Over Sixty years old and still running strong, I am one of these discerning kayaking enthusiasts that ran rivers up to Class V. I have been kayaking for the better part of my life, as an instructor, guide, slalom competitor, slalom official, polo player, and safety & rescue instructor (‘Swiftwater Technician’).
Running almost every river in Europe, from Norway to Turkey, not bothered by whatever classification. Starting in the 1980’s in a polyester kayak. Then the PE-era arrived, concentrating on high volume river and creek running. In a urge to upgrade my gear, I’ll keep you posted on my acquisitions and reviews of the newest, best, securest and most fun gear.
Trekking / Backpacking
As an experienced backpacker I walked a wide range of terrains and conditions. I absolutely love the Scottish Highlands, Alps and Pyrenees.
I prefer solo-hikes, going off-grid and off-line, living off the land, for longer periods of time.
Haute Randonnée Pyrénéenne (HRP)
My all-time favourite achievement must be having walked the Haute Randonnée Pyrénéenne (HRP). An alpine long-distance trail (Thru-Hike) in the Pyrenees joining the Atlantic and Mediterranean, following the French-Spanish border, from coast to coast. The HRP follows an unmarked trail, being the highest walkable route. You must be prepared to overcome very hot as well as snow and freezing conditions. The use of crampons and ice axe is mandatory. Since all peaks are climbed, there is some higher grade scrambling required. Alpine rating (summer conditions):
● French scale: 6a
● UIAA/German: 6+
● UK: E1 5b – E2 5a
● USA: 5.10a
● Australian scale: 18
Climbing all the peaks, you’ll reach a highest point of 3,404 metres (11,168 ft).