Who wouldn’t enjoy being suspended upside down 50ft above a gorge in the Blue Mountains?
Like an adventurous cocktail you can slurp in the Peruvian hill tops, canyoning combines a dash of rock climbing, bush walking and abseiling to give you a rush that almost rivals ayahuasca’s potent effects…minus the spiritual revelations.
A platoon of 16 of us headed for the hills on a brisk Sunday morning to meet the crew at the Blue Mountains Adventure Company (BMAC) in Katoomba. It’s rare for us to go on any kind of facilitated trip, although if you’d seen any of us attempting to tie a figure of 8 knot, I think you’d understand why. I even struggle tying a Windsor.
After getting fully kitted up at HQ, we headed out in minibuses to a practice site with mind-boggling views across the eucalyptus infused mountain range. The day was then spent in two groups working our way through Juggler Canyon, a deserted gorge riddled with abseils of varying difficulty and rock scrambling with towering rainforest on either side.
Any trace of the hangover quickly disappeared as we progressed through increasingly technical drops. Nate-dogs downward reverse descent (whether intentional or not) was undoubtedly the highlight of the day. All in all, not your average Sunday!
These trips can be tailored to suit the experience levels of the group, and as the instructors have conquered more canyons than we’ve had hot dinners, you know you’re in safe, albeit calloused hands.
For more info, contact BMAC – www.bmac.com.au