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by Croft
Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bonne- late season levels?
Replies: 2
Views: 367

Re: Bonne- late season levels?

JohnV wrote:Or other late season stuff nearby?
Upper Veneon / gorge and (sometimes) Lower Romanche (into lake) both run late season - gnarly runs.
by Croft
Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:11 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Olympic kayaking
Replies: 0
Views: 580

Olympic kayaking

Saw the first Olympic slalom kayaking on (Swiss) TV yesterday - and it looked fantastic. Hearty congratulations to all involved in both the making of the course and the organizing of the competition. Looking forwards to watching the rest of it - excellent job. PS: the stands seemed to be somewhat fu...
by Croft
Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gear shop near Aosta?
Replies: 1
Views: 244

Re: Gear shop near Aosta?

Hi John - nearest shop to you is Attitude Outdoor in Thonon. Nothing in the Aosta valley that I know of. However, you might be able to pick something up second hand off the guides at Totem (Pre St. Didier) or Rafting Aventure (Villeneuve). Good luck. Ian PS: if you want to drive over to Martigny-Com...
by Croft
Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:41 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The Swiss Drances - paddling guide
Replies: 12
Views: 3576

Re: The Swiss Drances - paddling guide

Swiss Drance has now gone into later summer regime - i.e. there is now only water in the afternoons/evenings as from about 15 h. The top section from Orsieres will be usually dry unless it is exceptionally hot or after heavy rainfall.
by Croft
Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ingenious Splits Storage
Replies: 33
Views: 4263

Re: Ingenious Splits Storage for Shiva

Have done the same thing on a Shiva (Lendal emergency paddle) but note that I have put the paddle shaft holes right up the middle of the foam so that they are easily accessible without having to remove the foam from the boat. https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-iopzAg5nKqI/UAV3fuYJ33I/AAAAAAAATaM/ckO...
by Croft
Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Switzerland
Replies: 4
Views: 742

Re: Switzerland

Hi Simon - the upper-Rhone, Upper-Rhine and Upper-Inn areas are all working really nicely right now as there was excellent winter snow cover in all of these areas. If you fancy a paddle in the Upper-Rhone area give me a shout as should be around for a bit of boating next week! For more detailed info...
by Croft
Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:50 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River levels in Aosta valley
Replies: 9
Views: 1411

Re: River levels in Aosta valley

As a further calibration of the Aosta levels given in the first post, ran the Pre St. Didier to La Salle and Lenteney to Pont d'Equlivaz stretches yesterday in a raft with a level of 80 on the gauge at Pre St. Didier. This a stonking/churning level. To be quite frank I was (for once) happy to be in ...
by Croft
Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Hi Viz for black paddles
Replies: 11
Views: 1904

Re: Hi Viz for black paddles

Heres what a couple of fluorescent orange plastic stick-on spots can do to improve visibility: https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-o4YfNTDT-pA/TwhRoKFIArI/AAAAAAAABxs/35A_V3WGpP4/s400/0770%2520Brahmaputra.jpg Although this is never going to be as effective as buying a colorful paddle/helmet in the fi...
by Croft
Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:24 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Upper Dranse de Thonon - sector closed to paddling
Replies: 0
Views: 392

Upper Dranse de Thonon - sector closed to paddling

Over this summer 2 old bridges are being removed on the Upper Dranse de Thonon, Haut Savoie, France. The first is just downstream of the put-in at Bioge at the confluence with the Brevon. The second is the (old) Pont de l'Eglise about 1 km further downstream. The section between the 2 bridges is the...
by Croft
Sun Jul 08, 2012 5:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Urtier, Aosta, Italy - tree hazard
Replies: 0
Views: 218

Urtier, Aosta, Italy - tree hazard

The Urtier currently has a dangerous fallen tree right across the river - it is particularly bad because it is not visible. The tree is in the gorge section of the Urtier about 4 drops in. When you come to a triple step sequence with the final drop a tight boily bedrock carved notch - stop immediate...
by Croft
Thu Jul 05, 2012 3:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best deck for a Shiva
Replies: 13
Views: 1024

Re: Best deck for a Shiva

I've been using a Klingon on the Shiva (M) for about 4 months now - and it is really fine - driest boat I ever had.
by Croft
Sat Jun 30, 2012 2:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The Swiss Drances - paddling guide
Replies: 12
Views: 3576

Re: The Swiss Drances - paddling guide

The Swiss Drance is in top condition this weekend and perfect for the total descent (above) Orsieres to Martigny - don't drive past it!

Should be good for several more weeks at least for the lower part.
by Croft
Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tsarap Chu - GPS special - put-in
Replies: 9
Views: 856

Re: Tsarap Chu - GPS special - put-in

Thanks everyone for the invaluable info. We are expecting to put on about 29 August so hopefully the levels should be nice and mellow by then - blue water maybe?? We will be driving in from Leh after a warm-up on the Indus. I already did the Doda Zanskar trip in 2005 so know the lie of the land once...
by Croft
Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tsarap Chu - GPS special - put-in
Replies: 9
Views: 856

Tsarap Chu - GPS special - put-in

Kayak folklore has it that it is quite hard to know just where to embark on the Tsarap, so was wondering whether anybody has the GPS coordinates of the put-in (and the rest if possible). Will be taking one of these new fangled GPS machines along, so would be very helpful if we had some numbers to fe...
by Croft
Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: South French Alps Water Levels from the River Bank
Replies: 52
Views: 7778

Re: South French Alps Water Levels from the River Bank

Just back from a superb weekend in the French Alps - a great party at Stuart's, and fantastic levels in the rivers. We ran the Guil (Chateau to lake), Durance gorge and Guisane - all with clear blue water and lovely medium levels. And there is still some snow left up in the mountains - so the fun ai...
by Croft
Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The Vièze - not a river to drive past.....
Replies: 3
Views: 560

Re: The Vièze - not a river to drive past.....

Dave: I never paddled the stretches higher up but some of our crowd (the real locals from Monthey) have - I'll introduce you too them! Chrisps: there is a small track that runs up the right had bank that enables you to drive up direct from the take-out to the put-in. I didn't put it in the book coz ...
by Croft
Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The Vièze - not a river to drive past.....
Replies: 3
Views: 560

The Vièze - not a river to drive past.....

Not many people have paddled the Vièze, which is a pity as I guess a lot of folks drive right past it on their way to better known Alpine locations. In May and June (snowmelt) and after rainfall it is worth the small detour up the Val d'Illiez (towards Champery) off the motorway running up the upper...
by Croft
Mon Jun 18, 2012 10:51 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Permanent Mid river Hydro Barges proposed.
Replies: 21
Views: 3611

Re: Permanent Mid river Hydro Barges proposed.

Looks like these would be quite easy to avoid for a competent kayaker (so long as cables were above head height), but what about swimmers if they are attached below weirs? Effectively they would probably be no more dangerous than pontoon bridges - of which there are many on navigated rivers in China...
by Croft
Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Air India and kayaks
Replies: 3
Views: 305

Re: Air India and kayaks

I have taken kayaks on internal flights with Air India with no problems and at no extra cost. However, I know that Slime (Peter Knowles) had a really big problem with them a few years back on a flight from KTM via Delhi.
by Croft
Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:25 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: South French Alps Water Levels from the River Bank
Replies: 52
Views: 7778

Re: South French Alps Water Levels from the River Bank

No problem - effectively it is useful to know about the contingency option - the beach!
by Croft
Sun Jun 10, 2012 3:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Val Sesia conditions
Replies: 11
Views: 1194

Re: Val Sesia conditions

Sesia (Campertogno) is currently at 0.78 which is quite a nice medium level for all the main river sections and some of the side creeks should be doable - like lower Sermenza, Sorba slides and Egua. Look at the online gauge link that Simon gave above. If the level drops down at near 0.5 there is onl...
by Croft
Sun Jun 10, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The Swiss Drances - paddling guide
Replies: 12
Views: 3576

Re: The Swiss Drances - paddling guide

The Swiss Drance (section 4 above) is running really nicely right now and is pretty clean (for wood/debris etc.). Any level between 14 m3/s and 20 m3/s on the online gauge below is good to go: http://www.hydrodaten.admin.ch/en/2053.html Up to and above 20 m3/s and it starts getting pretty sticky in ...
by Croft
Fri Jun 08, 2012 6:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: South French Alps Water Levels from the River Bank
Replies: 52
Views: 7778

Re: South French Alps Water Levels from the River Bank

In fairness on page 108 of the WW S. Alps guidebook 3rd edition there is a Warning put in a red box which states rather clearly: Warnings Lots of wood and blind bends – suits a small, athletic and experienced team. At the take-out, immediately to the left of the steel ladder is the concrete spillway...
by Croft
Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Upper Ayasse
Replies: 19
Views: 2542

Re: Upper Ayasse

Is this the river they call the california creek?? Re California run, watch out as this might easily be a bit confused with another river. Kayak Session describe the "California run" on the (fairly nearby) Stura di Ala as a 5 km section of V,VI starting in the village of Ala di Stura. There is also...
by Croft
Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Upper Ayasse
Replies: 19
Views: 2542

Re: Upper Ayasse

Apparently in low water the route (as in the film) is to squeeze to the left of the kicker. On wednesday (much higher water than in the film) the line was to flip over the right-hand side of the rooster tail - very spectacular viewed from the safety of the bridge. The section above that, which they ...
by Croft
Thu Jun 07, 2012 6:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Upper Ayasse
Replies: 19
Views: 2542

Re: Upper Ayasse

Here is a film made on the Upper Ayasse from about 3 weeks ago by one of our lot. https://picasaweb.google.com/108464334712685283075/5Kayak_Ayasse_1752012?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCOCqwIrpr_7GSA&feat=directlink The hero at about 3 minutes is the great Jorge from Portugal! - white water's Jose Mourin...
by Croft
Thu May 24, 2012 4:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Top Ten Tick List
Replies: 28
Views: 2667

Re: Top Ten Tick List

Definitely think the Zanskar should be in any top ten (hoping to the Tsarap Chu tributary bit this summer). Plus the Thuli Bheri and the Brahmaputra/Siang are absolutely world class experiences!
by Croft
Tue May 22, 2012 4:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: N'Fiss Gorge Morocco
Replies: 8
Views: 785

Re: N'Fiss Gorge Morocco

Them young tigers ain't getting any younger! Classy film Dave. Great rogues gallery at the end.
by Croft
Fri May 11, 2012 4:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: South French Alps Water Levels from the River Bank
Replies: 52
Views: 7778

Re: South French Alps Water Levels from the River Bank

Stuart - if this is 'Tales from the Riverbank', then who is going to play the role of Toad?

Shall we put it to the vote at your 20 years bash?
by Croft
Tue May 08, 2012 7:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sat phones in South Asia
Replies: 8
Views: 366

Re: Sat phones in South Asia

What Matt says is dead right re using cellphones in Nepal. We were amazed last year on the Thuli Bheri just how often we were able to get a cellphone signal - and that is certainly one of the more isolated rivers. You probably stand about as much chance of connecting to a cellphone network as connec...