Quite a few of my paddling friends call me ballsy. Not the politically correct ones, of course. I don’t really see it because whenever I choose to run a rapid or feature, I’ve calculated the risk, and my decision seems perfectly logical to me.
I have only ever made the decision to portage a rapid once; the rest of the times I’ve portaged, that decision has been made for me by more experienced paddlers. The rapid I portaged by choice was Crack of Doom on the Middle Etive. I never thought I’d be able to say I’d portaged a runnable rapid and had no regrets over doing so, but I was wrong; I don’t regret portaging.
Crack of Doom on the Middle Etive; weighing it up!
Here are the three things I take into consideration when running a rapid.
This year past and present kayaking students made the pilgrimage to the Scottish Highlands to take part in the British Universities Creek Race 2015. The race is based in the catchment area of the Glen Etive and Glen Coe with the final venue for the race being dictated by the prevailing water conditions.
Sickline wasn’t the only Pyranha 1, 2 victory this year – check out this cool edit of the BUCR Alumni BoaterX by Team Paddler Mark Mulrain; we’re not sure if he’s sped the video up or if he really is that fast, but either way, he won (and even had time for a quick surf in the qualifiers!)
(Photo Credit – Amy Morton)
Last Saturday saw the second annual British University Creek Race take place in Glen Etive. Perfect medium water levels allowed for a challenging but fun day of racing. The student race course was comprised of two runs of the middle Etive and a final lap of the Allt A’ Chaorainn. 23 students and 7 old boys took to the river with Callum Strong and Beth Morgan taking the student titles, while David Bain took the title in the old boys race. Continue reading