Mont Blanc / Chamonix

Megeve canyon FAQ

Fitness level ?

Megeve canyon is for participants with a good level of fitness from age 14. No need of experience, but you musn't be too scared of heights.

The river has a consistant waterflow. You must be comfortable in the water.

I'm scared, are there jumps or mandatory passages ?

No jump is mandatory in Megeve canyon.

But rope descents are mandatory. You can ask to be lowered by the guide but need to descend 45ft high waterfalls.

What stuff should I bring  ?

Ideal : lace shoes with spikes.

OK : worn out shoes, big hiking shoes, velcro sandals with a solid sole.

Not possible : soft neoprene soled water shoes, sandals and flip-flops with toe separation.

* You can rent shoes from OXO : 5€/p. Book them the day before at the latest !

What gear is OXO canyoning providing ?

Neoprene wetsuits and socks are looked after and continuously renewed so they don't have holes. They are washed with a bactericide and fungicide treatment after each use.

Meeting place ?

Right here ! Just over Megeve, you are meeting your guide and the OXO van. The car park is easy to find in Mont d'Arbois. You will then drive 2 more km to the canyon.

You need to be driving to the meeting place.

This meeting place will be reminded to you in details by email.

I'm not driving a car. Can I go canyoning ?

Public transports don't allow an easy access to Megeve's canyon.

But Barberine canyon (see website) is easy to reach using the free Mont Blanc Express train. Let us know you are not driving and we'll explain you how to proceed to come canyoning with us.

Where do we change clothes ?

There is no OXO base on the side of the river and we need to change on the canyon's car park. It is a quite place, but we change outside or in the cars !

Make sure you wear your bathingsuit under your clothes

Make sure you go to the toilets before leaving, there are none on the spot (and peeing in the wetsuit is not right at all !)

What do we do with our valuables ?

We leave them in the cars... or best at your accommodation.

Glasses and contacts. Possible ?

Wearing prescription glasses when canyoning is possible. A well adjusted attach cord normally allows to not lose them. Otherwise, fitting them in the jacket against your chest for jumps is the safest solution.

No problem either for contact lenses as long as you close your eyes underwater.

What if it is raining ?

We are continuously observing the past and forecasted rainfalls, considering that too much rain can lead the Megeve river to an excessive waterflow.

Why not go to Barberine canyon in this case ? It is located right below a dam letting the waterflow nearly unchanged in case of rain.

Can one follow the group walking ?

It is a very steep-sided canyon and it is not possible to follow the group walking. Still, the famous last 2 waterfalls we end up abseiling are easily reachable by a track. Your guide will explain you how to find the place.

Photo ! Photo !

You can take a waterproof camera, a waterproof smartphone or any GOPRO like type of waterproof video camera. Several helmets of ours are epuipped with a GOPRO mount (female rail)

Non waterproof devices are prohibited.

Camera polls can be harmful and are prohibited.

Take slings or straps and check your device's waterproofness !


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