What is Canyoning? The Definitive Guide
In our latest blog post we are going to answer a question that new adrenaline junkies might be looking for the answer too – What is Canyoning?
This beginners guide to canyoning should give you all the information you need to understand “what is canyoning?”, and convince you to give Scotland’s ultimate adventure a go!
So let’s jump straight in…
What is Canyoning?
Canyoning is an adrenaline-filled and action-packed adventure that takes place in some of the most exquisite and beautiful locations that you can imagine. Adventurers will descend the exposed rock and crystal clear waterfalls of steep mountain gorges. Jumping from ledges into the glistening pools below, abseiling through vertical features that have taken thousands of years to form, and sliding down shoots where the pitch and rolls couldn’t be more perfect. Canyoning is an experience that will take you up close and personal with a thrilling raw nature that most people will only photograph from an observation point or look down into from the tourist trails above.
Who is canyoning for?
It would be disingenuous at best, and dangerous at worst, to suggest that canyoning is for everyone – it is not. Canyoning is not an activity like zorbe football or miniature golf; it is a real adventurous experience where you face real risks. That being said, we are in no way elitist about participation. We have guided people of all shapes and sizes, young and old, navy divers and non-swimmers down canyons across Scotland (we have even guided a totally blind guy down the Dollar and he crushed it!). The one attribute that all these people have in common, in comparison to the muggles taking pictures from behind the handrail, is that they are willing to move out of their comfort zones and challenge themselves. Because sooner or later, the canyon will push you further than you have been before! If you have a reasonable level of fitness and have a sense of adventure, canyoning is the extreme sport for you!
Check out Gemma’s first time canyoning here: Gemma
What does canyoning involve?
Canyoning is the process of descending a steep fresh water gorge. But what does that mean?
Well… we will get into the canyon, usually at the top, before it gets too steep and make our way down in the most efficient, effective and fun way that we can. This will involve scrambling and down climbing as well as jumping from waterfalls and cliffs into the deep pools below. The canyon jumps will range from 2 to 10 meters depending on which canyon you choose, and how confident you are feeling. We will also abseil the waterfalls and cliffs that are higher than this, or if the pools at the bottom aren’t deep enough to jump into. The final way we descend is by sliding down smooth water features that have formed into shoots, these formations rival any waterpark! What could be better?
All the skills and techniques required to descend a canyon safely are taught by our guides during the brief for each canyon, and are recapped throughout the day. 😉
Pretty much everywhere, Scotland is our favourite though. If you are looking for the best canyoning experience in Scotland why not book an adventure filled day with Intrepidus Outdoors.
We hope you enjoyed reading our latest adventure filled blog post and now you know the answer to “What is Canyoning?” Also check out Scotlands top 10 canyons: here
We, at Intrepidus Outdoors, are an 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
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