Gemma’s first time…. Canyoning!

This was my first time canyoning and I booked an adventure for myself and some friends with Ross and the guys at Intrepidus Outdoors. What a rush!!!!!

Wallkin’ in

I found Intrepidus Outdoors on Trip Advisor and booked for myself and some friends to go a trip canyoning to the Dollar Canyon. I have done adventurous activities before both in the UK and New Zealand, but this was my first time canyoning and like nothing else! We were collected from Edinburgh city centre (in a fancy mini bus) and taken on a REAL adventure. Canyoning, for those of you that don’t know is amazing, and mental (check out their YouTube video). It involves a bit of adventuring through the countryside, getting into a steep river gorge, scrambling down some water obstacles, jumping into the clearest mountain pools, using natural slides and abseiling down waterfalls!!! I’m scared of heights, especially hanging on ropes and freefall, so it did seem like an odd choice for me to sign up for. BUT! It turns out that I definitely need not have worried! The guides really looked after me, Ross put me instantly at ease with his professionalism and thorough explanations of what would be happening during the adventure and taught us how to stay safe.

Me and the rest of the group had a total blast sliding down natural slides that catapulted us into deep pools, laughing at the faces we pulled as we popped back up for air and marvelled at our abseiling skills (like Charlies Angel’s… or that’s what they told us 😉 ). Many of us were novices or hadn’t got much experience on ropes before, but everyone managed the course successfully with loads of smiles and laughs (apparently we we’re naturals)!

So cool you have to look down

How the day went…   

We were met by the mini bus in Edinburgh and drove to Dollar with notably good tunes (once the first DJ was overruled – sorry David!) The sun was out, the banter was good and the kit was great (immaculately kept, new and fitted us all well) -this was a good start!

We donned our gear (wetsuits, harness, helmet, wetsuit socks and fancy canyoning boots) whilst the guides set up a rope course in the car park for us to practise the skills we need to “survive” as they put it, like abseiling safley. Briefing done and we were off on a uphill hike to the start of the canyon for the watery fun to begin. We got into the water and set about walking through a stream to get acclimatised, ducking under logs, feeling about at the rocks under our feet and enjoyed a few comedy slips. As the canyon started to steepen the first real obstacle was us getting onto a rock and sliding off with a bit of free fall into a deep pool. It looked safe crazy, but after a demo it was time for me to slide myself down. What fun, I felt like a child in a giant play park! That was enough for me to know I was going to have a good time and be confident for the rest of the day.

There was more sliding and opportunities to jump into pools for those less faint-hearted than me. Then it came to the abseiling and a little bit of rock climbing where you had to edge along a small ledge whilst tied into the rope. All in all it was adrenaline fuelled (and turbo charged) but felt safe and secure with no pressure to do more than you were comfortable with. Watching the guides jump into pools with style and no fear was super cool – one day maybe I’ll be able to do that! I didn’t want to get out when the time came. I was super proud of myself, had loads of fun and just wanted to do the whole thing again. Which i will!

If you are thinking of giving a shot, I would highly recommend it. It’s a great adventure to have and would be great in small or big groups. There’s something for adrenaline junkies and a tamer option for those who are a bit nervous. Superb day and well worth the money. I heard there is a more scary canyon – I’m giving that a shot next!

Thanks for listening to my experiences on my first time canyoning!

Gemma 🙂

About Gemma:

Lives in Edinburgh, likes sports, plays roller derby, lectures in nutrition, weirdly hates heights and LOVES canyoning!

Well deserved snack!

Intrepidus Outdoors

Intrepidus Outdoors specialises in Outdoor Activites Edinburgh. We are a adventure tourism and outdoor education provider based in Edinburgh. We specialise in canyoning, coasteering, mountain biking and hill walking, and deliver these adventurous experiences across Scotland and the North of England. The experiences that we provide take clients into some of the most exquisite, incredible and extreme environments the UK has to offer.

Mission Statment :

To deliver the highest quality adventurous experiences to entertain, thrill and inspire.

Outdoor Activities Edinburgh & Scotland

Our values reflect those of a business started by a small group of rock climbers and mountain bikers. The experiences that we have had adventuring, and our passion for the outdoors, has led us to choose a lifestyle dedicated to sharing our love for the outdoors with others. The approach that we take to the experiences that we provide, and the business that we run, is that of sustainability, and an unapologetic quest for quality.

For us at Intrepidus Outdoors, we recognise that our experiences kayaking in clean rivers, surfing on unpolluted beaches and climbing frozen waterfalls have contributed to who we are as people. Therefore, protecting the planet so that the next generation of adventurers can have their own experiences, is hugely important for us. We believe that for people, communities and businesses to make the choice to minimise their impact on our planet, they must first value the planet that we have. We feel that the best way for people to value our blue planet, is to have first hand quality experiences in nature. They can then see the beauty of a forest, feel the power of an ocean and learn to love what is outside our towns and cities, so that they then fight to protect them. We strive to through the products that we deliver make a small difference to peoples understanding of the impact that they have on our world.

Our experiences adventuring have made us who we are and Intrepidus Outdoors is a reflection of us. We provide real adventurous experience that we hope you will cherish.

Adventure Activities Edinburgh & Scotland

There are cities where stuff is happening all year round and where you will never get bored. Edinburgh is undoubtedly one of these cities. It’s an extraordinary place, full of history, festivals, impressive architecture and plenty of attractions you won’t find anywhere else. Not to mention that we are located on the door step of so many amazing adventures and outdoor experiences.

We would like to introduce you to this extraordinary city, giving you a full range of possibilities that can be found north of the wall! Edinburgh has a huge dose of beautiful history, world-famous festivals, fantastic attractions, adrenaline fuled expereinces and great food. Edinburgh is calling you and you simply cannot refuse its invitation.

There are a many outdoor and adventurous experiences to be had in Edinburgh. If you are a thrill seeker visiting Edinburgh and interested in a canyoning, coasteering or mountain biking adventure in Scotland, Get In Touch!

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It’s no secret that Scotland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. From the rural coastlines to vast mountain ranges, we have it all.

Whatever kind of experience you’re after you’re sure to find it here, so we’ve put together an adventurer’s guide to Scotland to help get you started. Our guide breaks down all the outdoor activities Edinburgh has to offer and many more adventures to keep you entertained on your holdiay.

To read more check out our adventures guide to Scotland [here]

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