November Boating

November 24, 2009

This month has seen the days get shorter and colder but that hasn’t stopped us going out and enjoying the rain.

On a ‘advanced’ trip, where the rain let us down we paddled the Etive with paddlers from Strathclyde, Dundee and St Andrews Uni’s. After visiting this river many a time, this was the first time that I paddled the whole river, including the waterfall at right angle which is a straight forward 6m drop. It was nice to just paddle it blind and keep going. We then trekked up to paddle the Allt a’ Chaorainn. A fun little run that has the potential to do a fair amount of damage to a boat! A series of rock slides and very narrow chutes that were great fun, but required little ability.


The following weekend after a successful week in the library I jumped on an intermediate trip to the Orchy, this weekend the levels were nice and high, a little too high to run the 2 grade 5 drops but it was a good trip overall.

Then last weekend was the infamous Nethy Bridge trip. Similar to Kinlochleven we took 30 odd people up North for a weekend away. On the first day I took a group of beginners down the middle findhorn which was at the perfect level for the group we had, only resulting in a few swims. The following day an ‘intermediate’ group headed up to do the Roy gorge. After looking at the first rapid for a while, we all ended up running it but half of the group didn’t want to carry on. This left me with the option to take 2 people down the gorge, with a cheky grade 5 hiding around a corner and a siphon that caused a fatality not too long ago so we decided against it and drove down and did the lower and caught up with the beginner group.

It was a good weekend, but I would have liked to have pushed myself a bit more, oh well, next time I’ll go with Eoghain and Ben down the Findhorn gorge…


One Response to “November Boating”

  1. bouppymom said

    Interesting blogpost, did not thought it would be so stunning when I klicked at the title!

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