What is Canyoneering?

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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
holes. “

Upper Black Box

Upper Black Box

There is a canyon that I have wanted to do for a long time, but could never quite get around to it. I found out about the canyon through a guidebook, the same guide book which is unclear on how to get there. Confusion was my only emotion ,as I tried to study the...
Should Canyoneering Be Regulated

Should Canyoneering Be Regulated

I really don’t think it should be debated. Canyoneering needs a permit system. I often bitch and complain about not getting permits but every year something happens that continually pushes me into the arms of a permit system. During my 9 years as a canyoneer, I have...
Head Over Heels For Cable Canyon

Head Over Heels For Cable Canyon

I would like to say it happens every year, but it doesn’t. Some years I glide on through the adventure season without so much as a scratch. It’s like I am untouchable and floating on air. Other years it’s like I am desperately trying to hurt nature...
Neon Canyon a New Way to Say Vain Misery

Neon Canyon a New Way to Say Vain Misery

Canyoneers are inherently vain. It’s true! Every canyoneer on the planet loves the awesome action shot. They love great pictures and often, when they get that picture, they just relax and let it go. Others want to collect awesomeness. If there is the potential...
Pine Creek Canyon

Pine Creek Canyon

I can’t remember, but I am almost positive that the second canyon I ever did was Pine Creek Canyon. I didn’t remember much from my first time. I only remembered dropping into the first little water hole, the cathedral, and the rappel at the very end. The...
Black Hole- Where Light and Clean Water Die.

Black Hole- Where Light and Clean Water Die.

I have never had a bad experience in the Black Hole. Ok I lied. Once upon a time, I took 11 out of shape (or you could say in shape, cause round is a shape), people through the black hole. They were all friends and at this moment in time I was equally round. Anyway...
Cheesebox Canyon 4 Different Adventures in Cedar Mesa

Cheesebox Canyon 4 Different Adventures in Cedar Mesa

Most of the canyons in the Cedar Mesa area are really a mixed bag when it comes to adventure. If they are low on water, they are about as much fun as an insurance seminar. If they have water in them, they range anywhere from totally awesome to holy shit I thought I...
Escalante, Egypt 2 and the canyon that takes forever.

Escalante, Egypt 2 and the canyon that takes forever.

Every time I head to Escalante for canyoneering I tell people I haven’t been to Escalante for years. I finish the sentence just as my sixth sense goes off reminding me about the trip last year. At this point I have already made myself a liar so I just run with it....
Canyoneering in Baptist Draw

Canyoneering in Baptist Draw

A couple years ago I met this totally awesome chic named Dawn who runs Bucket List Adventures, an outdoor adventure bucket list fulfillment group.  She went on a backpacking trip with me, which turned out to be about as much fun as attending an amateur synchronized...

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