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    Default A canoe-camp along the 'Jewel in the Crown'

    A canoe-camp along the River Allier from Chapeauroux to Alleyras in Aug 2011 with my brother-in-law Mark and his son Ed, myself and my son Monty.

    In Peter Knowles book 'White Water Massif Central' [An excellent book, thanks Slime]......Peter describes this run as "the Jewel in the Crown for paddling in the Massif Central Nearly 40 rapids in all, continuous class 2 white water, with a few easy class 3 rapids, all in a beautiful wild gorge, assured water levels, crystal clear water, and the hot sunshine of southern France...............well he was absolutely right, it's one of our favourite runs.

    Hope you enjoy the clips....be sure to have your speakers on or earphones in.

    Last edited by Matto; 9th-April-2012 at 09:27 AM. Reason: updated video link

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    Superb ! Thanks for posting.

    What camera were you using ?
    Nobody cares what phone you posted from

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    Nice one Tim, enjoyed that. It's wrong though you know? Sunshine and whitewater, just wrong, I'm almost sure of it.
    Matto

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    Fabulous images, great sentiments, well chosen sound-track, thanks for sharing it all, now I wanna go paddle !
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    Apparently SME, EMI, or TSA blocked the video here..... Too bad, because 40 class 2 and 3 rapids would go down real good.

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    Great video Tim and lovely to see you and Monty paddling together.

    I so want to paddle the Allier.

    Any vids of Monistrol or Prades stretches?

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    A lovely video. Thanks for showing it to us.

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    That was great Tim! Looks like a brilliant river, and nice to share it with the lads. The Allier just went higher up the list...

    Loved the 633 Squadron music. On the TV in the background is a programme about the Battle of Britain, so i also had the soundtrack of Merlin engines to go with it!
    Covering as many malmiles as possible before being distracted by the pub!

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    Looks like a great trip Sprout. Thanks for sharing it.

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    Great, real treat and brings back nice memories for me too. Thanks for sharing
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    That was great, Thank you for posting, loved the sound track too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushcraft paddler View Post
    What camera were you using ?
    A Pentax Optio W60 on a GorillaPod, Gorilla taped to the gunnel.


    Quote Originally Posted by Matto View Post
    Nice one Tim, enjoyed that. It's wrong though you know? Sunshine and whitewater, just wrong, I'm almost sure of it.
    .............You know, I could get used to it.


    Quote Originally Posted by ezwater View Post
    Apparently SME, EMI, or TSA blocked the video here..... Too bad, because 40 class 2 and 3 rapids would go down real good.
    Yes, sorry about that........ I had a message from YouTube [after I had posted it] that two pieces of music I was using, would cause this..............why they just don't disable the music to allow you guys to see the video I do not know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by elveys View Post
    Any vids of Monistrol or Prades stretches?
    Yes, Prades to Langeac....when I get a chance to put it together [busy planting potatoes and generally getting the veg garden and greenhouses ship-shape].

    No, Monistrol to Prades....... unfortunately, on one of the drops, the force of the water snapped the camera off the GorillaPod and into the river it sank [I am pretty sure it was the same drop as in Adrian C's avatar]................this is a fantastic run but I would suggest it is not for the faint-hearted as there are some big bouldery drops and wave-trains...... some of these are on sweeping bends, [just to add to the fun]. Monty and I only had one occasion when getting through a rapid we were effectively paddling in a bath tub full of water at the end of it.

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    fabulous images! 10/10.
    sod work, im off for a paddle.

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    great post... I'm tempted!!!

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    The Allier is a really nice river, I recommend it if you want to paddle a bit of everything from slow and placid to very fun and bubbly.
    I can't hear banjos, but I did see a guy playing the bagpipes once...

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    hello
    excellent video
    thanks for sharing
    i am so tempted

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    Nice video, thanks for posting - hopefully heading out that way this summer.

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    Thanks for ruining a miserable, dank, dreary Easter weekend!
    Global warming? Bring it on! ALL paddling should be llike that!
    More of the same please!

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    I wanna go...I wanna go!

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    I'll be getting the authorities onto you matey, exhibiting exhilerating footage of G 2's, sunshine up to 35 degrees and prolonged paddling in great company ....................... you'll be getting years for (of) this!!!!!
    So there!!!!!!
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    lovely - enjoyed that and am planning a holiday in my head...

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    As promised: Prades to Langeac




    Suggest you have your speakers on/earphones in, to get the full experience.
    Last edited by Sprout; 4th-July-2012 at 08:23 AM.

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    Thanks Sprout I enjoyed your video.

    Did I spot a kingfisher or dipper at about 7m 04s?

    I must get down that way and have a go at the French Waters.

    Maybe next year! The Wobbly Water Group are discussing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Knowles
    the Jewel in the Crown for paddling in the Massif Central Nearly 40 rapids in all, continuous class 2 white water, with a few easy class 3 rapids, all in a beautiful wild gorge, assured water levels, crystal clear water, and the hot sunshine of southern France
    Hard to disagree! This was my verdict in the blog we wrote last year...

    Quote Originally Posted by GregandGinaS View Post
    This was by far and away the best paddling of our trip: the water level was just enough. Routefinding was a tad trickier than it would have been with another 4"/10 cm of water... but the rapids came in quick succession and the best of them were a class apart from what we'd been encountering on the Drôme and Ardèche. The landscape was also darker and more imposing: this felt more like a northern wilderness river!

    We ended the trip at Le Pont d'Alleyras, and then parted with Claude and François, who shot off with a long drive ahead of them. The rest of us found a café with a terrace, supped hot chocolate / ice cream and waited 20 minutes or so for the train that was to be our singularly impressive shuttle back to the start of the trip!
    Source: "Dad and Daughter in France: Drôme (Canoe Festival), Ardèche, Allier".

    That trip, I was too preoccupied with my then 6-year old tandem partner to take many photos (let alone video). Having yours to review brings back the memories: thanks very much!

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    Brilliant Tim, Thanks for putting it together and posting it. 2013 must be the year to get out there.

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    Great video Tim, thanks for posting. Really looking forward to our trip.

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    Great vid, great trip, great music.

    That was great !!!

    Thanks for sharing.
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