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Liamone – middle section

When watching the Sick Line-clips from Corsica, we had huge expectations about Liamone. And it did not disappoint us.

Hug the rock!

Hug a rock!

Water level:     120cm (high according to locals and book)
Grade:        IV – IV+ (V)
Time:        4h
Put in by bridge outside
Take out at first bridge.
Shuttle took 45min one way (bumpy road!)

The river was easy at the beginning, a good warm up. The difficult part started with a 1.5m drop, with a very sticky stopper at left side. Both of us were drawn to the left before the drop and were stuck for a couple of seconds. Then followed a couple of nice rapids. Portaged one rightward drop. It was probably doable on river right, but we considered the stopper including the cosy undercut to be too dark for a possible sleepover in there.

The portage is almost as dangerous as the drop you avoid.

The portage is almost as dangerous as the drop you avoid.

Some drops followed, until a large gorge. This had two drops, with stoppers at the bottom. They seemed quite sticky, and we decided to portage on right side. This took about 45min. Bring carabineers and belay device to lower kayaks! We jumped into the river from a 2m high plateau. Then some easy rapids (II-III) followed. Takeout is on a sandbank 100 m after bridge (right). The bridge is a very nice diving spot for after-kayaking activities.

You do want some momentum for some of the stoppers in this river.

You do want some momentum for some of the stoppers in this river.

29 mai, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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