We've been off the first aid radar for a while and its been another busy summer guiding out on the river!
This season we have been working with Outdoor Interlaken on the Lütschine, Simme & Aare rivers, around Interlaken, Switzerland.
A good snow pack that was late melting this year and regular rain have meant water levels have held out right the way through the summer. Now approaching the end of the busy time, I (robin) have finally had some time to update our site and bug up our autumn season first aid courses.
Certainly had some fine times on the river this season, a high water start brought into condition the class 4 Lütschine from a cruisy 22 cm/s to a much rowdy'er 55cm/s for several weeks. Draining the north face of the Eiger the "Lutsch" is considered a swiss whitewater classic with many great continuous alpine rapids plunging down the valley bend. Ultimately ending in lake Brienz, where the glacial silt runs out to the lake bed to help create the postcard blue hue of the lakes in the area.
In good flows its challenging even to experienced rafters, steep rivers like this take no prisoners! As ever, small mistakes are maginfied quickly so to make it down in one piece you need to be on your game a bit! Our usual tactic with dopeyness is to get all our customers to splash themselves with the 8°C water before setting off. Blow out any hangover with this technique and alert everyone to the reality of what they're doing in one hit!