aislingd wrote:Can anyone who has been out paddling this morning or today please let us know what the conditions are like. Is the Guil still completely unrunable? Any word on the Racecourse levels or the Gyr? What 4/ 4+ rivers are running at good/runnable levels? What gorges are good to go? Thanks a million!
None of our group had paddled this before. Despite the guidebook describing it as a "dirty ditch that only runs for a month a year" we found it to be at a good level, crystal clear and great fun if you are looking for some grade 4 with a little grade 3.
3 of our group ran Ubaye Racecourse
and had a great time.
Levels were high enough to put 3 of us off paddling.
But those that paddled said lines were obvious around some large features.
Same dark colour as the Ubaye Racecourse.
Good fun but no significant dangers, nor eddies for that matter - looked worse than it actually was.
Weir after gorge section can be run through the middle but we took the less herioc line on extreme right.
Not as high as we had expected - water running clear and freezing cold as always.
One Portage due to strainers.
There were raft guides removing trees downstream of this and it is possible that this had been cleared after we had passed through.
S bends seemed a lot easier than in recent years - not many rocks showing above the water line (although the University Group behind us did manage to have a few swimmers)
Anyone else got any updates so we can decide what to paddle tomorrow - it was almost easier when we had fewer rivers to choose from!