Everything You Need to Know about Canyoning in Interlaken, Switzerland
Rappel, slide, and jump down rocks and waterfalls into the white water filled Saxeten canyon. This canyon covers every aspect of the sport and makes a great introduction to canyoning.
Unfortunately we were only able to get this one photo from our adventure exploring the caverns, but if you'd like to know more details about the experience, read on!
The place we booked through provided the wetsuits, life jackets, helmets, and water boots. At minimum you'll need a swimsuit to wear under the wetsuit but we also wore thin rash guard shirts as well because even though the wetsuits are disinfected after each wear, it doesn't hurt to add an extra layer of protection to your skin.
The helmets all had nicknames taped on them, so you can have fun calling each other "gladiator," "iron man," or "twerker" the rest of the day. A van takes you up to the entrance of a hike where you walk along a trail off to the side of the canyon. It's a bit steep at some points so if you're not used to inclines it can be challenging. The guides will let you stop to catch your breath if needed. Before entering the canyon, you’ll have a safety points and instruction briefing. Then your adrenaline starts pumping as you get ready to enter the rushing water!
Listen to your guides as they will tell you which side of the canyon you should stay near, and where to aim when jumping off the rocks into the swirling white water below. Stay to the left! Knees bent! Arms folded! - The guides have to shout over the roar of the river. But the instructions reminded me of this clip:
While it may be scary or terrifying for some to even imagine jumping from rocks into white water, rappelling down a vertical rock face, or going down a natural cut water slide, we would highly recommend it for anyone who is able! Have you ever gone canyoning? What are some scary but fun things you've done? Let us know in the comments!