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Safety near edges and a couple serious near misses

Posted: 01 Jul 2019, 12:16
by T2
While beginner canyoners are often most nervous about the ropework side of things, it's generally the time spent not on rope where the most serious accidents occur.

Two of the biggest risk factors when canyoning are exposed edges and slippery rock. Often both are combined at the top of waterfall abseils. Anyone who has spent time canyoning around Kanangra, particularly after rain, can attest to the the extreme caution needed when moving across slick wet rocks.

These two videos show just how quickly a poorly placed foot can result in a serious fall. They're well worth considering when scrambling around waterfalls or deciding whether a tricky move needs a belay or safety line.