miércoles, 13 de junio de 2018

The Cow Rapid (El paso de "la Vaca")

Ismael  and the cow.


From time to time, when you are looking through a river guide book or sketch, maybe sometimes you
become curious  about  some names of the river rapids.

This is the case of one of rapids in Alberche River. " The Cow" could be  reflexing concerning the origin of  such a name.
Sould you leave  your imagination  fly free as a result you could think that maybe that name is related with a close farm an  a herd of cattle...perhaps some day a kayaker was in the rapid when a cow was drinking or taking a bath...
But the reallity is totally different,  the rapid is named after a dead cow that "Alberche Beavers" (The local kayak club) found  in the middle of the river.

Owed to  the weigh of the animal, several days were required  to removed the corpse. It was a hard and delicate work...the animal had been dead for long time, so the decomposition process had already started. They needed  a tractor to withdraw the corpse at risk of blowed it up and as a consequence spread the  parts of the dead animal.


Not only Deserve " The Beavers", our recognition, but also our most appreciated friendship for their outstanding labor of maintenance of the river. Thanks a lot guys!!

En ocasiones, cuando vemos el nombre de los pasos en las reseñas de las guias, o en los croquis, dejamos volar la imaginación...¿Cual habrá sido el motivo de tal nombre? En este caso, ni más ni menos una vaca muerta que nuestros amigos Los Castores del Alberche, retiraron del rio con la ayuda de un tractor y el considerable riesgo que el animal durante el proceso reventase debido al estado de putrefacción del mismo, pudiendo causar un grave problema ambiental en el rio. Afortunadamente ser Castor es equivalente a estar forjado en el servicio a los demás. Gracias amigos!


martes, 12 de junio de 2018

Remembering BCU 3 Stars.





Long time ago, in a sea far far away, I attended with my friend Helen a BCU course. It was after my formation as a Sea kayak guide  by the RFEP.

There was a time when I wished to become in  a distinguished professional. Seakayaking  occupied all my thoughts until something greater, erased my previous priorities...The day I came to be Father!

Not only did not I regret, even  I feel proud of my following  step in life.
Nowadays , due to the fact that rivers are closer to home than oceans, I´m focussing my kayak activities into white water kayaking. Otherwise  from time to time I devote a little bit of time to seakayak and  surfkayak








Próximo otoño Curso Rescue 3.(Govin kayak)





Here you have more photos of the last  Rescue 3 Europe course that we attended in  the Alberche River, Navaluenga. Next year  the organizer Govin Kayak - Aventura Gredos is thinking seriously about organize another one  as soon as the river catch water...maybe in october or november..We will report you as  faster as we will be able!

If you don´t know anything about the rescue 3 Courses, here I provide you a link to their website. The only problem is that you will have to deal with english, otherwise whether you don´t comprehend english  fluently we will translate it into spanish to you.
It is said that the more you learn the less you know, and that is exactly  one of the main objetives of this your mind and be aware of the necessity to adquire new knowledge an rehearse these rescue techniques.

To this day, we already  have several friend who are interested in attending the next course. Which will be probably located in Navaluenga, and the Alberche River, maybe another location for the course could be in Tormes River close to Barco de the end, water will decide the place!




Bueno en español, no me quiero enrrollar mucho, deciros que el primer curso Rescue 3 Europe organizado por Govin Kayak y UR 2000 fué un exitazo y Freddy ya está pensando en repetir la experiencia el proximo otoño...Ya os avisaremos, porque tenemos muchos amigos que se quedaron con la miel en los labios y desean realizar el curso. Un saludo!



miércoles, 6 de junio de 2018



descarga (3)




Hace unas semanas, tuve la suerte y el placer de realizar el curso Rescue 3, Whitewater Rescue Technician, de la mano de Miguel Naval instructor Rescue 3 de UR2000 y todo gracias al interés de Govin Kayak y Aventura Gredos, Posiblemente y sin riesgo de equivocarme una de las empresas de Aguas Bravas con el profesorado más humano y profesional que puedas encontrarte en la zona Centro de la península. Freddy es un crack y desde luego que uno de los mejores profesores que jamas me he encontrado, humilde y amigable. Ando buscando tiempo para poder mejorar personalemnte con su ayuda.
Mucha suerte con esta apuesta empresarial que tan bien está funcionando. 100% recomendable.
Si no puedes localizarle ahora quizás sea porque en su afán de trabajar y mejorar profesionalmente, Freddy tiene su base de operaciones durante el verano en los Alpes y posteriormente en el Futaleufu (Chile)

No quiero terminar sin darle las gracias a todos mis compañeros de curso, gracias por el buen ambiente y el compañerismo...sin vosotros no hubiera sido posible! ¡ ¡Viva el Cabo 1º... !!



P1230109 Several weeks ago, I had the luck and pleasure of taking a Rescue 3 course, Whitewater rescue Technician, given by the Rescue 3 instructor Miguel Naval.  We owe this effort to Govin Kayak y Aventura Gredos. Possibly and without a shadow of a doubt  one of the white water centers with the most professional and humane staff that you can find in the center of Spain.   Freddy is a Pro, besides  that, he is humble and friendly...of course he is one of the best teachers I have ever meet, I recommend  him to you with all my heart. I´m waiting to have time to improve myself with Freddy as my trainer .  I wish you the best of luck with this business initiative that is working so well. I recomend it 100%

Above all, I want to give thanks to all my mates in this course!, You made it possible!!