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Die Viamala Schlucht ist eine der beeindruckendsten Schluchten in Graubünden. Ein Steg führt Touristen zu der schmalsten Stelle der Klamm. Mit den Kajaks ist es leider Verboten, dort einzubooten. Wir müssen bei einer Parkbucht etwa 100 Meter unter der Touristenattraktion zum Hinterrhein absteigen. Der Weg führt querfeldein über Geröll hinunter zum Bach. Man muss extrem aufpassen, um nicht mit einer losen Steinplatte den Weg nach unten zu beenden, für die meisten war das der härteste Teil der Befahrung.
The week before Christmas the temperatures rose and it rained a bit. So the forecast was promising. I tried to gather some motivated kayakers which wasn’t that easy to find a couple of days before Christmas Eve. Some had to go to work, others had exams at college and there even were those who don’t want to go kayaking if the temperatures are around the forties (°F = 5°C). Anywho I found at least one guy to join me, Philipp Much.
So it has taken a little time to sift through all the different photos and media from the trip so there will probably be 2 Japan updates here at SBP. I am also crazy busy trying to finish Slippery When Wet and get the last 3 trailers out and live so forgive me for my lack of updates since we have been back. Let me start out by saying that Japan was not exactly what I expected, in a good way. This country contains some of the most unique white water I have seen anywhere in the world; everything from steep committed creeking to aqua blue big water. Personally I did not expect such a versatility of white water nor the amount of big drops that litter the island. When it comes down to it the white water was AMAZING but the local people of Japan were the ones that captivated my trip.
No matter how you cut it, slides are tons of fun. There are all types of slides, and while some are big and scary, many are not. Regardless of whether you are having a blast on some mellow slides or trying to set a world speed record on something large there are a few techniques which will help you ensure success. Watch below as Shane helps us out with some basic slide technique:
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