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Canyoning – let’s take the plunge

Canyoning: an adrenaline fueled descent down a gorge carved out by mother nature's super force - water. Dave Talbot - descends further into this new and upcoming adventure sport. With so many new sports emerging, the combination between one sport and another is so appealing, think - kitesurfing, paragliding, downhill mountain biking, indoor rock climbing……. Canyoning is just that. It takes the best elements from different sports and wraps them all into one exhilarating adventure. Cliff jumping, water slides, abseiling, zip wires, nature….what’s not to like?  I spoke with the with the Canyoning Company ( and asked a few questions to find out more: What's the difference between gorge walking and canyoning? As an adventure sport, Canyoning is booming in the UK.  We are constantly asked “what is the difference between Canyoning and Gorge Walking” (or ghill scrambling if you’re from the lake district). Both involve rock and water adventures journeying by foot along a river system, gorge, or canyon. Gorge walking does what it says on the tin. In general terms Gorge walking is walking and climbing up a gorge . This can involve jumps, climbing and scrambling and on occasion some small slides, wading through the river and climbing behind waterfalls. Moving upstream is one of the crucial differences between canyoning and gorge walking. Gorge walking is more of a low level activity and a great introduction to combined rock and water experiences.  Gorge walking is a great activity for youth groups and families. Gorge walking can be done in most areas of the UK as all you need is a river with some pools, rapids or small waterfalls. This is why [...]

By |2019-07-10T23:34:42+01:00July 10th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Recent Times at Avon Gorge

Its been an interesting few day of climbing this week at Avon Gorge.  I had a few great clients that had never rock climbed before and both pairs made there way up multi-pitch routes up to Hard Severe, good show. There was a little esoterica with adventure to Sewer Wall and more no star fun, right through to 3 star delights. We had a really fun time out on The Arete at Main Wall and finished up Direct Route with Owen and Alice.  The climbing was fun and it was great to top out and get the buzz!! The next day i had a few meetings to do in the day but managed to get out climbing with Alex and Charlotte in the evening and topped out at Sea Walls after doing Morpheus with a Mobious top pitch for added spice and adventure.  The sun light at the top was perfect and it really did feel like the first evenings climbing of the year. The next few day saw a mission with Mr Castle, exploring some local choss and getting excited about esoterica.  Sewer Wall, what a place to start.  A crag with 4 routes and all no star and hidden to the most that travel the routes of Avon Gorge. Still lets go and have a go eh, let's go and explore, see what's what.  A mild scramble of the the Easy Route leads to the routes and we went for Hades Crack VS 4c as it was the nicest line and the easiest line. Turned out to be an ok-ish route and worth the adventure if you have climbed all the other VS's everywhere else that are stared. The other route that we [...]

By |2017-02-17T16:15:16+00:00March 22nd, 2012|Blog|0 Comments