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This year I spent my fourth time in my life on the island of Corsica for kayaking. When you load your car and start the long journey to the ferry docks, it is always a little bit unsure, if you’ll find good water levels there. You can find just a few online gauges, for everything other you have to study the snowpack, weather forecast and the temperatures in high altitudes, to get an idea if you’ll find some water or not.
This year we were lucky with both the weather and the water levels.
The last days we had a really great time on one of our local lakes. We paddled many kilometers with our touring kayaks in the winter sun and always with a view to the snow covered mountains of the alps. Insane!
I’m really looking forward to the summer season for more kayaking! At the moment the water levels in the alps are very very low :(
… was pretty amazing. Me and my friends spent a lot of time on the water in Peru, Norway and central Europe.
check out the new issue of ThePaddlers ezine from Britain. Starting on page 45, you can find a short story about our trip to Norway earlier this year. Check it out frequently, it is really worth to read ist.
Sometime in late 2012 Nils Dippon, Benni Pfeifer and myself decided to go on a trip to the southern part of the well known kayak paradise, called Norway. Most people who are visiting Norway with their whitewater kayak are heading more south to Voss, Rauma or Sjoa because in the main season the southern regions are running out of water. So we started early this year to catch some of the insane rivers in the south. So on may the 18th we packed our car and started our long journey from Munich to the north. It was an exhausting and long drive until we reached our ferry in Hirtshals/Denmark. It took us just four hours on the boat to reach Europe‘s whitewater paradise. Reaching Norway we‘ve been a little bit sad. It was raining like hell and we were just praying that it will stop soon. Luckily, as we woke up the next morning, we found blue sky, sun and not a single cloud at the sky. Yes, here we are! Let‘s check the first river. It took us another hour in the car until we reached a river, called the Skogsgåa. The river was pretty high, so we decided to run the lower part below the big drop. But wait: the drop looks pretty cool. So we ran that 40ft, almost vertical, slide as a warm up. As we got up late that day and spent a lot of time, taking photos and videos, we left our boats at the drop and were searching for a place to stay the night. We‘ve been so stoked to be here in Norway with sun and huge waterlevels.
After writing my last exam in university last week, I just started my kayaking season again for 2013. We’ve been to Lofer/Austria on the so called “Devil’s Gorge” with an epic waterlevel. On Sunday we made it to the “Brandenberger Ache” for an insane top-to-bottom run through all its gorges. For me it was a late season start due to the long winter and my exams. But folks, when you’re out there in the mountains, the kayakers eye loves the view of the snow covered mountains. This seems to provide us a long and amazing season.
Stay tuned! Stay safe!
Kayakers out there in the world: Please help to save this river diamond in Slovenia! Take part at the event or even in the races, spend a weekend on the Soca river and help to show that it is worth to save that beauty in the middle of the Julian Alps! Please share! Thanks!