The Serrasolses bros and Mikel Sarasola running the Indus river in 3 days.
The Tyne Tour is one of the best kayak/canoe events in the UK. Since its origins as the Mike Jones Rally the Tyne tour has become a firm favourite of mine. Most paddlers will stick to the area around Hexham and Tyne Green but there are several other stretches of water in the local area that are worth looking at. This post is not designed to be a definitive guide in any way but is intend to offer a few ideas so you can maximise your paddle time and choice if attending the tour. So here we have it The Tyne Tour – A Brief Water Guide.
Camping, food and retailers are all based at Tyne Green right on the river bank in Hexham. Hexham is large market town so there are plenty of shops, pubs and takeaways if required.
The main river for the tour is the North Tyne. Local canoe/kayak clubs provide safety cover on the largest whitewater section of the North Tyne at Rescue Rock. Each Saturday of the Tyne Tour you will find me sat on Rescue Rock taking thousands of still images.
Levels were low, people were either not motivated or injured to go kayaking but luckily Nouria was around so we decided to go kayak on the ultra river around Whistler, the Cheakamus. Many sections on this river, some are done multiple times 365 days a year, others people haven’t dropped into within the last 5 years. We decided to paddle them all! This video shows the Upper, the Balls2theWalls and the Daisy Lake section of the Cheakamus river. Happy days!
This summer the SEND crew met up with some of the best paddlers from the west coast and spent a few weeks getting on the ultra classics of California.
Until they go back, California is always on their mind.
A few days before MRF 2018 started we went upstream of the race course in order to explore and first descent an epic stretch of whitewater! Exploring new rivers in Kerala/ India.
Epic first day in India! We paddled the Iri Janipura river which was massive and we think it is the highest descent so far. Levels where rising on us throughout our session which made it pretty intimidating and we where all pretty stoked to be off the river at the bottom. Got into a good old cluster f**k and couldn’t find our driver, waited in the rain for a few hours before being rescued… So far India has been awesome!
The rain has hit many parts of the UK and the rivers in some areas have been huge, just not anywhere near Unsponsored HQ. This reminded me of one of my last flood level trips early last year. On the 25th February 2017 Team Unsponsored ran the Mint in Cumbria (UK). The end of that week had seen storm Dorris hit the UK with high winds and significant amounts of rain for majority of the North. This resulted in high water levels for the few hours we were on the river.
The boys hit Dinkey Creek.
We had an epic struggle to get to the river but eventually, thanks to the forest service and their chainsaw we made it and had a sick time kayaking down one of the best rivers in California if not the world!
Bren and Adrain are off on their travels again.
Myself and the boys are packed up and drove 50 hours cross country from Ottawa to California! It was a brutally long drive but we are stoked to show you what we’ve already been upto in California.
A Quick trip to Sap Falls.
Sorry for the lack of story on this one, we where busy having an awesome time with the Quebec connection crew and forgot to get the cameras out off the water.
It is still pretty cold out there. The guys have made it to the Ottawa.
We made it to the Ottawa but levels are still low as the melt hasn’t started yet- but we can literally smell spring right now!
Soon the Ottawa will change entirely and we will be surfing big waves, but for now it’s joy laps on class III which is not the end of the world either.
It’s been more than 20 years since kayakers first attempted this ‘unrunnable gorge’. In the summer of 2017, after two years of scouting and planning, four women would try what all others had failed: a full descent of British Columbia’s Klinaklini River.
This three-part series follows Maranda Stopol, Darby McAdams, Jo Kemper and Jordan Slaughter as they navigate the Klinaklini Gorge.