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Whitewater kayaking

I like whitewater kayaking for the great landscape you get to see only from the river, particularly the sort of landscape people don't choose "landscape" format to photograph.

Being a bit on the lazy side, I like my rivers gently sloped so I don't have to work so much for propulsion.

Needless to say, the average river I run looks much less spectacular. Since waterproof digital cameras are available, people photograph much more on the river, so I even have some photographs of calmer parts of my paddling trips:

A month in New Zealand 2011/12

My 2009 trip to Corsica

Paddling in Albania 2007

Impressions from my trip to Greece in 2006

Some pictures I took on my 2005 trip to Corsica (in German)


Kayaking is fun...

...and occasionally funny things happen, as here:

It doesn't really matter whether you leave your paddle behind by mistake,
so long as you've got friends who carry things after you.
The new boats! Don't let them get wet!
Some people like sub-yaks.
So when's that French guy, Godot, coming?
Now is Uli diversifying into photography courses?

Besides, ...

...you learn what to do when you're away from
civilisation and your car won't start...
...and you get to meet the most amazing people...
...some of whom drink strange clear liquids from fruit juice bottles.
Some even become devout, if only by accident...

A whitewater dictionary

Here is a mini-dictionary of common terms from river guides in three languages:

English Français Deutsch
eddy contre Kehrwasser
wave vague Welle
stopper rouleau Walze
hole trou Loch
recirculation rappel Rücklauf
being pinned coincement Verklemmung
chute chute, toboggan Rutsche
drop seuil Stufe
pool vasque Gumpen
tongue (of water) langue Stromzunge
jet gicleé Strahl
rock wall fallaise Felswand
barrage, weir barrage, digue Staudamm, Wehr
impassable infran, infranchissable unfahrbar
section tronçon, parcour Abschnitt
downstream en aval flussab
upstream an amont flussauf
run descente Befahrung
slope pente Gefälle
water supply alimentation Wasserversorgung
remoteness isolement Ausgesetztheit
scout reperer, reconnaître besichtigen
boof sauter boofen
gauge échelle Pegel
water level niveau Wasserstand
discharge débit Durchfluss
flood crue Hochwasser
kayak, boat kayak, bateau Kajak, Boot
paddle pagaïe Paddel

Whitewater links

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