Canyoning equipment and important gear for all canyons

Essential canyoning equipment and gear for canyoning in every canyon

Canyoning equipment and important gear for all canyons

Equipment is an essential part of every adrenaline sport and extreme nature adventure. As you can see, canyoning fits perfectly in that description, so you can guess that there is some special set of gear and equipment used for canyoning adventures. And you’re right! Canyoning is cool, and there are a lot of reasons to try it out, but only with necessary and important equipment for canyoning. This is why we will talk about the most important canyoning equipment we, and everybody else should use.

We’re aware of equipment importance when it comes to adrenaline sports like canyoning and rafting are, so we made our canyoning Montenegro arrangements safe by using all of the necessary canyoning equipment that you may need during your canyon descent. Here’s the list of essential canyoning gear and equipment that every canyoning adventure club uses, depending on the demands of exact canyon that they explore!

Essential canyoning equipment and gear for canyoning in every canyon

Canyoning equipment and gear depends on the canyon tour itself

Ok, there are several standard and essential parts of canyoning equipment that every canyoning club uses, but there is also plenty of difference when it comes to canyoning gear variety, which are used specifically on some canyoning tours.

If you’re going into deeper and more unapproachable canyons, which are impossible for simple and cautious down walk, that canyon is considered to be more complex and difficult for beginners. Even for professionals sometimes, and as you can imagine, you’ll need to use more of canyoneering equipment than you’ll need for less difficult canyon descends. Of course everything is a mash up between the right canyoning gear and basics and important canyoning techniques explained by a proper canyoning guide!

That being said check out the essential canyoning equipment and later important gear that every canyon requires, at least as a safety check.

Basic and the most important canyoning equipment

descender canyoning equipment

Let’s start from the head and we’ll go all the way down to our feet. Every part is important, there’s no room for mistake during canyoning tours! The least we can do is to get ourselves proper equipment.

#1 Special canyoning helmet

Of course! Every adrenaline sportsmen’s friend! A helmet that protects you while you climb over the rocks or descend down the steep canyon walls or even jump off a cliff into the beautiful but unpredictable canyon river. There’s no need to specially root for helmets, they’re essential and important, period. Although there are different types of helmets and the ones made for canyoning are really what their name says – real canyoning helmets which provide protection during canyon expedition and are made especially for activities you’ll do.

#2 Neoprene wet suit

As we are a nature adventure club, we for sure know how important is for you to stay dry and warm enough to complete all the tasks that tour requires. A simple way of doing that is to use proper equipment. Essential part of it is a neoprene suit which gives you just enough amount of warmth and keeps you dry while you get in and out of the water. It also protects you from sharp rocks and gives you some kind of shield feel. Don’t fool yourself, because mountain rivers and their gorges are no tropical islands. Water is chilly or even cold, so be prepared.

Of course there are different types of neoprene suits (wet suits used for canyoning) and their length and thickness depends on seasons and temperature of water and atmosphere.

#3 Buoyancy aid (floating vest, life jackets – PFD)

Even though many of professional canyoneers don’t like using them, buoyancy aid, meaning floating vest or a personal floating device, is something that every nature adventure club uses and gives to its visitors, just like we do, here at Tarasport. That is important practice since the vast majority of visitors are without prior canyoning experience, and they don’t know what to actually expect, even though there are plenty of information and facts about canyoning on the Internet.

Buoyancy aid will keep you afloat and it will provide you with enough help so that you don’t use too much of your strength swimming through the narrow river gorges. You’ll need all the energy you have to complete a canyoning tour. Use it wisely.

#4 Neoprene shoes or hard sole footwear

Once again, depending on the nature of canyon itself, depends the equipment necessary for canyoning tour. Some canyons are drier than the others and its tours include more of abseiling techniques or alpinist moves than actual swimming or wetting your feet. Those canyons require more of hard sole footwear which gives you balance and warmth, while the most of the canyoning tours require neoprene shoes that will keep you away from unexpected slips and they’ll keep you warm while you get in and out of the water many times during your tour.

Technical canyoning gear needed for abseiling and other techniques

rope rigging for canyoning

#1 Static canyoning ropes

Of course, there are ropes. How else would we abseil and perform the descent if canyon isn’t approachable by simple walk or small but cautious jumps. So yeah, ropes are necessity so that some parts of canyons could be conquered. Canyoning guides are always caring them during canyoning tour. These ropes, especially if we’re talking about hardly approachable and steep canyons, are different than the regular climbing ropes. They have a very little stretch ability. These ropes need to be static because canyon conditions can wear them too fast. Also these ropes are usually water resistant since wet ropes in the river canyons become too heavy for caring around the canyon.

#2 Rope anchors (usually pre-drilled)

Just like canyoning guide is always caring ropes with him, them most of the canyons that can be conquered by the tourists and nature lovers already have their drilled rope anchors, prepared on the important strategic places so that every canyoning adventure could go smoothly. His ropes are there, anchors are there and harnesses are there. What is harness? Well they’re the next gear part on our list.

#3 Harness

Harness is a important part of many different adrenaline sports. Alpinism, climbing and canyoning are just few of those, and you probably get the idea why harnesses are important. We won’t go into any details about how the harnesses are used because its obvious enough and you don’t need to know how to use it by yourself. The main thing is that harness fits you and that you feel compfortable enough to perform the descend. Harness has rope attachments and other necessary equipment and it is in a combined activity which combines rope anchors, ropes, descenders and carabiners. And of course canyoning knowledge.

harness as a part of canyoning equipment and gear

#4 Descenders

As any other part of our canyoning gear, descenders are very important. There are different types of descenders, depending on your needs and brands to be honest. One brand makes one of those, the other makes another one and so on. But basically, descenders are the most important part of canyoning equipment when it comes to technical gear. Without it, in the most cases, you won’t be able to even enter the canyon in the first place. So yeah, you get the idea how important descenders are when it comes to canyoning. You’ll used to fix the ropes tightly to the anchor and to your harness, and then to slowly descend via this device.

#5 Carabiners

Carabiners are also important. We’re using carabiners to attach ourselves and follow the route if there’s need for it, as to create rope anchors. Carabiners should be a high quality one since sometimes your life depends on them. Of course, even the best ones can wear down so make sure to check them often, and make sure to bring few more of those every time you go canyoning. You can never know what could happen.

And many other parts of equipment…

Of course, these were the most essential parts of canyoning gear but there’s always room for other necessary stuff. Some of them are help for just in case, some of them are important for your well being and some of them can be a useful aid for your orientation and caynoning experience in general.

Probably the most important are: fresh waterkniveswhistlesfirst aid kithead torchesanorak and many other helpful tools like old school navigation tools (compass, map and such).

We hope that we made canyoning even more closer to you with this blog, and that it’ll make you consider trying out the canyoning with Tarasport. Have a safe descend!