To get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, more and more individuals find themselves completely immersed in the wonders of nature. Completely cut off from the rest of the world, we seek an experience that produces a rush of adrenaline and a thumping heart when the day is done. Hence, more extreme sports have emerged in the past decade or so. Many of these sports involve water activities, land activities or a combination of both. Whether you are a skilled sportsman or a newbie, there is something for everyone.
What is Canyoning?
Canyoning or canyoneering is one such extreme sport on the rise for the past decade or so. It combines elements of land and water to produce a sport that guarantees to get your adrenaline pumping. So what is it?
It is a sport where adventurers don a wetsuit and climb rivers, gorges and canyons. This is done through using numerous techniques from walking and scrambling to abseiling and swimming. It combines various sports and requires some navigational skills and route-finding.
It is a ridiculously fun sport where nature becomes your playground for a few hours. Climb, slide, swim and jump from one place to another and feel the blood gushing through your veins. Some famous locations for canyoning are in Gitgit, Bali (Indonesia), Matkatamiba Canyon, Arizona (United States) and Blue Mountains, Australia.
Usually located on more remote and craggy landscapes, one can adjust the level of difficulty of canyoning based on different trails. Starting at the base of a river, you would have to trek for anywhere between 10-30 minutes to get to your starting point. From there, the canyoning starts. While some trails so require swimming or jumping off cliffs, others are done on dry land. This is where you would be hiking down a canyon and even using rock scaling techniques along the way down.
Things to take note of!
It is important to note that while canyoning is suitable for people of all fitness levels, you must enter with an open mind. There will be parts that are hard to navigate and heights to conquer. It is a sport that demands mental form and a can do attitude!
Safety gear is extremely important! While the wetsuit can be cumbersome and warm during the hike on land, you will be glad once you plunge into icy waters. The suit protects you from the cold. Even though the waterbodies can be located in warm tropical areas, they are shielded from the sun causing a colder temperature of water. Helmets should be worn at all times as you are tackling jagged, uneven rocks. It will prevent injuries and keep you feeling safe. Last but not least, for the novice travelling with a guide, always follow instructions. Do pay attention to the important details that will keep you safe and maximise your experience.