Another place I have visited several times now with a plan to return this year is the Alps, I have paddled in the French, Swiss and Austrian Alps and am trying to produce some sort of record.
My write up is somewhat incomplete at the minute :-(, hopefully I will remedy this at some point.
For information on paddling in the Alps, the standard issue guide book from rivers publishing comes in two halves, the South and North Alps. Recently updated, you would not want to be without these for Alpine paddling.
My Alps trips so far have been:
- 2006: France
- 2005: France, Switzerland and Austria
- 2004: Austria and Switzerland
- 2003: France
- 2002: Austria and Switzerland
- 2001: France, Switzerland, Austria
Short narrow grade 4 gorge, changed in the Guil floods of 2000, now has a bit of a nasty double drop at the end. Changed again for 2006, the second drop has gone and there is an extra one a little further down.
The Ond is another classic Alpine grade 3.
Nice Alpine grade 3/4, gets easier as it goes down so your get on determines how hard the run will be.
St. Clement down to what is left of the Rabeaux Wave
A bit of playing to be had at the get in by the raft station, apart from that an easy grade 2/3.
Uneventful section, grade 2/3 with a nice wave at the get off.
The Inn Gorge, otherwise known as Imst to Haiming. The lowest interesting section of the Inn, a little way up river of Innsbruck. The lower part of this run is often done on the run out from the Lower Oetz.