A Healthier U

What is Canyoneering?

Canyoneering is a unique adventure activity involving the skills used in many other outdoor recreation pursuits, such as hiking, scrambling over slickrock outcroppings, rappelling and sometimes swimming.

Utah is home to some of the greatest canyons in the world.  These canyons vary from non-technical, slot canyons that can be explored by simply hiking through them and perhaps some scrambling over a few feet of low angle rock, to highly technical canyons requiring rope, harness and other safety equipment to lower yourself down into the canyon depths. The rappels involved in technical canyoneering can range from a few feet to hundreds of feet.

How Can I Do This?

Join PEAK March 23-24 for an introduction to a Utah canyoneering experience. This program has been specially designed to ease you into the canyoneering experience.  The afternoon of March 23 will be spent exploring non-technical slot canyons outside of Hanksville, UT. This means we won’t need ropes or harnesses; just our sense of adventure. These slot canyons can be narrow and will involve some team work, and scrambling over slickrock (scrambling is non-technical climbing, usually just “crawling” a few feet up a low angle slope).

After enjoying an evening of camping in the desert, we will spend the morning of March 24 introducing participants to a beginner technical canyon. This means we will strap on harnesses, and instruct participants on how to safely rappel down into deeper canyons that would be inaccessible without technical equipment.

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