With all the rain we had choices; do we head north to the Irthing as on the calander or change. As most people had never paddled this river collectively we agreed to stick to plan A.
Arriving at Gilsland 10.30am was good going and then the shuttle/shuttles as we dropped cars off in strategic places just in case took time, so we were on the water for 11.45am.
The forecast was for strong winds force 6 gusting 9, and as it’s a long trip for a short paddle, so the option to put in 10km higher up was it proved to be an interesting decision.
Onwards into the wind often being blown up stream was energy sapping with very little shield. Eventually things started get exciting,
however short lived as the approach to Crammel Linn meant a tricky portage and lowering of boats down the valley side to the bottom of the falls.
After admiring the falls and with all of us discussing which way they would take it, it was back to reality and off down the most popular section of the Irthing.
4 km of bliss. Lovely boulder garden rapids interspersed with some slides. Great fun and everyone soon forgot about the long windy section before.
During this section we caught up with a group of open paddlers that we had noticed earlier in the day getting on. One of there group had been injured but after checking with them they were fine and help was on its way. The injured person was comfortable and happy to wait for the rescue team. ( directions to the rescue team by some of our group proved very helpful
We carried on and before too long the get out was upon us, four hours on the water in total.
And no swims or rolls from anyone.
A quick change and then the long trip back for the cars meant we were too late for the much anticipated coffee and cake.
Never mind, always next time.
Gauge 0.52 when we started and 0.42 at egress. Paddlers Mark M, Rob, Ian Mc, Grant, John H , Brian, Mike H, Chris D, Pete.