Posted on behalf of Elizabeth By Admin
Thanks to Nigel for an excellent trip to Ireland. This is how it went:
Ten people and their boats in two vehicles made it across the Irish sea and over to Belleek on the northwest corner on the Saturday. We were installed in two holiday cottages, surrounded by water, on the border between Ulster and the Republic. Actually, there is no border. Just cheaper fuel and road signs in kilometers and gaelic dual language.
Even-handedly we spent a couple of days paddling in both – going to Donegal and Sligo in the Republic, and Fermanagh in Ulster. Peat-brown rivers and brown ‘white’ water. Wet fields with reeds growing through the grass, and some outright bogs. Lots of lovely rivers – Owenmore, Owenkillew and Kinelly, Derg – grades 1 and 2, with some grade 3 bits. The first grade 3 bit had all the girls swimming, while the best grade 3 bit collected Alison and Elizabeth as swimmers (and Neil trying to do clever tricks), but was successfully completed by Ruth. On a couple of days the boys went to do a short hard river for the second part – including the mighty falls of the Duff- completed successfully by all (Rob without lenses in). One day on surf in Sligo – great big surf, shame about the stony beaches.
Relying on our intrepid captain’s local knowledge we had some interesting tours of the countryside on our way to finding the get-ins. But rivers can change! Weirs can be added!
Culturally, we did ‘sitting around a peat fire’ after our meals together, and also the proper ‘Guiness in an Irish pub thing’ as well. On the way back we had a local’s tour of Derry from Nigel.
Great thanks again to Nigel for organising and driving, also to Rob for driving and transporting so much in his splended van. We all had a fantastic time, and there’s plenty more to look forward to still.
Coming soon to a small screen near Ashley Street – the full picture story.
ADMIN EDIT* what we done and on what days
Monday: Ownwee & Bonnet
Tuseday: Glenlly Ownkillue and Duff
wendsday: esky surfing and Duff
Friday: The City of Derry
The weekend of the Dee tour last year I was nearly killed before even getting on the river thanks to my seal launch down the hill, This years Dee tour I decided not to tempt fate and say away from the Dee in fact I went to mid Wales just to put as much distance as possible between me and the Dee
We went to the River Dullus at Corris it was at a good flow I would say “med high” we had 16 people from the club out that day so a really good turn out
However me going to mid Wales did not please the river gods one bit and so when we got in to do the Dullus just above the first drop which goes in under the old bridge man made sides ect. on it I went to run this drop with a view to setting up safety for the Group as I entered the hole at the bottom that was the last I can recall because from that point on I saw nothing and breathed nothing,
I was worked over a few times in my boat before I finial parted company with it, then things got worse I was sent deep very deep and was being recurulated in a very strong sticky deep hole I could not get to the surface, I could not get out of the hole, I was just being thrown around
At this point I remembered that I had no safety ( that was meant to be my job) , At this point I though I may have to resigned my self to drowning, as I was being tossed around I thought…
” so this is it, you have had it”
“its strangely peace full down here”
” I hope they can recover my body in time to effect CPR on me”
Some how on the 5th time around I was sent deep enough to be washed far enough out that I was able to start swimming to the surface I was a very happy chap I was completely knackered
When I got out I had to give chase to my boat down the side of the river, In the mean time Ruth has came down and got the same working over I got, lucky by this time a throw line was set up and she was plucked from the water, Alex also took a swim on the drop but managed to escape getting worked in the hole
As for the rest of the day, I was to be honest still in shock from my experience so it its all a bit of a blur apart from the Mill falls bit with the constriction in it which I think everyone got through bar one or two that tried it side ways and had to go through without the boat
and the grade VI portage was worth avoiding a real man killer perhaps if you felt brave and in mega high flows you could look for a line but I wasn’t really feeling the love after earlier so I though perhaps best to keep on walking
Most seal launched back in after the portage I opted for a normal entry since to be honest I haven’t really got over my run in with the tree a year earlier yet and so do do sliding any more in my boat, after a nice paddle with a few more rapids we got to the get out just after the very low stone bridge
As we where changing a small mouse appeared from Steve Duckets boat it scurried around the deck of the boat for a few min before finding a way off, it turns out that Steve had already found three mice in his boat as he was paddling down the river after feeling them on his leg then after removing them he had taken at lest three swims that day and even in the process of emptying out the boat that little mouse hung in their and as such done the Dullus better than me or Steve since he at lest stayed in his boat for the whole trip
Here’s some vid of the Ruth Fairclouth getting done over in the same hole,please note at the start both her and boat are having down time before it released her See here
Feeling good to be alive
Date of river trip was the 16th of Nov