Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Rappelling down the canyon

Yesterday, I showed the canyon traversed by the zip lines at Hacienda Guachipelin and posed the the question of how to get to the bottom of the canyon. Comments from readers guessed a Tarzan swing, or bungee jumping, and suggested that we were perhaps mentally ill. :-)

Here is the answer: rappelling! The guides who accompany guests on the trip unhooked the two cables, one at a time, from the zip lines to another cable mechanism that allowed them to drop us straight down to a platform over the river at the base of the canyon.

I should mention that the zip line adventure uses a double cable system so that visitors are attached to a cable at all times. When it is time to switch from one cable to another, the first cable is detached and then reattached before the second cable is detached and reattached. The straps, cables and hooks all appear to be in good condition. But it can still be scary.

A couple of days ago I showed you that there is more than one way to ride down the zip lines, including the regular way, or with no hands, or "super-chica" style. Guess what? There is more than one way to go down repelling. What is the other way? The answer will be shown in two photos tomorrow.

6 comments:

brattcat said...

No hands?

Sharon said...

You guys had quite the adventure, that's for sure.

tomas said...

the canyon formation is called a slot canyon, it is narrow and deep, the river that goes trough is called rio blanco, nice picture

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

wow, rapelling looks invigorating but scary. it would be cool to take the line straight down to the water an bridge. pretty amazing. Congratulations on your one year anniversary on City daily Photo. This is a big commitment and you have done a lot of good things with your website.

Hilda said...

Really, that looks like so much fun!!!

This post is dated June 10 and I just read your news post so, congratulations on your first year blog anniversary, David! How quickly time goes by no? Thank you for all the wonderful photos and I'm looking forward to many more years of photos of your beautiful city.

JM said...

Great shot indeed, David!
I've done this at Iguazu, Argentina, and it's really cool! :-)

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