Despite the biblical amount of rain the UK has received recently we managed to find ourselves in South Wales looking at rather low rivers on the weekend after New Year. Disappointing to be sure, however our cheer was restored when we found the Afon Mellte to be at a runnable level. So we took our […]Read more "Chasing Waterfalls"
Last Sunday I made my first visit to Cardiff International White Water course along with Vicky, Liz and Guy. Despite being open for nearly a year I hadn’t yet made a visit to the course and, to be honest I heard a few less that positive comments made about it. It was great. That is […]Read more "Cardiff"
This last weekend I attended an Advanced White Water Safety & Rescue course up in North Wales. Booked through by Tom Parker and coached by Chris Eastabrook. It’s a while since I’ve done one of these and the BCU have expanded the old one from one to two separate courses since then. The advanced course is billed […]Read more "Safety First"
I spent last weekend up in North Wales with KCC on what I fear might become known as “Simon’s Annual Tryweryn Trip”. Well at least it’ll fit well with “Tony’s Dart Weekend” and “Guy’s Annual Usk Trip“. Anyway with twenty of us we managed to put in a good effort with groups paddling both the Upper and […]Read more "Fun and games in Wales"
After two months of cold, Christmas and flu inspired hibernation I finally managed to get back in a boat last weekend. Twenty five members of Kingfisher Canoe Club ventured to Wales for an introduction to white water trip along with 3 star and 4 star assessments with the aid of Rob Yates of Elements. Torrential rain brought […]Read more "Winter Activity"
I went to the Tryweryn this weekend. Easy going paddling was the order of the day, just cruising and practising catching those micro-eddies, plus a little play-boating in a creek boat. These pictures were all taken with a Nikon 50mm F1.8D AF Nikkor Lens, dirt cheap but takes darn good images. I haven’t used it for a while and had forgotten how good it […]Read more "50mm"
Last weekend I and a few friends took advantage of the recent rainfall and headed off to Wales for a spot of paddling. Though I thought it was a bit low, the Upper Tawe didn’t fail to provide thrills and the section from Glynetawe to Abercraf was splendid. As was the lamb in the local pub. In […]Read more "Tawe"
It’s been a while but I managed to get out on some white water this weekend. This is a good thing as I’m off to Nepal in a couple of weeks for some multi-day river fun and I’m taking a new boat that until now I had only paddled on the rather sedentary waters of […]Read more "Boating and Elvis"
It rained towards the end of last week, but annoyingly stopped before the weekend. Still, I thought, all that rain on Friday should leave some rivers full enough to paddle on Saturday. But where to go? Devon was the obvious answer, the Upper Dart would still be lapping around the bottom of the ledge. But […]Read more "Levelling Up"