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How dangerous is Canyoning?

Very often Canyoning is described as an extrem-sport. But as it is with almost all other sports, you can do Canyoning on a very save level.
The question you have to ask yourself is, do I want to take a guided tour with a certified guide or do I dare to take the tour on my own. The first mentioned gives you the objetive alpine risks, such as falling rocks, which are very easy to estimate. On the other hand, taking tours by yourself, requieres a certain amount of expertise as the rope technique you know from climbing differs very much. Floodwater is an additional danger, as it is difficult to escape tight  canyons quickly. You also should not underestimate the group dynamic, when for example, jumps are taking place of greater and greater hights. Here lies the highest potential of reducing the accident statistik.

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