Charlie Elwes, Oliver Gillen and Mark Lambert (aged 14/15 years, at Radley) completed their enormous challenge of canoeing over 150 miles from Balazuc in the Ardèche region of France all the way south, down the Rhone to the Mediterranean sea. (July 2012)
The boys completed the epic trip in 6 days, covering over 35 miles per day, and putting in around 50,000 paddle strokes each! In the gorges 30% of the river is rapids, of which 5% are dangerous.
At the outset they had varying experience, Olly being the most experienced, and Mark and Charlie novices.
They hope to have raised over £5,000.
“Highlights were the spectacular natural stone bridge of Pont D’Arc, soaring cliff walls of the gorge, just the sound of birds and roar of the rapids, a lot of kit all in waterproof bags strapped to the canoes, lots of capsizing, lost sunglasses, lots of wet kit, bivouacking under the stars, dive bombed by hundreds of small bats, castles, two otters, and Le Petit Rhone which flows through the Carmargue wildlife reserve past white horses, gypsies and bulls together with teeming birdlife including flamingos.”