JUMPING IN THE DEEP or YES, WE CANYON! - IN ENGLISH
August 26, 2016
WHAT BETTER MOTIVATION when swotting for exams than proving to yourself that IT'S ALL WORTHWHILE, whatever the outcome? That you can overcome any obstacles and lose your fear of dizzy heights and unknown depth by the mere trust in yourself?
WHAT BETTER WAYthan to spend a few adventurous, exciting and fulfilling hours in nature's cathedral gorges?
AND WHAT'S MORE RELAXING than drifting along meandering pools carved into the bedrock stone over millions of years by the sheer driving force of water?
WHAT BETTER FEELING than to be assured that no-one expects more of you than you are able or willing to give?
WHAT STRONGER REASSURANCEthat you have the encouragement , the support, and helping hands of your team and your friends?
WHAT GREATER RELIANCEthan an experienced guide in whom you can place full trust because he has taken every step of the way before you did?
CANYONING IN ENGLISHis the name of the game, a first-timer for all of us and an experience not to be missed!
INTENSIVE ENGLISH EXAM PREPARATION had our heads running hot and it was high time to let off steam. We were all in for a physical challenge after all the brainwork. Off we went to Ebenau to Max Obermayr who prepared lunch for us and whilst we enjoyed a great home-made burger and a light-hearted chat (in English), Max joined us and gave us some general information a vital safety briefing (again in English) for our adventure trip to and through the local canyon.
HAVING SQUEEZED OURSELVES INTO WETSUITS,neoprene socks, strapped on the abseiling gear and our helmets, a short shuttle drive took us to our starting point in Wiestal. Happy and and full of anticipation, we clambered down to the Almbach canyon and were instantly deported to a magical, prehistoric landscape carved into the rocks by the forces of nature.
EXCITED,but nonetheless a little apprehensive - as all of us admitted to a little bout of vertigo.
MAX, our intrepid and informative guide, gave us some more on-site instructions about how to jump and assured us we didn't have to if we didn't want to... (the highest jump being 8 meters!) Richard, our two meter sports giant was always the first to jump.
VERY REFRESHINGon a scorchingly hot day! We followed suit into green icy deep!
SWIMMING like bloated seals in the deep pools of glass green...
WADING in awe through nature's vaulted catacombs, we felt small, vulnerable and at the same time fascinated by this exhilarating experience.
CANYONING,also known as canyoneering is not just about jumping and sliding, but involved, edging along narrow craggy paths with sheer drops. This is where our abseiling gear came in handy as we secured ourselves to the provided safety ropes with carabiners.
STANDING ON THE EDGEof narrow ledges of the deepest gorges we all thought...
OMG! Is this the only way down?
OVERCOMING DIZZY HEIGHTSthe brave-hearted and daringplunged 8 meters down into the unknown depth (albeit after due consideration).
ABSEILING was the alternative for me and my vertigo, a no less adventurous experience. Max reassured me and very professionally lowered me me down at my own pace. Another new experience for me - nevertheless I almost wished I had taken the leap instead!
AN IMPRESSIVE AND EXITING EXPERIENCEfor all of us - no matter which way we chose to go down.
OUR TRIP involved squeezing ourselves between the ancient boulders, clambering over rocks and...
SLIDING DOWNthe smooth natural slides.
WONDERING IF I EVER TOOK THE JUMP?- CERTAINLY!Several times...
A REWARDING EXPERIENCE! Exhausting too! I was happy to be back on dry land...but I shall definitely DO IT AGAIN!
AND YES, YOU CAN join us CANYONING IN ENGLISHat lbd-learningbydoing. You'll love it!
overcome any obstacles = jegliche Schwierigkeiten überwinden
dizzy heights = schwindelerregende Höhen
mere trust = alleiniges Selbstvertrauen
gorges = Schlucht
bedrock = Felssohle
driving force = treibende Kraft
to be assured = versichert sein
REASSURANCE = Beruhigung
encouragement = Ermutigung
RELIANCE = Vertrauen
let off steam = Dampf ablassen
apprehensive = besorgt, ängstlich
full of anticipation = in hoher Erwartung
clambered = kletterten
carved = heraus gemeiselt
bout of vertigo = Anfall von Höhenangst
intrepid = unerschrocken
scorchingly = sengend
bloated seals = aufgedunsene Seelöwen
WADING in awe = ehrfürchtig watend
vaulted = gewölbt
vulnerable = schwach und angreifbar
exhilarating = erhebend, belebend
edging along = sich an etwas entlang schieben
narrow craggy paths = enge schroffe, felsige Wege
sheer drops = steil abfallender Felsen
ledges = schmaler Felsvorsprung
daring = mutig
plunge = in etwas tauchen/stürzen
albeit after due consideration = obgleich auch nach genauer Überlegung