Canyoning, Introduction


Canyoning is pure fun when the weather is nice and warm. The ideal conditions for the sport are warm temperatures and controllable water levels. Heavy storms and pouring rain rises the water level in canyons, so the best time of the year to go canyoning is from May to September. However, even during the other months of the year, if the canyoning team consists of experienced canyoners, the weather is somehow sunny and the water level is moderate, a descent can be enjoyable depending on the timetable.

Summer months are most likely to offer the best time to go canyoning. Usually in the beginning of May water is colder and levels are high. The terrain can be pretty challenging. As temperature rises the following months, there comes a time gap where conditions get ideal for all levels of expertise. Beginners start looking for courses or guided descents, plans for canyoning trips are on the table, world wide canyoning meetings take place. Fun, adventure, new experiences, meeting new fellow canyoners and going on canyoning vacations are at the peak.

Slowly autumn is knocking at the door. Unpredictable weather is not good for canyoning. Therefore, if you live in a country where rain rules, better settle for a while. There are however countries with longer summer months, that can become a great canyoning trip target after consulting the local legal and responsible Canyoning Associations, Canyoning Companies and professional Canyoning Guides to avoid hazardous options. Among the canyoning community there are a number of canyoners practicing this amazing, extreme sport in the winter months with very low temperatures, light snow around the canyons or even ice columns and ice-cold water. To keep safe and warm using a dry suit and extra protection of exposed body parts is a must. Extra food with high energy levels, hot beverage in a thermos plus a physical condition that endures the cold are some additional factors required for a safe descent.

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