Canyoning

About the Sport:

Canyoning, known as canyoneering, involves walking, scrambling, swimming, climbing, jumping, abseiling (rapelling) to travel from the top of a canyon to its base. Canyoning routes are mostly  deep valleys with steep sides, with beautiful streams flowing through them. You should have experience in mountaineering, rope work and have navigational skills. It involves the use of mountaineering and white water skills to successfully descend . A Physically fit person can choose the routes according to his/her experience. Though a difficult adventure sport, you sure will have a fun time canyoning.


Relation To India:

Netravali waterfalls in Goa,  the Neer Gaddu waterfalls at Rishikesh, Dandeli in Karnataka, etc. This activity also takes place at Vashisht on Kroni river in Manali. Situated at 140 kms away from Mumbai malshej Ghats is also a wonderful place to engage in canyoning.


Tips / Precautions / Interesting Facts:

Canyoning is a risky adventure sport. Done on wet mountains, it can result in injuries. Escaping out the sides of the canyon sometimes gets difficult. Flash floods are another cause of danger. So it is advisable that you don’t engage in this activity in Monsoons. The perfect period to go canyoning is when the force of water is just suitable for this activity. To have a safe activity experience contact a experienced adventure tour organiser.


Photo credit: Luigi Mengato Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Do's

  • Carry a map and a compass
  • A first-aid kit is a must
  • Wear a helmet

Don'ts

  • Do not wear cotton clothing
  • Don’t jump into a pool without knowing its depth
  • Don’t ignore wet surface which could cause a slip

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