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Campfire pizza anyone?

Svante Freden has been canoeing since he was ten years old, and bought his first canoe in 1973. Being an outdoorsman in Sweden for so many years, he has had much experience in the development of, and improvement on all kinds of outdoor kit.

One really useful creation is his outdoor reflector oven, allowing campers to make fresh bread, cakes, scones, and even pizza, out in the wilds. Continue reading Campfire pizza anyone?

Log Rafting in Sweden and Skiing Under Concrete

Torsby Ski Tunnel Map
Torsby Ski Tunnel Map

In May 2010 we were invited to the Outdoor Academy of Scandinavia, hosted by the Varmland Region in Sweden.

We flew into Norway and met the fantastic OAS crew at the airport then jumped in a coach and headed off to Torsby just over the border in Sweden. Our first taste of cross country skiing was in the Summer, in a concrete tunnel, a 1500m loop used for summer training by athletes from all over Europe.

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Llangollen Adventure Lectures – July 2016

At ProAdventure we’re celebrating our 25th Anniversary, and earlier this year we began hosting an informal series of lectures with the aim of gathering together local mountain bikers, rafters, kayakers, climbers, hill runners, walkers and even cavers, to come and listen and talk about their adventures.

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Dave, of ‘canoeing down Everest’ fame gave a  talk about a few of his adventures in places people don’t normally go to, unfortunately Ian (a.k.a. Badger) from Oneplanet-Adventure Llandegla couldn’t make it as he had to work at the mountain bike centre.

Dave started with a brief run down of the first Canoeing Down Everest expedition in 1976, where the team kayaked down the mighty Dudh Khosi River in Nepal in 4 metre fibre glass kayaks with 3.5 kg of cine camera gaffer taped to the front. They drove 7,500 miles to Nepal in a borrowed Transit, walked 180 miles with their kayaks and paddled the river, here is Dave’s summary, Continue reading Llangollen Adventure Lectures – July 2016

Via Ferrata Les Bettieres near Bourg Saint Maurice

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A Vertical Section on Via Ferrata Les Bettieres
A Vertical Section on Via Ferrata Les Bettieres

 

This Via Ferrata is in a village called Peisey Nancroix which is a 40 minute drive from Bourg Saint Maurice.  You park in an obvious car park with toilet block on the left, near a mountain refuge, just keep going up the valley and you will find the car park, go to far and the road soon becomes a dirt track. Cross the river on the foot bridge and follow the sign to the right, soon you swing left along a tree line and follow the sighed footpath to the foot of the climb. It has three different levels in three parts and is suitable for climbers of all abilities. It ascends from 1610 m to 1910 m and offers spectacular views.  We climbed the first two sections in August 2015 and finished the job in August 2016. The first two sections have some great vertical sections and a 20 foot monkey bridge, the rock is solid with good holds or gear everywhere you need them, fantastic views and a lovely vertical section.

The third section has a short overhang with an alternative route to the right which skirts around the overhang and rejoins the cable above. This means you can do the top section in an easier way than the bottom two, or be brave and do the overhang.

The decent from the top is via a descending via ferrata to the left then a steep fairly rough zig zag path through the woods.

Escape from top of the first section is via cable and path to the right. To exit above the second section the cable goes left and down the zig zag path.

The first time we did this we went around 9/10 in the morning, it got very hot. In 2016 we left the car park at 7am and got back down around 11 with that super smug feeling that you were first on the mountain and saw the sun come up on the mountains, much better and we also had time left for the Via Ferrata Roc Du Vent in the afternoon.

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Sticks and Water – an Introduction to Canoe Slalom

I am the eldest daughter of ProAdventure patrons Lesley and Peter, and I have just succeeded in gaining promotion to the Premier Division of canoe slalom in Britain.

Canoe slalom is one of two Olympic disciplines of canoeing, the other being sprint canoe (yawn). It is essentially a time trial, and the winner is the person who gets down the course in the least time, with the least penalty seconds added.

Racing on the mighty Tryweryn
Racing on the mighty Tryweryn

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The Llangollen Adventure Lectures 2016 Mountain River and Nahanni

The Inaugural Lecture is on May 10th at 7:30 in the Wynnstay Arms in Llangollen.

Pete Knowles aka The Green Slime will do a lecture on the Mountain River and Nahanni River Canada.

With six stunning canyons, the Mountain River is considered the most coveted whitewater canoe trip in Canada by seasoned river-guides. Its remote setting and lightning fast water with jaw-dropping mountain scenery will thrill you right to the confluence with the Mackenzie River. The six canyons are defined by vaulted sheer cliff walls guarded by mysterious “gates” and challenging white-water.
Mountains high and rivers deep.

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In a specially commissioned presentation Pete Knowles will talk about
two of his favourite trips – open canoe trips to the Mackenzie
Mountains in the far north of Canada. Two renowned and committing
rivers cut through these mountains and offer 16 days of real wilderness
and white water. Pete asks “is the Nahanni or the Mountain River the
best wilderness white water open canoe trip in the world?”

Expect prize winning images of spectacular mountains, dramatic gorges, a little on the delights of wilderness camping, wood fires (“Eat your
heart out Ray Mears”), beautiful walks, a few rapids and the odd bear
story.
Peter is one of Britain’s most experienced expedition white Mountain-River-2-055water kayakers and has led over 50 expeditions and first descents in many different countries. His first big expedition was an early descent of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado in 1973 where he was run over by a huge 33ft motorised raft on one of the big rapids, and in 1981 he led the team that made an 800 mile source to ocean descent of Canada’s Fraser river. He is the acknowledged authority on the rivers of the Himalayas, and has probably paddled more of its rivers than anyone else alive today – including the Rombuk Chhu at Everest Base Camp, 5100m.

Pete is the Author of many canoeing and kayaking guide books, available from Rivers Publishing. He has paddled all over the world over many years and gives a great lecture.

You can book online by clicking here or pay on the door in cash.