After meeting up with the rest of the group (Reiner picked up our new Riot kayaks two days earlier) we drove a little south. We found a juicy but runnable stretch on the upper Germanasca southwest of Turino after deciding that the Chiusella was way to high. I didn't make any pictures since it was still raining and we didn't stop a lot after scouting the whole stretch before running it.
|"Riverwanking" has to be planned - The group is searching for possible drainages to run|
Afterwards we drove up to the Soana river to spend a rainy night up in the valley. The next day the Soana was extremely high with an estimated flow of over 100m³ at the put in. - "Riverwanking" again!!
Finally we decided to take a look at the Orco river which is damed and normally doesn't go. This might have been the best decision of the trip. The Orco offers a 10km long section class 4-5, but only when all the other rivers are very high.
|The Soana river flowing at about 100m³ - Way to much|
|Reiner Glanz running an awesome slide - Orco river|
|Robert Machacek - same drop|
|David Krismayr aka DangerDave showing the best line of the day|
|Me running the same drop and enjoying the first sun rays of the trip. - Photo: Reiner Glanz|
|Being stoked - Photo: Reiner Glanz|
After 3 days of steady thunderstorms every couple hours the rain finally took a break allowing the swollen creeks to fall to reasonable levels. That way we could quickly run the Chiusella before driving back home on Tuesday.
|Robert Machacek running the big drop of the Chiusella - Photo: Reiner Glanz|
|Robert Machacek - Chiusella - Photo: Reiner Glanz|
|Bombing through some holes - Photo: Reiner Glanz|
|Chiusella - last slide of the trip - Photo: Reiner Glanz|
|Lorenz Holzer going new-school with old-school gear|
Although the trip was only 4 days long and we could run only one classic in the area it proved to be a awesome experience. Can't wait to get back there next year.