University of Birmingham Kayak Club April (ish) 2013 Scotland This Easter saw some of our intermediate and advanced paddlers head way up north to The Highlands for the club's annual Easter Scotland trip. Joined by some friendly ex‐members, a fun week was had by all, undeterred by irrita ngly low water levels. In between paddling some beau ful gorges and a couple of runs down the Garry during a dam release, the group enjoyed a li le relaxed walk‐ ing in the area around Ben Nevis, as well as cel‐ ebra ng Chris Jeﬀery's birthday on the slopes of Aviemore's ski resort. Despite having never been skiing before, Richie seemed to be making great progress un l an unfortunate collision with a fence ended in a trip to A&E! Towards the end of the week, a trip down the Carron provided some unexplored territory to keep the group's river leaders on their toes, in‐ cluding spending 40 minutes rescuing a pinned boat! Unsurprisingly, t of the week has to be award‐ ed to Harry for spectacularly dropping his boat all the way into Findhorn gorge and watching it float down the first rapid unmanned. Overall, despite a couple of hospital trips and an almost‐lost boat, everyone survived an awe‐ some week away. Hopefully next year the wa‐ ter levels will seem huge in comparison...
Three trips you really don’t want to miss!
Cardiﬀ Weekend Away
‐ The Tryweryn Fes val:
This was the weekend it snowed loads in Brum so needless to say, it was rather cold… We spent the first day messing around on the whitewater course. High‐ lights include Sarah’s first white water roll and Vicky’s swim from a Jefe!
A awesome paddling and social weekend in North Wales on the mighty T. If you’re coming to the alps and your paddling is a bit rusty this is perfect prac ce. Everyone welcome but sign up soon!
‐ Surf Trip: The ever popular surf trip. Everyone loves this. Sign up will appear on the forum soon. ‐ The Alps: Two weeks paddling and chilling in the alps. Words cannot express how excited I am about this. Sign up now as the deadline is fast approach‐ ing!
A er a rather heavy night at Metros and a couple hours sleep in the luxury of a Travelodge we paddled the fun but rather urban afon Taﬀ. This weekend also saw the maiden voyage of our fantas c new Pyrahna fleet. First impressions indicate that they’re great boats. The Varuns seem to be par cularly good choices!
White water troubleshooter: Check out these vids, there're brilliant: www.unsponsored.co.uk/press/? tag=whitewater‐troubleshooter
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