Can you go canyoning in the rain?
Yes, and No, it really depends on the canyon and the rain.
Canyoning in the rain? – The Canyon
The way in which each Canyon is shaped and the geology of the area will determine how fast it fills and how it handles extra water volume. Some Canyons can deal with additional water fairly easily as the rivers that cut through them are exceptionally deep or exceptionally wide. In these cases, the route the guide takes down the Canyon in rain can change. The water level determines the routes. However, there are many Canyons that cannot take any additional volume. Due to the constricted nature of most Canyons, they struggle to deal with extra volume making some canyons a particularly dangerous environment in the rain. This is why Canyoning should be done with professionals, who know the canyon, know the area, have experience, equipment and a managed risk assessment plan of action with detailed contact and exit plan. Standard stuff when dealing with a professional outdoors canyoning company.
Canyoning in the rain? – The Rain
The rain has many variables as well, the volume of the rain, the duration of the rain and the area in which it is falling. Heavy rain has the most chance of changing the volume of water coursing through a canyon. Light rain may have no effect on a canyoning trip. The duration of the rain will directly affect the volume of water being released by the clouds and has a direct effect on the volume of water in the canyon. Finally the catchment area, one could see heavy rainfall in the vicinity of the canyon and only see minimal effect on the volume of water coursing through the canyon, conversely there may be no rain at the site of the canyon but the catchment area, ie all the burns, streams and rivers that feed the Canyon maybe swelling upstream due to rain in the catchment area.
Canyoning in the rain? – In conclusion
Choosing an experienced Canyoning company to go canyoning with makes sure that these types of thing are taken into consideration before your canyoning trip. So to answer the question “Can you go canyoning in the rain?” Yes and No, it really depends on the canyon and the rain and this is why Canyoning should be done with professionals, who know the canyon, know the area, have experience, equipment and a managed risk assessment plan of action.
We will see you soon for some excellent Canyoning adventures here in Scotland, Jump, Swim and slide with Splash Canyoning.
- Keltneyburn Canyoning (our most popular canyon) Half day – £45 pp
- €52 per Adult Estimated price, click link to check current rate
- The group rate of 10 plus is £40 pp / €46 pp
- Children (12-15yrs) £30 pp / €34 pp
- Acharn Canyon Half Day £60pp Adults Only! ( groups of 6-8 only.) Larger groups will be split into two.
- €69 per Adult Estimated price, click link to check current rate
Acharn and keltneyburn
- A full day of canyoning with Splash – 2 canyons above £95pp – Adults Only.
- €109 per Adult Estimated price, click link to check current rate