Painspotting: Choose Kayaking has to be one of the best things I have seen this year. Very nicely done.
Welcome to Movie Monday 26 February 2018 here at Unsponsored.
Welcome to Movie Monday 18 December 2017 Unsponsored HQ. We love putting these things together each week. we took some time to look back over some of the first Movie Mondays from a few years ago and it’s great to see the number and quality of GoPro (and other camera) edits continue to grow. Long may it continue!
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
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.
Hi Unsponsored Viewers,
My name is Tom Tindale and I know one or two of you out there!! I run a small outdoor business in Shieldaig on the North West coast of Scotland. I launched a Crowdfunder to raise money for new equipment for my business and in return investors have options to come on adventures with us or hire equipment for their own adventures. If successful we are planning on running some competttions with Unsponsored this summer with chances to win sea or mountain adventures amongst the spectacular Torridon mountains for upto four people.
In the far north of Scotland there is a place where races and tides flow fast enough to wreck even the hardiest of vessels, once patrolled by marine going tribesmen with a prowess to rival even the invading Norse, who named the area “Petlandfjord” meaning the Fjord of the Picts. Also known in Gaelic as “An Caol Arcach” meaning the sea of Orcs the names have have been anglicised and this stretch of challenging and treacherous water has become known as the Pentland Firth. The area plays host to an incredible amount of wildlife, both year round natives, and visitors from further a field. Puffin, Gannet, Guillemot and Tern all come to nest, whilst the waters are patrolled by Seal, Dolphin, Basking shark and even Orca!
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!)
Great action from Aaron Kendall at last weekends Wet West Paddle Fest on the River Moriston.
Our annual trip up to Scotland for beers and boating. To be honest more than the beers. This is the out come of the boating side of things.
Canoeing doesn’t mean beards and long flat water journeys, it is so much more. Many thanks to Matthew Pritchard for sharing this great OC1 edit from Scotland last year which just shows what it can be about.
Over the last few days Team Unsponsored has been camped out on the West Coast of Scotland. With a number of pieces of gear ready for a final review it made sense to use a couple of the days to hunt down some whitewater that may not have been paddled before. Suffice to say the hunt was very successful.
What has been interesting is that it is very easy to have pretty epic adventures here in the UK.
Using different forms of transport to get myself and my gear to some pretty remote and beautiful places has added to the experience.