Rivers Erme and Upper Dart – February 24th and 25th

Paddled the Erme at a above medium level on the Saturday followed by a quick blast down the Upper Dart by Vicky Andy McDoom and myself.

Sunday featured a group paddle down the Upper again.

Upper Dart

I don’t think I’ve paddled the river at this level before, it was fun! big waves with not to many sticky holes.

Paddlers: On the Saturday just Vicky, Andy and Myself. On the Sunday Dave S, Lee, Vicki, Doug, Phil, Andy and Lisa McDoom, Fred, Bew W, Neal T, Wendy and myself

Level: Above Medium, over the ledge but not into the next arch.

Conditions: Pleasant

Incidents: A couple of people took swims, Lisa found the levels a bit to high for her and decided to walk around Euthanasia and Surprise Surprise – fair enough.

Post Paddling Activities: Home

Notes:Apparently this was the first time Neal and Wendy had run this river which supprised me!

Photos: Lee and Fred and Ben took some pics. If I can get copies of them I’ll link or post them.

Upper Dart details from UK Rivers Guidebook: Here

River Erme

Paddlers: Dave S, Lee, Vicki, Lucille, Doug, Phil, Andy and Lisa McDoom, Fred, Bew W and myself

Level: Above Medium

Conditions: Pleasant

Incidents:I am turning into Dave S. I accidentally sent my spray-deck down to Ivy bridge with the shuttle car. Another half and hour wasted. Everyone walked the slot ‘n’ drop, to many memories of Dave S getting a beating in their at low levels and it looked far worse this time! Lisa didn’t do the gorge section and Lucille had a brief OBE in the gorge. Phil bent the ends of his inazone and exited it in a hole on river right under the bridge in the center of Ivybridge

Post Paddling Activities: With the demise of paddling at the RDCP we stayed at the Dart Lodge by the petrol station on the edge of Ashburton. Very pleasant it was too. On-suite showers, a decent bar and restaurant led to a few to many beers being consumed.

Notes:I think I’m falling in love with the Erme, maybe its just cause its new to me.

Photos: Lee and Fred and Ben took some pics. If I can get copies of them I’ll link or post them.

River Erme details from UK Rivers Guidebook: Here

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