Day 5 – Waterfalls!

This was it! The grand finale, and what better than attempting to run down a series of waterfalls? Having always had a fear of heights, I have to say that I never thought I would be able to manage this! The waterfalls varied in height. The first few we ran down were relatively small, and […]

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Day 3 – Colliding with a rock face!

If I’ve been told once I’ve been told a thousand times “Look where you want to go. If you look where you don’t want to go that’s where you’ll go.” Simple and obvious advice that I completely forgot about as I looked at the rock in front of me and then collided spectacularly into it. […]

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Day 2 – Tears on The Rocky River Gyronde

My bubble was burst when I was confronted with the river Gyronde. As we arrived at Vallouise, I looked down towards the river, and all I could see was rocks. The water levels were low, so I would have to pick my way carefully, slowing myself down as I went to give myself time to […]

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Alps Adventure day 1 – real rivers!

We began our trip at the slalom course at Argentiere-la-Bessee. As I looked at the water for the first time, I realized that it was a far cry from paddling on a man-made course: it was much more beautiful, but it also contained many more hazards than I am used to seeing, including real rocks! […]

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The countdown’s on – 4 days to go!

With just 4 days to go before we set off for the French Alps, last-minute preparations are well underway to bring the project to life. There’s nothing like a massive ‘Kayak for Blackthorn’ logo on the side of a Land Rover Discovery to bring home the reality that this is actually happening, and that this […]

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Rafa Ortiz gives me some tips

Soon after I began paddling, I discovered a film called Chasing Niagara which documented Red Bull kayaker, Rafa Ortiz as he hatched a plan to kayak over Niagra Falls. Watching him kayak through treacherously dangerous but incredibly beautiful rivers involving descents from great heights was mezmerizing. Rafa has run some of the biggest waterfalls in […]

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