Mars Canyoneering

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Why do humans go into space?  Our largest insight came from Sam McConnell, a desert explorer that we spoke with – humans want to explore, to experience and to be in a place no human has ever touched. Mars has the largest canyon in the solar system, so we wanted to design a tool and sport that responded to that. We also thought about weakened bones and muscles, and the possibility of cancer or illness from the trip to Mars.

With our tool, as you create handles, footholds, ledges and hooks to use and reuse, you also take a rock sample with a built-in geotaging device, mapping where the sample came from and where you’ve been.  Our Mars Canyoneering tool allows you to climb with less than half of earth’s gravity safely, and without damaging one’s spacesuit.


As you would with traditional canyoneering, using a climbing drill, you drill roughly halfway through the drill bit into the rock face.  The centre piece of the drill bit can be turned and pulled straight out with a rock sample, and is placed in canister on the accompanying harness. The outer piece of the drill bit remains in the wall with a geotag, mapping the location the sample was taken from and the landscape.

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