Alps Bucket List:

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Alps Bucket List:

Postby AndrewR » Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:38 am

I see no hype whatsoever about this Alps trip! Can't believe it, I was jittery with excitement for months beforehand when I first went.. Maybe your all just hiding it really well...

Pretty big deal for NUIG with it being the first one in 4 years!

How about the people going come up with some goals to achieve/ fun things to do when over there..

These can be anything from tasting Italian wine, to running a 20 foot waterfall or getting on a particular river even just getting an offside roll...



My Bucket List:
Jump off Campertogno Bridge
Have an Ice Cream and a Beer in the Sunshine at a takeout
Rope Aran out of a hole :laugh:
Have an massive Irish evening at the Sorba Slides with a BBQ and Beer with all the university clubs....
Run the Egua, Sermanzino and California section of the Ayasse
Boof Landwasser waterfall

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Postby johns86 » Wed Apr 30, 2014 9:48 am

Landwasser would be a one for me too alright.
Sorba slides again for the fun.
Not break my shiny new boat. No, really.
Wouldn't mind doing something different on one day (we went paragliding last time.... maybe hang-gliding this time?)
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Re: Alps Bucket List:

Postby Aran K » Wed Apr 30, 2014 8:07 pm

Hmmmm...

Definitely Landwasser!
Euga, Sesia and the Gronda (maybe in week two though)
Run all the sections of the Soca (maybe not Siphon gorge, that seems a little consequential). Mostly since this could be an awesome spot to bring first years next year and I'd like to suss it out a bit this year!
Sorba slides for the photos!
I'd love to get a bit of playboating done over there. The second half of the sunshine section near Briancon looks like an awesome playboat run!
Briançon Gorge
Level 5 training would be sweet

Not get stuck in any holes just so Andrew can't tick off all his list :P
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Re: Alps Bucket List:

Postby AndrewR » Sun May 04, 2014 6:44 pm

Simon, Roisin, Pumpkin, Jayne, Staunton, Ffrench and Ciaran!

Goal-setting beforehand will go a long way in helping all of you improve and getting the most out of the trip.

Advice:

I know its exam time but where you find the free time you might consider some of the following...

Get paddling fit and build up some upper body muscular strength beforehand, or you'll be taking a whole bunch of rest days because you are not physically ready, two weeks of solid kayaking takes its toll on the body. There will be long days of paddling often accompanied with a few lengthily hikes.

Injury is most likely to occur if you jump onto these rivers with your body not physically ready. You have a few weeks after exams end to really work on this, give these new Alpine G3/4 rivers the respect they deserve and prepare.

Set pre-trip goals like getting in the creek boat you are using and be able to roll both sides and hand roll it before you get to the Alps.

Do some slalom in the creek boats on the lower corrib even carrying you boat back from there on a regular basis will help.

At least seem a little bit excited?

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Set the bar high for yourselves! Two weeks seems like a long time but when your out there it will fly by and before you know it you'll be back home wishing you were there.

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Re: Alps Bucket List:

Postby Roisin M » Mon May 05, 2014 12:07 am

There is hype ... your just not around the club Andrew!!! Wonder why that is?? :-P :-P :-P

(And lord god what have you started I'm never going to study)

I wana paddle paddle paddle and not injure myself
Set up a solid plan for a trip that can be done every year with first years
Not crash any cars
and be in a video where I'm upright and running something awesome (stupid flesk video)
and wouldn't mind trying paragliding.

Rivers:
So I've watched millions of videos, studied the map and read blogs/guides etc.

In my wildest dreams
The Ubaye and the Guil in france

"The locals love it when tourists come to paddle the Ubaye because they always find good gear down at the bottom of the river in the lake" :-o

The Cena and the Bagnone in Italy

And Ill watch you guys do the Euga and Ayasse
(Then again if i get there and see it ... i'lll be like fuck yeeaahh)

Realistic
The sesia, The Gronda, Sorba, landwasser, campertogno (Soooo pretty)
loads to do on my head

Suss out for first year trip
The Gyr and the Guisane, them fun runs around Briancon look perf intro stuff

:rock: :rock: :rock: :rock: :rock: :rock: :rock: :rock: :rock:

John how bout this

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Postby johns86 » Mon May 05, 2014 12:52 pm

:clap:
You organise and pay for the plane/parachute instructor, and I am THERE! :)
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Postby johns86 » Wed May 07, 2014 1:31 pm

I just bought the latest river guide book on amazon. just over €15 if anyone wants to get one.
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Re: Alps Bucket List:

Postby Simon » Wed May 07, 2014 3:13 pm

I've been trying to avoid procrastinating on this list for the last week....Trying to stay focused on final exams Andrew, don't need your encouragement to do anymore procrastinating. I'm going to keep my goals simple.

Pre-trip:
-offside rolling: haven't practiced in a year, definitely need to at least try it in a creeker
-hand-rolling: not sure if I've ever been comfortable hand-rolling a creeker, will practice next week after exams

Trip goals:(avoiding looking up rivers and videos deliberately)
-never refuse a second/third/fourth run at something out of laziness when someone else is doing it, I've been guilty of doing this on rivers in Ireland- When you're already on the river you might as well try to do it better/something different, a fact I've often ignored instead of carrying the boat back up
-get some really good footage and make a proper video
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