The Rofener Ache is a beautiful and ice-cold glacial creek in an amazing setting at the very end of the Ötz Valley. At high water levels it offers a very rough ride, similar to the Kalserbach in Eastern Tyrol, but a little steeper and in a narrow gorge. At low water levels it is not recommended to run the Rofener Ache because it gets extremely rocky.
In order to reach the put-in you have follow Ötzi’s tracks carrying your boats, but at least you can scout the river on the way up. The advantage of a putin at 2500m above sea level is that there wont be any tree obstacles.
After 1km the Rofener Ache enters a narrow gorge. The following canyon offers unimaginably good white water. Every section is runnable, you can scout and set up a safety cover. Watch out for the take-out! You can either take out on a right curve before a 2m drop or, at the very latest, under the suspension bridge. The following canyon, down to Vent, is absolutely unrunnable due to a landslide and wire cables.
Tip: Don’t run the Rofener Ache in spring, there are too many avalanche debris still in the gorge.