Ardeche river levels

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Anyone know what the river levels are like at the moment going out there this weekend for a 20 year PGL reunion!.

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Levels: http://www.rdbrmc.com/hydroreel2/statio ... tation=511

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So, about 4-5cumecs normally,though it has gone up to ~10cumecs today for a short period..

Suspect standard summer levels will be the order of the day.
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20 year PGL re-union - water levels - will it matter?

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Looks like a dam release increasing the flow at noon every day or two.

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Dave Manby wrote:20 year PGL re-union - water levels - will it matter?
No probably not just don't want to have to paddle too hard after a load of pastis

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Levels will be low all season from what the guides were saying last week. The dam is releasing slowly to try and keep it paddleable all season.

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David Fairweather wrote:Levels will be low all season from what the guides were saying last week. The dam is releasing slowly to try and keep it paddleable all season.
Thats what i thought had a look at the web cam and it looks low

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Aidy wrote:Anyone know what the river levels are like at the moment going out there this weekend for a 20 year PGL reunion!.
Were they still telling you that if you capsized you had to take your clothes off before swimming to the beach in the nudist areas 20 years ago?

How time flies!

Wonderful memories.

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What was the name of the bloke who excavated the gorge using nothing but a truck load of TNT? Has it really been 15 years, damn I feel old....
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or the fish breeding reserve where if you were quiet kids you might see fish having sex! or Mick Jagger's Villa where they recorded Let it Bleed.......

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yes 20 years ago the river was round, man made, bottle air, naked police with purple helmets on the nudist beach, Lama racing tracks god its all coming back. 1st year no BA or helmets, 2nd year BA all the time but helmets only on 'rapids', 3rd year helmets all the time. God what is it like now i hear they don't let the kids jump off windy corner or post office rock let alone road bridge.

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Aidy wrote:yes 20 years ago the river was round, man made, bottle air, naked police with purple helmets on the nudist beach, Lama racing tracks god its all coming back. 1st year no BA or helmets, 2nd year BA all the time but helmets only on 'rapids', 3rd year helmets all the time. God what is it like now I hear they don't let the kids jump off windy corner or post office rock let alone road bridge.
The year I went we only had to wear helmets on Rapids and we could jump out of the arch cave and off what I think was post office rock but only one leader called 'Space Cadet' was allowed to jump from the edge of the road which seemed miles up.

You could only have your lunch if you asked the leaders a question they couldn't answer as well I seem to remember.

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But the river flows in a circle because of the unique movement of the tectonic plates in the area so you get off where you started. Vallon bridge and St Martin bridge and weir look very similar to the average punter (sorry client).

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Helmets?
Buoyancy aids? They were for sitting on, not wearing.

Ah, life before risk assessment.

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jonnyabo wrote:Helmets?
Buoyancy aids? They were for sitting on, not wearing.

Ah, life before risk assessment.

What a blast PGL was.

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Segries 1987?
Wow segs 87! i did SEgs 92-95

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The staff accommodation(ghetto), the walk out from Chat (by 98 disused), Carlsberg Elephant and the nasty fizzy wine stuff from the bar, scabbies out break at La Mas. The manager having a breakdown and shoving a kayak through the DJ box. Memories.........
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Jeanlaine (kills the brain)
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Driving test
The uphill section to the finish
Being unable to stay upright on Pa Da Mouse
Cable car at La Chat
The caves upstream of La Chat
Such great people & great memories

Salute to PGL on the Ardeche, summer home to the dysfunctional.

Things that went on there every summer could fill these pages for months.

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Well im back and survived the mighty mighty ardeche! Acted like a 20 year old again for 4 days and feeling it now.

To answer my own original question the river levels were very low.

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Aidy wrote:Well im back and survived the mighty mighty ardeche! Acted like a 20 year old again for 4 days and feeling it now.

To answer my own original question the river levels were very low.
Looks like you should have gone a few days later. My predicted "standard summer levels" were blown out of the water yesterday. The flowrate went up by a factor of ~20 yesterday.. Up from ~4 cumecs to over 80 cumecs. Could have added a bit of spice to your final day!

http://www.rdbrmc.com/hydroreel2/statio ... tation=511

Still running at 4x summer flow (20 cumecs) 24 hrs later!

Still, sounds like you had a good time anyway. :-)
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A few of the lads stayed on to do a 1 day trip so looks like they had the flow for it dam having to work for a living!

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Had forgotten a lot of the amazing Ardeche facts from PGL, lama racing and FILA - Federation of International Lama Athletics and of course the fact the the Ardeche is a loop we had equally ridiculous stories in during the couple of seasons I did in Wales but 2000 at Le Mas was a good one!!

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