Funny how life gets so busy you forget things. Anyway I while ago (all the way back in May!) a bunch of us from Kingfisher Canoe Club went out to Val Sesia for a week of loafing and paddling. Some of us hadn’t paddled for a while. Can you guess which ones from the photos?Read more "Spot the School Boy Error(s)…"
At the end of July/beginning of August I spent two weeks lazing around Switzerland and Austria. For the first of these weeks a small group of us spent our time paddling around the Upper Rhine Valley and the the Swiss sections of the Inn around Engadine. This is an area that, although I’ve made brief sorties across the border from Austria to the Inn in the past, I have had little experience of previously.Read more "The North Alps"
I recently returned from a two week trip to the Alps, one in Val Sesia and one in the French Alps. In an attempt to paddle as many sections of river that I’d never paddled before we found ourselves on the Bachelard…Read more "Bachelard"
It’s a bit late seeing as the August edition comes out soon, but, the July issue of Canoe Kayak magazine has an article written by “semi-retired gentleman” Dave Surman about our Easter tour of Europe (here and here). Illustrated by photos from yours truly, go buy a copy before it’s to late.Read more "Canoe Kayak – July 2011"
Where new adventure lies just around the bend That evening Dave, Martyn and I did a little exploratory work, scouting out some other rivers for the next day. Unfortunately all the rivers we looked at were a little on the low side. Once again resorting to internet rumours and a little bit of blind faith […]Read more "Chasing the Water, part 2"
You know this royal wedding? Well it means that there are two four-day weekends in a row, which means for the cost of three days annual leave we can have an eleven day holiday. Anyone want to go paddling? How could we not? So after a little guidebook research I came up with a suggestion: […]Read more "Chasing the Water, part 1"
Last month myself and few other from Kingfisher Canoe Club drove over to Austria for a weeks paddling. Out there we were joined by Seth (who was on a tour of Europe in a transit van) and Doug (who flew in from Sweden). Anyway, it’s been a few years since I last paddled in Austria and […]Read more "Lonely Goat Herd Tour"
A number of friends have gone to the alps for two weeks paddling in Italy’s Val Sesia and around the Briancon area of France. For various reasons I couldn’t go and am finding myself sulking slightly as I become more jealous of them as the week progresses. At least though it made be look back […]Read more "Not padding"
Whilst going through a few things I found this article I wrote ages ago and promptly forgot about. It brings back a few memories of an outstanding trip last year and has fired me up for the trips I’ve got planned this year. Just what I needed to get me out of the winter slump. […]Read more "Norway Without the Gnarl"