“There have been joys too great to be described in words, and there have been griefs upon which I have not dared to dwell, and with these in mind I say, climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are naught without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste, look well to each step, and from the beginning think what may be the end.” – Edward Whymper


It is important to recognize that canyoneering is a team activity.
However, each individual, as part of the team, needs to be informed and be part of the communication and decision making process.

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In an effort to inform the public about canyoneering safety the Coconino County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue organization teamed up with guidebook author Todd Martin to create a poster that gives an overall look at some of the issues and offers guidelines for the individual to consider.

(Reposted by permission of Coconino County SAR)

SAR Poster

Click on poster to enlarge

Tom Jones has put together an informative series of safety-related posts on his CanyoneeringUSA website:




Group Dynamics: An article in BCcanyoneers.com on “Group Think”

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