Happy Barberine : From age 10
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496 Chemin rural de la Barberie, Vallorcine.
From Chamonix, follow Argentiere / Martigny (Switzerland). Drive through Argentiere then Vallorcine villages. 1 mile after the end of Vallorcine turn left to the « Barberine / Musee de Barberine » wood sign. Park right after. There you are !
Don't forget :
- Swimming costume
- A towel
- Shoes which will be wet (or rent our shoes. Please book ahead)
- If need : attach string for prescription glasses
A track bypasses EACH obstacle of Barberine canyon.
Barberine canyon offers challenges of all sizes (75 ft high abseil, jumps up to 20 ft, ziplining, slides…), but each participant has a choice to go for it or not.
Ideal for a group with very varied fitness levels ! The sportiest will have a blast and the careful will enjoy challenges within theire reach.
It is necessary to be comfortable with the water and with having one’s head underwater for a few seconds.
We leave for 2 hours of activity, approximately. Add a bit of time for equipment and a small approach walk… a good half-day.
Two time slots: 9:30 a.m. / 12:00 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. / 4:00 p.m.
The schedule depends on many parameters, number of participants and physical condition of the less athletic, crowds in the river, water conditions…
The duration of the outing is given as an indication. We advise you to keep an hour of margin for the rest of your program.
No jumping, sliding or abseiling is mandatory in Barberine canyon, thanks to the path that runs along the river.
Jumps from 2 to 7m, everyone decides whether (or not) to jump and how high. No pressure.
- bathing suit (shorts ok)
- Towel, for drying and undressing.
- Sport shoes* and spare dry ones.
Ideal : lace shoes with a lug sole.
OK : worn out shoes, big hiking shoes, velcro sandals with a solid sole.
Not possible : soft neoprene soled water shoes, sandals and flipflops with toe separation.
* You can rent shoes from OXO : 5€/p. Book them the day before at the latest !
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.
- 5mm hooded neoprene wetsuits.
- 3mm neoprene socks.
- 3 mm neoprene gloves.
- Canyoning harnesses with security lanyards & abseiling device.
- Optional : Rented shoes at your size : 5€/p. (book the day before at the latest)
Right here ! Just outside Vallorcine, you are meeting your guide and the OXO van on Barberine canyon’s cark park.
You need to drive to this place.
This meeting place will be reminded to you in details by email.
From Chamonix or Argentière, no worries.
Let us know and we’ll explain you how to proceed : one way on OXO minibus / one way on free Mont Blanc Express train. It’s easy and it’s free !
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 !)
We leave them in the cars… or best at your accommodation.
Wearing prescription glasses when canyoning is possible. A well adjusted leash 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.
Barberine canyon is located right below the Emosson dam which strongly reduces the effect of rain on the riverflow. Observing the usual security principles, one can go canyoning in Barberine even if it’s rainging !
Yes ! For those who want to follow the group without taking part to the activity, a track allows them to walk along the river. The OXO guide will explain them where to go.
The walk is not too exhausting, but the path can be steep and precipitous. Good shoes compulsory.
OXO is not responsible for people following the group on the path.
At the time of your reservation, reserve a waterproof GoPro camera and immortalize the exploits of your team!!
You leave with the SD card.
Rental + SD card = 20 €
You can take your own camera / waterproof camera on the water.
Non-waterproof devices prohibited!
Poles can be dangerous and are prohibited.
Provide straps, and fixings. Check the waterproofness of your device!