Briancon Gorge barrage chute change

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Briancon Gorge barrage chute change

Post by Saint Matt » Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:23 pm

For anyone thinking about paddling the Briancon gorge run in the Haute Alps this summer a word of warning... The chute past the barrage at the beginning now dumps you in a very dangerous place. They have added a wall of rocks to stop the river-right bank from eroding and now all the water is funnelled through two pipes river left. I ended up pinned through not inspecting. Was very lucky to walk away from it... Had it not been for amazing paddling buddies I'm not entirely sure I'd be posting this. Anyway, back on subject... make sure you portage it, or at the very least inspect before you go down the slide...

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Re: Briancon Gorge barrage chute change

Post by Mantaray » Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:26 pm

We paddled it today but got out at the big red sign saying DANGER disembarquement obligatoire, and walked around it.
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Post by ccaaajf » Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:59 pm

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Post by DaveBland » Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:36 am

ccaaajf wrote:Darwin
Aw be nice. I ran a [4 way] stop sign today as I missed the red octagon due to a hottie on a bike.
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Post by PaddleSlapper » Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:39 am

Here's what it looked like three weeks ago. It may be different now as the earth around the tunnels was washed away in a flood at the end of my week there. The chute is pointing straight at the earth and rock bank on the right.

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Re: Briancon Gorge barrage chute change

Post by tone » Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:21 am

Is it possible to just get in below the barrage and the two new pipes ?

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Post by PaddleSlapper » Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:51 am

We got on no problem on the right just below the tunnels. Could have got on above the tunnels, which we did briefly consider, but nobody fancied it. They were made of corrugated plastic and if you caught your front you could be wedged in.

There were signs saying keep out of the construction site, but there were no construction workers there so we ignored them. Not sure how you would get on if you couldn't go through the construction site.

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Post by tone » Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:54 am

Cheers for the info

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Re: Briancon Gorge barrage chute change

Post by Adrian Cooper » Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:22 am

Is the roadway temporary? It looks really rather dodgey for a river so well used.
Mantaray wrote:DANGER disembarquement obligatoire
Arrived at one of these on the Gorge de la Vezere, we couldn't easily see round the corner so asked the locals who said it was really rather tricky but maybe we could manage it since we looked like we knew what we were doing (appearances deceptive). Turned out the rest of the river to the get-out was an easy grade 1-2.

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Post by yatesy1983 » Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:31 am

The construction workers initially stopped some of a group that were camping with us from portaging the barrage (despite the signs and obivous danger)... but allowed them to pass after the danger was pointed out to them.

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Post by Croft » Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:48 pm

Had a similar experience on the Sesia just above Campertogno last weekend - the pipe-drained ford about 700 m above town had been reconstructed since the previous run just 1 week before - and was a big surprise! No warning here though - just as well the water wasn't too high.
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Post by Steve B » Tue Jun 21, 2011 4:25 pm

DaveBland wrote:I ran a [4 way] stop sign today as I missed the red octagon due to a hottie on a bike.
They have a lot to answer for.
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Re: Briancon Gorge barrage chute change

Post by Tom_Laws » Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:09 am

Looks like you just need a lot more water... Go over the pipes....

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Re: Briancon Gorge barrage chute change

Post by waterbourne » Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:22 pm

Its a very obvious portage... hardly any distance. We got on just below it. I dont really understand why anyone would slide down the ramp which runs onto a big pile of obvious large rocks. Shame its no longer usable but nothing to catch anyone out or obstruct free passage.....

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Post by RobHel » Mon Jun 27, 2011 10:58 pm

We ran it last week, had no problems with the construction workers we just asked them if we could pass through and they said it was ok. The run itself was very disapointing and was just a difficult scrape through the gorge, nothing like the levels of recent years. Not currently worth the bother in my opinion.
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Re: Briancon Gorge barrage chute change

Post by mpooleman » Tue Jun 28, 2011 8:32 am

We ran it just over a week ago too.

The construction workers were doing a big crane lift and said we could either wait 10 mins until they stopped and then come through or portage on the other bank over the hydro. we portaged on the left.

I would say its really not worth doing unless there is a lot of rain though, very rocky.
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