Sunday, December 26, 2010

Icy Boxing Day...

...on the Isle of Man.
The day kicked off with a brilliant crimson sky, which gradually dimmed to more subtle pastel colours as the it drew closer to sunrise.

Theia accompanied me on a search for some winter climbing on the Isle of Man.
An ice wall was forming nicely, a little brittle in places....
Let's hope for some freeze - thaw to bring it into 'condition' :)

pics from the Christams Day paddle on the way soon
Off now for an energetic game of Cammag on the Tynwald fairfield!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Winter Climbing - Cairngorms

The walk-in to Coire an T-Sneachde, taking in the varying routes, many with climbers on.

Checking out our routes for the mission beginning tomorrow.
On the way up i'd called off at Phil's in Menai Bridge, which was also 'in condition'

And a few photo's from Northy - of one of our coasteering adventures, which alongside our sea kayaking adventures, are continuing over the Xmas period on the Isle of Man

This winter is certainly going to be one of our best ever :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Coasteering Isle of Man - superb!

a few pics to show...

a group of mates with different levels of experience asked for a Coasteering adventure on the Isle of Man including jumps of varying height, hidden caves, low level traversing...

... and warm fitted gear for December conditions :)

A sunset finish at 4pm concluded the route in spectacular fashion!

We have scheduled a Coasteering session on New Years day for those who need an effective hangover cure... and you can buy vouchers for our experiences, as the ideal Xmas gift!

The Isle of Man is without a doubt a world class Coasteering venue.

A little snow is again forecast for the weekend :)

Monday, December 13, 2010

a fat yawning seal pup...

and some more pics from yesterday's adventures ..

Sunday's Adventure Club sea kayak trips set out from Port Erin beach - a relaxed meandering paddle for the Beginners and Improver group, while the Intermediates headed right round the Calf of Man!

Crossing the Sound we spied a tiny seal pup which looked about 4 weeks old, on Thousla rock, and a few pups a month or two older sunning themselves on the rocks off the Calf of Man, not the least concerned about the sea kayakers paddling past :)

This one let out a little yawn, which I was lucky enough to catch, before rolling its eyes and dozing off again!

"As you said in your text yesterday, 'stunning paddle'! Cheers for that, have a good xmas and catch you mid January. Cheers David"

I've just put up some adventures over Xmas on the Calendar. If you wish to book a scheduled session or one for your own group at a time to suit you, please text or email us. We'll be delighted to organise it for you! See you soon

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Corporate Xmas Sea Kayak Trip

This afternoon's Corporate Sea Kayak Trip ran from Laxey beach, sheltered from the NW wind, and in bright sunshine!

With most folk absolute beginners (or close to it), it was good fun, a relaxing pace and its always amazing how fast students learn control and enjoy sea kayaking on the Isle of Man, when paddling performance sea kayaks and quality kit, fitted to their size and ability level.

We'll be seeing you again to try Coasteering in the near future i'm sure!
Looking forward to it!

Monday, December 06, 2010

sea kayaking raises £485 for RNLI charity

Adventurous Experiences raised £485 for the RNLI charity through 'try sea kayaking' sessions at the Port Erin and Port St Mary Lifeboat Days.
Many thanks to our professional team of experienced coaches, who give their time and effort to deliver our successful community projects.

This Christmas we're giving 10% of our sales of Adventure Club membership Gift Vouchers to the RNLI.

Thanks also to Mike Wade who took these tremendous photographs :)
We're looking forward to another year of community events!

watching Dolphins from a sea kayak!

A very exciting climax to the day paddle yesterday...
After an atmospheric start, with superb light as we paddled from Port St Mary, through Sugarloaf caves and then across the Sound to South Harbour.

Later in the afternoon, returning from a play in the Sound, a pod of about 20 Dolphins's swam past the group. Two performed a synchronised aerial stunt high in the air in the middle of the Sound tidal flows.

It was a very excited group who returned to Port St Mary yesterday afternoon!
The Dolphins cruised alongside for a while, and we watched them rise and exhale in bunches dotted around the whole pod.

With such a large black dorsal fin its easy to see how they could be mistaken for other larger marine creatures :)

"fab, fab and super fab thoroughly enjoyed today's paddle. See you Friday for feasting and merriment!  Rach"

Looking forward the the Adventure Club meal & social on Friday, followed by a weekend of paddling!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Christmas Newsletter

A bright and snowy season's greetings from Adventurous Experiences.

Wonderful news.....we're due a few more snow showers this week, putting the icing on the cake, then warming up for paddling the weekend! The sea temperature is a steady 10 degrees, much warmer than land.

We've been working hard on the second major stage of development of the website, and customers will soon see login's for Adventure Club members, a re-designed Calendar which will be very user friendly, and then the much anticipated online-booking. This will allow us to maximise our time outdoors... our 'office', designing and delivering unforgettable adventurous experiences, year round.
Part of the experience is the unobtrusive interaction with wildlife, and the feeling that gives. An adventure for everyone - above, a lucky visit from the Christmas Robin made Theia chuckle with delight!

Gift Vouchers - for the adventurous!
Adventurous Experiences Gift Vouchers - the perfect Christmas gift!
Available to buy online or alternatively over the phone or via email. Choose one of our personalised experiences or cash values of £25 or £50.

In response to your wishes, we've now added a 12 month membership of the Adventure Club to our choice of Gift Vouchers. Price £75 - please contact us for more information.

Mother goose looked a bit pensive, strutting about the frozen lake. Probably wishing she could join us at the indoor heated pool in Peel, for the Kayak Safety Courses. We're taking bookings for the January and February courses, see the website Calendar for details.

Our continuous staff training program is achieving excellent results, as our professional coaches continue to develop, ensuring we retain our position as a world class sea kayaking training centre. We are passionate about all aspects of our customer service, and take your feedback seriously.

Looking for a challenge to train for in 2011...

Isle of Man Adventure Race - 'A physically challenging amateur event'

18th - 19th June 2011 - teams of 4 persons
Weekend of Adventure, including beach BBQ and opportunity to try Coasteering, all for £60 per person.

Official Sponsor of the Isle of Man Adventure Race

Group Bookings
Lastly, we are also seeing an increase in group bookings over the Christmas period. Whether a group of friends who fancy something special over the festive period, or a Corporate Event, we offer group discounts and flexibility on times and dates. Contact us with your preferred date and we'll deliver your personalised adventure - when and where you'd like it!

I look forward to seeing you soon