The Wild Sky Swiftwater Canyoneering Adventure is for those who want to push themselves and see what it is like to move through beautiful canyon terrain.
This is our premier canyoning product. We believe that this is the best guided canyon anywhere in America.
The trip will be challenging, but appropriate, for beginners who are excited to try new things, and have the endurance to hike, swim, and downclimb all day.
The day starts when you meet your guide in North Bend at 8am. After a 45 minute drive on a rutted out dirt road you will arrive at the Dingford Creek Trailhead. Here, you will gear up and receive an in-depth safety briefing.
NOTE: Wild Sky Adventure Guides can transport up to 4 clients from North Bend in a company vehicle. If your group is larger than 4 you will need to make plans for how you will get to the trailhead.
A standard crossover small SUV or Subaru type car will be enough to get you to the trailhead.
The adventure begins with a mile long hike. You will gain about 900 feet of elevation on a well established trail.
Once you arrive at the canyon you will put on your wetsuit, store your personal gear, and prepare your technical equipment before descending into the canyon.
Wild Sky Adventure Guides can transport up to 4 clients from North Bend in our company vehicle. You will need a high-clearance vehicle if your group is larger than 4 or you wish to take your personal car to the trailhead.
Important: Descending Dingford Creek is dependent on the creek flow rate. We reserve the right to change to a canyon other than Dingford Creek in order to protect the safety of our guides and clients.
At Wild Sky Adventure Guides, we understand that not everyone has a group of friends or family to go on an adventure with. That’s why we’re excited to offer a booking feature that connects individuals with other travellers so that you can book a guided trip together.
Wild Sky guides in the Snoqualmie Corridor of I-90 between North Bend and Snoqualmie Pass.
Upon booking you will receive a confirmation email detailing all the important details for getting ready for the trip, and 48 hours leading up to the trip your guide will be in touch with you to confirm meet up location and time so that there is no confusion the morning of your adventure.
A trip with Wild Sky is an all inclusive experience. Our lead guides have been trained to the highest standards of internationally recognized certifications. They are trained Wilderness First Responders who always carry an extensive First Aid Kit and emergency communication equipment.
When you book a trip with us we will provide you with all the gear needed to move through the canyon. We will fit you with an industry leading quick-dry wetsuit from Seland, a harness with attached carabiners and rappel device, a helmet, a backpack and a dry bucket to store your food.
The most important thing that you can bring on a Wild Sky adventure is a Positive Attitude and a readiness to exert yourself physically for the day.
Canyon appropriate clothes includes lightweight, non-cotton, long pants, a non-cotton shirt, and a pair of durable shoes with good grip (vibram soles preferable) that you don't mind getting wet!
To keep your attitude positive and your body moving you are going to want to bring enough food and at least 2 liters of water to keep you on the move for the duration of your adventure.
All Wild Sky trips have the options of picking up a maximum of 4 clients in North Bend.
Pick up options in the Seattle area are available for an extra charge depending on location.
Please bring an extra pair of glasses or contacts with you on your trip. Leave them in your dry bucket so that you have them if you lose yours in the canyon. Please bring glasses straps to secure your glasses in the canyon.
Prior experience canyoneering is not necessary for any of our adventure challenges.
The Canyon Adventure Challenge and the Weekend Escapes! were designed with beginners in mind!
The High Adventure Challenge is also appropriate for beginners, but the challenge requires more resiliency and physical fitness than the other trips. Honestly evaluate yourself and every member of the trip before signing up for this challenge if you have never been canyoneering before.
Seattle area Wild Sky Challenges meet up outside of North Bend at 8:30 AM.
We have designed our challenges to last around 6 - 8 hours, so expect to finish around 2:30 - 4:30 PM.
Tips are not mandatory, but are very much appreciated by your guides.
Guiding is considered a service industry profession. Most people tip around the same percentage as they would tip at a restaurant.
The Canyon environment is an inherently dangerous environment.
At Wild Sky we follow a philosophy of risk management developed by ICA - The International Canyoning Academy to minimize, mitigate, or avoid danger in the canyon.
All of our guides carry a SAFER document that ensures we follow the correct protocols and communicate safety information to you.