Canyoning Safety, how to Prevent Accidents

Has some important ground rules before leaving to practice Canyoning. Good to know:

  • Make sure that all the members to have your own equipment and you can go up and down the ropes with some ease.
  • Over the years the tie string points change. Be prepared for the unexpected. Press enough rope.

  • It’s always good to have a professional climber in the group to force a way out if necessary. An experienced person should tie the ropes and be always the first to go down. Make sure there is no tangle or knot on the rope used for the descent. The last person down must also be experienced enough and make sure there is no interlacing. Before they go down, the rope should be tested to see if she can be pulled out easily.
  • While they are down keep hair and clothes fluttering out of the reach of “eights” and connectors. A strike can be fatal.
  • A double fisherman’s knot or eight-node must be used to tie two ropes together. Never attempt to get down with only one node, unless you have the proper equipment to do so and that has a lot of practice.
  • Flash floods can occur within the canyons. Once, on a trip, a group stopped for lunch under an overhang and noticed that a storm was approaching. Suddenly a HailStorm started and within minutes the canyon is filled with water, forming a whirlpool of about 3 meters high. The place where they had stayed, they could climb the wall up to a safer place. If they had continued down, where the canyon was increasingly narrow, they would have been in much more serious situation. These types of sudden floods must be seen to believe. Always be very careful when going down a canyon when a storm threatens to fall. May not be problem persists if you know very well the canyon and know where there are points of escape.
  • Jumps in canyons can be very fun, but can also be very dangerous. Some jumps are mandatory as well as may not own tie points to a rope or handline. Always jump carefully. The first person must check the rocks and submerged branches, she can climb down a rope to do this.
  • It’s not too uncommon to see a group of canyonistas they take more time than expected and be surprised by the night. This can occur due to delays in the downhill, slower in the members group or waiting for a quick snack.
  • What should you do? The possibilities include continue, if you are experienced in moving night-always carry a flashlight in a canyon during the day; or wait for the next day. Always carry matches or lighters-a fire can make your night more bearable without a sleeping bag.
  • Hypothermia can become a problem for some members. Waiting in cold water can leave them with too cold. A group in shape and quickly moving will have more chances to avoid hypothermia. The canyons are very cold places-if you don’t have a waterproof hull, put at least one thermal clothing or glued cotton t-shirt. If a member of the group be hypothermic in the canyon, not proceed where there is a need for a swim – this is the fastest way. It may be better to stop and make a fire to warm you. It is advisable not to stop if you can’t light a fire or if the sunlight cannot heat the place. Another possibility is trying to float and swim back on top of his backpack-most bags float. This tactic is very practical for short trips, when you load only a backpack, however, well steamed.