A Guided Week of Steep Creeks in Piemonte


Nilas on the San Giovanni
We were three Danish paddlers wanting to open up the playground of Italian creeks, and so went there for a week in early may with Matt Tidy as our guide.
We all met up at the camp site in Campertogno, situated just next to the Sesia River, which served as our base almost throughout the week.
Mads on Gronda
Besides the white water, the lush greenery of the area was very impressive and made me think of spring in places like India and Nepal. Not to mention the high quality of the food, which was both easily available and affordable.
Mads on the San Giovanni
The Sesia River served as a good warm up and had quite a lot of distance to be covered, descending down through an open forested valley with few constrictions and drops along the way.

From here on things immediately got steeper. Starting out with the Gronda and Sorba which got us in tune wich the precise and technical manoeuvring of Alpine creeking , and also served at beating or two at the same occasion.
All on the Gronda
Next was the Egua which was a real treat, and without a doubt some of the best white water I’ve been exposed to.

From there we went for a park n’ huck at the San Giovanni, followed by a visit at the Ribo waterfall which we decided to save for next year.

All in all it was an amazing week of paddling. Thanks Matt and Gene17…


Team was: Matt Tidy, Morten Engsted, Mads Udsen and Nilas Brinck