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CANYONEERING AND RAPPELLING WITH KIDS - A BEGINNERS GUIDE

Updated: Sep 22, 2020

Spending time in the outdoors is one of my favorite ways to connect and spend time with my kiddos. Outdoor adventures give me life, so naturally, I want to share that love with my kiddos, and there are so many great benefits of getting kids outside and in nature.

After my recent solo canyoneering adventure with Nathan of All Ways Adventure, I decided I needed to plan an adventure with my kids, so I reached out to Nathan again to see what we could put together for a family activity.

I really wanted to take my kiddos canyoneering, but I am still getting used to life as a single mama. Doing it all on my own with three kids is a lot, and I get overwhelmed quickly.

We tried canyoneering with my girls, Lucy and Willow, a few years ago. It was such a fun family adventure, but canyoneering with kids is a very involved activity, and even though my girls had fun and it was a great experience for them, there were lots of tears. I really wanted to give canyoneering another go, but I was nervous it would be a little too much stress.

I explained my concerns to Nathan, and he suggested we keep it simple, but still fun, and do an evening of rappelling close to home. I loved that idea!

Nathan knew of a beautiful area in Red Cliffs Reserve that had some very beginner rappells along with a more advanced rappell, perfect for getting my kiddos to push through their fears.

My four-year-old Phoenix was so cute to watch. He was scared and stumbled on the rocks going down a few times, but he did it. I was so proud of him! My seven-year-old Willow did amazing. She even conquered the more advanced rappel. She is by far my most adventurous kid.

My 10-year old Lucy, likes to stay in her comfort zone. She did great on the beginner rappels and loved rappelling, but we couldn't get her to push through her fears on the more advanced rappel, which is totally ok. All kids are different with different comfort levels. It will just take her more time to get comfortable enought to push through those fears......but I know she can do it.

Our evening of rappelling was a perfect stress-free way to get my kids outdoors and trying something new. They were able to push the limits of their comfort level, and feel proud of themselves.

There are so many great family-friendly activities to check out while visiting Zion/Southern Utah, and canyoneering/rappeling should be at the top of your list. I had our guide Nathan, with All Ways Adventure, answer all the questions that parents might have before booking an adventure for their family.

QUESTIONs & ANSWERS

IS CANYONEERING A FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITY?

Definitely! Family Canyoneering trips are our most popular type of trip. Our trips are private and are tailored to your family’s unique needs. The only prerequisite is desire.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CANYONEERING AND RAPPELLING?