Swimming, Jumping and Abseiling

May 20, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized

 

A whole new experience; going down into the canyons and you still don’t know what’s coming. For me it was. And it was a very cool experience; even the water was still a little bit cold.

I got on my bike from Limone to Riva, where I would be picked up at 1 o’clock. The van came, we talked some (it was a little bit difficult because I was speaking English and he was speaking German) and we got at the working office of “Garda Avventura”. It was a nice big place where all the equipment for the canyoning, the quad riding and material for the other tours were stored. I had to fill in a form for my own risk etc. and 20 minutes later we were all sitting in the van, going on adventure. We were with 11 persons in total; 1 guide for in the water, 2 persons for guiding us to the spot and 8 persons (6 men, 2 women) who were going on the canyoning journey. Before we got at the spot, you could already enjoy the beautiful nature; the trees and everything else besides the road, it looked like some kind of jungle. Half an hour later we arrived at the spot.

The canyon was next to a road. We parked there, pulled on our equipment and our journey started.
Still didn’t know what it was going to be, but I knew I would get wet. The 9 of us (8 customers and the guide) were walking and sometimes crawling through the water. Of course the canyoning couldn’t be done without an explanation of the trip. We stopped at a place, where the guide was telling us about the techniques for jumping, abseiling and the sliding against the slippery rocks. After this we started the journey.

There were only German people, so everything was also explained in German. Luckily I was able to understand it all, what was important because of the different techniques we had to use. First we walked for a while, between all the nice nature and the waterfalls. That was one of the most beautiful things about the canyoning; the nature. Between the wet, slippery rocks you were able to see all the nice waterfalls and trees between it. After a certain point, we arrived at the first spot we had to slide against the rocks. You had to put your hands close to your body, so you were in a safe position to slide down. When I came down into the water it was cold in the beginning, but after a while I got used to it. Waiting for the other people to come, I was preparing myself on the next things which were going to happen.

In the beginning I was already excited, but the “big” things were still about to happen. We walked some further and we arrived at our first jump. I didn’t expect it this high, but it was pretty high. So the guide told us where we were supposed to jump and we jumped from about 7 meters down in the water. Couldn’t see anything for a couple of seconds, but at the point my head was out of the water again I knew I made it.

But we still didn’t do the abseiling, something I also never did before. We went down to another spot, where you could see the ground, only it was 20 meters down. We had to hook ourselves up and we started abseiling. Nicely helped by the guide we were going down and we landed in the water, where we had to unhook ourselves again. That was a nice thing about the guide; he always helped us out with the difficult things we had to do.

Unfortunately the journey had almost come to an end, but there were two more exciting things to do. A very nice spot where we were going down for 60 meters, it was amazing! Ended up in the water, it was the highest abseiling I saw so far. Watching over the beautiful nature, I was enjoying my time. After the last part we abseiled, there was one more jump. So I ran and I jumped 7 meters down, it was awesome!

A wonderful experience it was, and still excited about it. The water was still a bit cold though, but I liked the whole experience. We packed up again, got some tea and cookies, and we went back home again. Pretty exhausted, I closed my eyes for a couple of minutes and the staff dropped me at the point where I dropped my bike.

Tired I was, I was going home back to my bed, to rest for a little bit.

I thank Garda Avventura for a great experience, one I will never forget.

Steven

So far, so good!

May 5, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized

 

 Hi Guys !

 

Sam again on the blog feed. It has been one month now that i’m living and working in limone, and as much as I can tell,  so far so good.  We had some happy customers that went through the whole 4 days course, and manage to get their Iko card, YES, they were able to turn, to ride toeside, turn toeside and even jump ( good one, Fabio ! Congrats ! ).

On the other side, we had some bad weather, with a little bit of rain here and there, but the worst part is still to come : a few customers changed their mind thinking the rain will kill the wind, and didn’t show up for the session. Which is a big shame, because the wind was still there, and chased the rain away ! I guess there’s not much to do about it, but remember to think twice, sometime wake up early even when it’s cloudy is a good idea for the sun rise pretty quickly now – we are in may afterall – and the wind is good and stable . For thoses of you which still thinks that morning session is too cold, you will appreciate the fact that we don’t need anymore gloves and shoes.  When the sky is clear, during afternoon I’m even too hot in my winter wetsuit ! Regarding my own skills, i’m getting better, I’ve managed to land some railey to blind with style and a  stylish backloop transistion with one hand in the water

Aside of work, I must admit there’s a lot to do in Limone and around. We went to that bike event in Riva to spot some action ! That was the opportunity for me to make some nice shots using my brand new camera.

It looks like there is still something going on somewhere around the lake. Afterward, we ( Steven, our new assistant, Lisa, and myself ) were starving and rushed to that sushi shop in Riva. Quite a good meal we had, if you ask me. I understand it’s not a real italian meal, but there’s a lot of place where you can eat pizza and pasta, so, a little bit of change is always good .

I’m gonna close this post by talking a little bit more of what happens when i’m not on the water – day off that is.  I went up hill on the san giovanni trail, where I’ve crossed a few people like me, camera in hand, ready to shoot any subject stopping by near.  For thoses who don’t like that much to wander around in the hill, there is still plenty of things to do in Limone, and we’re trying to get them all listed. If you are interested, just take a look at our ‘fun’ page but be patient, as this page is still underconstruction, we’ll keep you up to date for sure.

 

See you soon lads !