The Flow Project #1: Canyoning
Updated: Jun 16, 2021
Let's start off with a very well known, adventurous sports, namely canyoning. According to Google, canyoning is the sport of jumping into a fast-flowing mountain stream and allowing oneself to be carried downstream at high speed. In reality, it consists of a mix of adrenaline rushing abseiling at waterfalls, tricky rock climbing and gliding down water-made slides and diving into natural pools.
Side Notes: location was in Nun's Valley on Madeira Island, near the town of Curral Das Freiras and the date was Sunday, June 13, 2021.
On a scale from 0 to 10, I'd give it a 7. As we did a level 2 track, it had some more complex parts, but overall it was neither scary nor overwhelming. The guides made me feel very safe at all times, and I really enjoyed the rock climbing bits. However, it is definitely a sport not to be underestimated when it comes to physical fitness and strength.
We had a clear objective of completing a 1km long route, covering 3 waterfalls, 2 slides and 1 jump, in an estimated time of 3h. My personal aim for this activity was to focus on technique and precision. I am confident that I have gained a few relevant skills that I can apply when out in nature.
The guides were encouraging and giving helpful instructions as to how to master an obstacle. However, I did not receive any feedback on personal performance.
In the beginning, the experience was rather ordinary and had some less enticing moments. Once we reached the higher waterfalls, the real fun began, and my motivation started to grow instantly. By the time we reached the cliff for the jump, I was thrilled. It's definitely something I enjoy doing, as it requires a combination of technique, skill and physical fitness.
Will I do it again?
Definitely, however, from my point of view, it's nothing to pursue as a hobby but rather an enjoyable holiday activity for once or twice a year.
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