It’s been only a short while since the one day Tsarap Chu and Zanskar descent. In Ladakh, India. The 20hr50min paddle. The 240km descent, the boxed walls, the long rapids, the silent cries in the night.
I get asked daily, why? What pleasure was in it? Is it worth it?
I’ve not come up with a real answer before – Mallory’s quip unsatisfactory – it’s always going to be there.
Perhaps I can sum up why I enjoy the isolation of a long paddle, even with peers, perhaps it’s also an explanation for those that don’t understand solo paddling as a concept. They both run as parallels for me.
The Scottish mountains are old, older than the furthest reaches of comprehension. They do not expend their energies on the frivolities of spires and sharp peaks as their younger brethren do. Instead they simply rise out of the ocean and sit there obstinate, old and awe-inspiring. They are indifferent to your fleeting existence and this is all too clear as one stands in their shadow.
Our last trip to Scotland did not go to plan and was probably best described by the term ‘compound cluster-fuck’. This year we were keen to reduce the expletives used to describe our trip.
We arrived in much the same way as we had before; at night. In the darkness the mountains were shrouded by cloud illuminated only by our headlights and the ominous glow of the fuel light reminding us of the regrettable decision to not stop off in Glasgow. Despite this when the sun rose in the morning we were greeted by a sight I never believed I would see – Blue sky in Scotland. Looking out across the Loch we weighed up our options and decided with such beautiful weather the Etive would probably be the only river running.
A beautiful and sunny Glen Etive. Photos by Tom Clare of Tom Clare Photography
As a little warm up ready for Movie Monday tomorrow check out – Nick Troutman Runs Cane Creek Falls. It looks bigger from the top!
Jackson Kayak’s athletes Nick Troutman along with Dane and Eric Jackson head to Fall Creek Falls State park to check out the famous Cane Creek Falls.
Bren Orton Stakeout 2016. Bren has been let loose in the Canadian wilderness for 6 weeks to surf some of the biggest and best river waves in the world. Huge tricks, new combos and some epic wipe outs.
Beat Yesterday Media House proudly presents their new film ‘Lines Into The Black Sea’.
One month paddling expedition through Turkey and Georgia started in April 2016. On the way through these beautiful countries, BYMH had a chance to paddle some amazing rivers, both known and unknown.
All the rivers are flowing into the Black Sea, and that’s where the name came from.
Lancashire or Yorkshire, which is best? It’s a question that is greatly debated buy never settled. Lancashire Hotpot Yorkshire Pudding by Bob McKee shows two rivers, one within each of those great counties.
Bob and Chris Brain tackle the Hindburn in Lancashire and the Ribble in Yorkshire.
Today was the Washburn Boaterfest 2016. We spent a few hours at the Washburn (North Yorkshire, UK) checking out the event and testing out some new gear.
For quite sometime if you went to any recent event you would be sure to see lots and lots of Pyranha 9Rs on the water. Today was quite different.
Moriston River Race 2016 from Eddy Mead – A collection of clips epically put together by Jarrad Cody of the recent Moriston Race in Scotland.
This edit shows the new Dagger Phantom in action.
Behold the Eddy Monster from Zak Dunning is well worth a watch. #getmoist
High water dusky lap on the Afon Glaslyn. This Welsh summer is so moist.
In Love With Frank is a superb edit from Seth Dahl. Idaho is a beautiful place and this video captures the beauty of the Salmon River and the surrounding area.
This was a passion project. A love story with a wild place that has impacted my life deeply. For nine guide seasons I’ve worked Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River, the emerald queen of multiday river trips. She cuts through a 2.5 million acre span of wild, roadless beauty called The Frank Church Wilderness. It is a rugged and raw country. For years I’ve floated by the Middle Fork’s many tributaries and wondered what kind of scenery is upstream. I’ve also thought about the springtime whitewater. This video is an exploration of Rapid River, Loon Creek and Camas Creek with three good friends. They discuss how this area has helped shape their life and how it will continue to.
In the run up to the King of the Alps event we hit up some classics from Austria and Soith Tirol.
Deep in the PNW searching for stouts: Torryd Designs – Xenogenesis
Xenogenesis: the fancied production of an organism altogether and permanently unlike the parent.
The boys headed to the PNW for some stouting, and stout they did.