Italian Levels 2013

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Ladies,

So the Piemonte river map site doesnt seem to have updated yet with live levels.

Does anyone know the situation out in Val Sesia at the moment? Has the melt begun?

lots of love,

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Due to recent rain the Sesia has been running, but it's all still locked in, the 6 days high altitude forecast suggests not much movement. Corsica is your best bet for a while longer.

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Sweet, well we'll head straight down to corsica have a week or so there then come back via italy if its running.

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rainey wrote:Sweet, well we'll head straight down to corsica have a week or so there then come back via italy if its running.
I will be in Valsesia tomorrow for a day, and will update here. Gene17's season starts on the 5th May, and I arrive to start paddling 2nd May, see you there.

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Awesome cheers buddy. Should be good flows when that first hot day comes in!

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Sixteen sleeps, then engage Italia mode :-)

And, if ten days of edging flares and grabbing boofs isn't enough to get excited about. The Giro D'Italia has a mountain stage finish near Sestriere on our last day, cue the detour on the return leg!

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Not fair! Definitely going to miss the Italian fun this year.
Enjoy your trip Morsey. Remember these fun times, 7 blinking years ago! http://3bsports.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/flash-back.html
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7 years... That trip was Brilliant!
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The Sesia at Campertogno was 0.9 last night, which is a fine level, the Lower Sermenza was more Norway than Piemonte this morning. And massive rain is due in the next 5 days, 150mm. Not camping weather, but high water times. The front range creeks like Cervo and Strona will be running, and these are as good if not better than much in Valsesia.

I am back there on the 2nd May....

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Awesome, sounds good. Ill head round in a bit. Is the temperature enough to melt the snow as well? or is it rain dependent at the moment?

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go do the Strona Rainey

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Anyone know levels out there yet? arriving out on saturday. Gauge saying 0.8 for Sessia at Campertogno and indicating thats a good level? Anyone know about the tribs?

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Just got back from Val Sesia. Great levels on all rivers. Egua is on a good medium-high but evrything is runnable including cylinder. All the side creeks are good flow as well. I believe its getting warmer as well, so the big snow pack will really start going well! Have a good trip!

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Everything is perfect at present. But rain due tomorrow.

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Sweet - cheers, can't wait. Hopefully that rain doesn't melt too much snow!

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Thats good news.

Weather looks good for when we rock up on Saturday.

http://www.accuweather.com/en/it/camper ... st/1554037

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There is a cut down tree in the 2nd drop of the canyon of the Lower Sermenza. It's possible to get out and portage on the right hand side. We jumped in below the rapid, had 1 of our group on live bait to pull the tree out the drop so it was possible to paddle the rapid.

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Mark Mulrain wrote:There is a cut down tree in the 2nd drop of the canyon of the Lower Sermenza. It's possible to get out and portage on the right hand side. We jumped in below the rapid, had 1 of our group on live bait to pull the tree out the drop so it was possible to paddle the rapid.
This tree as of yesterday was floating around the pool, if it's not there, then it's probably in one of the several narrow chutes below. Careful please. Amazing conditions here, medium plus and sunny.

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Simon, do you know anything about the expected rainfall the coming days?
We are planning to arrive in Campertogno this friday and will stay the whole week.
But a lot of weather sites predict rain for the next few days. Will this influence the levels a lot and how predictable are these sites? Since Val Sesia basically has its own mini-climate.

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Arson wrote:Simon, do you know anything about the expected rainfall the coming days?
We are planning to arrive in Campertogno this friday and will stay the whole week.
But a lot of weather sites predict rain for the next few days. Will this influence the levels a lot and how predictable are these sites? Since Val Sesia basically has its own mini-climate.
Hmmm it does not look to good for the rest for this week. Intensive rain will of change water levels significantly, still its freezing down to 2000m running into this weekend, therefore expect a few wet and cold days......and of course expect the classic caveat about weather predictions, that beyond the next 48 hours they are not always normally very accurate.

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Wow 122 on the gauge this morning. I take it its honking over there. 2 more days to go for me i cant wait.

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Andy H wrote:Wow 122 on the gauge this morning. I take it its honking over there
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Piode this afternoon, bring your umbrella and frog suit....140mm more rain due before Monday

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Can I request that someone does the long march uphill for the upper-upper-upper Gronda- I want to see the photos! Lots of slides and falls on a small stream.... looked super smashing.
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Anyone got any suggestions on what can be done with these levels? Going to have a look at the upper gronda in the morning.
Where are the strona and cerva and how do we figure out which sections to paddle? Anything else worth looking at?

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KenHy wrote:Anyone got any suggestions on what can be done with these levels? Going to have a look at the upper gronda in the morning.
Where are the strona and cerva and how do we figure out which sections to paddle? Anything else worth looking at?
Buy a map and bring it to Il Gatto e la Volpe in Campertogno, and I'll point you in the right direction.

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High water in val sesia -try this.....

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Upper landwasser from all the weirs in town is also fun.
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any updates on the levels guys ? we're heading out on thursday night
cheers

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If you can interpret it, there is info on here:

http://4-paddlers.com/48/74d5584e-ee0a- ... sesia.html

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Italian levels can be worked out from various facebook status updates.
Thursday Massive/swim beers
Friday Massive/run away/swim beers
Saturday Massive/nothing much going on
Sunday Dropping off/sun out/swim beers
Monday normal business has resumed.
Photos' of new snow fall suggests (without more biblical rain) that the next week or two will be peachy levels :-)

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With great water levels, and perfect steep creeking conditions being experienced in Valsesia for this coming week. All we can say, is that we're waiting for YOU!

See http://www.valsesiariverfestival.it for details

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