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Canyoning rating systems

Canyoning rating systems

There are a few systems used around the world to rate the difficulty of a canyon but the 2 most widely used base systems are;

1. The American System

2. The French System

Both refer to scales of technical difficulty in terms of ropework/verticality and whitewater.  The American system is predominently used in North America whereas the rest of the world tents to use the French system. 

Pioneering canyoning in Japan

Pioneering canyoning in Japan

 It all started in 1998. The emergence of Canyons.  I was just back from another season guiding in Nepal and had picked up some canyoning skills from the European guides, who were there to set up the first canyoning routes.  On my days off expedition rafting I would help them out carrying bolting equipment and got to "learn the ropes".

Summer is here....time to get wet!

Summer is here....time to get wet!

The temperatures in the city have been hitting record highs for June with rainy season making an early exit.  If the heat is gettgin too much for ya time to get outta the city!

High water rafting season in full swing

High water rafting season in full swing

The Tone River is cranking at its peak flows right now! Late April - early June is the best time for rafting in Minakami and the greater Tokyo area with the river providing action packed grade 3-4 whitewater.  The early melt this year means that the the high water season will likely finish a little earlier. We are expected it to last until early June this year so make sure you don't miss out! 

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