Friday, November 30, 2012

Hills and Night Navigation

 I headed up to North Barrule from the Black Hut on the TT Course with Keri & Steve yesterday.
Absolutely stunning! A little chilly on the ears on the hilltops..
 Snowcapped mountains in the distance, Scafell Pike to the East looked pretty white, and more white stuff on Snowdonia further South, the sea a perfect calm to the North and we could see the route from the Point of Ayre to the Isle of Whithorn we paddle from time to time...
 Heading back the way we came, Snaefell and the ridge walk between.
A great place to spot white hares, and for crisp walks when its snowed a bit : )
 Back to Ballabrooie in time to prepare for the night paddle George had arranged, and drive the truck and trailer via Douglas prom to collect the lads, and then down to Laxey Beach to kit up and set off.
 Not as cold as we imagined, and the paddle was awesome!
We practiced timing, stroke rates and map reading along the way, the Intermediate paddles making light work of the actual journey.
 Arriving at Douglas beach opposite the Queens Hotel, to pack up make it home for 10:30...
 Yet anther terrific day on the Isle of Man!! : )
I do love the winter.

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