CANYONING

Flash floods

Flash floods inside inescapable canyons are deadly. Strong retentive hydraulics can form in, what is usually a calm pool. Currents can become too strong to resist and wash you over the next drop. these floods can be caused by heavy rain or dam a release. 

Canyoning

Canyoning - Usually a group activity, Canyoning involves descending a steep river which contains a series of waterfalls which are either; down climbed, Jumped, Abseiled, Zipped or Slid down.

Access

Access can sometimes be difficult therefore before entering check on the canyons page to ensure there are no closures in place and follow the code of practice if there is one in place. 

Techniques

Techniques required to descend a canyon are unique and differ from similar sports such as rock climbing and caving therefore it is essential canyon specific techniques are learnt before entering. 

 

Efficiency

Efficiency is an essential part canyoning, Hypothermia is a real risk that must be managed, if a pitch leader is inefficient the rest of the group will suffer. 

Canyon Anchors

Anchors found in a canyon can be damaged or destroyed when you find them, it is essential there is a member of the group who has the knowledge to install bolts correctly and build solid natural anchors, or the canyons entering should be escapable. 

What is Canyoning? 

Canyoning – Usually a group activity, Canyoning involves descending a steep river which contains a series of waterfalls which are either; down climbed, Jumped, Abseiled, Zipped or Slid down. 

Canyons can be a very dangerous place, unlike other similar sports, canyoning takes place in a dynamic environment which is constantly changing, after a flood, features can change, deep pools can become shallow and sections can become un-recognisable.

Flash floods inside inescapable canyons are deadly. Strong retentive hydraulics can form in, what is usually a calm pool. Currents can become too strong to resist and wash you over the next drop. these floods can be caused by heavy rain or dam a release. 

Techniques required to descend a canyon are unique and differ from similar sports such as rock climbing and caving therefore it is essential canyon specific techniques are learnt before entering. 

Efficiency is an essential part canyoning, Hypothermia is a real risk that must be managed, if a pitch leader is inefficient the rest of the group will suffer. 

Anchors found in a canyon can be damaged or destroyed when you find them, it is essential there is a member of the group who has the knowledge to install bolts correctly and build solid natural anchors, or the canyons entering should be escapable. 

Access can sometimes be difficult therefore before entering check on the canyons page to ensure there are no closures in place and follow the code of practice if there is one in place. 

Bolts inside a canyon is a subject that divides many people with their opinions. Below we have a non bias list of the pro’s and con’s of Bolts inside canyons so you can form your own opinions.

*Compared to Natural Anchors.

Pro’s 

  • Long term solution (usually 10-15 years inside a canyon).
  • Much stronger than most natural anchors.
  • Discrete and less viable from a distance.
  • Usually placed in the best position for descent.
  • Opens up canyons that could otherwise not be descended.

Con’s 

  • Hard to inspect (80% of the anchor is not visible)
  • Drilling causes irreversible damage to the rock. 
  • If sheared, a new hole must be drilled. 
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