Thursday 20th January 2022
With little water about Brian chose the Eden this week for his Beginners/Improvers group. At 0.75 he was predicting a bit of a scrape – as it turned out it was just right for us.
With a range of experience in the group ranging from returning paddlers getting back into the groove to first time on white water we had a thorough briefing in the warmish winter sunshine before getting out onto the less than warmish water.
The first smooth half a mile helped get rid of the wobbles and we were soon getting to grips with the first of the rapids. Brian was watching our efforts carefully and decided that a little breaking in and out practice was the order of the day.
Into the cliff lined section and the rapids got a little more bouncy; but the slightly nervous smiles at the briefing were rapidly turning into big grins accompanied by the occasional unseemly “whoopin’ and a hollerin'”
The breaking in and out practice was really paying off as we we’re now able to break out into the eddies on the sunny side of the river by choice rather than chance!
Everyone negotiated Nun’s rapid in one piece but we decided that the name conjours up images of less successful capsized nuns!
On arriving at Armathwaite Weir we faced the most risky part of the trip; trying to clamber about on the ice covered rocks to inspect. Did someone mention a WhatsApp thread about footwear, Palm crampons?
We all made our run or portage choices and agreed that it was much less scary once you’d committed down the tongue.
The great thing about the egress at Armathwaite is the welcoming fire in the Fox and Pheasant. Thanks to Shaw for getting the coffees, from Natalie, Graeme, Brian and Eric. And special thanks to Brian for organising things and looking after us all.
Apologies – no photos.