It’s been a bit damp here in the Alps over the last few days (since we got back from Chile in fact), and that’s great news for us here at Frogs. The Dranse’s level is an ideal 30m3, just right for the guides to experiment with, learning any new lines and getting rafting fit!
Another reason we’re excited to be home is because we’ve managed to find a new base! After 6 years of being asked why we’re half way up a mountain (because we were trying in vain to secure something lower down, but with no success!), we’ve at last found an ideal plot just by the end of the trip. We’re currently in the process of organising the little chalet so that we can equip people in it, as well as tidying up the garden which is wonderfully green (and beautifully over-grown!) There are fruit and walnut trees dotted about an enormous lawn surrounded by woods, with a burn running into the Dranse River. We’re moving in with haste to be ready for this summer, so please bear with us while we perfect the space, but we do have some picnic tables so we’re hoping you’ll be able to enjoy the garden before or after your trip.
You’ll find our new base on the Route de Grands Alpes (D902) just before you reach Thonon-les-Bains. We’re 1km past AN Rafting on the right if you’re coming from Morzine. You’ll spot a long lay-by before a big building with blue shutters - our base is the last chalet after the other houses past the blue-shuttered building. Click here for some printable directions. We’re in the process of getting some signage…!
The only down-side to our new premises is leaving La Forclaz. Despite the challenge of the hill we had to negotiate 3 times a day, the village rewarded us with breath-taking views down the Vallee d’Aulps and up to Lac Leman. The atmosphere in the village was lovely, residents popping in to see us and keeping their eyes open for anything they could help with (we had calls in the evening letting us know we’d left the van lights on!). If you’re spending time in the area I’d fully recommend popping up to visit and enjoy a coffee while being wow-ed by the views.
In the meantime you’ll see the familiar faces of Brendan, Flo and Jeremy on the river, with the odd guest appearance of Julien when he’s got time. Jeremy will also be canyoning at Nyon, and climbing at Elephant’s Head in the evenings.
We’re looking forward to getting you on the river!