On the River Flow – March 2017

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March 2017
Gene17’s River Flow Newsletter
After a challenging winter in Devon, our spring season has just started in Slovenia. Both Jakub Sedivy and Deb Pinniger have joined Simon Westgarth on the Soča. First up is our Next Generation Training course, a kind of boot camp for those wish to join the industry. Soon Jake Holland will also head to Slovenia, when Jakub Sedivy heads to Corsica for steep creeking in April.
Clearly a very busy start to the season. During May and June in Valsesia still has a lot of availability. The snow conditions acorss all our creeking destinaitons looks good. Recently we have added the option to do short courses in Valsesia, and a new coaching only group offering.

See Piemonte Short Courses for details.

Morning expresso awaits in Italy for those spring creeking days.

 

EDGING, IT’S ALL A QUESTION OF WHEN, FOR HOW LONG AND HOW MUCH

 

Recently Simon Westgarth penned an article about edging white water.  He looks at edging for tracking, breaking out and in.

JOIN US THIS SPRING CREEKING
There is nothing better than dusting off the winter blues, than a clean lip off a perfect spout into a plunge pool.  Steep Creeking in spring is what Corsica and Piemonte are all about.  All fine granite bedrock destinations, full of clean drops, slides and rapids, all fair white water to enjoy.  All these destinations have a unique culture, great local food and good selections of beer and wine to help polish off another day of pool drop perfection.
On all of our trips there is of course a large slice of coaching.  This coaching is not planned lessons, but sessions that target individual needs and focus on performance to simply get more fun out of your paddling. It’s always big smiles when great lines are run.  Off the water the great service does not stop, all our trips include accommodation, local pick up and all the river shuttles of course.  On our Road Trips, the paddlers decide the catering solutions, where we tend to cook or eat out as the occasion permits, whilst in Piemonte it’s all fully catered.

Our Steep Creeking trips we offer start in spring in both Corsica and Piemonte. See below for current availability.

 

CURRENT STEEP CREEKING TRIP SPACES & PLACES FOR SPRING 2017

10/17 April – Corsica Steep Creeking – FULL 
16/23 April – Corsica Road Trip – 3 PLACES LEFT 
30/7 April/May – Piemonte Steep Creeking – 4 PLACES LEFT
7/14 May – Piemonte Steep Creeking – 4 PLACES LEFT
21/28 May – Piemonte Steep Creeking – 3 PLACES LEFT
28/4 May/June – Intro to Creeking – 2 PLACES LEFT
4/11 June – Intro to Creeking – 2 PLACES LEFT

COACHING GROUP OFFER
Mediterranean sun, great food and fine paddling. Every spring we go to Valsesia in Italy. We delight in the teaching of others. And whilst we have been focused on delivering our all inclusive trips, over the years we get repeated requests for both shorter courses and also our week long programmes as a coaching only option.  In 2017, we have rolled out a number of new programmes for both individuals and groups. With a week long package offer for groups of 3, including airport shuttle, kayak/paddle hire and premium coaching for 1800€.  Do you want to join us? See Piemonte Short Courses now for details.

PIEMONTE SHORT COURSE STEEP CREEKING FOR SPRING 2017
    8/9 May – Steep Creek Clinic
    10/11 May – Safety & Rescue
    12/13 May – Boofs & Drops
    22/23 May – Steep Creek Clinic
    24/25 May – Safety & Rescue
    26/27 May – Boofs & Drops

VALSESIA RIVER FESTIVAL 19/21 MAY 2017

 

A White Water Kayaking Festival for all, the Valsesia River Festival, has races, films & more. White Water Kayaking is full of choice, and at this festival you’ll have lots to choose from.
With an OK looking snow pack from this winter, we’re looking at an OK creeking season. Some good water, fine drops and good food, an ideal destination for paddling. See Valsesia River Festival for details.

FRENCH ALPS IN SUMMER
During June the French Alps is home to some great white water.  Alpine in nature, being continuous and fast, these boulder gardens are fun in the sun. Andrew Bonney heads up our French Alps programmes, running Guided Tours and British Canoeing Courses.
Our Guided Tours are 5 days guiding with coaching from Monday’s to Friday’s. The BC courses we offer in the French Alps are from their river leader programmes. The BC 4 & 5 Star, including assessments are available in June.  See below for dates:

GUIDED TOURS

12/16 June – Full Charger
19/23 June – Progressive & Dynamic
26/30 June –  Alpine Fundamentals
 
 

See you on the river.

Best Regards,

Simon Westgarth
Gene17 Ltd
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