We ( family of 4 with two boys age 9 and 13) spent a week on the Mondial Campsite just outside Vallon Pont d'Arc from which we explored the area of the Ardeche. The Gorge is amazing and the surrounding countryside beatufiul. The highlight of the week was a two day 34km descent of the river that was organised and guided for us by The Outdoor Experience in the shape of Paddy and Ted.
Ted took great care of us on the river and made the trip down all the more interesting by giving us some history, geology and zoology lessons plus safe and exhilarating rock jumping, cave exploring and general added fun.
As well as equipment The Outdoor Experience also provided all the food. The fact that Ted is a prefessional chef back in the UK was apparent. Food was abundant and delicious. 
At the half way point we camped in hammocks which had all been set up for us in advance and enjoyed an evening under the stars. 
Truely a brilliant experience and one that was hughly enhanced by having The Outdoor Experience organise it for us. 
DO go to the Ardeche gorge. Do kayak down it. Do engage Paddy and Ted to make a good trip into an amazing one.
I suspect that we will return and do this again.

*****

Mike 2016


I booked the 2 day kayaking descent of the Ardeche with The Outdoor Experience after reading the trip advisor reviews. It was a surprise for my husbands birthday and although he and our teenage son have kayaking experience I didn't have any. Paddy responded promptly to my emails, reassured me that I would be able to do everything and sent great details about kit required and what was included in the price. 
We were given a safety brief and advice on how to paddle, ' hug the rock' and stay afloat on arrival at the river. Having been slightly anxious about the trip I soon settled into paddling and enjoying the scenery, just beautiful! Ted and Adam were great fun, have lots of experience and read the river at each rapid to guide us down them safely. The food for lunches was prepared and served by the river and was delicious and our evening meal and breakfast at camp was plentiful and very tasty. It was a real treat to be waited on by the boys. Our overnight stop in the hammocks was a new experience and they were surprisingly comfortable. My son and husband loved the rock jumping and we all swam into a cave we wouldn't have known was there. It was a great experience and we would definitely book with the boys again. They are passionate about what they do and are doing a great job with excellent service and I would strongly recommend them to anyone visiting the area.

*****

Robert  2016


'I cannot recommend The Outdoor Experience highly enough. We had a fabulous 2 day descent of the river by kayak, taking in the amazing Pont D'Arc, including an overnight bivouac in hammocks under the stars. The OE team are fantastic, taking care to ensure we had a brilliant trip, guiding us expertly down the river. Their knowledge of and love of the river made the trip really special. We were in a small group, unlike many others we saw, which made it feel like we had our own personal guides. Although we did not have children there were others in our small party who did and the OE team went out of their way to ensure it was a trip to remember for them. I will definitely be going back. There are many companies to choose from out there but you cannot go wrong with the Outdoor Experience.'

*****

John 2015


‘Such an amazing and beautiful place, made even greater by our guides from the outdoor experience. We climbed, abseiled, kayaked and went on a via ferrata all with the expert guidance of Paddy and Adam, and lush food cooked by Elle. Their knowledge of the area and teaching us how to expertly navigate the rapids was great. The two day trip down the river, with multiple stops as we wished for swimming and photo opportunities was incredible.’

*****

Charlotte 2015


‘Cannot thank Patrick, Adam, Ted and Elle enough for the incredible experience. Your trip was well organised and you all go above and beyond to ensure everyone has a great time. You were all more then happy to have a chat and made us feel incredibly welcome. I would recommend this company to anyone looking to canoe the river and I would not hesitate to use this company again.’

Shayla 2015

*****


We spent a fantastic fortnight camping in the Ardeche, but must rave in particular about the team at The Outdoor Experience. We booked the two day canoeing trip, with hammock overnight bivouac and a climbing day. As a family of four (M&D, boys 9 & 12) with mixed levels of confidence with such things, we weren't sure how the activities would work out. I can honestly say that Patrick, Adam Ted and Elle ensured that it was a trip of a lifetime for us. Their personal and personable attention and local knowledge, backed up with genuine experience in leading outdoor activities meant that both we and the kids got the most from the activities - safety never overlooked, but not overbearing, confidence boosting and encouragement if required. Our kids immediately looked up to them, which is an instant load off of parents shoulders when dealing in their own adrenaline.
As other reviewers note, their guidance down the beautiful gorge rapids was invaluable, through the rapids
themselves but also in showing us all the secret fun spots along the way. Then to arrive at the bivouac after day 1 and have Elle's wonderful dinner prepared for us, and the hammocks up and ready to go - it was a treat (yes, you will sleep well in a hammock, a days canoeing and river exploring will see to that)
We drove to a separate location for the days climbing, Once again had a great day climbing and abseiling (again our mixed abilities were no problem). We had planned to leave at that, but in fact booked an extra day trip through The Outdoor Experience, to a huge high wire park. Once again we were all encouraged in a positive way to push ourselves further than we might have expected.
The Ardeche is an adventure playground of outdoor activities, set in the most amazing landscape (Indiana Jones was mentioned often by our kids in the gorge). It can be busy and it's easy to follow the herd, but if you want to get the most from your activities, safely, tapping into a wealth of knowledge and experience give Patrick & Co a call.'

Frank 2015

*****


'This is a fantastic part of the world to enjoy fresh air, great views and some good quality calorie burning! The 3 of us (Wife, 9yr old daughter and I) had a 5 day trip organised by The Outdoor Experience and loved every day. 
Patrick and his team were very friendly, helpful and dedicated to make sure we had a really good time. The main part of the trip was a 2 day paddle through the gorge which was a lot of fun, particularly because Patrick and his team knew the place so well and made sure we were safe at all times. In the middle of the 2 day paddle, we slept outdoors between trees in hammocks, which was a new and interesting experience. By the time we arrived at the camp site, our camp was already
setup, away from the crowds and very hassle free.
Other activities on the trip included Rock Climbing, Abseiling and a trip to the high ropes course (As our daughter was a little too young for Via Ferrata). During these activity days, we always felt safe and well catered for in every way.
I would strongly recommend The Outdoor Experience for a trip to the Ardeche. To be honest, you could probably simply find accommodation in the
region then hunt around the villages for whichever activities you want to do. However, the reviews from people doing this seem very mixed, with many people complaining about organization, or equipment, etc. If you book with Patrick and his team, you will definitely not be disappointed.'

Nick 2015

*****


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