Having got Christmas out of the way it was time to burn off some of that Christmas dinner with a paddling trip to Scotland.
At 9:30 on the 2nd Sam turned up at Ben’s to meet Steve Robinson & Dave Gillbank, van loaded we set off to have a quick run down langstrath beck in Cumbria, langstrath was a bit on the low side but still a good laugh. Having arrived in Glencoe that evening we found that the Coe was at a good level so decided that’ll be are first run in the morning. Sam dropped the lads off at the get in drove to the get out where a car full of Australian ladies ran Sam back to the get in. The gorge on the Coe was ace I wish it was longer, that finished we set off for the Kianish. The Kianish is a 7 km run which we started at 13:00 only leaving us 3hr of light, fantastic grade 3 at the start then dropped off to grade 2 then carried on technical grade 4 for a couple of km with 2 portages. We had a chat at a grade 5 drop at 15:30 and decided to walk out due to fading light and not knowing how far was left, not the best walk out. Day 2 River Pattack I (Sam) have always wanted to tick this river off and I was not disappointed, good grade 3 with a few 3+ drops and a really fun last section of Grade 4 leading in to a drop right at the end. After the pattack we headed for the Roy both Ben & Steve had paddled this before which was useful, great read and run rapids fantastic gorge section with a fun Boofing rock which leads to the narrow slot at the end of the gorge, sad to say after the Boofing rock my Nomad 8.1 started taking on water a long 6inch split appeared in the hull. Our last day found us on the Spean at a medium level with most of the rapids washed out but forming some good waves to play on, Steve ran the hardest rapid a Grade 5 called witches Hat and nailed it, after that we drove back towards the Etive and ran the Allt a Chaorain for a good laugh. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the start of 2013.
Steve, Dave, Sam, Ben.
Eden Valley Adventures