Swiftwater Canyoning is similar to the sport of Desert Canyoneering. Swiftwater Canyoneering uses the specialist techniques described below to advance down canyons with flowing water and waterfalls.
This technique creates friction to control one's vertical descent down a rope. It's the technique we use most often to get from the top to the bottom of a difficult obstacle.
This technique uses tension in one rope to create a ZIP LINE which allows us to move horizontally in order to avoid difficult obstacles. A definite crowd favorite!
The presence of water in canyons sometimes forces us to swim through water obstacles. Swimming skills are helpful in a canyon. Our neoprene wetsuits and backpacks give us a buoyancy assist while we swim through water obstacles.
When an obstacle is too difficult to walk past, but not vertical enough to rappel down you have to downclimb. Generally canyoneers face down canyons and use opposing forces to climb through obstacles.
The essential activity of canyoning is movement. We spend the day moving through the terrain, that means a lot of hiking to get to the canyon, in the canyon, and to get back to our car at the end of the day.
These essential pieces of safety equipment connect us to the rope through the use of carabiners.
The cold glacial runoff of Washington canyons necessitate the use of specially made canyoning wetsuits made by SELAND. We use only top of the line quick dry canyoning wetsuits to keep you warmer!
An essential piece of safety equipment, the helmet protects your noggin’ from falling debris, and any trips and slips that may happen in the canyon.
Specialized rugged backpacks are an important tool in swiftwater canyoneering. Bags need to drain quickly and have enough space to carry your neoprene and ropes while hiking.