The Alps is not just a classic paddling destination, in many ways it is a right of passage for UK whitewater boaters developing their skills. Live2Flow’s first visit was in 2000 and I’ve been coaching and guiding there since 2010. It is a near perfect whitewater playground and although there is a lot of focus on the more difficult rivers, it is also a great place for intermediates to sharpen their skills on higher volume rivers in the sunshine.
Here is the lowdown:
Dates – This trip will not run in 2018 as Live2Flow is focusing on establishing an Austrian Alps Whitewater Holiday. Expect it to return in 2019 though, where the usual plan is to paddle Sunday to Saturday (7 days on the water) which allows full days of travel on Saturday before & the Sunday afterwards to get maximum value for a week off work!
Paddling – Usually a late season slot outside term time when the rivers will be a little lower meaning more water accessible to a wider range of paddlers, with all grades a bit less intimidating at lower flow levels. The minimum standard required to come on the trip is to be comfortable on Grade 2 and have experience of successfully paddling Grade 3 rapids. River sections will be tailored to the group; some sections will be planned in for the whole group (Grade 2/3), some specifically for the more advanced paddlers to push themselves (Grade 3/4) with the aim being to get everybody on the water for at least one section per day.
Accommodation – Camping in the sun!!! I will book a campsite in the Durance Valley which is clean, relatively quiet and well located. Camping fees will be up to about £70 for the week, paid to the campsite directly.
Travel – Driving is the advised option as it is economic (with at least 3 in the vehicle) and allows you to bring your boat and kit. It is usually less than 10hrs driving in France, plus travel UK side and ferry. Cost wise you need to factor in ferry charges, tolls and around 1500 miles of fuel usage. I would suggest a ferry early Saturday morning and full day drive to arrive that evening then reversing this on the return leg on Sunday.
Numbers – This trip needs a minimum of 4 paddlers to run. The maximum numbers will depend on balance of group ability & availabilty of leaders. We are staying in a campsite so accommodating non paddling friends or family just wanting a week in the sun is not a problem.
Cost – The 2019 price for guiding and coaching will be set when the dates are announced. Camping, travel and food are additional costs.