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RIVER WNION 09/12/18

So once again I find myself in North Wales with a good bunch of friends. The weather is reasonably mild at about 8 degrees, and at the moment it’s not raining. We’re standing in a layby at the get in for the Wnion.  We were discussing whether to paddle the Wnion, or weather to choose an easier river, as there were several running that day. There were some nervous looking faces in the group, in particular mine! I felt we…

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To Dee or not to Dee, That is the question

This time we had plenty of notice and time to organise which makes a change for a kayaking trip. Matt and Frankie were planning on spending a weekend playing on the river Dee in north wales and offered it out to other keen people. After some back and forth messages we had organised where we were staying and who was going. Come Friday evening I’m loading the boats on the car, picking Chris Short up and the 3 of us…

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Weekend in North, North Wales…

After a busy week at work I was looking forward to a weekend away boating. It was Friday evening by the time plans were being finalised, they mainly involved Ben picking Tom Brooks, myself and Sarah up quite early on Saturday morning and driving to wales. Come early Saturday morning Ben and his massive van come mobile home was outside. We loaded, got on the road, checked the internet for river levels, checked again, checked again and after updating Stevie…

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The March Trip Posse

So, from Ogwen Valley Day two for me With a hearty breakfast cooked by Andrius We set off for a strong Grade 3 The Seiont river was chosen by Steve and Sarah Which I had not done before But hang on a minute what’s this I’m hearing? Some parts are a Grade 4   We met up with the additional paddlers The banter you had to hear and see For splashing some of the others A helmet was dumped in…

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North Wales trip

Saturday 4th March 2017 It was an early start as John and I decided to drive  down early Saturday morning. I arrived at John’s at 5am, loaded up and set off. The journey was good and we arrived at around 9am. Sarah messaged us to meet at the ‘get in’ to start the paddle on the river Conwy. We all said our greetings and Andrius informed us it was his wife’s birthday. He phoned her and we all sang happy…

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Waterless Wales trip

Throughout  the summer we have had enough rain to bring many welsh rivers into condition but have unfortunately never been in the right place at the right time. We were therfore looking forward to a trip that was set for early November. Knowing that the rivers had been up most of the summer gave us great hope they would be working again. Plans were in place, bunkhouse booked and Friday evening arrived. Myself and Sarah sat in the car on…

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River Soca trip. June 2016

These are my memories of the club River Soca trip in Slovenia. It has been a while now, so rather than a day by day account, I will try to convey to you the sights and general feeling of the trip. Our group left for Slovenia tea time on Friday 22nd July. The group consisted of Matt Burnham, Tom Tom, myself (Adrian), James my son, Alex Elliot and David Elliot. David did all the driving, towing a trailer full of…

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The River Mint

Despite being the biggest wuss when it comes to the cold, I love winter for the simple reason that it’s whitewater paddling season. I spend far too much time checking and rechecking forecasts searching out heavy rain. The chances of getting heavy rain at a time when we are not working, haven’t got family commitments and can find a fellow paddler or two to join us is low. However, when it all comes together it results in a lot of…

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Waterless Wales

In the downstairs bathroom at Lledr House Hostel, where we stayed, was a quote “Life is not waiting for the storm to pass it is about dancing in the rain.” As a group we would have been happy with a storm of any kind as long as it contained rain and we would have been more than happy to dance and even paddle in the rain. After a dry October there was little choice for paddling in the club trip…

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Slovenia 2016

Every year we try to put together a European kayaking trip to find some white water in the sunshine. The last few years we have been to Austria but this year we decided to try Slovenia. Dates were set for mid July and finally, after much waiting and planning, it was time to go. We had 3 cars going with 10 people in total. 4am Friday morning myself and Sarah started the 1000mile drive to Bovec in Slovenia (07:30 ferry).…

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