The world has thousands of scenic rock formations to see. Admiring them from a distance is fine, but sometimes, you want to get up close and personal and explore all that these natural wonders have to offer. Canyoning provides the opportunity to do exactly that.
But canyoning, like many other outdoor activities, can be physically demanding. You might wonder, "What fitness level is required for canyoning?" or "Will I be able to keep up even if I'm not made of muscle?" Here's what you need to know about the accessibility of canyoning.
Canyoning, also known as canyoneering, is one of the most adventurous and adrenaline-pumping ways to traverse a canyon. During canyoning, you'll use a variety of techniques—hiking, climbing, swimming, and rappelling—to explore the natural beauty of the canyon. You'll hike along the canyon's scenic trails, climb across and rappel down rocky gorges, swim through the fast-moving currents in rock pools, and more!
How Fit Do I Have To Be for Canyoning?
So, what fitness level is required for canyoning? If you're worried that you're not in good enough shape for canyoning, don't be. It's a common misunderstanding that you have to be in peak physical condition if you want to go canyoning. But the truth is, canyoning is accessible to everyone, from children to adults to seniors!
Your fitness level doesn't matter as much as the canyon you're traversing. The trick is to find a canyon that's just the right difficulty for you. Some canyons will have rugged terrain and an imposing height that makes them best suited to canyoning experts, but other canyons have less difficult terrain and shorter heights ideal for beginners.
If you're canyoning for the first time, don't go alone! An experienced instructor can determine which canyon is best suited to you and help you learn the ropes.
Is the Equipment Hard To Use?
Speaking of learning the ropes...
Canyoning requires a variety of equipment, most notably ropes and rope components such as carabiners, descenders, and ascenders. It's important to note that the ropes used in canyoning are different from regular climbing ropes. They're static, which means they don’t stretch as much, and are less absorbent.
If you don't know how to use canyoning equipment, don't worry! Just like you don’t need a high fitness level to canyoneer, you don’t need prior experience or knowledge either. Your instructor will teach you how to properly use any gear and equipment required for your trip.
If you’re looking for a thrilling canyoning adventure in Moab, Utah, come and check out Moab Canyon Adventure’s Moab adventure tour packages. We have packages suited to all skill and fitness levels, so whether you're a beginner interested in learning the ropes or an expert who wants a challenge, we have something perfect for you. Contact us today to learn more about our packages or to book a tour!