April, intro to river running, session 2

After a week of excellent weather, conditions for river paddling were unfortunately not so excellent. The words “trip canceled” were beginning to creep into the air. Determined to find a venue we made a trip to Killington Gorge. Maybe the gauge was mistaken?

Of course, it wasn’t. A very, very low Lune greeted us. But walking to the end of the foot path, looking down at the river, a feeling of sweet relief rose. It looked brilliant! Lakeland Canoe Club’s Introduction to River Running 2 could go ahead.

Moving to the start of the gorge, Dave thought it was a good idea to begin the day demonstrating the rescue swimming position and swimming with/out a paddle. Absolutly a good idea but you have to question his sanity when he knows his dry suit is leaky. They say crazy is infectious. Moments after the demonstration Jon bounded into the water to try it as well.

Time to get in the kayaks. We opened in a nice big pool where we discussed, experimented with spin momentum and turning .After a couple of demonstrations and a bit of a play we paddled a twisty, windy circuit, seeing everyone improve with each loop.

We decended the Gorge testing our new skills, dodging rocks, catching eddies and crossing current. There was even just enough water for an exciting final rapid. After a short break we went back for another go, this time with more of a wacky racers theme, trying to relax a bit.

An amazing day and some great paddling. A reoccurring theme was trying to relax a bit more.

Have you ever felt tense or nervous paddling? A touch of the worries perhaps? Don’t despair, there’s a cure…more paddling.

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April’s Intro to River Running

Lakeland Canoe club kicked off April’s Intro to River Running series with a full course of 4 participants and some classic Eden!

After a brief warm up in the gentle water by the put on at Lazonby we began descending the river.
Approaching the first rapid Jon was leading from the front. Despite executing the rapid with style he was unfortunately caught out by a crafty eddie line at the end.
My heart was in my mouth. Cold water has a way of brining out the worst in people. Would I be greeted by happy…or the hulk? He burst to the surface with a big smile followed by laughter. The sun was shining. I knew it was going to be a great day. It wasn’t the last swim but was also not the last smile.
Fortunately Becca offered her paddle in tribute to the river gods and every thing began to fall into place.
We continued down the river working in pairs to take on the rapids and working on tactics. It was amazing to see such good decision making and enthusiasm from everyone.
Ed,Tess and Jon decided to finish with a flourish by taking on the left side of the weir at Armathwaite. I’m happy to report they all descended with the grace of a falcon.
Ed, Tess, Rebecca and Jon excellently paddle paddle paddled by all really well done!!
If you’re interested in attending any trip, check in with LCC’s calendar for availability.

Lakeland Canoe club photo competition.

We dash 3rd April , 15 member met at The factory tap in Kendal and  voted for their favourite photos from those entered.

Category: Wildlife and Environment

1st equal  ‘Rainbow’ by Martin Powell and ‘Seal’ by Mike Hayward

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Category: Rivers

1st ‘Fall on the river Cree’ by Sten Sture         2nd ‘Oh no’ by Brian Clough,

Co-incidently both on  the same fall.

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Category: Sea

1st ‘Fjord’ by John Speakman                  2nd ‘Smokey’ by Angela Sture

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