20th annual Green River Race 2015

2015 was my first trip to the famous Green River Race. The 20th anniversery of this race seemed like a perfect time to visit the Narrows for the first time and try to post a good time in the longboat. A week before the race we had high levels, making it hard to get good practice laps at a 100% flow. Fortunatly I had Eric Deguil showing me lines all week. On race day I had a very good first half of the race and started screwing before the monkey, followed by a mistake in Scream Machine. After loosing approximatly more than 20 seconds I posted a time of 5:04, only 3 seconds faster than in my short boat. Missing my goals (sub 5, possibly sub 4:40) there is probably no way around coming back in 2016...

Thanks to Shane Benedict and Betsy Towns for their hospitality, Eric Deguil for the nice week of boating and Daniel and Diane Brasuell for their support! Big ups to John Grace, Colin Hunt and all the others for organizing such a cool event and having this anniversary! See ya next year!

Sweet Protection Whitewater
Alpin Action
System X

Wet Times Up North - Movie

In the summer of 2015 the GlanzBrothers were both up in Norway, but on separate trips with different groups. This video is the summery of two very wet, cold but successful trips to the classic creeks and rivers of Norway. 

Edit: Harald&Reiner Glanz 
Camera: Harald&Reiner Glanz, Diane&Daniel Brasuell, Manuel Köhler, Darin McQuoid Boaters: Harald&Reiner Glanz, Diane&Daniel Brasuell, Daniel Steward, Will Rudisill, Rok Sribar, Manuel Köhler, Darin McQuoid, Polo van Ooij 
Music: Flight Facilitis - With You & Stand Still, Alt J Tesselate, Skero - Gfrei di 
Thanks to Liquid Logic kayaks, Sweet Protection, Alpin Action and Kokatat!

Wet Times Up North

This summer I decided to take off work for almost two months to spend some time in Norway for some kayaking and mountainbike adventures. 

Store Ula, Rondane

The first ten days my cousin Lorenz and myself started out outrip in the Sjoa region where we met the group with my brother, Daniel and Diane. After doing some runs with them we quickly drove up north to explore the less known rivers around Trondheim. Weather was really bad, with rain and cold temperatures, but spirits were still high and we managed to put on 22 runs in ten days, also thanks to our new toy, a "shuttlemaxi". Taking pictures and video is kinda hard when you are in a goup of two and its almost snowing, so sadly there is not that much footage exept POV that is hard to show without shame ;)

Spätzle, wine and there is the good mood.

Store Ula, Mira Kodada

Norwegian Fairydale Village

Lorenz, Frya

After Lorenz left by plane from Trondheim the next group arrived. Manuel Köhler and Michi Wutti from home and Darin McQuoid and Rok Sribar from the US (bzw. Slovenia) joined us. 
Unfortunatly Wutti got hurt on the first run and had to fly home right away.
The original plan was to explore some of the more northern regions around Hatfjelldal and Mo i Rana that have been getting more focus the last years. Unfortunatly weather and snowconditions provided us with too high levels in this regions, so we decided to stay a little more south. 
The weather conditions were still far from great, but kayaking is a wet sport and we continued to have quality runs.

New group after a 25 hour drive, Trondheim Airport

Driva, Graura Put-In

Lea and the fighting sheep

First we ran the Graura Section on the Driva at a nice high level. Nobody of our group knew this section and it provided some fast and demanding action.
Then we decided to run upper Rauma and Ulvea.

upper Rauma, Little Huka

upper Rauma

After this we drove further to the south and spend some time around Otta and Sjoa with Jori, Finna, Skjoli, Sjoa and Skjerva at good levels. Skjoli scared the shit out of us, while Finna was one of the best runs of the trip. Thanks to Adrian, Olli and the rest for showing us the lines.

does the boat fit?, Skjoli Put-In

Skjoli, one scary ride!!


Road to Voss

Art ?

Also Lealausi needs some GoreTex

With weather conditions not getting any better we decided to drive to Voss and try to run whatever was not too high. So we caught the Brandset, upper Jordalselva, Tysselva and Teigdal Double Drop at runable flows, eventhough the Tysselva was a little high I guess ;) 

Tysselva Slide, anybody wanna have a go??

Brandset Put-In Slide
what are they doing?

Myself and Rok on the classic Jordalselva Drop

Teigdalselva, Double Drop, 10pm

After a few days in Voss Darin and Rok had to go home and took the train to Oslo. Manu and myself continued to have some good and scary times on upper Sognedal at high flows and finished our trip on lower Skjerva and Finna witch has to be one of the best combo runs out there.

no fish ever bite when I fish :(

didn`t fill up for free, although its my gasstation...

Stay tuned for the video which is in the works and for some mountainbike action as my wife and myself continued our trip to Are, Oppdal and Hafjell for some serious freeriding.
Thanks to Darin, Manu and Ali for the pictures and everybodyelse who joined us on this trip.

cheers, Re

thanks for the support to: Liquidlogic Kayaks, Alpin Action, Sweetprotection, Kokatat, System X, Hf

Norway Part 03 - Sjoa

Our intend was to end the trip in the Sjoa region. As flows kept getting higher every day, the first thing we wanted to run was the Store Ula, before it would be too high. Paul Gamache joined the group for the day and we had a really good time doing laps on the slides. At high water, the slides look intimidating at first, but running it, I realized that it put's you just in the right places at the right time. Good times!

Another Norwegian fjell - Photo: Daniel Brasuell

Diane rocking the Store Ula slides

Will on the same set

Daniel Steward following Will

Daniel Brasuell on lap numberidon'tknow...

The pillow hole looks so big, but is so fun to skip over!

Diane running the last slide/fall - the most serious of the slides. This one actually gets a bit tricky with high water.

Will on the same

Unfortunately high water on the Store Ula also means, that the beautiful falls at the end of the run get very continuous and dangerous. Nobody wanted to run the 4th falls on accident, so we left the falls alone.

Moritz enjoys Swedish literature in Norway.

The weather had already been quite warm for some days, but the next days it actually got hot. I don't have to mention what that did to the flows. We spend the last days running sections on the Sjoa, the Hunderfossen run on the Lagen and the Frya. Joining us on the last three days were Reiner and Lorenz who had just started their Norway trip. 

Somewhere on the Sjoa - Photo: Daniel Brasuell

Sjoa playrun - Photo: Daniel Brasuell
Lagen Hunderfossen at roughly 2000m3 - Like paddling on rough sea - scary but fun!

Scouting big one on the Lagen - Photo: Daniel Brasuell

We spend a day in Oslo waiting for the flights home.
I think the trip was ok! ;)

Check out Daniels third Norway video - Sjoa

Thanks to Hannah for trusting me that going to Norway with Moritz would be a good idea because the weather is going to be fine! :)
Thanks to Diane, Daniel B, Daniel S, and Will for the safe and awesome trip!
And thanks to Paul and Amanda for letting us crash at their place and for all the good meals!

Norway Part 04 will be Reiner's trip report. He had over a month up there, so I'm sure there will be lot's of stuff to show. ;)