The word canyoning means: "travelling in canyons". It describes a composite outdoor activity combining walking, climbing or scrambling, abseiling (rappelling), river crossing and swimming. When waterfalls are encountered, it also involves jumping into the water from a considerable height. According to a dictionary definition, "a canyon, or gorge, is a narrow, deep and steep ravine formed between two mountains or hills, due to continuous erosion by the waters of rushing streams".
In Greece, canyoning is a relatively new, but quickly developing activity, which gains more and more fans every day.
Requirements for canyoning
› It is always practiced in small groups headed by experienced leaders and following appropriate planning.
› Participants should be in good physical condition, according to the degree of difficulty. They should also know some basic techniques of down-climbing, and good swimming.
How is canyoning done?
› It starts at the entrance of the canyon, which is usually the highest point.
› The exit takes place at the lowest point of the canyon, after the flow of the river/stream has been followed.
› Often it is necessary to walk in the river, or even swim. Natural obstacles may be encountered, such as small waterfalls, where mountaineering equipment and ropes have to be used.
How long does it take?
This depends on:
› The length of the canyon.
› The characteristics and degree of difficulty of the canyon.
› The weather conditions.
› The number of people (more participants need more time).
Time of the year: April to October