What is Canyoneering?
Over millions of years, water flowing over stone created large canyons. Some canyons are so narrow that it is impossible to squeeze through them. Some are so large they may be considered “Grand”. The act of descending these canyons is called canyoneering. Many of these canyons can be navigated by the elderly and young. Others require special equipment and technical skills. One thing is certain: this activity has everything for a evening stroll or high adventure that borders on hypothermia, and heat exhaustion within the same hour.
An article from National Geographic defines canyoneering best with this quote:
“Canyoneering, a hybrid form of madness halfway between mountaineering
and caving … hundreds descend into them by ropes, but only a handful explore
new ones. These driven individuals tend to have a rugby player’s legs,
knees crosshatched with scar tissue from all the scratches, a
penguin’s tolerance for frigid water, a wallaby’s rock-hopping
agility, and a caver’s mole-like willingness to crawl into damp, dark