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Canyoneering Expedition

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Conquer the secret canyons of Western North Carolina. Hike, boulder-hop, and rappel waterfalls on a wilderness voyage like none other. Our canyoneering adventure will take you to places tourists and even most locals never find as we do a short hike in and set up rappelling gear to descend a stunning waterfall. On the way out, you'll have an opportunity to hop in the streams for a dip. Depending on water levels, our secret locations may include laid back waterslides or a more adrenaline-pumping plunge!

Trip Details

141.00
/pp
4-6 Hours
Moderate
12
Min Age

Season

March 1 – November 1

Age

12

TAg-alongs

Allowed - $/person

Class Rapids

Duration Info

Trip time varies.

Required to Wear

We provide Astral water shoes for optimal traction on slick rocks.

Intensity

weight

Notes

  • Must be comfortable with rappelling.
  • 2-person minimum.

We provide



Canyoneering

  • Water Shoes - We supply Astral water shoes for maximum performance. On check out, note your shoe size (whole size, not half).
  • Rappelling Gloves - On check out, note: S, M, L, XL
  • Small bottle of water
  • Small backpack
  • All safety equipment
  • Water Shoes - We supply Astral water shoes for maximum performance. On check out, note your shoe size (whole size, not half).
  • Rappelling Gloves - On check out, note: S, M, L, XL
  • Small bottle of water
  • Small backpack
  • All safety equipment

Please Bring

Canyoneering

  • Any medication that you may need immediate access to while on the trip (e.g., asthma inhaler, epipen or diabetic glucose).
  • Change of clothes and a towel to leave in the van.
  • For taking photos, a small waterproof/shockproof camera or disposable camera is best.
  • A “brown-bag” style lunch (i.e. a sandwich or wrap) and/or your favorite energy bar (i.e. Clif, Lara, or Rx bar) or trail mix.
  • Extra water. If you feel the need for more than 8fl oz of water, please bring your own water bottle.
  • Any medication that you may need immediate access to while on the trip (e.g., asthma inhaler, epipen or diabetic glucose).
  • Change of clothes and a towel to leave in the van.
  • For taking photos, a small waterproof/shockproof camera or disposable camera is best.
  • A “brown-bag” style lunch (i.e. a sandwich or wrap) and/or your favorite energy bar (i.e. Clif, Lara, or Rx bar) or trail mix.
  • Extra water. If you feel the need for more than 8fl oz of water, please bring your own water bottle.

Do Not Bring

  • Animals to the outpost, no exceptions.
  • Valuables or anything else that you would mind having lost, wet, or broken.
  • Canyoneering: Your cell phone is unlikely to work. We recommend not bringing it on the actual trip.
  • Hiking poles

Participation Requirements

Canyoneering

Weight

There is no weight min or max. Participants must fit a climbing harness with a waist measurement between 18-45″ and a leg measurement between 10-28″.

Age

Minimum age of 12. Any participant under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Physical Fitness

You are fit enough if you can comfortably walk 3 miles unassisted on a trail carrying a light pack, comfortably hike on uphill and downhill slopes, climb or descend 5 flights of stairs, and climb a ladder with ease. You must also be comfortable with heights.

Health and Medical Conditions

  • You cannot participate if you have an existing medical condition that could require urgent care (such as major heart problems or seizure disorders) or if you have a condition that could jeopardize your or another participant’s safety. 
  • We also do not recommend that you participate if you are pregnant or have significant musculoskeletal problems – please seek the advice of your physician before booking your trip. 
  • You cannot participate if you are under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any medication that could impair you in any way.

If you may require any fast-acting medications such as an EpiPen, diabetic glucose, or an asthma inhaler please bring them on your trip and inform your Guides.

Waiver

All guests are required to sign a waiver. You participate at your own risk.

Weight

There is no weight min or max. Participants must fit a climbing harness with a waist measurement between 18-45″ and a leg measurement between 10-28″.

Age

Minimum age of 12. Any participant under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Physical Fitness

You are fit enough if you can comfortably walk 3 miles unassisted on a trail carrying a light pack, comfortably hike on uphill and downhill slopes, climb or descend 5 flights of stairs, and climb a ladder with ease. You must also be comfortable with heights.

Health and Medical Conditions

  • You cannot participate if you have an existing medical condition that could require urgent care (such as major heart problems or seizure disorders) or if you have a condition that could jeopardize your or another participant’s safety. 
  • We also do not recommend that you participate if you are pregnant or have significant musculoskeletal problems – please seek the advice of your physician before booking your trip. 
  • You cannot participate if you are under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any medication that could impair you in any way.

If you may require any fast-acting medications such as an EpiPen, diabetic glucose, or an asthma inhaler please bring them on your trip and inform your Guides.

Waiver

All guests are required to sign a waiver. You participate at your own risk.

Meeting Locations

Please refer to your confirmation email for your scheduled times and locations.

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284 Lyman St., Asheville, NC 28801

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We Offer Group Reservations

Bringing a group to Asheville? French Broad Adventures caters to groups of all sizes.

Group Reservations

We used this company 22 years ago for our honeymoon. They were fantastic... so much so we will be returning with our 3 kids this summer!!

Laurie Beth Chris Keller

Amazing time our family enjoyed it so much!!!!! Tom was the best guide ever!!!!!! We will definitely be doing it again soon!!!!! The pictures they took of our family were the best. The ladies in the gift shop were so nice and friendly.

Pamela Burnette Fannin

We just finished our trip and it was excellent. We have gone numerous places throughout the US and this is the top by far! We had A.J. and Shawn as our guides and they did a great job. Very friendly, knowledgeable, and overall great guys. The facilities were nice, clean, organized, everyone was friendly and helpful, and there were no complaints whatsoever. Would highly recommend and will definitely be coming back!

Matt Hamel

Went on Canyoneering trip on June 3. Guides were knowledgable and made the trip fun. Would definitely recommend this trip.

Tim Pickett

After going on their trip, I believe any other company would've been mediocre. Guides were knowledgeable and friendly, kids and adults would have the same fun. Great pricing. Can't say enough good things. Would give a 6 star rating if I could.

Nick Neborsky

This was our third trip with French Broad Adventures. They are very organized and safety conscious. We had a wonderful time and are already planning on next year.

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