Kayak Session #73 – Spring 2020
OUT MARCH 15th
Tibet – Mission impossible
Olaf Obsommer and Thilo Wietzke pulled together a team of extraordinary skill to head into Tibet at the height of monsoon season in search of the biggest whitewater they could find. They found it- but paddling it was another story. It was a battle of logistics, altitude, and modern technology in this Mission: Impossible.
Salt, Iron & Whitewater – Discovering the rivers of Austria’s limestone alps.
You might have heard of the Ötz, the Saalach in Lofer, or the Brandenburger Ache near Kramsach. Still, unless you live in central Europe, chances are high that you have never heard of the Enns River or of Austria’s Limestone Alps and Gesäuse National Park.Here, in a fairy-tale realm, is a vast drainage that offers a versatile bounty of rivers ranging from grade II-V. Kristof Stursa provides a taste of the Enns drainage, but start practicing your German and get ready to befriend a local to experience all this wonderland has to offer.
The Bashkaus – Book of Legends
For decades, the raging river torrents that cut through Southern Siberia’s Altai region’s towering mountains have lured paddlers looking to prove themselves, for the chance to pit man against nature in a battle of skills and will. Nowhere is this truer than the Bashkaus, where, high on the cliffside, a book awaits, recording the names of those brave enough to do battle with the waters below. Though modern technology and skills have lessened the challenge of the whitewater, WW-school Russia paddler Sergey Ilin reminds us why the Bashkaus River remains a classic and why it is a privilege to put your name in the Book of Legends.
Interview – Mike Krutyansky
32-year-old Mike Krutyansky is the definition of “part of the global kayaking family.” Russian by birth, with an Israeli passport and a European home on wheels, Mike has spent the last five years traveling and kayaking everywhere and anywhere you can think of, and some places you probably can’t. But Mike has a bigger agenda than looking to add runs to his personal logbook. He has taken his love of travel and kayaking to the digital sphere with the creation of the whitewater.guide app. We caught up with Mike to find out more about the app and what inspires his love of rivers.