Having had to abort my last two attempts to go paddling in Scotland I finally made it north of the border for this years annual Kingfisher Canoe Club trip last week. Epic water levels were encountered at the beginning of the week and we took advantage of these to run a few rivers I hadn’t paddled […]Read more "Third Time lucky"
The weekend before Christmas a bunch of friends decided to paddle the River Dart from top to bottom. Starting where the East and West Darts join to form the main river Dart at Dartmeet all the way to the sea at Dartmouth. Taking in the more difficult white water sections early in the morning before […]Read more "Top to Bottom"
…I used to do something called white water kayaking. This year however has been so busy I’ve had scant chance to venture beyond the River Thames with my boat. However I did manage to get away for the weekend and dash up to Fort William for the 2013 Wet West Paddlefest along with a few […]Read more "Along time ago…"
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"
The worlds gone mad I say. Paddling the East Lyn just a few days after the summer solstice? Fantastic. More.Read more "Midsummer Madness"
We’re officially in a drought apparently. Despite this I managed to find myself on a spate run of the Edw (a tributary of the River Wye) last weekend and paddled Hurley Weir on three gates yesterday. Go figure. On both occasions I managed to not take a single photo. In the mean time however I here […]Read more "Strange Times"
Rivers change with the seasons. Floods, falling trees or rocks and other detritus can change the river in many ways. From a tree temporarily blocking a rapid until it washed away to a complete remodeling of the river such as that inflicted on the River Sanna in Austria in the floods of 2005. This is why no matter how […]Read more "Changes"
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"
What better way to spend a sunny Sunday than pottering along the river until a reaching a rather nice riverside pub? No a lot really, unfortunately I wasn’t able to partake in said activity. A lingering throat infection and doctors order kept me out of my boat and on the bank. On the plus side I […]Read more "(not) Paddling to a Pub"