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A canyoneer's philosophy
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HOW ABOUT IF I FEEL NO CALL TO ADVENTURE?
Well ... I'd say that adventure is necessary. Always. For everybody. It builds character, my father used to say. It tougens you up for the real life's challenges that lie ahead. Because "Forward" is the name of the game. So, are you tough enough?
You can find out more what goes on in our heads on "about us".
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Bovec Canyoning Tours - What's it Like?
Bovec canyoning tours are normally beginner friendly and fairly short, lasting for about four hours. Sušec canyon is also family-friendly. Group sizes are usually from four to six, but never more than eight people per one guide. We try to avoid mixing groups but cannot always guarantee a private trip. (Please book private trips in advance!)
Alright, 10 minutes past meeting time we have already cracked the ice open and it’s now time to gear up. You will receive everything that you will need that day: canyoning shoes and neoprene socks, a thick canyoning (neoprene) wetsuit with a hood, a canyoning harness (climbing harness with a sliding pad) and a Petzl climbing helmet. Those who want also get a figure-8 descender device so that they can learn how to rappel by themselves. The only thing left to do now is to double-check the item list and pack the cars with gear and human bodies.
AT THE TOP
We accommodate every Bovec canyoning tour to the least experienced member of the team. This way we keep safety the top priority. However, this does not mean that the ‘Rambos’ of the group will be bored. Every waterfall can be dealt with in a variety of different ways. We can slide down on our behind or we can use the rope and do a proper rappel. Sometimes the pool is deep enough for a nice jump, but don’t worry - there is a way around most of the time. If not, your guide can always lower you down safely.
THE WAY BACK
Alright, you all survived this awesome Bovec canyoning adventure - superb! Time to post proof of it on your #instagram. But before that, you will be given some tips about the area, where to eat and where not to, what you must see and what to do. If you will eat out in Bovec, then your car can safely rest at our base, free of charge.
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PPE or personal protective equipment aka ‘stuff that protects you’ usually means a helmet, a canyoning harness, shoes and some other hardware such as carabiners, chain links and lanyards. It must be said that all PPE should follow international or other recognized standards. Furthermore we must check our PPE before and after any canyoning activity and only use the PPE for intended purpose.
You may bring some of your own gear if you like it so much, but we will need to check it before the activity and decide if it is smart to take it on the trip or not. We cannot accept any responsibility for your gear in case you lose it or if it sunks on the bottom of a pool.
Neoprene socks are an essential part of equipment when canyoning in Bovec. Water is just too cold otherwise. You can have 3 or 5 mm thick socks. They also cusion the landing forces on your heels when jumping. Neoprene gloves however, are seldomly used since they hamper the sense of touch thus making it harder to control rope and operate carabiners. Freezing cold hands are no better so gloves come handy in the spring months.
Neoprene suits come in different shapes and sizes but most notable feature of a canyoning suit is the front zipper. Padded knees and elbows come second. Usually they also have hoods which is an indispensable component when you rappel over and through a cold waterfall. Some suits come in separate parts - upper and lower. This means you will have twice the thickness on your chest since they overlap. If this will keep you warmer is debatable because there is a thin layer of water between them. However you will definitely be better protected when sliding down a waterfall on your back. Some suits also have added protection on the butt and gaskets on the sleeves to prevent water from entering when jumping. You will not have that option. There is just too much wear and tear for commercial use. Hope you understand.
Bovec canyoning adventures have been done in simple neoprene boots for a long time, but now the standards have changed. Shoes should have good quality sole rubber so that it sticks to the wet rock and a thick hill to cusion any hard jumps. Good ankle support is also nice to have since we do a lot of approach hiking when canyoning in Bovec. One such kind is the Adidas Terrex canyoneer boot. We have those and we like them. For the most basic - Sušec canyon - a simple neoprene boot coupled with some thick socks will suffice.
A canyoning harness is almost the same thing as a climbing harness (belt). The difference is that a climbing harness has padding to cusion the fall and canyoning harness has protection for leg loops and the rear. Sliding down the waterfall tobogans is one of the main features of canyoning and it is very hard on the gear, especially the harness. Therefore it has a hard rubber sheet on the back side. Two lanyards of different lengths are also needed and each should end with a locking carabiner. Either with screw gates or something similar so that it cannot open accidentally.
You will see your guide in a much more fancy harness, but that is because he or she needs to hang in it for extended periods of time and blood circulation is a thing ...
Canyoning helmets are nothing special. They can be the same as for climbing but with bigger holes to let water out upon landing after a high jump. Otherwise it might get damaged. As with any other canyoning gear it should also float so that we don’t lose it when we are adjusting our hoods. The only thing we should be mindful of is that the current doesn’t take it downstream.
DESCENDER AND CARABINERS
All canyoning carabiners need to be locking ones; screw gates or any other mechanism. If we attach a ‘human life’ onto it there simply is no other way. It must be secure. Regarding the size, bigger is usually better since our hands get quite cold sometimes. It is then harder to operate a smaller carabiner. A bigger one can also accept the static canyoning rope better.
Along personal protective equipment we also need some gear for the group. Most notably, the rope and somewhere to store it - a canyoning backpack. Safety always comes first so there is a water tight cag for first aid stuff. The more, the better - someone will surely know how to use it. Some goggles if anyone loses his Rolex on the bottom of a pool. Luckily the water is clear and you can find all sorts of thing in the canyons. Alright, almost set! Can’t forget a cell phone, ofcourse. We also have water tight rubber packs if somebody would want to take their phone on the trip for making photos. But, again, we cannot accept any responsibility for your lost items.
There is no perfect canyoning backpack. If there is one, then it is too heavy, so … point proven. It can be a simple “swine” bag, as they call them in the caving society, but then it won’t stand up on it’s own when you try to feed rope into it. Also, it won’t have different compartments to sort your extra gear. But it will float and it will be light, which is good enough for an easy Bovec canyoning adventure.
Canyoning rope can be any semi-static rope that has a safety factor of 10x after you tie a knot on it. It is also nice if it can withstand some friction against the rock. There is a lot of wear and tear while rappelling or lowering people that cannot rappel on their own. Some argue canyoning ropes must also float, some say they should sink. All we care is that they don’t stretch too much and hopefully last a season or two.
FIRST AID, GOGGLES AND A PHONE
It is more important that you know how to use your first aid kit then what you have in it. And since there are no major injuries, we usually carry just what we need. We take more stuff when venturing further into the wild, ofcourse.
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Canyoning Challenges And Techniques
Bovec canyoning tours are an enjoyable and rewarding outdoor activity, but it is important to be prepared and to consider your physical abilities and limitations before engaging in the sport.
If you are not in good physical condition or have any concerns, it is important to consult with us before participating in canyoning. We will help you to determine what is the best to do regarding your specific situation and fitness level.
PHYSICAL CONDITION: STRENGTH
Some strength is also important, perticaularly the ability to grip and hold things, such as when passing a back pack or using a rope to help you go up or down a rock. When rappelling the grip is not so important, because we can adjust the amount of friction on your descender and so make it easier if needed.
We take the descenders away from "Rambos" of the group and make them go down the rope bare handed. Don't worry - it will not burn their hands - rope is wet, haha.
PHYSICAL CONDITION: AGILITY
Agility is needed to move quickly and easily over slippery terrain such as wet rocks covered with algae and moss. It also plays a role when you are trying to maintain a 90 degree angle towards the wall when rappelling. Remember: the darker the colour of the rock, the more slippery it can be.
Overcoming fears can be a challenging but rewarding process. Fear of heights is usually the first on the menu, especially in the context of canyoning where heights often are an inevitable part of the activity.
Gradually exposing yourself to your fear and practicing relaxation techniques such as: deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and visualization techniques, can help you feel more calm and in control when facing your fear.
CAPACITY OF TRUSTING
THE DOs AND DON'Ts OF BOVEC CANYONING
Aapplicable Attitude when canyoning in Bovec
Bring plenty of water and snacks to stay energized since canyoning can be physically very demanding and if your sugar levels drop your movements become less deliberate. Thus it is more likey that you will slip on a wet rock or make a similar mistake. Alright, let us go to the don'ts now.
Do not to take any unnecessary risks. While it's natural to want to push your limits, safety should always come first. If you're not comfortable with a particular activity, let us know and we will help you find an alternative way of overcoming the obstacle.
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Why is Canyoning in Bovec A Privilege?
Bovec canyoning fits among the extreme outdoor sports where a guide is needed almost all of the time. It is not for the faint of heart, but it is for the curious ones, eager for exploration.
This exciting activity requires a good level of physical fitness and a sense of adventure, as well as the willingness to push your limits. The rewards for those who overcome the fear and take on the challenge are truly unparalleled.
One of the highlights of canyoning in Bovec is the #Fratarica canyon, home to the 50 meters high Parabola waterfall over which only the mighty are willing to descend.
Bovec canyoning is an activity that allows you to discover something new and gives you the feeling of real exploration. It's an exhilarating and exciting way to experience the great outdoors, and it's an adventure that you'll never forget. So if you're up for the challenge, don't miss out on the opportunity to try canyoning in Bovec. It's an experience that you'll treasure for a lifetime.
WHAT IS CANYONING?
IS CANYONING DIFFICULT?
'Is canyoning difficult for an extreme sport' is the right question here. And the answer? No, not really. Actually it depends. It could be done by 6 year old children or it could even be too hard for alpine mountain climbers. A lot of beginners start canyoning in Bovec, Slovenia.
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