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5 facts you never knew about canyoning

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According to the Collins English Dictionary, the definition of canyoning sounds like an activity that definitely sounds like an adventure!

1. the sport of travelling down a river situated in a canyon by a variety of means including scrambling, floating, swimming, and abseiling

One of the world's fastest growing sports, canyoning can be practiced at the most basic level in various countries across the world. Canyons that are ideal for canyoning are often cut into the bedrock stone that form narrow gorges with numerous drops, beautifully sculpted walls, and usually with spectacular waterfalls. So, if you like playing in water, don't mind getting your toes cold, and thrive on solving problems such as how to get from where you are to where you want to be, then without doubt canyoning is the perfect activity for you!

Check out here some little known facts about this super new crazy adrenaline fuelled activity.

Ok, so perhaps the first one is a little bit of a cheat "fact", but it will definitely be useful when you are out there, we promise!

FACT # 1: Yes, you do get your rope back! In order to do this, just keep it simple. Make sure you take twice the length of rope as the height of the waterfall. Thread the rope through a chain link on an anchor, tie a special knot around a carabiner so the rope can slide in both directions. This allows that the rope can be pulled on one side creating a block which can be abseiled on, and if you pull the other side, the rope pulls through the chain link and can be retrieved so you can continue on to your next waterfall descent. Simple ;-)

FACT # 2: Canyoning was not invented by alpinists or climbers but by intrepid bush walkers. In search of the outlet of meandering streamways these bush walkers worked out ways to safely negotiate the drops, pools and waterfalls, hence canyoning was born.

FACT # 3: Not all canyons are technical. In fact there are various canyons that do not require ropes at all. However, once you have learnt how to abseil and set up abseil anchors, your canyoning opportunities with be widened significantly so let your knowledge grow!

FACT # 4: You can get some darn useful socks for canyoning! The NRS website shouts loud about the benefits of using their "hydroskins", stating they "protect your feet and keep them warm without the bulk of other wetsocks". Apparently they are the ultimate wetshoe liner and they "work great with sandals too"! We strongly recommend not to take heed of this last piece of advice if you want to keep your street cred though!

FACT # 5: Chile should definitely be added to the list of the world's best canyoning destinations! Of course we are biased, but with Costa Rica, New Zealand and South Africa's canyons all having been abseiled, mapped, photographed and documented via most social media apps, it's time that Chile squeezed in on the action!

Pucón is pretty famous for its Ironman Triatlon which takes places every January with competitors from across the world (, so why not create your own mini Ironman challenge when you come visit with this cool canyoning excursion that combines hiking, climbing, abseiling and swimming opening up endless possibilities for the perfect adventure in our corner of the world. Check in with us here for more details.


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