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Day 04 Monday: Le Vénéon by Roy Mc

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2023 LCC Alpine Paddling Holiday

Day 04 Monday: Le Vénéon by Roy Mc

We planned to travel across to l’Argentière la Bessée via Grenoble so that gave us a great chance to paddle the Vénéon again. This was only about 8 miles off our route and runs near the resort of Les Deux Alpes.

We all met up at the get on which is a raft get on parking place that unfortunately has a barrier across, so we had to park on the side of the road and carry boats to the start. This involved a class 3 rapid with some big pour overs and holes to avoid. The water was cold as it had come down from the glacier above near La Berade.

I set off after Keith who was in an eddy taking photos. Most made it down safely and once we collected the bits and pieces we headed off in two groups of 8.

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The first stop was the magnificent “Cascade de la Pisse”. We all got out to take a closer look, swim, splash and paddle in the plunge pool at the bottom. We spent about 20 minutes here and then set off down the river again. Now much easier with gravel beds and split channels.

Just before the barrage at the bottom we got out river right next to the rafting centre and carried up the short way to the cars. Once the short shuttle was done some headed to the café while others made their way around to Briancon.

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