, wetsuits, trainers, buoyancy aides, backpacks, towels, spare clothing and more. If you’re just starting, you should look up smaller canyons to get acquainted with canyoning, so you can move on to bigger canyons with extra challenges.
There are certain things you need to know before canyoning, which are very important because of the precarious conditions you may face in some of the locations you may be visiting. You need to be taught how to navigate a canyon, the rescue methods in case you are in danger, how to climb with the ropes, how to stay safe, how to swim (if you don’t know how), what you need to carry along while canyoning to boost energy, what to avoid, etc.
Canyoning is safest in groups, with an experienced guide to lead you. Before you go out on your own, you should be trained by experienced hands in the field of canyoning. This is to guarantee that you stay safe while you’re learning all the ins and outs of canyon challenges.
This form of exercise/adventure is something everyone should attempt at least once in their lifetimes. It will make you see life differently and expose you to some natural beauties of the world. Life is too short and shouldn’t be wasted sitting at home, so get out there already! Be risky, see beautiful sites and have some fun with canyoning!