Frequently Asked Questions-Canyoneering

WHAT IS CANYONEERING?

Canyoneering is an adventure sport that combines multiple outdoor activities such as hiking, boulder-hopping, and waterfall rappelling to traverse down a canyon, typically formed by a river.

WHEN IS PADDLE MOAB OPEN FOR CANYONEERING?

Canyoneering trips are available from March through October, with a minimum of 2 people. If you don’t see availability online just give us a call.

RESERVATIONS

Because this is a guided trip, we strongly encourage making a reservation so we can have the appropriate staffing for the day. If you are planning to come between early June and mid-August we recommend making your reservation early because our peak season trips fill up quickly.

Call us and let our staff assist you in scheduling your canyoneering trip between 8am and 6pm. You may also ’Book online’ 24 hours a day.

WHERE DO WE MEET?

We will pick you up at your hotel or you can come to the Paddle Moab shop.

IS CANYONEERING SAFE?

While any outdoor activity has inherent risk, at Paddle Moab our top priority is always safety, and reducing/mitigating any risks.

We bring extensive experience to our canyoneering and climbing trips. Our guides also have advanced training in first aid training.

That said you are also responsible for your own safety. Please listen carefully to safety briefings and always follow your Guide’s instructions – because a safe trip is a fun trip!

WHAT ABOUT MEDICAL OR HEALTH CONDITIONS?

We will be in a wilderness setting where access to definitive care takes longer than normal and cell service is minimal.  If you need any fast-acting medications such as en epi-pen, diabetic glucose or an asthma inhaler it is imperative that you bring them along on your trip.

DO I NEED TO BE IN GOOD PHYSICAL SHAPE TO GO CANYONEERING?

Yes. Time in the canyon averages between 3-4 hours depending on the size of the group and the canyon location. You will be outdoors on steep, boulder-strewn and potentially slick terrain.

A good rule of thumb for fitness is:

You can comfortably walk 3 miles on semi-steep and/or uneven trails carrying a light pack. Comfortably hike on uphill and downhill slopes. Can climb or descend 5 flights of stairs, and can climb a ladder with ease.

DO I NEED TO HAVE PREVIOUS CANYONEERING OR RAPPELLING EXPERIENCE?

No. First-timers with a sense of adventure are always welcome. The guides will give you a demonstration and safety briefing prior to the start of your trip and will assist you throughout the day if you have any questions.

ARE YOUR TRIPS SUITABLE FOR FAMILIES?

Yes, being outdoors is always a great family activity! All canyoneering participants be at lease 8 years of age.

IS TIPPING MY GUIDE OR OTHER STAFF APPROPRIATE?

Our Guides are providing a professional service to you, your family, or your group. Guides depend on tips as part of their income. A good rule of thumb is to tip your Guide as you would a server in a restaurant, 15-20% of the trip, but of course any tipping is always at your own discretion. Gratuity is deeply appreciated.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

We recommend that you wear loose, comfortable clothing that is not bulky (because you will be wearing a harness). Multiple, thinner layers are preferable, as weather conditions can change throughout the day. You will have some opportunities to add or subtract layers if needed, so plan to carry them with you in your pack. A small rain jacket if there is rain in the forecast. We don’t require pants, but if you choose to wear shorts we recommend they be a longer style so they don’t get bunched up in your harness. Comfortable shoes for walking and hiking. No flip flops or open toed shoes.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

We ask that you do not bring valuables or anything else on the trip that you would mind having lost, wet, or broken. You will be able to leave things like a change of clothes, towel, and other items in the van at the trailhead near the canyon, so please bring those along with you. Your cell phone is unlikely to work though, so we suggest that you don’t risk bringing it on the actual trip. If you would like to take pictures of your trip, we suggest instead that you bring small a waterproof/shockproof camera or a disposable camera. We highly suggest bringing 2-3 liters of water and a light snack in your pack for you. Keep in mind that you are responsible for carrying your own things, so pack light.

DO YOU PROVIDE FOOD ON TRIPS?

Yes, For half-day trips we provide snacks. For full day trips we provide healthy sandwich and snacks.

WHAT DOES PADDLE MOAB PROVIDE?

We provide all gear for technical canyoneering trips (helmet, harness, carabiners, rappel device, etc.)

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