Five rivers in three days is a great way to start an international adventure! Arriving to a perfect (for boating purposes) weather pattern, bringing in rain and snow for our first several days, we got right to it. I arrived at 8am on Sunday. Upon Reiner picking me up, we made our way to the Gimbach, 2 1/2 hours away, for a quick hike up and descent of a very small creek. This was followed by a quick drive to the Upper Rettenbach. Both of these runs provided nice warm ups and were class IV to IV+. Good for shaking off the jet lag and getting used to boats.
Next up we drove to a quadruple falls called “No Brainer” on the Offensebach, but we found a raging river making the falls un-runnable. Instead, we headed over for a high-water trip down the Koppentraun. At that point, even caffeine and adrenaline couldn’t keep energy levels up, so we opted to call our first day good and found a place to crash.
The next day we found low but fun flows on the Untertalbach, one of the better creeks in Austria. After running a handful of laps on the creek, we decided to head to Lammer for the very scenic class IV section which runs through a super tight walled gorge. It ended up being so fun and so pretty, we also ran laps on it!
Our plan for the final morning in the region was to try a bandit run in Germany, where access is forbidden but the creek beckons. We heard this creek is an ultra-classic, but unfortunately for us it did not have enough water. So instead, we went to one of the standard runs for the region, the Saalach. After finishing in late morning, we decided to have a leisurely afternoon and begin our drive to the Soca in Slovenia by going up and over the Austrian Alps, rather than around them on the freeway. The drive had some spectacular scenery and was very worth the 3 hours it added to our trip!