What equipment do you need for canyoneering?
The main gear required for canyoneering is a locking carabiner and a belay device. Personally, I like using a figure eight because I can control the speed based on the complexity of the rappel, but pretty much anything works. Bring a couple of extra locking carabiners too, just in case.
Can you Canyoneer with a dynamic rope?
You can use it, but try to keep it out of wet canyons. It will absorb a lot more water than a canyoneering rope. It will bounce more, and wear out quicker. Using it for more than a few canyons will ruin it for lead climbing.
How do I choose a rappelling rope?
Your choice of rope will vary based on what activity you intend to perform, but the best ropes for pure rappels are lightweight static ropes that are at least 7.7mm in diameter. The most important factor for rappelling rope selection is the diameter of the rope.
Do you need a static rope for canyoneering?
If you’re just getting into canyoneering, here is what I would recommend. First: 30m (100ft) by 8-10mm static rope. This will allow you to do rappels up to 90 feet when used with a pull cord. Since the tallest rappel in most canyons is less than 90 feet tall, this will be the only rope you’ll need for most canyons.
What is Oplux rope?
Oplux has quickly become the rope of choice for serious saddle hunters that demand the most from their gear. High-strength, cut-resistant Spectra fibers in the core combined with a unique blended Technora sheath give Oplux unmatched power in the most compact package.
How do I start canyoneering?
Basic gear needed for any canyoneering trip, even non-technical, dry canyons:
- Boots or other sturdy shoes to fully protect your feet.
- Durable pants that can withstand catching on rocks and vegetation.
- Extra layers for unexpected cold or wet conditions.
- Food, water.
- First aid kit and knowledge about how to use it.
What do you wear under wetsuit canyoneering?
A 4/3mm suit is a suitable thickness for canyoneering as it will keep you comfortable without impeding your movement too much. I wear a pair of nylon shorts on the outside of my wetsuit to protect it. Try to prevent your wetsuit from rubbing on the rocks to keep your equipment from breaking down or developing holes.
What type of rope is used for abseiling in a canyon?
Rope Weight and diameter
Most canyoners will look for a canyoning rope between 9mm and 10mm, although it is now becoming more common for 8mm rope to used for those long and remote canyons. A good starting point is a 9mm rope.
Why is climbing rope so expensive?
The new rope need to meet the new dry requirement. It might be more expensive to treat the ropes with different chemicals. They are also getting thinner and might require more R&D to achieve UIAA requirements. Perhaps more testing is being done to ensure quality.
What is a dry rope?
Dry ropes are impregnated with a fluoropolymer-based solution to make them as water-resistant as possible. Absorbed water increases the weight of the climbing rope and reduces its strength considerably. Use of dry ropes is essential for alpine and ice climbers, or for glacier travel.