French Alps levels

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French Alps levels

Post by kayaker_13 » Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:19 pm

I'm heading out to the Alps next week to paddle some grade 3/4, I have seen the levels are super high at the moment but I am wondering how much is going to be paddleable when we get there?
I've heard of the police banning kayaking in the past because of it been so high, is this a possibility or was that just a one off many years ago?

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Re: French Alps levels

Post by morsey » Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:30 pm

The Alps is a big place. The whole of the alps isn't generally shut, just regions. If regions are closed by the authorities, find rivers out of the area to paddle. Or spend a couple of days doing non boating activities whilst the levels calm. And help the raft companies clearing rivers. Or just drink coffee and beer.

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Re: French Alps levels

Post by jriddell » Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:51 pm

Check out the online map

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Re: French Alps levels

Post by Mark Gawler » Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:10 pm

jriddell wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:51 pm
Check out the online map
We just spent a week in Italy and Switzerland, was an invaluable source of information. With careful planning and interpretation of the guage map managed to find rivers at good levels every day.
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Re: French Alps levels

Post by lakesboy » Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:17 am

you will have no worries, yes everything is high but all open! :)

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Re: French Alps levels

Post by jonnyabo » Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:17 pm

Any news on the rivers around Briancon? What's clear of trees & runable with levels so high?


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Re: French Alps levels

Post by jmmoxon » Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:07 am

Mostly back to more normal levels now, but then it is a month since the original request...

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Re: French Alps levels

Post by Poke » Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:33 am

I got back from the Briancon area last weekend.
Everything is now at normal levels for the time of year (perhaps some rivers are still more end of June, than mid July), but nothing is notably high).
No inconvenient wood on the popular runs (except maybe some avoidable stuff on the Gyr), though usual caveats apply.
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Re: French Alps levels

Post by Slime » Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:26 am

Hi Poke,

Sorry we must have missed you. I was pleased to bump into, and paddle again with Wolfgang who is the kayaker on the front cover of WW South Alps. He mentioned that he had just paddled the Bonne. He said that reports of a landslide on it are correct - It is blocked by a landslide on the second half of the run, downstream of Malbuisson Bridge so it is essential that anyone paddling it exits the river there - that's the first bridge after the railway viaduct and after the portage. He said otherwise it was as good a paddle as always.

Feedback I had from local experts was that with the high snow pack, levels are likely to stay good for several weeks! Whoop whoop!

Happy paddling everyone,

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Re: French Alps levels

Post by Huck It » Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:00 pm

Any update of current levels would be appreciated! Thanks!

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