On Saturday 14th Jan, a few of us are planning to go paddling to Sowerby Bridge for a couple of hours on the slalom course. At the moment there is Andy Walker, Tony and Karen Thompson, Andy Smith and Steve Arundale planning to be there. If anyone else is interested in paddling please let Andy Walker know, just so he has an idea of numbers or if levels become too high.
We plan to meet in the car park at the industrial units, immediate right after crossing the river around 12:00.
Some members may wish to walk up the river side instead of paddling and then join us for the Faith lunch.
The Faith lunch will be held above the Try-It/Go Outdoors canoe shop (thanks to Simon for letting us use the room). A Faith lunch is where each person brings some food such as: Mince Pies; Sandwiches; Xmas Cake; Cheese; Pork Pie; Mulled Wine; Wine; Mars Bar Cake; Sausages; Breadsticks; Dips; etc. The food is put on a central table and shared. This is an alternative to going for a meal at the local pub as they were charging £25 per head for lunch a few years ago and could become expensive for a family.
A lively (and sometimes challenging) paddle down the River Lune today. Unusually mild weather for this time of year (last years paddle was mainly avoiding icebergs), a couple of swims, some big rapids, bouncy waves and fantastic scenery. A good day was had by all that paddled.
Meet at 9:00am at Devils Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale. This river trip is not suitable for beginner paddlers.
Here is a brief list of equipment that each individual will need to carry on the River Lune and similar levels of River. This is not just for group safety but for the safety of the individual;
Throwline and Knife
Warm drink in flask
Dry Bag containing the following:-
Warm/Dry gloves hat.
Hand warmers (personal option)
Emergency food, mars bars or similar
Optional small personal first aid kit
Any personal medication that maybe required, clearly marked.
In addition, boats should have air bags in the rear correctly inflated. All equipment should be securely attached into the boat and marked with individual’s details.On the Lune we are in the middle of nowhere, far from civilisation and the nearest road, so if something did go wrong you need to be able to keep yourself warm.
The shuttle on the Lune is in the region of 45mins and it can be bitterly cold for those waiting at the put in, so you need to be prepared for a wait and to keep yourself warm.
As you paddle rivers like this there will still be people leading the rivers and looking out for the groups safety but the individual has to start taking more responsibility for their own safety and preparation of their equipment.
IMPORTANT: This is a grade 3 to 4 challenging and technical river. You MUST let Richard Cooke or Mike know if you intend to paddle and well in advance of the day to allow time to plan accordingly. Please do not turn up out of the blue or let him know at the last minute.
On Wednesday 21st December we are planning a trip to the River Tryweryn in Wales. We are planning on paddling down from the White Water Centre down to Bala, it is a grade 2/3 with sections of grade 3. You can portage the final drop if you wish. For those who want to, you can paddle the White Water Centre, this is a Grade 3/4 Dam Release course.
We need around 5 paddlers who are intermediate standard to paddle the trip down to Bala. Also a minimum of 2 cars are needed due to the shuttle between the course and Bala.
If we can’t get 2 cars, we are paddling Tees Barrage WWC. This course is a great place to practice white water skills, but again, due to its nature you need to be confident on white water.
If you are interested contact Russ Johnson.
We will decide the river on Tuesday and it is currently subject to releases at the centres.
Update: Perhaps the River Dee may also be a possibility (grade 2/3)…