Gallery 14: Winter paddling trips, part 2.

In the winter of 2001/2002 we did a couple of winter paddling trips where ice and snow helped create a beautiful backdrop. Here are some of the pictures of those trips.

Wilko

Winter 2002, Ottava river, Czech Republic. The put in, Milos and Tomas. Milos would quickly be finding out that paddling with bare hands in this weather was not very smart.
Winter 2002, Ottava river, Czech Republic. The whole group together, after Tomas, Milos and I had run the first rapids without Klara and Petra.
Winter 2002, Ottava river, Czech Republic. Tomas, against a beautiful backdrop.
Winter 2002, Ottava river, Czech Republic. Klara and Petra in an eddy. By now it was snowing so hard that looking into the wind was almost impossible.
Winter 2002, Ottava river, Czech Republic. Even though I got splashed with water all the time, the snow collected on my red helmet and swimming vest.
Winter 2002, Ottava river, Czech Republic. Klara and Petra in another eddy on the Ottava.
Winter 2002, Ottava river, Czech Republic. From left to right: Klara, Milos, Tomas, Petra and me. By now it was snowing so hard that we're virtually unrecognisable through the snow.
Winter 2002, Ottava river, Czech Republic. Although we were only on the river for a little over an hour and a half, over five centimetres (two inches) of snow covered my car.
Winter 2002/2003, Irrel Waterfalls, Germany. Niels, Steven and me getting ready to change and paddle.
Winter 2002/2003, Irrel Waterfalls, Germany. Niels and Steven getting ready to walk to the put-in. They show very clearly how we carry our boats.
Winter 2002/2003, Irrel Waterfalls, Germany. After I lead the way, using my boat as a sled, Niels and Steven also gave it a try. Here Niels is coming down.
Winter 2002/2003, Irrel Waterfalls, Germany. Steven comes down a rapid, with organ-pipe shaped icicles covering the rocks all around him.
Winter 2002/2003, Irrel Waterfalls, Germany. Niels catching an eddy at the bottom of the first rapid.
Winter 2002/2003, Irrel Waterfalls, Germany. Niels paddling the bridge rapid.
Winter 2002/2003, Irrel Waterfalls, Germany. Steven getting ready to run the staircase at the bottom of the gorge.
Winter 2002/2003, Irrel Waterfalls, Germany. Steven coming out of the bottom of the staircase.
Winter 2002/2003, Irrel Waterfalls, Germany. Niels dodging a strainer and some rocks.
Winter 2002/2003, Irrel Waterfalls, Germany. This is the river wide strainer that Niels can be seen paddling under on river left.
Winter 2002/2003, Irrel Waterfalls, Germany. This is Steven showing how not to navigate this rapid (just below the strainer above). Picture by Niels van den Broek.
Winter 2002/2003, Irrel Waterfalls, Germany. Steven runs the staircase rapid. Picture by Niels van den Broek.
Winter 2002/2003, Irrel Waterfalls, Germany. I'm catching an eddy. Picture by Niels van den Broek.

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Copyright 2002 by Wilko van den Bergh

Note: All of these pictures: copyright 2002 by Wilko van den Bergh.
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