First Descent of Söllbach Canyon, Bavarian Alps

Easter Sunday, April 11, 1993

Kayaker: Jürgen Englerth, solo descent
Kayak: Prijon Taifun
Put-in: footbridge above Luckengrabenalm
Take-out: shore of Tegernsee near mouth of Söllbach
Classification: WW III-IV
Distance: 5 miles (8 km)
Avg Gradient: 138 fpm
Portages: 3 dams
Weather: snow melt, rainy, cold; deep snow on the river banks
Time: 2 hours

Since I had first laid my eyes on this little mountain creek, I had been playing with the idea of kayaking it. Several local kayakers confirmed that nobody had ever succeeded in descending it before.
Many thanks to Josef Bachmeier who helped me pulling the kayak up the forest road and stood always close by with a safety rope at the trickier sections.

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