My boyfriend took me on a surprise road trip to Utah for my 23rd birthday. He booked online through Zion Adventure Company's website, which was very convenient. Although we had no canyoneering experience, he signed us up for the High Adventure Day.
The night before we were set to go canyoneering, I came down with food poisoning from the nicest restaurant in town. (Stick to the local casual grub and keep away from Parallel 88!!) I was up all night sick as a dog and knew I wasn't going to be well enough for our trip. Although we cancelled the morning of, they were extremely kind and understanding. They had already been there for an hour setting up equipment for us and said it was no problem. We rescheduled for the next day and if I still wasn't feeling well they would give us a gift certificate for the FULL AMOUNT. Very generous.
We had two guides (Bill W. and Calvin L.) and five people total in our group the next day. I enjoyed having this size group -- conversation was flowing and we were all sharing this experience together. The guides were AWESOME!! They were extremely interesting and interested in you - your life, your philosophy, and above all your adventure that day. (They took pictures of the entire day and burned a CD for us when we returned to the lodge!) They were great teachers. They left the day a mystery allowing us to problem solve and discover the terrain on the spot. I hated this at first, but I realized it was to avoid paralyzing apprehension and psyching ourselves out. These guides instilled confidence and excitement in us. Truly wonderful people.
They provide everything including extra layers incase your wardrobe is lacking. The shoes you wear come with socks made out of wet suit material. Despite the smelly ride back, the footwear was surprisingly comfortable. I usually wear arch support inserts in my shoes, but my feet felt great through the whole day. Do bring sunscreen and convenient trail food like protein bars, beef jerky, and bagel sandwiches for lunch. You never get a chance to break for lunch so having something you can whip out of your pack for a quick bite is key.
It wasn't all peachy keen - the high adventure day expands your limits and if you are not utterly exhausted by nightfall then you should go back for the expert course. I can't wait to return and take the courses they offer on how to set up repels yourself!
Definitely a breathtaking experience that my boyfriend and I will never forget.