Reasons why Women SHOULD Canyon.
And why should women canyon?
There are many answers to this question, and they may vary depending on who’s being asked and what agenda they are trying to fulfil. For me, the answer is:
Why not experience a sense of fun and adventure with a great adrenaline rush? Who wouldn’t want to experience this escape from daily life? Feel reinvigorated and free.
Canyoning - the next step
Canyoning is an up-and-coming sport, which at the moment is relatively unknown in the Lake District. Not for long! It will be instantly attractive to adventurous people who love the outdoors. Adventurous people, be it men or women, younger, or dare I say it – slightly older.
Women who have experienced climbing and/or ghyll scrambling will find this to be a natural extension of these activities. It is
• thrilling and yes, a little bit challenging.
Canyoning is a way to experience the outdoors differently, yet using transferable skills from other activities. Canyoning involves using rope techniques to abseil down waterfalls and complete guided rappels (zip lines). It also incorporates
• big jumps,
• water chutes.
Why should we restrict this fun to men or the elite? As we all know ‘Girls just wanna have fun’ and canyoning is definitely fun!
Let’s push boundaries; boundaries between genders, abilities and our own personal limitations - where we perceive we can’t do something before we try.
• Develop new skills,
• Grow in knowledge,
• Raise your confidence and stature,
who knows, it could become a future career! Canyoning inspires people (men or women) to do the best that they can; to set a challenge and surpass it, to be the best that they can be. There are women climbers, mountaineers and fell runners, who knows, you could be saying - in the words of ICOpro- ‘Canyoning is what we do!’
Canyoning is inclusive
However, Canyoning is not just for the elite athlete or professional – in fact far from! Yes, I am sure those super fit athletes or thrill seekers amongst us will love canyoning.
But so will those of us who, for one reason or another, are less fit. Fitness is not a barrier to canyoning.
There are times when women have a perception that a certain level of fitness for activities is required. Too often we are guilty of saying that we can’t do something, instead of saying ‘I’m not as fit as I would like to be.’ This is a vicious circle, men and women alike don’t exercise or participate in active, social sport because they don’t feel fit and confident.
Yes, being fit will help, but it definitely won’t prevent you from canyoning. In fact, canyoning is a simple and fun way of saying:
• YES, I do exercise,
• YES, I want to develop personally,
• YES, I want to learn new skills.
By participating, you will increase your skill set. It will boost your confidence, enabling you to realise that you can actually do something, which initially you thought was out - of –reach and unobtainable.
Canyoning is a way of being free. Free from day-to-day stresses that are placed on us. Instead, you just need to concentrate on canyoning and enjoying the fabulous environment. At the expense of sounding twee, it is all about doing something for you. Let’s think about ourselves and our own well-being: mentally and physically.
Come on women, what are you waiting for?
Open up new horizons to try a new sport… canyoning is fun, fabulous and edgy!
Open up new horizons
Try a new sport… canyoning is fun, fabulous and edgy!