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Inherent Risks of Hiking and Backpacking
Most Canyon Tough itineraries involve travel through rugged terrain in which there are real dangers. As a program, Canyon Tough takes the management of our activities with respect to these dangers very seriously. Good physical conditioning and a positive mental attitude are essential. Each client plays an important role in the enjoyment of a Canyon Tough adventure.

With few notable exceptions, all overnight backpacking trips in the backcountry require that you carry your own gear, sleep outdoors, prepare your own meals, and care for yourself in weather conditions that can be extreme. Wilderness activity involves hazards to even the most experienced hiker/backpacker--rockfall, flash floods, lightning strikes (to name a few) can happen with little or no warning. Activities ranging from simple day hikes to multi-day backpacking can, due to error in judgment or the unpredictable forces of nature, become dangerous and potentially life threatening.

Our trips are often conducted in remote areas in which travel can create complex emergency situations that have no simple solutions. Many medical incidents may be treated in the field (sprains, blisters, diarrhea, etc.). A more serious incident, such as a fracture, will require evacuation of the patient to a medical facility at their own expense.

Most Canyon Tough backcountry trips are equipped with electronic communication devices for life threatening emergencies, but this does not guarantee reliable communication from the field. Radios and portable phones can be unreliable depending on terrain, atmospheric conditions, and other variables. 

It is important you understand that there are risks. Some adventure programs say that they can guarantee your safety. Canyon Tough does not. The risk of injury, even serious injury or death, is unavoidable in the outdoor environment in which we explore. We strive to teach you how to identify hazards and adapt behavior during each trip, as well as for a lifetime of enjoying the outdoors.

Before you arrive, thoroughly read all materials we send you, and do not hesitate to call us if you have questions.

We look forward to sharing the canyon with you.
Every person sees them self in the canyon.
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