Archiv für den Monat: Januar 2011

short-distance winter escape: liguria/tuscany end of 2010

end of 2010 came with cool force and made us flee to the south. this year we all were short in time, so we skipped portugal and chose a much nearer destination. after checking out the region around la spezia in dec 2009, we took two more attempts in november and december.

first time thomas motz, jules and me took profit of a long weekend and decided the rivers on the gulf of genova. after 7 hours of driving (from augsburg) we pitched the tent in gipsy style next to the main road in magra valley. most of the rivers are concentrated in the valley of magra at the border between tuscany and liguria. in two days we paddled taverone, frigido and gordana. after taverone with medium flow (THE classical river in the area) and the frigido with low flow (gave us much time to admire the carrara marble), for sure the most crazy run was on gordana. luckily our local friend lorenzo not only gave us accomodation in his house in sarzana but also guided us down that hidden gem. three gorges are blocking the valley, each of them runnable and pristine (awesome scenery included), one hairy portage with climbing on ice-covered cliffs. and of course snow during the whole run!

good reason to spend sunday in la spezia to see the local yoghurterias.

you’ll find some photos of that trip in the galery

in last week of december we came again with salome, jules, felix and jonas.

better weather, but same so-so levels kept us at vara, taverone (including the furious trib tavernelle) and sturla before the boys headed further to the french border.