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…

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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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