into a wetsuit, strap on sports sandals, and head for
new extreme sports appeared in the 1980s and '90s. Some, like
sky-surfing, perhaps try too hard to be extreme. Canyoneering
(canyoning, as it's also known) is different. It's exciting without
being nutty. It puts you in the midst of spectacular natural settings,
without destroying or reshaping them. And while it gets the adrenaline
going, canyoneering remains a lot safer than sky-surfing.
there are canyoneers who head into chasms where no human has ever
set foot. That takes a high level of skill and confidence, and
we'll leave it for the true extreme-sports enthusiasts: If no
human has been in, who knows whether any human can get out?
often, canyoneering is done with local guides who are
already familiar with a particular canyon. There's still
plenty of excitement: Sliding down natural waterslides,
jumping into pools of water, scrambling over boulders wedged
a hundred feet above the canyon floor, and rappelling down
through a waterfall. With a good guide, you can find a canyon
suitable for your level of skill and daring.
Adventures, sponsor of this site, includes canyoneering on several
of our trips. Moreover, we bring together a small, friendly gay
group with whom to enjoy this and many other activities.