About Us - Canyoning Colorado, Ouray

About Us

Canyoning Colorado

Canyoning Colorado LLC launched in March 2016; we are an outdoor activity operator that solely focuses on canyoning / canyoneering in Ouray, Colorado. The team are passionate about sharing canyoning and wish to influence others to spend time outdoors encouraging safe exploration in a natural environment. Canyoning Colorado will educate its customers to international standards while delivering a fun, exhilarating experience for all.

Canyoning is the most current outdoor activity that requires you to immerse yourself in a natural environment, and most importantly the present moment. Every challenge has the ability to arise in the canyon; from physical to mental – we will work with you through your fears and excitement as you push your limits. The activity requires no previous experience; our tours are suitable for families, friends, couples, children and groups. Canyoning Colorado will offer something for everyone; we are industry professionals.

Ouray was blessed with canyons for all to enjoy, and Canyoning Colorado invite you to encounter a descent.

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Meet the Team

Andrew

Andrew Humphreys

Andrew Humphreys

From Shawnee Oklahoma; graduate of the University of Arkansas. Andrew grew up spending time in nature with his family, from canoe trips to wilderness adventures with the scouts. Andrew became familiar with white water, ropes and knots at a young age, when he discovered canyoning there was no looking back.

Andrew’s canyoning career began in 2009, and he has grown to become a respected and professional canyoner within the industry. Year round dedication, travelling between hemispheres working for commercial canyoning companies, enabled Andrew to develop desirable skills as a guide.

When joining Andrew in the canyon, you will find he is patient, knowledgeable, professional and good fun! Andrew’s skills go beyond the canyon walls as he progressed to Operations Manager for the biggest canyoning operation in New Zealand, and the Southern Hemisphere at the time. In 2013, Andrew joined the International Canyoning Organization of Professionals, reviewing ICOpro training manuals before publication. He has now progressed within the organization to Head Training Master, where he is in charge of techniques and physics. Over the years Andrew has developed experience in commercial, expedition and recreational canyoning, teaming up with canyoners from all over the world.

While Andrew’s passion for canyoning was developed in New Zealand, his favorite place to go canyoning is Ticino, Switzerland and his most challenging descent was an 8 day canyon in Taiwan. He is excited to get involved at the annual Ouray Canyon Festival (August 10-14, 2016) where he will give a talk on the Taiwan Canyoning Expedition.

Andrew has been lucky enough to selectively work for reputable canyoning companies all over the world, ensuring they, like him are on par with current safety standards. He manages a consultancy service where he advises and/or writes Safety Operations Plans for outdoor companies, and his most recent plan was for Canyoning Colorado. Andrew’s latest project is a technical canyoning blog, where he shares current and new techniques, invoking conversation within the industry, raising the bar and elevating standards.

Andrew

Andrew Humphreys

Mairi

Mairi

Mairi Humphreys

From London, United Kingdom; graduate of Kingston University. Mairi grew up in Surrey, South West London and enjoyed frequent vacations across the UK and Europe with her family. This instilled a passion to explore at a young age; to this day her family live rather nomadically – spreading their roots far and wide. In less than a decade she has lived and worked in six countries, she immigrated to the USA to marry Andrew.

Mairi joined her first canyoning operation in 2010, where she quickly progressed to management, running a tourist information center based in the heart of a resort town. Since then Mairi has grown with the industry, boasting a niche skill set that is valuable to Canyoning Colorado: focusing on reservations, trip logistics, customer care and marketing.

Working not only for canyoning operations but also rafting and riversurfing companies resulted in a broader range of skills and greater understanding of commercial operations in the outdoor industry. Mairi’s roles have varied with each destination, gaining experience as a photographer, driver, marketing representative, safety check point monitor, as well as being responsible for communications, sales and service. While Mairi’s strengths lie behind the scenes, she has been lucky enough to go canyoning in Costa Rica, Austria, Switzerland, Japan, Indonesia, New Zealand and the USA. With first hand knowledge of the activity, she still has a natural ability to relate to those with little to no canyoning experience.

As well as working for the outdoor industry, Mairi is a Registered Yoga Teacher; she completed her 200 hour teacher training in Costa Rica. During her travels Mairi has practiced and taught yoga in a mix of dreamy destinations; she is passionate about sharing yoga and believes time in nature is crucial to a balanced life.

Mairi

Mairi

Andrew & Mairi in Portland Creek on June 1, 2016

Andrew & Mairi