This summer I decided to take off work for almost two months to spend some time in Norway for some kayaking and mountainbike adventures.
|Store Ula, Rondane|
The first ten days my cousin Lorenz and myself started out outrip in the Sjoa region where we met the group with my brother, Daniel and Diane. After doing some runs with them we quickly drove up north to explore the less known rivers around Trondheim. Weather was really bad, with rain and cold temperatures, but spirits were still high and we managed to put on 22 runs in ten days, also thanks to our new toy, a "shuttlemaxi". Taking pictures and video is kinda hard when you are in a goup of two and its almost snowing, so sadly there is not that much footage exept POV that is hard to show without shame ;)
|Spätzle, wine and there is the good mood.|
|Store Ula, Mira Kodada|
|Norwegian Fairydale Village|
After Lorenz left by plane from Trondheim the next group arrived. Manuel Köhler and Michi Wutti from home and Darin McQuoid and Rok Sribar from the US (bzw. Slovenia) joined us.
Unfortunatly Wutti got hurt on the first run and had to fly home right away.
The original plan was to explore some of the more northern regions around Hatfjelldal and Mo i Rana that have been getting more focus the last years. Unfortunatly weather and snowconditions provided us with too high levels in this regions, so we decided to stay a little more south.
The weather conditions were still far from great, but kayaking is a wet sport and we continued to have quality runs.
|New group after a 25 hour drive, Trondheim Airport|
|Driva, Graura Put-In|
|Lea and the fighting sheep|
First we ran the Graura Section on the Driva at a nice high level. Nobody of our group knew this section and it provided some fast and demanding action.
Then we decided to run upper Rauma and Ulvea.
|upper Rauma, Little Huka|
After this we drove further to the south and spend some time around Otta and Sjoa with Jori, Finna, Skjoli, Sjoa and Skjerva at good levels. Skjoli scared the shit out of us, while Finna was one of the best runs of the trip. Thanks to Adrian, Olli and the rest for showing us the lines.
|does the boat fit?, Skjoli Put-In|
|Skjoli, one scary ride!!|
|Road to Voss|
|Also Lealausi needs some GoreTex|
With weather conditions not getting any better we decided to drive to Voss and try to run whatever was not too high. So we caught the Brandset, upper Jordalselva, Tysselva and Teigdal Double Drop at runable flows, eventhough the Tysselva was a little high I guess ;)
|Tysselva Slide, anybody wanna have a go??|
|Brandset Put-In Slide|
|what are they doing?|
|Myself and Rok on the classic Jordalselva Drop|
|Teigdalselva, Double Drop, 10pm|
After a few days in Voss Darin and Rok had to go home and took the train to Oslo. Manu and myself continued to have some good and scary times on upper Sognedal at high flows and finished our trip on lower Skjerva and Finna witch has to be one of the best combo runs out there.
|no fish ever bite when I fish :(|
|didn`t fill up for free, although its my gasstation...|
Stay tuned for the video which is in the works and for some mountainbike action as my wife and myself continued our trip to Are, Oppdal and Hafjell for some serious freeriding.
Thanks to Darin, Manu and Ali for the pictures and everybodyelse who joined us on this trip.
thanks for the support to: Liquidlogic Kayaks, Alpin Action, Sweetprotection, Kokatat, System X, Hf