Rhone gorge

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Rhone gorge

Post by Dr Robin » Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:35 am

Hi, can anyone give me some information about this? How do you gauge the level? Is inspection/portage possible? Is there a crux rapid/section? General description of the run?

There is, of course, a description on 4-paddlers here: https://4-paddlers.com/gewaesser/abschn ... 00304.html

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Re: Rhone gorge

Post by Dr Robin » Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:01 pm

Also any general advice about paddling in the area would be appreciated.

Thanks, Robin.

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Re: Rhone gorge

Post by Dr Robin » Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:11 am

Well, I did it. Here's the video:


The first k was very tough: steep and technical with surprising power. The intensity and size of the boulders reminded me of New Zealand. Although the gorge was tight I could always (with difficulty) inspect and portage. After the first k it eased off a bit so I could usually scout from the boat. At the very end the walls closed in completely but the rapids here were relatively straightforward. I was relieved to reach the take-out! I made lots of portages so it would be good to go back one day.

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Re: Rhone gorge

Post by DaveBland » Thu Aug 23, 2018 3:10 pm

Very, very impressive.
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Re: Rhone gorge

Post by ike » Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:53 pm

Some excellent lines there doctor.


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Re: Rhone gorge

Post by RichA » Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:26 pm

Well done Robin, looks like an ace paddle.

What do you do to chill out after a run like that on your own? Do you carry on with life as normal, or have a period of 'reflection' in one form or another?

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Post by Mark R » Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:41 am

Impressive.
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Re: Rhone gorge

Post by banzer » Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:51 pm

RichA wrote:
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:26 pm
What do you do to chill out after a run like that on your own? Do you carry on with life as normal, or have a period of 'reflection' in one form or another?
He does something relaxing, like bear wrestling. Still looking sharp there Dr R and yes, it does look quite West Coasty!
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Re: Rhone gorge

Post by Dr Robin » Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:02 pm

banzer wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:51 pm
RichA wrote:
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:26 pm
What do you do to chill out after a run like that on your own? Do you carry on with life as normal, or have a period of 'reflection' in one form or another?
He does something relaxing, like bear wrestling. Still looking sharp there Dr R and yes, it does look quite West Coasty!
I'll leave that to Andy Gardener! No, as I recall I went for a coffee with my wife. I've noticed that some courses include a "commitment to reflective practice", meaning that you should think about what went well and what went badly after a session in the outdoors. Although it does sound a little pretentious there is merit in the idea, I think.

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Re: Rhone gorge

Post by roo » Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:38 am

Good to see you're still charging Robin.

Going for a coffee with the wife is exactly the right response. You were very lucky to get the time out to fit that pootle in :-)

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