Close to Abella de la conca are the really nice canyons of Boixols, Barranc de Gavarra (Boixols), Barranc del Gurp (Talarn), Barranc del Infern and Sant Pere (Collegats). They all offer a great day of canyoning among some spectacular scenery. A little further a field but still reachable from the Eco-Refugi as a day trip you will find another 30+ canyons including the more famous Viu de Llevata.
If you need to rent equipment or use a guide you can get in touch with Barrankisme based in Rialp (50min drive from Abella). Topos are available to borrow in the Eco Refugi. We can arrange pick up and drop off for up to 8 people to the start and end of each of the above mentioned canyons. Prices are from 30euro for the closer canyons like Boixols and Gurp, 60 euro for Pere, Gavarra and Infern and 80 euro for Llevata.
Canyons are fragile natural environments which can be easily disturbed. Disposal of human waste is a particular issue due to the proximity of water. Please consider the following guidelines from the Centre for Outdoor Ethics:
Urine: If the water is deep and fast flowing and you cannot easily reach dry land pee directly into the water – dilution is the aim. If water is shallow or still do not pee in or near the water as it can cause severe contamination. Pee in a bottle, seal it and empty it in a suitable place at least 60m away from any water source.
Poo: ALWAYS pack out your poo when in a canyon environment. The proximity to water means burying it is not a suitable option. Water contaminated with human and animal waste can cause severe disease risk. For more information on how to safely dispose of human waste visit Trail Space .