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A Word of Caution

Section 3

As a canyoneering enthusiast, I understand the importance of being objective when it comes to making decisions in this sport. It is crucial to read and research as much as possible to understand the risks and best practices before heading into the canyon. However, not all information found online or in print may be accurate, so it is essential to remain objective and scrutinize the source of the information.

Being objective means considering alternate ideas and ways to overcome obstacles that may arise in the canyon, and not blindly trusting the rigging or anchors set up by others. As a canyoneer, it is your responsibility to ensure your safety and the safety of your group. So, if something appears to be wrong, it is okay to speak up, ask questions, and even disagree, provided you can back up your claim.

In canyoneering, fact and opinion can be difficult to differentiate, so take what you read or hear with a grain of salt. Always be critical and analytical, even of things found on this website. Additionally, remember to question the rigging and anchors, whether set up by someone else or yourself, and to double-check them for safety.

It is always better to be cautious and speak up, especially if something appears to be "off" and you cannot explain why. Remember that when you're in the canyon, your group is all you have. In case of an emergency, you need to work together to overcome the obstacles and return home safely. Hence, speak up and take responsibility for ensuring everyone's safety.

Objectivity is critical in canyoneering, as it allows you to make informed decisions, question the information and rigging, and ensure the safety of yourself and your group. So, always research and ask questions, and never hesitate to speak up if something appears to be unsafe.

"Proceed at your Own Risk", indeed.

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