Hibiki’s Internship Blog – Day 17

Canyoning Training Day Three

Hi, my name is Hibiki and I’m doing an internship at Evergreen Outdoor Center in Hakuba. On June 28th, it was the third day of the canyoning training, and we went to the climbing wall to practice rappelling, lowering other people, and using a “shunt” (rope ascender).

On a canyoning tour, when guests cannot slide down the 8m waterfall, the guides set up a rope system, and then the guests can rappel down the waterfall.

When guests rappel, one of the guides does a “fireman’s belay” on the bottom of the waterfall so that guests can rappel safely down the waterfall. If a guest loses their balance and puts one of their hands on the waterfall while rappelling, the guest could fall down the waterfall really quickly. Therefore, fireman’s belayer at the bottom can be a backup and can stop guests by holding the rope tightly.











We also used a device called a “shunt” (mechanical rope ascender) to climb up the rope and practiced it over and over to get the hang of it.











Canyoning is an outdoor activity that contains elements of water activities like swimming and cliff jumping and rock climbing,  you’ll see the beautiful canyon and clear water while canyoning in Hakuba!


Evergreen offers Half-Day Canyoning Tours and Full Day Canyoning Tours, so if you are interested in canyoning, please check the link below!