I just got back from the Abseiling & Empress Falls tour guided by "John". I did it with two other relatives who were also newbies.
Overall, it was a fantastic experience for someone who knows nothing about abseiling/canyoning. I was mostly concerned about safety so I was glad that John explained every detail yet still have a sense of humour.
The tour was well planned out starting with practice abseiling at cliffs ranging from 3m to 25m. I was very nervous at first but the confidence started to build.
The canyon was amazingly beautiful. John was obviously very experienced as he was able to identify many potential hazards and the safest methods to handle such obstacles.
I am also very pleased that John was happy to take photos for our group throughout the day.
I found the most difficult activity to be the abseiling of the waterfall because of having to wear glasses. I was concerned about my glasses being knocked off by the water. I wasn't able to see very much. If I did it again, I would have eyeglass croakies / holders to prevent my glasses from dropping. Maybe the tour should consider supplying these in the future.
In conclusion, it was definitely an experience to remember and many thanks to John who took great care of us.
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