A few years ago I ripped my Achilles tendon on a freak fall in a creek after a hard but fun canyoneering day. I walked out 2 miles not knowing what I did to myself. After the first surgery in my life, I knew it would take time to get into canyons again. Hands down my best friend is my brother. We just click and love anything outdoors and together. I missed those amazing canyons and could not wait to get my Achilles back into shape. It takes a long time! Well I just got back from Utah and Colorado with my brother and we had a blast! No problems with my tendon. I guess I tested it out rather vigorously! I took it easy at first and the harder and longer canyons were saved for the last to evaluate if I could do it or not. No problems! If you have your safety and family in mind, canyoneering is relatively safe. The more you practice, the safer it becomes. I did not rip my tendon while roping. Just a strange slip in a slippery creek. My brother is teaching me the safe tricks of canyoneering and I trust him. He has his family in mind all the time and wants to make it back to them safe and unharmed. When canyoneering you climb up a mountain and drop in at the top of a canyon. You repel down each drop until you shoot out the bottom and you walk back to the car. You rig the rope to be able to pull it down after each repel. You carry a backup rope in case something happens to the first one: a bad cut in the rope or you get it wedged and can’t pull it. But we have yet to lose a rope. If you are careful, your rope lasts a long time. You check the weather forecast and do not go into these canyons if it may rain. Truly the most dangerous thing we do is drive to the canyon location. Driving is way more dangerous than repelling on ropes! Thanks Scott for being such a cool brother and friend!