Canyoning in the Gorges

Gorge-Hiking for the Brave: A Leap into Cold Water

Experience the elemental power of water up close on a canyoning tour in the Salzburger Saalachtal. Those who dare to take a courageous leap into the raging waters of the gorge and master abseiling with the help of a guide will be rewarded with an adrenaline charged experience. 


Finally in the water

Now I am infinitely thankful for the neoprene suit as I stand up to the knees in ice-cold water. The powerful pull of the stream rushing towards the valley tugs on my legs and I carefully place one foot in front of the other so as not to be washed away. The smooth rock faces tower above us and right at the top I can see the blue summer sky. I relax and enjoy walking through the gorge. When the water becomes deeper we swim. This is great fun and glancing at my husband and son, I see that they are both in their element. We slide along natural channels in the slippery rocks, swim and walk until it suddenly becomes very loud. A waterfall plunges into the depths in front of us. “We are going to abseil down again here and then when we come to the next small waterfall we will jump!” announces our guide. 


I look down and can only see wild, splashing water. My son goes first and abseils down through the waterfall easily. My husband reassures me and so I attach myself to the rope. When the guide gives the sign I push off. “Keep your mouth closed!“ I think to myself as the spray of the waterfall surrounds me completely. The thundering is deafeningly loud and the water crashing down tears at me. “So this is what it feels like to be a part of this wild element,” I think and a smile spreads across my face. Soon I plunge into the mass of water in the rock pool and my son helpfully reaches out to me to pull me into a calmer cove. Do I see a proud sparkle in his eyes? “Ha! He really thought that his Mum wouldn’t dare to do something like this,” I laugh to myself and soon all four of us are together again. 


The giant leap

By now I have begun to really enjoy the tour and we swim further through the gorge together. Our guide helps us out of the water at one point and explains that we have finally reached the highlight of the canyoning tour, the 8 metre leap. My calmness disappears instantly and the hairs on my neck are visibly standing on end. My husband presses my hand encouragingly and says, “You can do it!”. My son nods as well and follows the guide with a powerful jump down. My husband doesn’t hesitate for long and with a shout of joy he leaps away. I remain up here alone and stand on the edge of the precipice. So we are back to the beginning of this story again – I dared to do it! The amazing feeling of overcoming my fears makes my skin tingle all over.


Mum, you’re the best

As I resurface after my leap into the turquoise rock pool my husband and son swim over to me and hug me. “Mum, you’re the best!” says my son and my husband looks at me proudly. “We never thought you would have so much fun on this canyoning tour but we wanted to grant your wish and show you what it feels like to experience white water up close and personal.” We cover the last part of the course together, peel off the neoprene suits and hop into a hot shower. “So it’s time for a delicious meal now because white water isn’t just cold, powerful and thrilling – it makes you unbelievably hungry!“ announces my husband and proud as punch we march back to the village.  

Looking for the real thrill? Then head to the gorges for canyoning with our outdoor experts, according to their motto „Abseil, jump, swim!“  Either abseil or jump directly from the rock face into the cold water of the Seisenbergklamm in the Salzburger Saalachtal. The equipment is supplied by the outdoor providers. Good swimming ability and health, no physical or mental limitations, as well as average fitness are requirements for canyoning in the Salzburger Saalachtal. Our outdoor providers, Motion Center and Base Camp, are happy to advise you and carry out the planning and guiding of the tour. Together we will find the perfect canyoning tour for everyone – beginners, families, intermediates and professionals.


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