Austria paddling summer 2015

This summer I was lucky enough to spend 2 weeks paddling in Austria and Switzerland in the Inn valley and tributaries. I was also fortunate enough to have the loan of a go-pro head cam, however editing takes far longer than shooting footage.

Here are 2 of the rivers, Giarsun and Ardez gorges on the Inn.




Paddling Desmond – North Wales 2015

Well after 3 years of low/no water for the CCC North Wales weekend, this last weekend more than made up for that. Winter storm Desmond devastated Cumbria but it still had more than enough rain to dump over North Wales resulting in monstrous levels on the Saturday. The Conwy on Saturday peaked at over 4.5m, with 2m on the gauge being huge, you can see how high the river was. Given the tremendous levels we paddled the easier sections on the Conwy, which were still BIG volume 3/4. The section from Ysbty Ifan was an exciting tree dodge with sketch portages. Bryn Bras falls on the main section was full of large holes with tree branches to duck down the right.

Sunday brought lower levels and friendlier conditions so the Upper Llugwy down to Browns Falls and the Nantygwyryd provided a low volume contrast to the previous day.

Pictures here

High Water Dee

After attending the BCU annual awards dinner where Ali picked up event volunteer of the year, we headed over to North Wales for a very high run on the Dee!

Highnam Court Gardens

Fantastic sculptures despite the mist and fog.

Heather Jane Longhurst

On the 11th January 2013 Ali and I welcomed Heather Jane Longhurst into the world weighing in at 6lbs 11oz. All good!

More pictures here