The Soca river was the next stop on our tour in and around Austria. This river is famous around the world not only for the pristine water and the diverse whitewater of all difficulties but its also know for the beautiful surrounding valley and awesome food. Generally speaking - good times! After Reiner and the guys had driven over the Großglockner pass road and I had picked up my wife in Villach we all met up again at camp Lazar in Kobarid.
|Großglockner road - Photo: Reiner Glanz|
We spend the next days running many different sections of the Soca and doing laps on the infamous cataract gorge. To make it short, this river is one of the best in the alps.
|Reiner and Jim at Soca cateract|
|Soca cateract gorge - Photo: Daniel Brasuell|
After two laid-back days in Slovenia we checked the gauges again and decided to do a quick switchover to eastern Tyrol. We had our eyes on a section that is usually only run in late fall with low water - the Isel gorge. Although the last days had already been warmer in the valleys they still had been quite cold higher up. Since the Isel comes from high mountains it had only risen very little to a perfect level for the gorge.
This section is quite special. It’s a short one distance wise, but it contains some must run rapids, two portages with repels and a barely scoutable, unportagable exit slide/fall that drops about 10 meters.
|Jim boofs the first one of Isel gorge|
|Exciting whitewater between vertical walls|
|first rappel, some people jump here...|
|Daniel on the rappel|
|Daniel below the second rappel|
|Harald entering the big exit drop|
|Jim on the same|
|same drop, different view - Photo: Reiner Glanz|
We took advantage of the low levels again on the next day and got on the Prosegg gorge of the Tauernbach - another run that is usually done in fall. Nice whitewater with some must runs here and there and some fun boogie in-between. Don’t miss the takeout since it drops into some unrunnable gnar, thats very difficult to portage on river level!
|One of the must runs on Tauernbach|
After these seldom run specials we showed our American friends some classics of eastern Tyrol - Defereggenbach (Schwarzach) waterfalls, Tunnel-run and the Isel cataract.
|Jim runs the first waterfall on Defereggenbach|
|Fly! - Photo: Reiner Glanz|
|Photo: Reiner Glanz|
|Jim on the second falls - Photo: Reiner Glanz|
|Same from below|
|Isel valley, another day ends|
|Paul enjoys the moment|
The first week of boating together came to an end and Reiner had to leave the group to go home with his wife Ali who had joined us three days earlier to work. The rest of the group continued on to Italy.
This are Daniels videos about this part of the trip:
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South Tyrol is next!