Sunday, 25 November 2007

Fairy Glen

Ideal low water conditions on the infamous Fairy Glen today on the Afon Conwy. We did a quick afternoon run down to Fairy Falls, running all the drops along the way which range from grade III to V. Excitement is added as you enter the gorge sections, limiting your view of each upcoming drop.

Saturday, 24 November 2007

Tyn y Maes Gorge

I woke to hear rain this morning, but unfortunately it only lasted for a few hours - not enough to make many of the rivers runnable.
Instead I nipped down the top gorge on the Ogwen with my house mate. A nice short run with some drops of V. We also ran Ogwen Bank Falls, which gave a fast and exciting descent in the low conditions (giving enough excitement for one day).

Introduction to White Water

This week I ran a 5 day white water course for Sarah. We had enough rain to allow paddling on sections of the Afon Llugwy during the week. This was combined with a day on the Afon Dee and some rock hopping and clean surf at Trearddur Bay.
A good week with many new skills learnt, evident from Sarah's progression to run the grade III Forestry Falls on the final day.

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

River Lledr

The rivers came up on Sunday, after an evening of rain - the first time for a couple of weeks. A group of us ran the Lledr in the afternoon. This is a fun river that has every grade from II to VI, though we decided to give the grade VI a miss.
It must of been the first time in 3 weeks that North Wales received a useful amount of rain, not something you expect in November.

Sunday, 11 November 2007


Winter will soon be upon us. I heard that there was a sprinkling of snow in the Cairngorms today. Although snow was forecast for Snowdonia too, none materialised.

Sea 2 Summit will be running a full range of winter walking and mountaineering courses up in Scotland this winter. These will start in January, unless the conditions come in sooner.

White Water Course

The other day I took Will and Tom on a private white water course. A day was spent at Mile End Mill where they both rapidly improved from novice river runners to being able to surf in the bottom stopper.
Hopefully next week we will receive some rain to allow some personal paddling to be done on the local rivers.