Descending a canyon is a challenging, extreme and demanding procedure. In many cases proven dangerous and even deadly. Canyoning is an outdoor sport that only a group of people is capable of pulling through. We never go ourselves or with our partner – just the two of us. We form a canyoning team consisting of at least 5 – 8 canyoners and that is the most rewarding part of this sport.
As every person is unique, there may be various levels of skill and knowledge in our team which makes important a good number of members experienced enough to lead the group safely to the exit of the canyon and our vehicles. Typically, the best trained canyoner – or the guide – is observing the sequence of who rappels first and last, so that the group passes through the anchors and all technical parts of the canyon with safety.
The canyoner who will set up the rope through the first anchor will allow the first canyoner down to test the integrity of the setup, the correct placement of the rope and any challenges present. After that, all group members are expected to follow one after another with mindfulness and respect. The last person abseiling must wait to assist the canyoner on top, at the anchor, who now needs to descend and collect the rope by releasable rigging, pulling it down, to continue. This sequence is actually in simple words how canyoning is practiced.
If a person gets stuck on rappel for whatever reason, team members near the canyoner need adequate skill to assist overcome the difficult moment. In canyoning it is very important to practice regularly all the knots and rope rigging techniques not only during the descent of a canyon. You can use a tree or a couple of anchors on a wall, invite your fellow canyoners and practice together. The most important element of teamwork is the positive spirit of helping each-other with understanding and patience especially when there are beginners around. This is one of the core values of canyoning.