Today there will be lots of action, because we film at Store Froysa. The left afflux of the Tora River has many high and dangerous waterfalls to offer. What's more, the paddlers have to carry their boats uphill to the entrance for over an hour. Once again we have to get up before the cock starts crowing. But thanks to the delicious breakfast and the attentive care of the organisers this is not a problem. After a sudatory climb we get it started. Two waterfalls are on the agenda, one five meters, the other 12 meters high. Our challenge: the paddlers have to abseil to the river and afterwards we have to pull them and their equipment up again. We cannot afford mistakes. After the second waterfall we move directly to another downfall which hasn't been conquered yet. It takes some time until all cameras and safety posts are set up. Meanwhile the tension among the paddlers grows immeasurably.
Like many times before, Markus Hummel goes first and presents the perfect line. The other three follow by and by. A breaking paddle or an opening spraydeck could be disastrous at this point. But the 'waterfall troll' is gentle; it only sucks in the paddle of newcomer Florian Dillier. But Flo?s hand roll is well rehearsed; he is immediately above water and paddles with his hands to the redeeming bank.
After a small lunch break which everyone highly appreciates, we move to the upper reaches of the Tora River. A monster triple combination awaits the kayak pros. Not many people have paddled this section, because of an unridable part at the end and because it doesn't allow failure. The first three rides run smoothly and the paddlers reach the redeeming eddy in front of the next ridge. Then everyone's breath catches for a few seconds: Schorschi Schauf does not hit the jump of the last waterfall and is punished with an extra round in the reflux. Once he is being released he is on the wrong side of the river. To reach the saving eddy he has to cross the waterfall and pull hard. Schorschi, however, doesn't scorch. A few minutes later he is back on the correct side of the river.
After so much action, the standard section of the Tora is comparatively easy, although the guys have to dig deep. They hit their pillows straight after dinner - but after a tough day like that it doesn't surprise anyone.