6 January 2001, Hoge Venen - Hautes Fagnes , Belgium
Paddlers : Steven-XXX, Piet-gliss, Vincent-voodoo, Michel-kendo?, Bruno-kaituna, Dirk-topo and Birdy-vertigo
Part One - Les Cascatelles
This is probably the hardest creek in Belgium, but also one of those that only has water once or twice a year.
Unfortunately it was one of those cold rainy dark winter days and we shot the pictures with a cheap small camera non-water-resistant that I held in the back of the boat ... that says all 'bout the quality of the pics.
Hoègne starts quietly, then drops suddenly over a couple of kilometers.
This is the nice part and it starts with 500 meters grade IV-V, steepcreeking,
called 'Les Cascatelles'.
The riverbed isn't wide, 5-6 meter, so there aren't much lines to choose from. And most of the drops, you just got to take in the middle, all you need is a lot of ballllssss.
But still because it's only a couple of 100 meters, we'd like to study it and choose the most spectacular lines.
This is the first rapid, a hairpin bend right. The problem was that dropping down, you'd catch speed, so you could miss the turn at the bottom and hit the rocks halfway, as you see above by Piet.
I started taking a line more left with more water, but I got sucked in the hole and it held me for a second, when I got out I had lost speed so no problem taking the curve... Although I don't look very stable in the pickie.
the second rapid is reversed, first the curve and then the drop. Left of
the picture you see the rocky line, possible, but you might hit your elbows.
Another paddler just did it, before we arrived, no problem.
But here you see Piet going for the line right of the picture.
|This is Steven, the same line, a second later. You don't see much of him, but hey, what do you expect, steepcreeking in a XXX.|
|Finally someone showing off. Here's Vincent, taking the middle line, boofing, that's it. He's a little bit off center, 'cause just left of him, you see a little V-shaped triangle, that's the lip, the center line, over the rock.|
And when hit that line, it's airtiiiiiime, booooffing, all the way down. BIRDY flieeeeeess. Yeeeeehhaaaaaa.
A little railgrab would have completed the show, but hey you can't expect all in once.
of the next two rapids were underexposed, too dark. Lucky me, no pickies,
'cause I stole the show another time, unfortunately not in a positive
the second drop was a slight curve to the left, the water formed a mushroom
against the outside rock. It looked very much like any paddler taking
this on, was going to hit that rock. But Dirk and Steven passed without
a problem. They didn't touch a thing.
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