Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Cairngorms - ice climbing

Coire an t-Sneachda delivers a gift...

An amazing first day in the Cairngorms today. I met Jim in Penrith yesterday and we took an easy drive up to Perth, stopping over in the Station Hotel (£40 per night for a two person room plus a full banquet breakfast! Its the second time we've stayed there and its exceptional value : )

Drove to the Cairngorm ski area this morning, and headed off up the track well after 10am. Andy Nisbet passed us on his way to record another route... 
Given the forecast high winds and snow, we'd opted for a warm-up climb, which turned into a conditioning session with flow magic : )  

By just after half two we'd done 3 routes (moving as a pair) and stayed warm!!
Beautiful neve conditions in the gully's - we did The Runnel, then Red Gully finishing with Spiral Gully Direct, using the somewhat breezy goat track to decend between climbs.

Although no real technical climbing, it was a great alternative for the stomp up Ben Nevis in the dark, climb the north face gully's and run back down again in the dark... which we'd set our hearts on.
The forecast amending our goals : )

Tomorrow looks another interesting day!!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Caves & Calamity

Junior Paddlesport - January Indoor Training

The coaching team have continued to develop the Junior Paddlesport program, progressively increasing personal challenge, creating the supportive environment to nurture growth and long-term skill development. The results are really showing!

A few pics from this Saturday's training sessions, focusing on rescues

Adventure Club - Outdoor Training

From caves and calamity rock hopping sessions with powerful swell, to night paddling and star gazing on a Saturday evening in January!

Adults Paddlesport training 

Suitable for absolute beginners as well as those with experience, members of the Adventure Club also use the opportunity for wet skills practice indoors : )

 The final block of adults indoor training sessions begins Sunday 25th February 2018.

Catch you on the water soon
Keirron and the Team

ps. we are taking names for our Junior Paddlesport waiting list, next intake Sept / Oct 2018

scenario training through our Youth Scholarship program

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Learn 2 Kayak in 2018

We've entered 2018 with our Skills Development programs in full flow

Sunday morning Adventure Club training - making best use of the stunning conditions this weekend to enjoy a steady trip along the west coast, with plenty of pics along the way : )

 Adults Paddlesport training at Western Swimming Pool

Adults Paddlesport on Sunday afternoons, using the heated indoor pool during the winter months : )

Youth Scholarship Night Paddle

Another expedition unit for the current Youth Scholarship team training towards their first mini-expedition this summer : )

Junior Paddlesport on Saturday afternoons 

 Our Junior Paddlesport program also runs year-round, with new intakes at the beginning of the academic year, (making best use of the indoor pool during the winter months : )

To join our Adults Paddlesport program (next course begins 25th February'18) or to be added to the waiting list for our Junior Paddlesport please Contact Us.

Catch you on the water soon!
Keirron and the Team