Canyoning: Like White Water Rafting Without the Raft

What’s better than hang gliding through the Swiss Alps?? Well nothing, but canyoning down some crazy rapids definitely is a close second. I think it gets your adrenaline going more than hang gliding, which is more relaxed. In a nutshell, canyoning is like white water rafting with the raft. It’s a combination of riding the rapids, jumping over waterfalls, and rappelling down cliffs. It’s tough to explain, so I’ll just show you pictures instead. Here’s how we began.

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Traversing through the freezing cold river. Good thing we had wetsuits on.

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Down the first waterfall…nice face I know.

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Hang Gliding

What’s a good to spend a ridiculous amount of money in a 3-day span? Hang gliding and canyoning, of course. Hang gliding and paragliding are probably the 2 biggest sports in Interlaken. Hang gliding costs about $50 more than paragliding, but I think it was definitely worth the extra money. When you’re hang gliding, you’re positioned like Superman and it feels like you’re flying. It’s a pretty amazing feeling and I’m really glad I did it. I was a little scared at first, but I quickly got over it.

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When you take off, basically what you do is just run down a hill until you can’t feel anything under your feet anymore. It’s a really cool feeling.

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Interlaken

Interlaken is a small town in southern Switzerland situated in a valley surrounded by the Swiss Alps. The scenery is beautiful and it’s also known as the adventure sports capital of Europe, making it a very popular spot for backpackers.

The first day, with my friends Karen and Lindsey, we hiked about 2/3 of the way up what we were told was one of the easiest mountain trails in the area. I didn’t think it was so easy. It was a super hot day as well, so I  guess that made it a bit tougher.

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Later that night, we decided to go up a smaller mountain and get some night shots of the city.

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The next day, we decided to rent scooters and ride up the road to Grindewald, which was about 25km or so away from Interlaken. On our way up, we stopped by these caverns that have waterfalls inside. I think there were about 9 or 10 waterfalls inside.

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After we finished exploring these caves, we made our way up to Grindewald, which had an amazing view at the base of some of the largest mountains in the area.

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The next day I went and took some pictures around Interlaken before I had to catch my train.

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Next up: Hang Gliding and Canyoning!