Just got back to the north-east after an action packed week in Corsica. Continue reading
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Mark Glendinning over looking victoria falls on the Zambezi
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 9,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 16 years to get that many views.
Living and working within a 10 mile radius of the Tees Barrage has made it a convenience for me to spend time there Playboating in the summer and practicing river running skills and fitness in the winter. I have done this at both the old course, where I was employed full time for one year and the new course, (excluding the 18 month development). With this in mind I have tried to conduct an honest review. Continue reading
RiverMilitia recruited Sam Ellis and Tom Crow for a mission to the Torridon area of Scotland.
The Wet West Kayak Festival was the main reason for the drive north, with the event guaranteeing us some 4/5 boating on the Dam release Morriston, the drive would not be wasted.
A quick look at the weather forcast was showing the wet stuff falling north of Fort William in the Torridon area. This is an area that has so much potential to go big! The small team was all set (after a bit of paln changing), Sam and myself picked up Tom in Perth and started the long drive north.
Driving into Torridon it became clear that the rain was not coming as we drove over the burns we had hoped would be raging. Dissapointed we dug out the OS map to rescue the trip with a bit of scouting. Then Tom remembered a burn (with no known descent) that was remote but flowed from a loch, so could have some water still in it.
A few bits of white peeking through were enough for us to give it a go…. we werent disapointed!
Like a heap of British paddlers I make the whitewater pilgrimage to the European alps most summers. After our trip to Norway fell through and as it was August we decided our best option was to head for Austria. This is the only alpine region of the Alps I have yet to visit and stories of big water, scorching temperatures and money back on beer made it easy for me to get excited. The crew consisted of Myself, John Pooley and Greg Fiddes who has spent that much time in Tirol that he is considered a resident! Greg was already there like he had been since June, Greg had travelled well and had been charging. This made life on and off the river so much easier for us throughout the trip. We arrived in Oetz Tal on Saturday 11th it was late afternoon and the rivers were running well, dark grey in colour and big! I started to get nervously excited as to what the next two weeks would offer. We met up with Greg and Willy Ender an Bavarian friend and AKC member that Greg and John have known for years. The crew was strong.
Willy and Joe talking us through it Continue reading