I love outdoor sports. I’ve been hiking since I was a child and I have predilection for gorges and ravines, if they have running water, I simply go mad about them.
Canyoning is one of my favourite sports and it’s considered an extreme activity. It really makes you feel so high. Adrenaline running through your veins, forgetting about everything, being part of the nature and fully enjoying it, priceless feelings for me.
This sport also forces to use every part of your body and at the beginning, if you aren’t used to, can be a bit shocking , initially we tend to use only our legs and sometimes hands, but that won’t be enough, so it’s such an experience finding out how adaptive and flexible our body can be.
Since I had my daughter I’ve stopped canyoning, but I tried again last week, during holidays, and It was as awesome as always, that’s why I’m having another go next week with my great friend of mine, Alberto García-Beltrán Bosch , marketing specialist and passionate climber, who knows very well the gorge and has got much more experience than me. He is a person I fully trust to do risky activities.
Alberto has chosen Barranco de los Cochinos in Los Silos with a few 10 -15 m water falls but before getting there I’m gonna give you a few tips for a nice and safe day if you go canyoning.
Never go alone, specially if you are a beginner
There are plenty of companies with qualified instructors as, Teno Activo, Patea Tus Montes or Tenerife Adventure that you can contact if you want to try canyoning. They’ll provide you equipment and insurance and will take good care of you from the beginning to the end and the price is around 60€.
Tell your family and friends where are you going and take your mobile with you (with battery!!! There are not plug ins in a ravine!!!)
If you have an smart phone, use the apps to locate you, at least at the starting point.
Take some food with you, almonds and some nuts will be enough.
Use the right equipment :
Helmet : yes, you need one. I’ll make it simple, no helmet no canyoning, your #travelninja reputation won’t be damaged by protecting yourself.
Wet suit and I recommend also neoprene socks, but it’s not a must.
Boots: I prefer boots rather than runners, I tend to twist my ankles easily so I feel more secure with boots. My favourites are Salomon.
Ropes , for the one we are doing 40m is ok.
Leave some dry clothes in the car, you can bet you’ll die to put them on after the canyoning.
Well, I’m ready, got all I’ve listed, so next week I’ll let you know how it was.