Canyoning in the Alps :o) - Bring it on!!

Trip Start Jul 26, 2005
Trip End Nov 01, 2005

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Friday, September 23, 2005

No time to rest!!! UP YA GET!!!! :o)

We were up at 8 to go canyoning! Heh - i'm looking forward to this one. We waiting outside Funny Farm where the instructors picked us up. "Outdoor Interlaken" was the company taking us. They dorve us up the road to some shed where we all grabbed our gear. Wetsuite, 2 jackets, wetsuite socks and a halfmet! All 11 of us then got back into the van and we headed off. My name was "Pirate" on the helmet - so thats what i was known as for the day!! - "AARRRRGGHH ME MATIES!" A bout an hour driving through these alps untill we goto to our drop off point. A week ago we would not have been able to come here as it was completely flooded and you could tell from all the damaged caused to the local buildings and roads. We then ascended a few hundred metres as to where we stopped - our drop off point. We got all our gear on - was quite funny actually and then trecked through this dense forest for about 20 minutes till we got to our canyon! After a few saftey instruction we headed off Canyoning.

Just incase your not sure what canyoning is? - Here it is. After entering the canyon, there was no exit - if you injur yourself extensivly, there's no going back, your gonna have to get your way down to the bottom somehow or get helicopter lifted out i guess! First up we came to waterfall's which we jumped into. I'll let you know that i have never felt water so cold in my life! Freshly melted alp snow melted coming down to us! uhh!! But yeah there were jumps where we had to jump over a series of rocks and hit the canyon wall on our back to slide down into rockpools. We went on lots of slides where we had to have our arm's out at certain times, to influence the way we fell, and tuck them in at other times to prevent them getting ripped off when going through narrow shoots before hitting the pool of water at the bottom. Some of the time the water was very shallow, so we had to jump to land on our backs - that one kinda hurt haha! We got to one waterfall where we reppelled down, before letting go of the rope and free falling 40 foot into a splash! Absailing was good, however the aussie guy leading us that i tended to get on well with loved letting lots of the rope go quickly so i'm pretty much running backwards down the cliff! Some of the jumps were so high - like we're 40ft up and jumping scarcely inbetween these 2 narrow canyon walls into this small little rockpool at the bottom in which seems like your free falling forever untill you hit that freezing water. Was very frilling and adrenalin rushing which i love, and your guaranteed to surface with a smile every time you make the jump! All throughout the canyoning experience there were treks and times where we'd walk for long periods through the canyon and the environment. This was quite beautiful actually - its only untill these moments, when your body's not filled with adrenalin that you look around and appreciate the beauty of the forest surroundings. One of the last jumps consisted of a choice from a shorter height jump, or a 40 - 50ft jump off a waterfall, with a huge pool at the bottom, however only about a 2m square area was safe to land in as the rest was only shin height deep from the submerged boulders. The aussie guy that was leading us was throwing rocks in the water where we 'should' land! hahaha - Very sketchy jumping, but had to go through with it. Eyes were not going to be moving off that landing point, and it bloody seemed like forever i was falling for and i got some speed built up alright before i pin dropped into that water! As soon as i surfaced i was happy as larry :o)

The entire canyoning experience was absolute amazing. 6 hours of jumping, sliding, repelling, treking through an adrenalin filled canyon, surrounded by such beautiful country. And what a way to finish than a few beers and a few sandwitches down the gob! :o) A great adrenalin filled experience which i'd recommend for anyone. And you'll sleep very well that night i can tell ya :o)

Check out the pictures - they'll explain alot more...

After we finished relaxin we went back to interlaken where we hung out for a bit. Bought myself an "outdoor interlaken" hoody (jumper), and cd with all the photo's that one of the girls were taking of us along the way. Later on that night we walked around the town one last final night and bought some souvinere's. I bought a swiss army knife with "Interlaken 2005" engraved on it. Had Thai for dinner that night before retreating back to Funny Farm hostel. Hahaha i forgot to mention the 'horse' that just wonders around funny farm. haha not really, its just the biggest dog i've ever seen in my life. One of those beethoven dogs and he isn't even 2 yet and still has some growing! Such a cute loving dog though.

Once back up in the dorm room, the 2 US guys were up there, and they got up the vodka and got stuck into that... I joined em for final drinks - we were all gonna go down to the underground club/bar but all were a bit to buggered for it. I've decided no one outside Australia likes Vegemite! Everyone that taste's it screws up there face in dusgust, but us aussies - we love it :o) (concentrated yeast extract for those who are wondering in a dark brown smooth paste). Mmmm! :o)
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