Dane is a genius on the water but off the water he can have his moments where I am just shaking my head. So stoked that we are the luckiest gits in the world and that this worked out!
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.
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.
What a weekend, the UK took a battering over the course of the weekend with water levels. The Tees rose to just under 3m at Middleton over the weekend. That is almost twice the height normally seen at this time of year.
Friend of Unsponsored Sam Ellis ran Low Force at these super high levels. To put this into context this is what Low Force typically look likes.
The category 4 Hurricane Joaquin brought some serious rain to the South East of United States. With flood warnings and most of the rivers rising incredibly fast, we decided to run Thompson Creek, one of the steepest stretches of whitewater in the East Coast with a staked loss of 800ft. in less than a mile, before the river meets Lake Jocassee.
Tucked away just outside the village of Dent this Class 4/5 gorge section runs fairly regularly with significant rain although there may be occasions when there can definitely be too much! It can become a very challenging undertaking at high flows with undercut walls and ‘boiling’ eddies. At perfect, mid-level, flows it is my Yorkshire favourite. A sensible decision can be made at the put-in: if it’s floatable and navigable it’s going to be good; however, if there’s a raging torrent, it will be full-on and the gorge will almost certainly be un-runnable. The river starts road-side around 5km outside Dent and the road follows the river for most of the run. In fact it’s only the last km that feels remote. A series of small slides and boulder rapids lead to a slightly bigger slide that right-angle’s to the left. This signifies the end of your warm up.
There has been a serious amount of rain over the last few days here in the UK, with many rivers being listed as huge on one of the river level sites. Bastien’s edit shows us what the water levels have been like further up north from Unsponsored HQ.
On a wild snowy and windy winter day, we went paddling the Upper Spean river on 6 and plus pipes then a massive River Garry. I can’t thank enough my poggies. It was a good day. Continue reading
New XL Pyranha Burn on Aysgarth Waterfalls, Yorkshire, England.
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