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Canyoneering in Oman

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by townsend, Jan 15, 2020.

  1. townsend

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    An episode on exploring a canyon in Oman just aired on PBS. I hope that others can access it at this link: https://www.pbs.org/video/oman-desert-canyon-y54m8d/

    The photography is spectacular, and the canyon is immense and challenging. Because of the desert heat, dehydration is a constant risk. I think the biggest abseil they encounter is the first one -- slightly less than 400 meters. One of the rope experts says that no equipment exists to handle such an abseil.

    Maybe this is part of the theater of the event for public broadcast, but I was thinking that everybody should be using the time-honored rack. The camera doesn't really focus on descenders used, but I didn't see a steel or aluminum rack with multiple bars, etc. And supposedly, one of the party is a rope expert.

    Were some of them using a Petzl Stop or equivalent by other manufacturer?
    https://www.petzl.com/US/en/Sport/Belay-devices-and-descenders/STOP

    It ain't my expedition, but I would bring Kuenn along, or at least consult with him on equipment for such a formidable drop.

    But this is just a quibble, and we should discuss the equipment we would use, but the canyon is just spectacular.

    Toward the end, they discovery two saw-scaled vipers. Having an interest in herpetology, I have read about saw-scaled vipers. There are a number of species and a fairly wide geographical distribution, it has been reported that saw-scaled vipers are responsible for more human deaths than all over snake species combined (according to Encyclopedia Brittanica: https://www.britannica.com/list/9-of-the-worlds-deadliest-snakes).

    For the wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echis
  2. Brian in SLC

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    Not a big fan of poisonous snakes...

    Oman looks pretty cool. A few folks amongst the canyoneering crew have been there.
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