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Rock Climbing, Caving, and Canyoning Explained

Rock climbing, caving (speleology), and canyoning are some of the most fun outdoor pursuits to do. Technically, anyone can do such activities. However, they do require some physical skills and abilities. Experts also recommend some form of training before attempting such activities, especially for someone who intends to do them alone. Below is a description of the pursuits in detail.

Rock Climbing

As the name suggests, rock climbing involves moving up and down or across naturally formed rocks to reach a predetermined endpoint. It can also be done on artificial rock walls. The difficulty levels usually vary depending on various factors such as climbing techniques required, weather conditions, and the distance. This mentally and physically demanding sport usually tests the endurance, strength, and agility of the climbers. Climbers also need specialized equipment that helps to ensure their safety.

Caving

Caving generally refers to the exploration of naturally formed caves as a recreational activity. It can be pretty challenging, depending on the nature of the caves being explored. It involves negotiating pitches, water hazards, and squeezes. The absence of light also adds to the fun. Cavers usually wear safety hats and other protective gear to protect themselves against head bumps, falls, and falling rocks.

Canyoning

Canyoning generally refers to the recreational exploration of canyons. It involves various techniques and skills, including climbing, walking, jumping, rappelling, and swimming. Navigational skills usually come in quite handy during canyoning. Some of the gear commonly used for the activity are similar to those used in hiking and climbing, with additional equipment based on the canyon's nature.