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Abseil off Table Mountain
Photograph by Carsten Peter A canyoneer descends by rope through one of Kanangra Main Canyon’s three 150-foot waterfalls. After his teammates join him, they will pull down the ropes to use for the next stage—leaving no way out but to rappel, climb, boulder, and swim to the exit point near the canyon’s bottom.
“It feels like being swallowed by the Earth,” says photographer Carsten Peter of the first of three rappels into the Black Hole of Calcutta in Claustral Canyon, located in Australia's Blue Mountains. Experienced canyoneers avoid it after heavy rains. “The immense power of the maelstrom is responsible for the wide, rounded shape.