Give us a general overview of your adventure: I went canyoning near Interlaken – like countless Americans before me – in the summer of 1999. Tragically, the week after, some of our guides died in one of the 10 worst adventure disasters in the last 200 year, per Outside magazine on Oct ‘O5).
Was it difficult?: no Why or why not? Canyoning is not inherently difficult. Is it hard to fall down? The concept being that you travel along the course of a river downstream, normally through narrow canyons, using ropes, basic scrambling and some gravity.
Would you recommend this adventure trip to someone else? Why or Why Not? Definitely. For any adrenaline junkies looking for the ultimate adventure, there’s nothing like the glacial rivers of central Switzerland and jumping off 50 ft waterfalls to get the blood flowing.
What do you wish you would have done differently? Our meteorological conditions were identical to those of the day of the tragedy, but we went ahead and did out trip in light rain. Looking back and knowing the dangers of flash floods now, I might not take that same risk again.
What kind of advice can you give to other travellers going on this adventure? You should find experienced guides. Do exactly what they say. Have fun and know your limits.
What type of gear did you bring? We used ropes, slings, harnesses, dry suits, booties, helmets and rappel devices.
Where is your next big adventure? Why? The Inca Trail. I’ve never been to South America and Machu Picchu is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world.
Did you travel before or after your adventure? If so, where? I was backpacking through Western Europe before and after my canyoning trip. Countries visited include: France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Spain.
On your adventure, what person did you most identify with? Lara Croft