This week's adventure continues the Hobbit-inspired theme of Spectacular New Zealand. Last time, I shared pics from kayaking on Milford Sound on the South Island; this time, I'll jump to the North Island, and share pics from a canyoneering trip my husband and I did in Sleeping God Canyon.
|Sleeping God Canyon, from the bottom.
|Suiting up at the start of the trip. We wore full-body wetsuits, harnesses, and helmets while descending the canyon. The water is pretty freaking cold!
|Setting up for the rappel of the first waterfall. The views out over the valley are spectacular.
|Woo hoo! Nothing like rappelling next to (or sometimes IN) pounding water.
|You have to step carefully, because the rock is insanely slick
|The rock has all these interesting "stair-step" features
|Rappelling down the second fall
|Fraenzi demonstrates the faster way to get down. (She's doing a flip. Don't worry, she didn't land on her head.)
|Rainbows abound in the canyon
|So many beautiful waterfalls!
|It's important to practice setting "guided rappels" when descending large waterfalls - you don't want to land directly in the water beneath the fall, as you can easily get sucked under and drown.
|I had to do this rappel with my eyes closed, lest my contacts get washed straight out of my eyes. Made for a bit of an extra challenge.
|Zipline descents are fun, too.
|Our little gang at the end of the trip: Chris, Neil the Guide (would you trust your life to this man?), Andre, Fraenzi, me, and Robert.