Leven

Saturday 19th. Brian. Sten. Mike H, Martin. Rachel With no  significant  rainfall  for weeks Brain decided the Leven at 0.80 was the only option.  Reluctantly we dragged out of bed;  to be enthused on the drive, by low laying fog banks below snow covered mountains.

Lots of playing and spins brought us to Backbarrow bridge where we split into the ‘main chuters’ and the ‘right variation’.

Despite low water an enjoyable day out with good friends, cemented by coffee at the car museum.

 

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Windermere

Wednesday 16th January. Andy Gillham’s plan for a sea-kayak paddle round the central islands of Windermere. Forecast was for rain most of the day but didn’t stop 7 hardy kayakers from converging on Ferry Nab at 10.00. Andy, Phil, Tom, Sue, Richard, MikeS and JohnS. The conditions were calm and the rain held off as we headed north past Belle Isle towards Hen Holme, Lady Holme to Rough Holme. Turning south west next, to take in Thompson’s Holme and the Lilies to land by the Claife viewing station cafe to warm up with coffee and hot chocolate. Then onwards south past Ramp Holme to our final turn at Storrs Temple. Back to Ferry Nab having enjoyed good company and surprisingly good paddling conditions.

Improvers on the Brathay

No rain, but a little dribble fell over the weekend. Just enough to enable a  float down the Brathay.  Nine of us John, Colin, Eric, John S, Chris, Phil  Mike H, Dave and Guess Sue and  Tom gathered at Ambleside Rugby club. The low water level meant we could float , paddle and chat without fear of incident. A Dancer and Kendo were retro amongst the kayaks on show. As Elterwater approached, the sun joined, bringing additional reflection to the ever so smooth water.

After Portaging Skelwith Falls, a few were tempted by the play wave.  The section of grade 3 below to Skelwith bridge challenged the improvers.  All succeeded without help.

 

On to the Rothay confluence and the final challenge, an upstream paddle to the get out.  A fine day out , in good company, with some new friends.

 

North of Sweden

Wednesday 9th Jan

We were entertained at the Factory tap in Kendal with an illustrated talk by Mike Hayward and Andrea Barr, relating their trip to the Lanio river in North Sweden.

Starting on arctic tundra by helicopter drop and  float down the Lanio river 240km, 8km up the Piipionjoki, and  Torne Alven to the  bifurcation then finally 53 km down the Tarendo river.  A total of 305km in 12 days. Were informed about wild tundra, mosquitoes, lavu, shelters,  the lack of other river users  an unexpected canyons and rapids that went on and on.

Next LCC lecture is on  Wed 6th Feb at the Factory Tap in Kendal 8pm Sea kayaking in Greenland.