Canyoneering (aka Canyoning, Gorging, Kloofing) is the technical adventure sport of traveling down steep and narrow canyons using a variety of techniques that may include hiking, scrambling, boulder hopping, rock climbing, jumping, wading, swimming, sometimes packrafting and always rappelling — often over waterfalls.
Canyoneering can be challenging, which is undoubtedly part of the thrill for many who participate in the sport, however, the attraction to most is the beauty of these crevices in the earth with their unique flora and fauna, and their distinct geologic structure. Pair that appeal with the fact that you’re only sharing these hard-to-reach locations with other canyoneers (and maybe some big horn sheep or frogs), and you’ll start to grasp the varied allure of this up-and-coming sport.
Canyoneering has the potential to be dangerous, especially for those without training or experience. Because of the remote location of most canyons, and the inaccessibility for rescuers, relevant training to become a safe and self-sufficient canyoneer is vital. Our basic Technical Canyoneering Course teaches a majority of the technical (and practical) skills to rappel well, safety check and back-up your partners, communicate efficiently and effectively, inspect and/or build natural anchors, rig and manage ropes, tie appropriate knots, down-climb and assist others, perform basic self-rescues, plan a trip & choose appropriate gear, and introduces the foundation for understanding canyon-specific dangers and the particular safety considerations of the sport. It teaches the skills necessary to safely descend canyons as part of a group (being a competent participant and the knowledge to recognize and implement safe canyon practices). This is where you will start. Sign-up for a course today!
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