Want to explore the canyons but not sure what canyoneering gear to pack? You’re wise to ask ahead of time. Canyoneering is a tough activity, which is why it’s vital to go prepared — physically, emotionally, mentally, and in terms of bring the right gear. To help you out, we’ve listed some of the essentials below.
Adventure Essentials: Canyoneering Gear to Pack
1. Canyoneering Shoes
With all the walking, climbing, swimming, and other physical activities, you can imagine the toll canyoneering can take on your feet. Make sure sore feet and slippery shoes don’t ruin your trip by bringing canyoneering shoes. These shoes are designed to give the foot a good grip and keep your feet safe as you wander along the canyons. If you’re just a beginner looking to try canyoneering for fun, you can alternatively use wetsuit booties or climbing shoes.
When out canyoneering, expect to get wet! Be prepared for the water and dress properly for the adventure. A wetsuit is designed to both help you move with ease and keep you warm in the cool mountain water. Pick a suit that’s thick enough to protect you, yet flexible enough to let you move without trouble.
3. Dry Bag
Again, there is a high chance of swimming when you go canyoneering. Protect your gadgets and valuables by bringing a dry bag with you. You might also want to pack some snacks in case you get hungry during the trip. However, remember not to leave any litter in the canyons!
4. Life Jacket
Safety first! A life jacket will keep you afloat in the water in the event of an accident.
5. Canyoneering Rope
Canyoneering ropes are specially designed to take on the tough demands of canyoneering. These ropes are made of polyester and, unlike other climbing ropes, don’t stretch or absorb water. Be sure to invest in this gear if you’re going to explore tough canyons.
We cannot stress safety enough. Canyoneering is a rough physical activity that requires you protect your body all over. With this in mind, protect your head from falling rocks or debris by investing in a good canyoneering helmet.
Canyoneering involves a lot of rappelling and climbing, which can cause injuries due to friction. An injured hand isn’t something you want to have during a rough trip, especially when there’s no way out except to finish the whole trek. Keep your hands safe with the proper climbing gloves.
For more information on other canyoneering gear you might need to bring, check out this video from North Wash Outfitters:
Canyoneering is already a tough activity — don’t make it even tougher by forgetting the right gear. So take note of the important things to remember as a newbie and go hit those canyons!
Have you gone canyoneering before? What other gear did you pack? Let us know in the comments!