Early Spring and great views in the Rofla Gorge of the Hinterrhein - Switzerland
Switzerland's Hinterrhein river valley drains north from the San Bernandino pass and adjoins the Vorderrhein confluence near the city of Chur. However as most paddlers familiar with the Swiss Alps already know, the Hinterrhein river ends up being dammed and diverted through numerous tunnels and reservoirs. Switzerland's popular hydro electric production means the Rofflaschlucht and Via Mala gorges are sadly barren of water throughout most the year.
Kayakers wishing to get this run have been fortunate over the past few months as maintenance work on the dams created a steady release of water between the reservoirs. In the Fall a few lucky paddlers were able to get the rarely running Rofla checked off the list before the snow came.
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