chrisps wrote:On an unrelated note, if you feel like having a rest from paddling and want to watch an impressive spectacle, we were talking to some EDF engineers at the Guil barrage today and he said that they are going to be draining the Guil barrage lake next Friday; its pretty cool to watch! (Note, dont paddle the Guil Gorge based just on this info, just in case :). )
Thanks concerning the release off the barrage on the Guil. Please read a copy of the thread posted a week or so ago.
Copy <Just a WARNING over the next couple of weeks the main Barrage on the Guil will be dropped, to allow EDF engineers to flush the accumulated silt out the lake. This will put a huge amount of water in the main Gorge also in the Mount Dauphine Gorge and the lower Durance (Rabioux wave and Sun Run). However when the river has dropped (running under the barrage) to its original bed it gives a chance to paddle the main gorge just below the barrage. A short description of this run is in the New Edition of the South Alps Guide Book. > end copy.
This means if you take this opportunity before they close the barrage and start to refill the lake. You are paddling the gorge without a full lake behind the barrage. However please do not attempt to paddle under the barrage into the gorge. One or both of the sluices have killer tow backs. Access the gorge well down stream of the barrage. WARNING this gorge is a serious paddle for experienced class 5 boaters only. Once in there, there is no escape but down the river.
PS It's also not so a good idea to paddle on the Gorge Dauphin/Sun Run at the start of the release as the water is filthy from the sediment. Its a bit like paddling the WW course at Nottingham (Shit Creek) you could get ill.
Also at the moment the expected rain (South French Alps) has not arrived.