Scotland Bank holiday Easter Club Trip Day 3 by Kirk Williams

Image may contain: 3 people, including Kirk Williams, people smiling, people sitting, child, shoes, tree, outdoor and natureScotland Bank holiday Easter Club Trip Day 3 by Kirk Williams

Haven’t paddled the Spean Gorge for a while and although levels were low, they were up a bit from Saturday and we knew people had a decent day then an intrepid team of John C, Ian B, Mark B, Jenny B, Chris T and Kirk decided to give it a go. Shuttle done so all cars at the get out (thanks Marianne) the put in at the Spean Bridge Woollen Mill was a bumpy bony experience but we managed to get moving without too much muscle strain. The first rapid of note is the Fairy Steps, a series of small but significant drops as the name suggests. The team managed to negotiate each step with no major problems but some nervous grins….

The river now moves into the gorge section proper and narrows significantly. We scouted and navigated a few more tight flows and small drops between the rocks, each providing interesting opportunities for practicing our river leading skills, line of sight etc We arrived at one of the key rapids on the river, the infamous Headbanger, and as usual portaged this after having a good look at it and talking confidently about how we would run it if we dared! The portage doesn’t remove all the fun as it comes with a tricky seal launch, either into a tight turn drop with a submerged tree or from pretty high up on the rocks. Both options were exercised, some with style! Much fun was had at a 1+ metre pour over/drop that managed to tail end a few big river boats, and Ian excelled himself by getting his nose stuck in an undercut, side surfing the hole and eventually pulling a 180 nose pirouette to successfully escape its clutches I can never work out which rapid’s which on this river from the guidebook, but either the Witches Cauldron or Constriction was also portaged our fat river boats would have been pretty difficult to lift/pull through the tiny gap past the pyramid rock in the middle with the tails in turbulent recirculating water behind…..

The last section of the gorge has a few interesting features, with multiple small drop rapids that at low levels have exposed rocks that make the lines quite technical, especially with typical visibility restrictions in gorges. We managed to navigate all with only an occasional loss of our normal grace and style. The run out from the gorge provided a relaxing mile or so of easy water to reflect on a great day on the river before getting out at the power station to get changed and make our way back to Kinlochleven.

LIVERPOOL CANOE CLUB OPEN DAY Sunday 28th April 2019 from 10:00 to 13:00 At Our Club Compound at Coburg Dock L3 4EB

Scotland Bankholiday Easter Club Trip by Craig Ford

After a Friday of scraping boats along the Lochy with a lack of rain, Saturday morning brought the promise of a proper whitewater paddle as the Garry was dam released. 15 paddlers set off early, aided by an impromptu fire alarm wake up call (thanks Neil), for the 90 minute drive to hopefully beat the crowds of other paddling groups. 11 paddlers (Richard, Liz, John, Roy, Kirk, Chris, David, Mark, Sarah, Jenny & Hannah) walked up to get on to the Upper Garry with Roy’s brief of “Ferry glide from here towards that rock, head down river towards the tongue and if you don’t make it …”

One by one the eleven got on and successfully negotiated the first feature, breaking out until the group was ready to reform and run the rest of the Upper. 

A quick brief before each rocky feature saw the group successfully reach the Upper get out where they were joined by Leanne, myself, Neil and Aleksander. Roy’s brief for the start of the Lower Garry was “This is a 3 foot drop but a quick paddle over should see you land flat and you’ll be fine.”

All over the feature and a sense of elation at having landed the three foot drop. Another technical feature and then the river flattened out to give a chance to chat about the Upper and the start of the Lower. Back to a couple more technical drops and an unexpected feature which didn’t have a left hand turn!!

A fantastic and safe paddle, a few successful rolls and great company. Thanks to everyone.

Craig

Congratulations to Keith, Dave and Dave for their winning photos of the month

Photo of the Month

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April 2019

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River Wye Khosi trip by Keith

21 votes (30%)

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Graham at Crosby Surf by Dave Rawlinson

15 votes (21%)

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River Dee Improvers Trip by Dave Gentle

12 votes (17%)

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U14 Canoe Polo team in action in March Tournament by Craig Ford

12 votes (17%)

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Open Boats on River Dee by Nikki Aldridge

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Luke on an Introductory course at the docks by Lee Boylan

5 votes (7%)

River Mersey Estuary Sea Kayak Paddle with Liverpool Canoe Club


Colin Hayward made an excellent movie of yesterday’s equally excellent Mersey trip (good conditions, good company)! We were 18, paddling all the way to Hale Head or (the stubborn ones :-)) to Fiddler’s ferry past the new Mersey Gateway bridge. I added some of my photos too.
Kristiaan D’Août

Club Run Courses (Spring 2019)

Club Run Courses (Spring 2019) for more detail check the online Club Calendar…….
You need to be a current member of the club to paddle with us (Insurance and emergency contact details etc)

23rd March 2019 One Day first Aid course Padlock for volunteers and helpers – Ian Bell
24th March 2019 Volunteer helpers and Coach skills day – Click for more and to book a place….
1st April 2019 (3 x Wednesdays) Open Boat (Canoe) Skills Course – Coach Mark Garrod Click for more..
14th April 2019 Introductory Course – Coaches Craig Ellingham and John Fay Click for more..
28th April 2019 Club Open Day at the Compound at the Docks. Try different disciplines, junior session, come and try it session for non-members, Sunday tour of the docks. Bring and buy sale for any canoe or kayaking gear. Pyrahna Demo Fleet.
1st May 2019 (3 x Wednesdays)
Improvers Kayak Course – Coach Mark Garrod – Click for more..
12th May 2019
Foundation Safety and Rescue Course Click for more Padlock
12th May 2019 Introductory Course – Coaches Craig Ellingham and John Fay Click for more..
To be arraged Paddle sport Leader and Instructor Courses

Photo of the Month April 2019 Please vote for your favourite.

Photo of the Month

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April 2019

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Congratulation’s to Kayleigh Campbell for winning March Photo of the Month

Photo of the Month

March 2019

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Dock Paddle Tuesday Evening Taken by Kayleigh Campbell

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Gareth Jones in a Prospector on the River Wye Weekend by Keith

14 votes (17%)

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No Swims for Aleksander on the Wye Koshi Weekend by Keith

11 votes (13%)

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Karl Tattum eyes up the Crosby Surf by Dave Rawlinson

10 votes (12%)

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U14 Canoe Polo in Speke Pool by Craig Ford

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Team Photo on the Wye Weekend by John Coo

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