THE CANYONING COMPANY
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Where Can I Go Canyoning?
The best canyons are often found in mountainous areas. Where rivers and steep mountains form deep river gorges or canyons. Due to the natural erosion of the water on the rock beautiful rock features can be found.
From this smooth waterfalls are formed to create almost a natural water park. Some canyons can be technical (involving ropes and tricky moves). Many canyons are accessible to all and can just involve jumping and walking. The best locations in the UK are found in Scotland. There are also some canyons in North Wales and the Lake District.
Bruar, Dollar, Alva and the Grey Mares Tail are some of the best canyons in Scotland. Everything from big abseils, ziplines, jumps and stunning scenery are all there to be experienced. We offer daily trips to these locations around Scotland with expert instructors.
If you are feeling even more adventurous, why not try canyoning abroad. Explore locations such as Madeira, the Pyrenees or the Alps.
Some of the best canyons in the world can be found in Europe, offering a true adventure experience.
To find out more about our international adventure holidays click here.
IS IT DANGEROUS?
Canyoneering is an adventure sport. With any adventure sport it can be taken into the realms of an extreme sport. Like any adventure sport it has its risks. If you are not skilled or knowledgeable about your environment, the risks can become higher. Before you undertake the challenge you should make sure you have the correct equipment and skills.
This can be obtained by going with an accredited provider. Here you will be accompanied by an experienced instructor. You will also be given all the appropriate equipment to stay safe as well as being comfortable. Using an ICOpro center you can be assured your instructor, equipment and canyon is the highest standard.
If you already have some experience or would like to expand your knowledge and skills. Courses are available to give you the knowledge and understanding of this adventure sport. By joining an ICOpro Canyoneer level 1-2-3 (CA123) course you will become autonomous in the canyon environment. You will also be able to practice canyoning all around Scotland and the world with friends.
You will also be able to hire equipment from ICO centers. Then, explore these beautiful places with your own group. Have the confidence and skill to become an explorer and expand your world. To find out more about ICOpro training courses click here.
The flow of water and water level in the canyon can be subject to change. Sometimes this can happen very quickly and can pose a risk to canyoneering. It’s always important to check the weather at least 3 days prior to your trip. Observing and checking the water levels during your descent is also important.
By going with an accredited provider this will be done for you. When the canyon has lots of water in it, it can become more fun. With too much water it can become dangerous. Always seek advice from local guides, instructors and companies before you go.
Canyoneering is almost always a team or group activity. It relies on everyone taking a role in the trip and helping each other out. If it’s your first time you will still find yourself involved. Usually by helping as a team member as well as enjoying the thrill of being part of a team. When you go it’s always best to keep your group size to a smaller number. Generally a group less than 10 people is best.
WHAT WILL I BE WEARING?
Canyoneering in the UK is almost always in water, so an essential item is a wetsuit. Choosing the right wetsuit is important for you to stay warm and comfortable. You can get canyoning specific wetsuits. They are usually two-piece wetsuits and are thicker than most suits at around 5mm. You will wear a canyoning harness. This is used so you can be secured to the ropes to abseil or move across exposed areas.
When you go canyoning you will always wear a helmet. Depending on the canyon you may get a white-water helmet or a mountaineering helmet. It is best practice to wear a mountaineering helmet as canyoning is classed as a mountaineering sport.
IT IS ALL ABOUT THE SHOES
Finally, but most importantly you will need some shoes. Canyoning can be very slippery and involves you walking, climbing and scrambling around. Having good shoes will make or break your experience. At every ICOpro centre you will be issued with canyoning specific shoes. They provide good protection, grips and support on your canyoning experience.
Canyoneering is a very new and exciting adventure sport. It is developing here in the UK and around the world. To find out about trips, courses, team building or international trips click here.
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WHAT DO OUR GUESTS THINK OF OUR ADVENTURES
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