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ZAC Canyon Courses: Becoming a Critical Adventurer

When people register for a canyoneering course they expect to learn how to become proficient canyoneers. In their minds, they may imagine a list of knots, equipment, and technical skills. As an instructor, my motives are slightly different… My last Three-Day Basic canyon course was a great success, but not because everyone learned how to tie knots, set up anchors, and rig a variety of rappels. While technical skills are important, they are only a small part of my course goals. We attacked the prescribed technical curriculum early on, and it served as a foundation for the true art of canyoneering. By the second day of our course last week, people had reached at important threshold. There is a point where learning new material complicates the decision making process. It is also challenging to help people feel confident in what they know and to continue introducing rope skills. To simply move through a canyon, doing the same thing at each rappel, seems practical and safe, and can build great confidence, but it is also a pitfall. The breakthrough moment is when people recognize each decision is complicated, but they have many tools they can apply to myriad situations. Canyoneering is … Continue reading

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Class C Canyoning in the French and Italian Alps

I don’t typically enjoy homemade canyoneering videos… but this one from British adventurer Steve Flanagan is pretty good. Short and sweet, with a great soundtrack to boot, the video features some sweet Class C canyoning in the French and Italian Alps. The slides, jumps, and water quality are brilliant, and Steve throws in some neat effects for our entertainment. On a related note, a brand new guidebook to the canyons of the Ticino, Switerland region recently emerged IN ENGLISH. This region features canyons very similar to those in the above video: lots of flowing water, hard rock, and a good mix of rappelling/sliding/jumping scenarios. With over 100 routes, I’m guessing this book would set a well-trained, well-equipped group up for a great week- to month-long adventure trip to Ticino.

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Canyoning in Matacanes – Monterrey, Mexico

Every spring, we team up with IBO Adventure Center in Monterrey, Mexico for a wet and wild week of canyoning in the heart of the Santiago Sierras. The crown jewel of the trip, Matacanes Canyon, is simply stunning, a swim-slide-and-jump fest combined with the most beautiful canyon landscapes I’ve ever seen. The video above features Matacanes, as descended and filmed by a bunch of the IBO guides. Dates for this trip can fill up fast once the new year comes around… do yourself a favor and round up a crew now for this once-in-a-lifetime canyon adventure! Questions or comments about this trip? Feel free to post and we’ll get back to you, or you can contact us directly.

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Ouray Canyoning Guidebook Now On Sale

For all you canyon hounds looking for a wetter, colder, louder breed of adventures, check out Micheal Dallin’s new guidebook, Ouray Canyoning. Detailing eight fine canyons in the Ouray, Colorado area, the book goes for $16.95 and likely gives you enough info to get into and out of trouble in some hard-rock canyons featuring good flow. We haven’t gotten our mitts on the book yet, BUT you can peruse a few pages at the link above for examples of the natural history, canyon schematic, and logistics information layouts. Which is nice. If you’re hot to get out to Ouray for these canyons, plan ahead. Unlike the near-year-round accessibility of southern Utah’s canyons, the window for Ouray canyons is somewhere in the 30 – 75 day range, right between torrential snow melt, summer downpours, and autumn ice glazing. Hit it right, though, and you’re sure to have some serious Class C fun in some beautiful high country. If you’re in CO, find Ouray Canyoning in Ouray at Ouray Mountain Sports, or in Boulder at Neptune Mountaineering. If you’re further afield, find the book on-line at Canyoneering USA, or just keep a sharp eye out for the book’s eventual arrival at your … Continue reading

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