Canyoneering Gear

Canyoneering Gear

While preparing for our next canyoneering trip, we put together a list of our main gear. It’s a lot of stuff once you see it spread out on the floor. You might not think it, but we fit everything we need in our 2 backpacks. Canyoneering Gear List Black Diamond: Carabiners Figure 8 Harness Headlamp Sling Canyon Fire: 200 Meeter Ropes Canyon Works: Critr 2 DexShell: Socks Five Ten: Approach Shoes Fox40: Whistle Gregory: Water Bladders Hyperflex: Neoprene Gloves 5/4…

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Canyoneering the Seven Teacups/Kern River

Canyoneering the Seven Teacups/Kern River

Mr. Fools Meets Seven Teacups, His First Swift Water Canyon!** I, Mr. Fool, have been training hard to run swift water canyons. It’s taken a lot of work to get to this point. I’m relatively new to canyoneering. My more experienced counterpart, Ms. Fool, introduced me to the sport last year, and she has been teaching me increasingly difficult technical know-how. Ms. Fool and I share the goal of tackling plenty of swift water canyons. These are some of the…

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The Fools’ Guide to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

The Fools’ Guide to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Jetting Down To Puerto Vallarta, Mexico After spotting a too-cheap-to-pass-up hotel-and-flight deal, we booked a 5-night trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Many water sports enthusiasts head to Puerto Vallarta for kitesurfing or scuba diving. We, however, had no particular goals or plans – a rarity for the couple who usually has at minimum a list of sights and an eatery or two to visit. (Heck, we even managed to turn a 12-hour layover in Switzerland into a whirlwind day trip.) But…

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North Carolina Beach Vacation & Eclipse

North Carolina Beach Vacation & Eclipse

Enjoying The #BeachLife On North Carolina’s Topsail Island There’s an island off the coast of North Carolina called Topsail Island. Since I was a kid, my (Mr. Fool’s) family has loved to visit. It’s a small town with a leisurely vibe and clean beaches that are scattered with seashells and sharks’ teeth. Perfect for a family vacation. We rented a beach house that was practically right on the water: walk down the steps off the back porch, and your toes…

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Bonita Falls/Lytle Creek Canyoneering

Bonita Falls/Lytle Creek Canyoneering

Oh, Canyoneering, How We Love Thee** When we’re not paragliding or rock climbing, you can find us canyoneering. Broadly speaking, canyoneering combines hiking with swimming, high jumps, scrambling, stemming, and technical rope skills such as rappelling (abseiling). Of course, it is possible to descend certain walkable canyons without doing any of these. But those are not the sort of canyons we Fools prefer. Stumbling To The Start The weather was a brutal 100 degrees.  Really, we should not have attempted…

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12 Hours in Zürich, Switzerland

12 Hours in Zürich, Switzerland

Deciding To Pause In Zürich While arranging our return flights from Morocco, we noticed we could squeeze in a 12-hour layover in Zürich, Switzerland. It was an attractive opportunity. Not only would we spend time in a beautiful city, but we could avoid having to either race through the airport for a connecting flight (stressful) or sit around for several hours waiting to fly out (boring). 12 hours wasn’t a lot of time. But it was long enough that we…

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Paragliding: Discovering Flight

Paragliding: Discovering Flight

This story brought to you by Mr. Fool A Chance Encounter It all started one summer day in Malibu, CA, circa 2009. While rock climbing with friends, I met a solo climber, Steve, who ended up joining our group for the day. That evening, before we parted ways, our new friend put forth an offer: free tandem paragliding flights as a thank-you for our kindness. At the time, I had zero knowledge of the sport. I didn’t even know what…

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19 Days in Morocco

19 Days in Morocco

19 Days in Morocco: We packed light for our visit to Morocco: each of us had one daypack and one checked backpack. Our trip was to last 19 days total, 15 of which would be spent on a G Adventures tour. The other 4 days, we hoped to explore on our own. Our plan was to arrive in Casablanca in the early morning and spend a day independently exploring before meeting our tour group for a trip that would cover…

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