Hand, Fixed, Safety, Zip and Guide Lines


We use a variety of techniques to descend the canyons safely and efficiently, below are descriptions to help differentiate the slight differences in techniques. Hand, Safety and Fixed are often referred to as the collective term ‘traverse lines’ whilst Zip and Guide are referred to as tensioned lines. 

Safety Lines

A safety line is a retrievable technique which is required when an exposed traverse is nessesary to reach an anchor or safer terrain. In most scenarios you would connect to a safety line with both lanyards. Intermediate points may also be required on a safety line.

Hand Lines

Usually used to aid down climbing, Hand lines when left in the canyon often have knots left in, only one end of the rope is connected to the anchor. Can be set-up both, releasable and non releasable.

Fixed Lines

Most often found in commercially run canyons, fixed lines are not retrievable and especially susceptible to damage due to being left in the canyon. Depending on situation the Fixed line may be used like a hand line or used as a climbing aid when the pool below is deep. ⚠️ Use with caution and check prior to use!

Zip Lines

A technique infrequently used recreationally that requires careful planning to safely execute. Although efficient once set up, the time taken to build in a new location often makes this technique slower than others.

Guide Lines

Used predominantly to avoid water hazards, guide lines are a retrievable system that guides the user in the direction of the rope using their lanyards whilst they control their descent on a un-tensioned rope.

Commuter Lines

These lines are used as a secondary means to descend a drop, usually used for search and rescue.

Tracking Lines

Used for stretchers, similar to guidelines but with less tension and low to the ground.

An example of a guide line to avoid the powerful flow.