Monday, 19 March 2018

Has it begun?

It certainly feels like the season has begun. A busy week directing day 2 of a 'Open Canoe Leader' Assessment, a kayak trip with two folk from Glasgow, a DofE canoe training on Loch Lomond with Glasgow Academy students and a day safety kayaking for the Breadalbane Prep slalom race. Winter is still holding on with snow and bitterly cold easterly winds but with the sun shining today, is spring just around the corner?

 A rest bite from being blown back up the river!

 Happy kayakers!

 Under 'Wade's Bridge' in Aberfeldy

 Perthshire Garry was the venue for day 2 of the 'Open Canoe Leader' Assessment

 Glasgow Academy canoeing at Balloch on Loch Lomond

 Grant chatting about using a towing/ pushing system

 Safety kayaking at Grandtully on the River Tay, fulled by coffee and hot chocolate

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Beast form the East

Well....... It kind of came to Aberfeldy but was really quite a none event. However it did bring a fair amount of snow and cold temperatures, which bought the 'Birks of Aberfeldy' Into prime photograph perfection. A Saturday winter walk with Helen and Winston.

 Bridge in the lower 'Birks' just round the corner from the house

 Looking upstream

 Frozen pool below waterfall

 I love snow settled on rocks in the middle of the river

 Temperatures really have been low

 Some small icicles!!

 The snow formed in some spectacular ways


 Helen and Winston

 Family portrait

 The 'Falls of Moness'

 "The Birks of Aberfeldy" is a song lyric written for a pre-existing melody in 1787 by Robert Burns. He was inspired to write it by the Falls of Moness and the birch trees of Aberfeldy during a tour of the Scottish Highlands with his friend William Nicol.

Looking down the falls

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Out with my Dad

Mum and Dad are up visiting and Dad and I spent a day out on the bikes around Loch Lyon. Couldn't have asked for a better day.

 Quite intimidating stood below the dam

 Climbing up to get to loch level

 My green machine

 Dad setting up for his own photo

 Half way down the North side of Loch Lyon

 Looking north at Creag Mhor

 Catching the inversion in the background

 Looking back East

 The last climb of the day

Arriving back at the dam

 Dads photo of me 

 Above the dam on the final desert

 Looking East down Glen Lyon

Arriving back at the van

Friday, 23 February 2018

Another great course

Brilliant couple of days directing a 'White Water Kayak Leader' course. Good water levels, sunshine and a new section of river. Happy days!

 Jason playing at the weir, on the Stanley section of the River Tay

 Lunch time in the sun on day 1

 Callum surfing

 Day 2, Callum and Brian on the River Earn

 Brian looking relaxed 

 Moose pushing out the style

 Lunch day two was pretty spectacular

 Callum dropping the biggest weir on the section

 And Brian


 Callum and Brian running though a lovely wooded gorge

 Callum playing on the surf

The finish at Kinkell Bridge

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Open Canoe Leader Training

Just finished directing a 3 day 'Open Canoe Leader' Training. Winter was in full swing on day one providing heavy snow and some strong winds, with the other two days even showing a small amount of sunshine. 3 very enthusiastic candidates battled the weather and went away with feedback and actions points to prepare them for assessment in the future.

 Sliding the canoes down to the river

 Cara leading on of the rapids on the Perthshire Garry

 Jason, one of the Directors at Beyond Adventure

 Lisa styling the crossing

 Traditional skill of 'lining'

 Faskally at the end of day two

 Trying out my new toy

 Looking at contact tows

 Putting them into practise

 Sheltering from the wind, sitting in the sunshine

 Ben Lawers Range looking very wintry

Improvised sailing back at the end of day three