Team Bad Idea Opens Canyoning In Climbing Paradise

As the saying goes, Yosemite is the Cochamo of North America. Cochamo is unequivocally the most spectacular place for pure rock climbing that I have come across. Big walls, trad gear, and balls of steel. During my six week stint, I hauled my ass up many classic routes, met the most colourful characters, chilled plenty,…

Team Bad Idea Visits the Land Before Time

The Land is Torotoro National park in Bolivia – an incredible place well worth a visit that is somehow still off the gringo-trail. There is lots of excellent sightseeing and hiking, all complete with dinosaur footprints, strange rock formations, waterfalls, caves, and vast semi-arid landscapes. There is the massive cave system of Umajalanta of which…

Team Bad Idea Taste South American Canyoning

… And it is bittersweet. As per the general case in South America, I’d spent many hours trying to research these canyons, but the only information is on the tour agencies’ webpages. Now I don’t blame them – they are looking to excitingly attract customers and it is not in their interest to provide all…

Team Bad Idea Gong-shows a Canyon

Written by Katie Cullen, also appears on the Varsity Outdoor Club page   For the second year running, Artem Bylinskii brought a group of us out in the fall for an introduction to canyoning. We left Vancouver on Saturday at around 6:30 am, and arrived at Chehalis Lake Campground mid-morning. Once camp was set up…

Team Bad Idea Attempts a Canyon First Descent

Written by Kevin Swanson, also seen on BC Canyoneers Jeff Waschman and I had been looking for possible canyons to descend in the Southwest BC area for a while.  One watercourse, Gonzales Creek, had caught his eye as potentially containing a combination of steep descents with an entrenched creek – equaling possible rappels, and if…