We have started very early this year with the first descents in austria this winter. The snow melted early so we had great water levels in mid-February.
At the end of march we had been through all of the classics , so we could concentrate on the descents.
Then it was time for me and my friends to go to Norway for a few weeks, to the Stürzer paradise , it was awesome, what else could we want more?
We worked our way from the south to the north and tried to skip no creek.
After this unforgettable journey I started with the preparations for Russia, 13 days Multi Day in the middle of Siberia.
It was one of the coolest and most beautiful rivers I've ever driven, I have also managed to be the first non-Asian who has rode the whole river, till then it always failed at the big canyon. This year we were able to ride it in a threesome so it was a big success.
Back at home from Russia , I started with the preparations for the dolomitenman, it's a team competition in the south of austria, with 500 starters and 40.000 spectators. My whole team started there for the first time, but we had a great result. We were seventh of 125 teams in the amateur assessment.
Then I went to sickline in Ötztal where I started also for the first time this year. I just don't thought that I would come through the qualifiying because there where too much great slalom driver in the competition. I was 77 of 155 which was quite OK for the first time but I will try to be better the next time.
Of course we drove several creeks in europe in the meantime like you see on the pictures.
For the next year we are planning large projects again. I still can't tell you more at the moment but you will be able to read it here.
As a paddler staying safe and paddling within one's own limits is important. Pushing limits is important as well if that's what is calling to you. How can you help yourself safely push your own limits? First, you have to physically be up to the task and that means some training.
The next time you power-windowshade at a play spot or land weird off a tall drop, think about how much better you'd feel if your spine was 15 years old again. A training regimen helps keep the body limber and loose as well as strong and supple, ready to spring back from a big impact or funny landing. Training won't take the years off, but it will help protect you when 'whitewater perfection' gets left behind.
Training Tips: Start slow and don't overdo it
If you don't regularly train, start by doing just a couple of exercises and stretches each time to ease into things. Take your time and listen to your body. Are you sore for more than 24 hours? Think about backing it off a little. Nutritional supplements can help speed the healing. If you start thinking of yourself as an "Athlete." instead of a 'weekend warrior...' that may be the motivational ticket to supple/stretchy success!!
Finding concise material for the 'layman' has always alluded me. I love finding tips like these!! Here are two great write-ups on shoulder and back health from Kim Russell.
Posted by Brett Barton at 9:08 PM
Now kiddies, when you're in the canyon somewhere and you made it through the big scary triple drop, but you reeeally want to portage the one that ends with the riverwide stomper, but you get cliffed out before you can get back down to river level... the 'hasty harness' is your ticket to freedom. The fellas over at ITS tactical made this short little video demonstrating two different methods of tying a hasty harness. I like the first method because the webbing can also be used to create an anchor for mechanical advantage rope systems.
I use 1" tubular webbing in my rescue kit. It's light, really strong, and cheap. Most climbing or outdoor adventure stores carry webbing. Your local paddlesports shop is sure to have webbing and all your other river rescue supplies. 15-20 feet is a good length to have. An old fashioned tape measure is a great tool to estimate the ideal length for you before you purchase. It's an easy thing to practice. Paddle safe.
Hasty Harness video
Posted by Brett Barton at 5:26 PM
I had no idea either, but sure enough... take a guess.
even night time is cool...
Paul, on the right, and Santos the crazy local reporter
computer work con amigotito
hand signaling during rescue class
guess who's strainer bait...
you can barely see my helmet in there
everyone got a shot at live-bait victim retrieval
live-baitng victims doesn't always go smooth, especially for the victim
then it was off to the clinic for some ear antibiotico...
Hadir, one of the Red Cross volunteers, listens close
Chris Jonason teaching these guys invaluable rope systems
can you count out the mechanical advantage?
using what the river has given
even the kids want to get involved
Wilmer pays attention, he knows the floods will come
Eric ziplines across
just sitting down to lunch
modified kayak "platform" in a highline system
using a tractor for a mobile anchor
the whole gang!!
always pratice in the pool before you go to the river
Catch more comedy, safety and boating at: http://creeksides.blogspot.com
Posted by Brett Barton at 11:17 PM
Posted by Tracyd at 4:54 PM
Posted by Tracyd at 5:52 PM
We had good descents last week end with David A. and Raph T. in Alps. We have down Guil, Gironde, Malafosse, and Guisane rivers ! we had a low water level, but it was enough to have lot of fun !
I tried the WRSI face protection system. it's interesting to have this protection with this king of rapid.
It’s possible to have hight water level in others rivers in Alps, like Veneon, Romanche river. Because there are glaciers upper. Alps’ local kayakers are very lucky ;-).
And it’s great to work in compagny close to this mountain.
Posted by c1marc at 3:12 AM