The PoksAdventure summer main trip headed to Gausta. We were hoping to see Gausta as it had been for a few stable days: 15 cumecs. But no, it dropped into nine and below. The place where to look at the gauge is Ankarvattnet, just search the place from https://login.vattenreglering.se/vattenforing_pub.asp?screen_height=768. Too dry now for most of places, but of course few highlights had to be run…
|Just had to put this here...thanks for Aapo Halonen Photography!|
|Grand old man pushing the limits. Photo: Tommi Lyttinen|
|...And on and on. Photo: Aapo Halonen|
Kayaking is such a great sport: you drive 1000+ kilometres by car, check the gauge, may be huck a few places, and by the campfire the group will have to make some hard decisions on what to do next day, and finally after well slept night the plan is perfectly clear: let`s move the camp 300 km, one river out there seems to be on fine level!
|After driving it´s good to have a dinner, and afterwards...Photo: Jyrki Kuisma|
For us the river was Susna, lower, or middle.Well, anyway the leg that is printed in the guidebook. Powerful class 4. It somehow seemed in the evening that gauge was quite near the 20, which would have been perfect level according to guidebook (link), but after we started the day at work it seemed a bit bigger (the oracle from western part of Finland was the very first person to doubt the matter…props!). And yes, after nine hours of kayaking and portaging we checked it up: almost 30. Ok, it seemed hard enough for us flatwater finns. Gauge can be checked here, find Nervoll (great website by the way!). This river really has the potential to blow your mind, and you must not forget the upper part, which would have been too dry at these levels. Wonderful package! We paddled from the put-in to the first take out, can be seen from the very helpful guide above.