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A Word of Caution!
There is a lot of information out there found online (including this website) and in print. Please be objective in what you read (including this website). Being objective is a great ideal to strive for in canyoneering, along with general decisions in your life. It allows you to think of alternate theories, or ways to overcome obstacles and even motives (as strange as that sounds in a sport).
While a fact can be just a fact, look for when opinions are shared and know the difference. Take what you read and hear of those opinions or stories with a grain of salt. It's perfectly okay to ask questions, speak up when something appears off or wrong, and even disagree with something (provided you can backup your claim).
Just as in canyoneering, if something appears "off" - speak up! Because when you are miles away from cell-phone coverage or another person, your group is all that you have. You have to figure it out how to overcome the obstacle. It could be life-threatening! It may just be a delay in your time schedule. But it's all up to you to return home safely.
"Proceed at your Own Risk", indeed.