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I had never thought it could actually exist until I headed to Brandywine falls (Sea to Sky, BC, Canada) by night. The goal was to take a photo of a dude rappelling down the fall but that didn’t go very well. The flashes wouldn’t fire, the ropes were too short and the guy froze his ass off in 10 minutes… BUT, I got plenty of time down there for some night shots of the falls. And, nice surprise, I got a moon rainbow! The kinda thing that you actually discover back home when you edit your images.

Canyoneering Cypress Creek, North Vancouver, BC, Canada

There is a huge potential for canyoneering around Vancouver BC, on Vancouver Island and in North Washington state. Yet, very few people know about it and most canyons haven’t been explored yet. Me and a few teammates are going to spend this summer exploring as many known and unknown canyons in the region as possible. The explorations will be documented with photography, film and field notes. The purpose is to bring this sport to daylight by publishing beta and routes information (hopefully by the publication of a guide book), making a movie (the goal being, amongst others, to show it at the next Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, February 2013 ) and publishing photos in the media.

The project recently turned out to have a community-building aspect to it. While doing my research over the last few months, I met numerous people passionate about canyoneering in the region, but who were unable to practice the sport. They said the lack of partners, beta and coordination were the obstacles. In recognition of the potential in all these areas, we are informally organizing ourselves as a group. The aim of this growing group becomes to not only descend both explored and unexplored canyons, but also to share the beta, conditions, trip reports and general info about those canyons among ourselves and with others. A website and forum were launched a few months ago. In the end, this may well end up to be the emergence of a new community centered around a “new” (or rediscovered) sport.

A huge thanks to Petzl, Teva for their help!

A few more images to get you stoked:

– First you need a nutcase. I found mine on craigslist. Young, stoked for pretty much anything, good rope work knowledge. By the way, his name is Colin Pither, he is “fucking awesome!” and he doesn’t ask for money

– Then you need a waterfall. Not too powerful because if the guy gets pounded, there is a good chance he is not going to stay in this position for ever while you are figuring you aperture.

– If your waterfall is in a Park like ours, act at dusk. You don’t want to have tourists in your back checking every photo you take and asking why you’re not using the brand new Nikon D4. “MONEY! Now get away!”

– Be fit! After 3 hours of running from one side of the canyon to the other we were both pretty exhausted.

Check the result at http://www.deruydtsphotography.com/portfolio_latest_work/canyoneering_lynn_canyon/canyoneering_lynn_canyon.html