During my trip to Austria, I had to choose from various outdoor activities. You would be surprised, what all you can do there. Apart from classical and obvious hiking, one can tour around on e-bikes, visit husky ranch or take walk with amazingly cute lamas (who would expect that one, huh?). I decided for a bit more adventure option…
…and this is how I appeared in the canyon called Devil’s Gorge, also known as Teufelsklamm.
I thought it would be piece of cake. I have already done something similar in Taiwan, where it’s called river tracing. We would follow t rather peaceful he stream of the river in group, including one non-swimmer: when others had to swim, she floated using life jacket. And it was still OK:0 But Austrian Devil’s George, this was something very different!
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We kicked off the trip in the office of Fun connection, where each member of the group got special shoes, wetsuit and helmet. Dressed like penguins we started to walk uphill.
“We will start out crayoning here,” said the guide after half an hour. I was confused: why is he stopping here in the middle of the bridge connecting two sides of the rugged river stream? Soon, as I saw him unpacking the collection of ropes, I understand. Our first task was to get down. This was the moment I understand that Austrian version of canyoning is different from the Taiwanese one. At it starts with 8 meters abseil into the canyon!
The Devil’s gorge was formed as the meltwater was running down the mountain. The spectacular landpery stones. As the route continued, the terrain was gradually more difficult and one had to immerse oneself into freezing water (just imagine: 8°C!!!). Even though I had watersuit, it still felt cooling. I always tried to find sunny spots during the tour. I enjoyed few moments of the warm sun rays every time when there was little waiting time before other participants master the obstacles.
The coldest I always felt when there was little waterfall needed to be climbed. Sometimes there were ropes, and sometimes we just slided down. The rushing water was just everywhere, even behind my neckJ
There was also one zipline on the way. Really cool adrenaline rush, I can tell. I already tried zipline before, but never in the canyon. This was really spectacular setting!
The final challenge of the one and half hour tour was 12 meters waterfall. I knew the jumping down is on the edge of what I am able to do. I know how to swim, but I just fell so uncomfortable jumping. During holidays in Croatia I jumped into the sea, and I still have big scar on my leg until the present day. Lesson learned two things:
#1.you never know what is down there under water
#2.the fact that others jumping doesn’t mean anything (more were jumping in Croatia, but I was the only one returning with scar).
Well, I really hesitated up there in the canyon. I watched closely how the other do the jump and how the guide is securing them. The mechanism seemed to be safe (and I also didn’t want to be sucked thereJ ), so I jumped. This was the real adrenaline boost!
Actually, apart from making the few steps into the air is the hardest part, then it all goes quick and smooth. Once down, you feel kind of proud. And you want to jump again, hahaJ Maybe next time!
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