Welcome adventurers! If you’re reading this article, it’s because you’re thinking about how to prepare for one of the most thrilling activities you can do in nature: canyoning! And as your trusted guides, we want to give you some advice and recommendations so that you can enjoy this experience to the fullest without worrying about safety.
What equipment should I bring?
First, let’s talk about the recommended gear. Lightweight trekking shoes are an excellent choice to keep your feet protected as you walk through the riverbed. Also, don’t forget to wear a snug swimsuit and a lycra shirt to keep you comfortable and safe in the water.
In case you are going to do canyoning in colder conditions, such as in spring, we recommend adding long tights and a long-sleeved lycra-polartec shirt or similar under the neoprene and dry jacket. Additionally, don’t forget to apply sunscreen to protect your skin during the approaches to the canyon.
What should I bring to eat?
Now, let’s talk about food! To keep your energy up during the activity, we recommend bringing an energy bar or a small sandwich to eat before starting the experience. And don’t forget to bring a water bottle to hydrate yourself during the descent. To be sustainable, avoid plastic, metal, or unbreakable bottles. The best option is the collapsible water bottles: perfect because they weigh little and you can compress them so they don’t take up much space when there’s no more water left. Remember, before starting the experience, remove all plastic or paper labels in the corresponding container. And afterwards, there’s nothing better than a big sandwich and a thermos with hot soup, especially in spring! And in summer, a nice cold drink.
What do I need to consider before I start?
Regarding physical preparation beforehand, it’s important to practice walking or running in areas like forest tracks or mountains with slopes and steps to prepare your legs and be ready for any challenge that arises.
Is there any special technical equipment I should bring?
Now, let’s talk about technical equipment. It is essential to emphasize the importance of carrying the appropriate equipment to maintain safety during canyoning. A specific harness for canyoning with a butt protector, an eight to control the descent on a rappel, safety carabiners combined with the eight to descend and/or secure ourselves, and anchor bags are fundamental elements. And, of course, don’t forget to wear a helmet approved for mountain activities to protect your head. Although, if you hire a guide to carry out the adventure activity, you don’t have to worry about this, they will be the one placing the equipment where it belongs at the right time.
During the progression, make sure to follow the guide’s steps and indications on where to jump or not and how to progress. In addition, it is essential to pass messages between all team members to maintain smooth communication.
Is there anything else to consider?
Last but not least, let’s talk about jumps. The most exciting and fun part of canyoning! It is important to be confident before jumping. Remember to keep your legs slightly bent and your arms closed to avoid injuries.
In summary, preparing for canyoning is fundamental so that you can enjoy the activity to the fullest without any worries. Remember to bring the appropriate equipment, prepare yourself physically, and follow the guide’s instructions.
Get ready for an unforgettable adventure! Follow our advice, take the necessary gear, and enjoy canyoning safely and to the fullest!
The 5 most popular canyons in Catalonia
Here we bring you the list of the most popular canyons in Catalonia. The region is known for its natural beauty and breathtaking landscapes, and the canyons are no exception.
Here are the 5 most popular canyons in Catalonia:
- Berròs canyon: located in Pallars Sobirà, it is a canyon full of jumps and pools that make it super fun for children from 6 years old in summer. An ideal adventure experience for the whole family on holiday in the area.
- La Foixarda canyon: Located in Tarragona, this canyon is one of the longest in Catalonia. It offers breathtaking views of nature and also has a natural pool at the end of the route.
- Infern canyon: a unique canyon, exciting and full of outdoor activities. Located in Pallars Sobirà, it enjoys breathtaking views of the Noguera Pallaresa and a very special route, with a 20m abseil through a cave. The adventure is on!
- Llosa del Cavall canyon: This canyon in Pallars Sobirà is known for its impressive waterfalls and its incredible views of the Pyrenees. It is a perfect option for those looking for a thrilling experience in a stunning natural environment.
- Gurb canyon: This canyon in the province of Lleida offers a thrilling experience for all levels. With waterfalls, natural slides and crystal clear pools of water, it is perfect for those looking for a refreshing experience in a stunning natural environment.