Britain to the French Alps, then Lyon, back to the French Alps, then Norway, then Uganda, then back to Britain, then the Austrian Alps, back to the French Alps, then home … what a summer! Since May I've been travelling around running FlowFree trips, boating with friends, filming and racing, with a very tight schedule! Last time I updated on here, I'd made it as far as Lyon (check out what I was up to in part 1!). I'm going to take you with me on a whistle stop tour of the highlights from the rest of my epic summer of paddling … We begin back in the French Alps, around mid-June, when there were awesome river levels, ideal for a FlowFree trip
Hammer time on the Fournel – trying to throw synchronised hammers with Geraint Anderson had rather mixed results, but was a lot of fun!
One afternoon we decided to go and investigate the top of the Biasse Valley. We looked at the so-called 'Teacups' and decided they were a lot of effort for a couple of fairly manky drops, but on hiking up the other trib we found some rather exciting stuff …
Geraint Anderson getting in amongst it
One of my personal highlights from my two weeks here was 'Guil Day', where a bunch of us ran from above the upper gorge of the Guil, through the upper gorge, Chateaux Qeuyras, Guardian Angel and into the middle Guil all in an afternoon. What a blast! This is one of my favourite rivers, especially in good flow.
Oh, I almost forgot, the annual Student Boater-X … good banter, fun races and a healthy amount of inflatables always make for a good event.
Thanks to everyone who I paddled with in France, it was most excellent. So next stop Norway and Uganda (via a couple of days downhill biking in Morzine and a very special wedding in Geneva) … Epic Summer Part 3 will be with you soon … If you want to see more photos from the Alps (including more of the Biasse Superslide), check out my Flickr stream. Dates of 2013 FlowFree trips will be released soon, so if you fancy joining us keep an eye on the website.
About the author
About the author
A Welsh girl through and through, Lowri is one of Britain’s leading female paddlers and coaches. Having represented her country for many years in freestyle, collecting gold medals in both British and European Championships, she now continues to notch up podium finishes in most of Europe’s extreme races, and has first descents to her name in Mongolia and Georgia.