Caught between two walls of rock, the mountain river struggles though, eroding stone slowly and making the incision deeper. From place to place the water falls from a height, splashing and drizzling tiny droplets of water which break the light into a colourful rainbow.
When the amount of water gets bigger, the power of the torrent pushes with force the big boulders and broken trees, cleaning the walls of algae, moss and mud. The canyon is always a one way street: downhill, with the water. You cannot oppose the water, even a small waterfall has an exceptional force. The fall creates a big roar, amplified by the large walls; any spoken words simply vanish away, covered by the immense sound. Therefore, communicating with the others needs to be precise, with clear and loud one word messages. Ensure you know the call “Rock!”
One of the most enjoyable activities during canyoning is waterfall jumping. If the plunge pool is big enough and doesn’t have any “hidden” rocks, the canyonists make the most of it, jumping from the top of the waterfall. A delightful moment of flight…
There’s always a degree of risk and precautions must be taken. A torrential fall could increase de water debit significantly. There’s the the risk of drowning or fractures and even the currents in the plunge pool can be misleading. However, with great care and patience once can enjoy a splendid cocktail of adventure: mountains, water and sport at the same time.