Rope sports are dangerous. Mistakes can be fatal. The information in these pages for the most part is provided by me, and is based on my own opinion, experiences and research.

I have no formal qualifications in the field.

The information is not formal instruction, nor is it any substitute for formal instruction. You certainly should not trust your life to anything that you read in these pages. You could die. People who rely on you could die. You should at very least do your own research and testing, get formal instruction and/or read appropriate literature.

While I don't want to turn you off canyoning, I can't stress enough the need for safety. People can and do die canyoning, and most of the fatal accidents in recent years have been directly or indirectly the result of human error. Make sure you know what you are doing, and what the risks are.

Track notes

The track notes on this site are for use by appropriately qualified and experienced people.

While it may seem that canyons are timeless places, changing only slowly over thousands of years, this is incorrect. Destructive flash floods flow through many canyons every few years, washing rocks and logs through and trees away. Many belay points are off chockstones, logs and trees, and track notes can become incorrect. Slings are likewise easily damaged and may be removed by other parties. Swims fill up with sand and shallow sections deepen, requiring cold swims.

The track notes are at best a guide, an indication of the canyon at the time they were written or updated. They can become rapidly outdated. They are no substitute for appropriate experience. Parties that venture into these canyons need to be prepared for changed conditions. It is no use complaining when you are in the canyon that a particular belay point has gone, or that you didn't bring sling for an anchor.

You have been warned.