This is an inspiring, high quality, paddling guidebook aimed at the recreational tourist kayaker, canoeist or rafter who is considering a holiday trip to the European Alps. It contains 65 classic runs in France, Italy and Switzerland. In the last 16 years this title has established itself as probably the most popular rivers guidebook in Europe. This new edition has been freshly researched, re-designed in full colour, completely re-written and updated. It now includes a brand new paddling area, 9 new rivers, 30 new full colour maps, numerous cartoons and a huge number of stunning and inspiring photographs. The South Alps are Europe's top destination for white water sports and this new edition reflects this with contributions from local experts and top international river runners. The authors are renowned expedition kayakers. It includes the best white water in Europe, and detailed rafting advice. It is conveniently grouped by centres. It offers expert travel and logistics advice. It features over 450 km of river descriptions and a huge variety of runs.
Peter Knowles was on one of the early Grand Canyon Kayaking Trips in 1973 and was run over by a 10m motorised raft on one of the large rapids. This near drowning didn't put him off and it started a love of big white water and a lifetime paddling major rivers around the world.
He first travelled to Nepal and the Himalayas in 1983 and then fell in love with the country. Since then he has paddled and explored almost all the major rivers of the Himalayas - from the Afghan border to the mighty Brahmaputra and probably more than anyone else alive today. He has led over 40 trips and expeditions and made many first descents in Nepal, Pakistan, India, Tibet and Bhutan.
He has appeared numerous times in films and television and is a Life Fellow of Britain's Royal Geog-raphical Society.
He wrote the first edition of White Water Nepal in 1991 and then founded Rivers Publishing. He now tries to stay warm and dry sitting in front of a computer, writing about rivers - but friends keep dragging him off to some exotic river to get cold, wet and scared yet again!