Wet West Paddlefest 2008

WWPF 2008 - P9125075 - 080912

UPDATE – managed to salvage the second memory card. Pics on the same link.

Vicky, Dave H and myself made the 8 hour drive up to Fort William on Friday for the 2008 Wet West Paddlefest. Leaving Oxford early we made it the Etive with plenty of time to get a run in.

Hmmm, in retrospect maybe not such a good idea. Various excuses were trundled out but the long and the short of it is that both Dave and I swam at right angle falls. To be fair it seemed to be claiming quite a few victims, still embarrassing though.

To add insult to injury I then proceeded to get my camera in contact with the river. Scratch one SLR.

Friday night at the Ice Factor was good fun. By this time we’d met up with various other people and a few beers were consumed. I managed to sleep though who ever it was outside our cabin that thought it was a good idea to jump on tents at 3 am and his subsequent arrest.

Saturday. Shunning the Garry we headed back to the Etive for another bash. Things seemed to be going so much better, I was feeling a lot better than the day before. Then I managed to repeat my performance from the previous day at right angle. Sulking I decided not to walk up to do the Allt a’ Chaorainn with the others and instead get eaten alive by midges instead.

Saturday night and the party was fun. I especially enjoyed Dave’s face when we walked in to the crowded hall and he realised no one inside was wearing fancy dress yet, he was slightly conspicuous in his ‘Thunderbirds’ costume! Luckily more costumes appeared as the night went on, although I’m a little worried that people didn’t seem to realise that my ‘gay cowboy look’ was actually fancy dress.

Somewhat shockingly we managed to get up promptly and get to the Morriston in good time only to find that there had been a delay in getting the dam to release so by the time we got on the water we had only enough time to do the upper section. Still a magnificent time was had and I managed the top drop without going through the slot for the first time ever. This made me happy.

Eight and a half hours later we made it back to Oxford. By this time having got over my annoyance at myself for swimming I’d decided that it wasn’t a bad weekends paddling after all.

If you get the chance to go to next years WWPF then I’d defiantly recommend it, great fun.

What pictures I managed to salvage from my camera can be found here:

http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/simon.knox/WetWestPaddlefest2008

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