Safety First

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 […]

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Blastathon

Last weekend was the annual KCC Blastathon. We had a record number of entries this year with two minibuses of contestants from the Riverside Centre coming along to join the members of Kingfisher Canoe Club and Pathfinder Youth Canoe Club. The weather decided to provide us with sun and rain earlier in the week ensured that Abingdon weir […]

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Abingdon Watersports Day

This weekend was the second annual Abingdon Watersports Day. Along with a large number of other KCC members I spent most of Saturday helping the residents of Abingdon have a go at kayaking. More about this can be found on the Kingfisher Canoe Club website: HERE

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Nipping over to Nepal

As I mentioned in my previous post I’ve been out of the country for 25 days on a trip to Nepal where I paddled the Thuli Bheri and Karnali rivers. Of the 25 days just 8 were spent on the water; the paddling to travelling ratio was not as good as it should have been. A large […]

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Levelling Up

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 […]

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Winter

Looking down on Sunningwell

I’ve just been skiing on the hill behind our village. Didn’t manage to pick up as much speed as I’d hoped and I can see why ski lifts were invented; walking uphill in ski boots is no fun… (Read More)

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Dartmoor

Playing on triple falls

I’ve spent the past two weekends on Dartmoor reacquainting myself with some of the best rivers in the country. It’s been a long summer with none of the unseasonable rain that allowed as much fun as we had the previous year, but now the paddling season seems to of properly started… (Read More)

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Bankside

Doug takes the shot
This is a slighty reworked version of an article that appeared in the Trasher, the Kingfisher Canoe Club’s newsletter.

Paddling is all about being on the water right? Well yes, however when running a white-water river, there are certain things that should be done from the bank, especially if you want your decent to be a safe one. Here are five things to do bankside for you to think about… (Read More)

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