Your three fave rivers...

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Your three fave rivers...

Post by DaveBland » Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:40 pm

List 'em and why. Order doesn't matter.

Troutbeck. Cumbria.
Can't say why. Just always had a fascination with it. Beautiful and elusive. Not too hard, not too easy. Quick and fun.

Spillimacheen, BC
Pool drop heaven with just enough mank and fright, in a stunning gorge.

Eagle Creek, OR
Containing the best waterfall ever [punchbowl] and the most magical walk-in. So good, the 40 min hike with boat is a pleasure.
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Re: Your three fave rivers...

Post by ml1850 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:59 pm

Guil,Fance...so many good sections
Fium Orbo,Corsica......stunning
Isere,Bourg Saint Maurice/Centron......because it's my local!

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Re: Your three fave rivers...

Post by banzer » Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:55 pm

Nevis, FW. Every combo of rapids and a waterfall to finish... as Andy Jackson said, "a last chance to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory".

Etive. Just because. It really is great, no matter how many times you're done it.

Upper Shotover, New Zealand. Just great memories of a fantastic after-work play run.

Honourable mentions to the Kaituna, and Pen-y-Ghent Gill, 'cos it's ace and just a bit weird. (See EWW for my description!)
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Re: Your three fave rivers...

Post by Neptune » Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:55 am

Dave Bland wrote:

Troutbeck. Cumbria.
Dave is that North or South Troutbeck you are talking about? We ran them both in one day on full spate a couple of years ago, one of best days paddling I have had in the Lakes and North Troutbeck was definatly the more challanging and entertaining on that day.

Guil - France.
Gloy - Scotland.
Erme - England

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Re: Your three fave rivers...

Post by Chas C » Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:12 pm

It has to be

Zambezi gorge - Zambia - warm an plenty of playtime with addition of multi day paddling

White Nile (pre-dam) - Uganda - probably some of the best rapids I've ever paddled.

Karnali - Nepal - best multi day paddle ever, great scenery ending at Bardia Park (what more could you need).

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Post by Myles » Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:24 pm

Egua, Italy - 2km of steep, pool drop rapids. First time down it takes an age before being able to lap it once you have learnt the rapids. I've never been bored running this river and it gets pushier the higher the water level.

Zambezi, Zambia - Just an amazing river in an awe inspiring gorge. Every kayaker should go here before it's dammed. Too many reasons why, but a wall of white first time down rapid 5 and the multi day are highlights.

Nevados, Chile - Technical rapids, amazing slides and all in a narrow gorge in a stunning setting.

(Honorable mentions for the Upper Jori, Norway for some amazing but friendly(ish) slides and the Dart, England which is fun at any level)

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Re: Your three fave rivers...

Post by dkel » Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:14 pm

Karnali - it's an adventure.

Plym - it's scary

Troutbeck - we all know why.

Breaking the rules with no 4 river but it would be;

Corsica - Any river, just the whole place is special.

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Post by jmmoxon » Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:49 pm

Futaleufu - bridge to bridge
Futaleufu - inferno canyon
Tawe - catch on the drop when gorge is clear for moorland slides to mature alpine run

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Re: Your three fave rivers...

Post by SPL » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:30 pm

Crumbs so difficult....

Brendon/ Lyn, it just gives so much and to finish in the sea is special.

Zambezi, just amazing, each huge rapid is followed by a pool allowing you to nervously count down the rapids...its truly amazing.

And i cant pick a third from this lot......plym, wolfunshlutz, egua, driva, marsyandi, sesia racecourse, semenzena and the ribena ( i think thats its name it has a little California section which is just so unexpected and a blast to paddle.) Help me out Moxy..

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Post by jmmoxon » Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:00 am

SPL wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:30 pm
Crumbs so difficult...

... and the ribena ( i think thats its name it has a little California section which is just so unexpected and a blast to paddle.) Help me out Moxy..
Do you mean the Ribo, or the Strona ;-)
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Re: Your three fave rivers...

Post by SPL » Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:32 am

The one with the super smooth rock section

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Re: Your three fave rivers...

Post by Peter Brown » Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:43 am

too hard!

Kinglas - miles of not-stop fun near home
White Salmon - a load of great sections, all in one go finishing on the Columbia is hard to beat
Illinois - a great multiday

near misses: Cononish, Sermenzina, Gol Gol

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Re: Your three fave rivers...

Post by Dan Yates. » Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:10 am

jmmoxon wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:00 am
SPL wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:30 pm
Crumbs so difficult...

... and the ribena ( i think thats its name it has a little California section which is just so unexpected and a blast to paddle.) Help me out Moxy..
Do you mean the Ribo, or the Strona ;-)
He means the Rovana.

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Post by jmmoxon » Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:25 am

Oh yes, that's the one, couldn't find the name...
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Re: Your three fave rivers...

Post by Jim » Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:57 am

I'm not sure that it is fair to pick 3 favourites from so many great rivers?

Colorado; Lees Ferry to Pearce Ferry - So much more than just the river influence this choice, one factor is that it is generally warm! Seriously, it is a great escape from the modern world for a couple of weeks, and I can mostly speak the main local language.

Coe; I have just always found this one to be a lot of fun, best when it is high and the gorge section is a non-stop rollercoaster. I can mostly speak the main local language.

Upper Roy; again always fun, not too difficult, brilliant scenery, interesting drive up. In the past I would have included the gorge, but it has been a long time since I have run it, and I don't actually miss it. I can mostly speak the main local language.

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Post by Dr Robin » Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:50 pm

Sjoa: happy memories of soloing it at 5 in the morning after partying with Banzer and Andy Gardner (and getting scared by an angry Norwegian boyfriend).

Findhorn: the best in the UK. Beautiful powerful lines, I ran it just after I met my wife.

Inn: breathtaking runs on the Inn shoot and Finstermunz, often solo. Amazing scenery and powerful whitewater.

Maybe you could argue that others are better, but they mean a lot to me.

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Re: Your three fave rivers...

Post by DaveBland » Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:29 pm

Dr Robin wrote:
Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:50 pm
Maybe you could argue that others are better, but they mean a lot to me.
That's what I was trying to get at with the thread - perfect.

...and what no Redearth Creek?
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Re: Your three fave rivers...

Post by chicklechives » Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:03 am

Inn - surely Europe's greatest river

Tilt - favourite day of UK boating, river, level, company all spot on

Skookumchuck - can I cheat and have both the rapid and the river?

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Re: Your three fave rivers...

Post by Jim » Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:43 pm

chicklechives wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:03 am
Tilt - favourite day of UK boating, river, level, company all spot on
Hate the Tilt and will never go up there again!
First time I smashed my head in an undercut and had neck and shoulder problems for years afterwards.
Second time I got stuck against a small siphon, climbed out onto it, and then rescued my friend who got stuck in the same place as soon as my boat was clear.

It is not getting a third chance to try and kill me.

Top of my list of rivers never to do again!

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Re: Your three fave rivers...

Post by chicklechives » Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:56 pm

Just remember the sunshine, scenery and fun. Maybe got lucky.

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Re: Your three fave rivers...

Post by Jim » Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:13 pm

Just highlighting that everybody has different experiences :)

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Re: Your three fave rivers...

Post by DaveBland » Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:23 pm

chicklechives wrote:
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Skookumchuck - can I cheat and have both the rapid and the river?
Tough choice indeed. I'll take the river. Unless it's off the gauge. Had an unpleasant walk out. In fact No.1 worst walk out ever.
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Post by SPL » Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:25 pm

Yes thats it no.3 Rovana a real gem with the most unexpected section of smooth rock ... thanks all.

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Post by jmmoxon » Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:23 pm

Roy gorge has destroyed 2 of my boats, plus a pair of salopettes on different trips, but I still think it's great!

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Re: Your three fave rivers...

Post by Jim » Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:37 pm

A trip I only managed a couple of times but really liked, was to get in for the upper Roy, and take out at Mucomir power station. Even then it was 4 sections, these days it is 5. Need a fast group, plenty of water and ideally reasonable length days. And definitely don't destroy your boat in section 2!

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