This adventure activity may be also known as Gorge Walking or Canyoneering (although it usually refers to a more technical form of canyoning involving more abseiling) and as it involves a range of different activities and different intensities, making it a brilliant multi-adventure experience for all abilities!
In order be a competent ¨canyoner¨ one must be in fairly good physical shape, be able to swim and be fairly comfortable in an outdoor settings. Although it doesn´t always involve abseiling, it may in some cases in which canyoners should be familiar with this sport.
- Basic rope work
- Sldiing (down waterfalls)
- Navigation skills (if you are going without a guide)
- Neoprene wet suits or dry suits depending on the time of year and water temperature. You will wear a swimsuit underneath, saving dry clothes for afterwards.
- Rope (if your adventure is going to involve abseiling)
- Harness (for abseiling)
- Helmet (mandatory)
- Water shoes or boots as sometimes the terrain can be hazardous for ankles.
- A waterproof backpack
Canyoning is popular the world over and there are exceptional canyoning ravines and gorges scattered all over the world. There developed canyoning routes in the following countries: Slovenia, Spain, Argentina, Australia, Canada, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Ecuador, France, Portugal, Greece, India, Italy, Turkey, Bosnia & Herzegovina, UK and many more. For canyoning or gorge walking in the UK. Wales and Scotland especially, offer brilliant locations such as Aberdyfi, Dinorwig, the Lake District and Harlech.
Canyoning can become dangerous in certain situations and usually when it is a more extreme adventure. There is a possibility of flash floods, torrential and powerful waters, hypothermia and getting lost. Due to the remoteness of some of the routes, getting lost can be a dangerous and life threatening event. Make sure to take a mobile with battery in a waterproof bag and let people know where you will be venturing.
Although there is no national regulatory body for canyoning in the UK, it falls under the British Mountaineering Council. Courses are offered and many organizations which feature this activity offer courses to learn the necessary skills and most times the programs are divided into 3 or 4 levels of difficulty, however if you are going to embark on a canyoning adventure with an outdoor activity provider, you will usually only have to worrying about having a ball!
This is a fabulous activity for those with a thirst for outdoor adventure and exhilaration. For those new to the sport it is advisable to go with an outdoor activity provider that provides this activity. This is also a brilliant idea for a special occasion like a Hen or Stag dos! Have a look at our list of canyoning providers to find one best suited to you!