Neil Cox Iceland Cost-to-Coast May 2017

Neil Cox, and Leanne Dyke, both members of Bristol Canoe Club, crossed Iceland with a Packraft (a type of inflatable kayak) in May 2017.
Here is Neil’s write-up, including video, and a river description.

https://www.neilcoxmisadventures.com/packrafting/2017iceland-report

Neil comments: “We believe this is the first recorded source-to-sea descent of the Þjórsá, with Leanne also being the first recorded woman to complete a packraft traverse of Iceland.”

Bristol Canoe Club’s first newsletter

I have a copy of the very first newsletter distributed by Bristol Canoe Club.

This is “Issue 1, Number 1”, December 1962. The club had obviously been founded before this, but we don’t know how much earlier.

Note that this includes a suggestion to paddle the river Dart from Dartmeet in Jan 1963, “Rough water grading unknown, since, to the best of our knowledge, it has not been previously canoed, but probably R.W. III-IV.”

I have scanned this in, so have a look here.

Bristol Canoe Club Newsletter Issue 1 Dec 1962

Montenegro, Tara gorge, Summer 2015

In Summer 2015, a group of us went to Montenegro to paddle the Tara gorge, a beautiful three-day trip through a deep gorge.

We found that the (limited) available information was sometimes misleading, so I created something to help future trips.

This document isn’t really a trip write-up, instead it describes the logistics and journey times (both on roads and rivers) to give some help with trip planning.

Montenegro Logistics

I hope this is useful!

Conor

 

A perfect whitewater trip?

So where do you go in August to kayak brilliant consistent Grade 3 water (its dam released), in the sun, avoid car shuttles, while being surrounded by beautiful green forests?

Answer – take up Dave Hill’s invitation to the National White Water Centre on the River Tryweryn near Bala. Having never paddled this river I thought it was time to raise eye brows in the Club and dispense with a Polo Boat and return to White-water and what a great trip. On the Saturday we did the Lower Section including Bala Falls followed by circuits on the upper before camping at the now very kayak friendly camp-site. The Sunday recommenced with further circuits in what was perfect weather. Great water and great company with “Mad” Morgan on his first proper WW trip, Captain Dave providing “naval” leadership on and off the river as well as some great coaching, Dave’s mate Barney who travelled up from Gosport and Joe who showed us all what is possible in a kayak.

Many thanks Dave for organising a great trip and if you’ve never been to the Tryweryn go and try it. So, when is the next white water trip?

North Wales

Many thanks to Lisa F for organising last weekend’s trip to Wales. 10 of us went and we had a great time.

On Saturday we managed to paddle the Conwy (not the Fairy Glen!). Low water, but most of us had never paddled it before, some of us after trying for 20 years or so to catch it at a paddleable level.

On the Sunday everything was actually a bit low, so we went to the Tryweryn and took Lisa’s Paul down the lower Tryweryn; the others caught us up after playing on the top for a bit.

Some photos here: https://picasaweb.google.com/conoroneilluk/201402NorthWales

Conor