Southeastern Canyoneering

The RAT team was invited back to North Carolina this past weekend to run a hidden gem of a canyon - not only for the fun but for the training value for the eventual rescue(s) that will happen due to the increase of visitors to the area. The canyon is in a fairly remote area with no real trails leading to it. Once in the watercourse, it drops pretty quickly and can be done with 5 rappels (longest being about 100’), a little bit of “rhodo-neering” and a lot of rock-hopping over slippery Gneiss boulders. A beautiful and pristine area with no artificial anchors in place. We had a fairly large group of SAR folks run it, taking us about 6 hours start to finish.