Previous River Trips

The Tees With Iggy

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2012-06-30

by Pete Ball

Saturday 30th June. Thursday afternoon it rained so hard that Newcastle was underwater. By Saturday all the smaller rivers had dropped off but the Tees was at 0.7m on the gauge at Barnard Castle which is quite a nice level, very nice for June. The broken weir below Barney was a bit smoother than last time we paddled it and Abbey Rapids was high enough to be fun but not frightening.

Five let loose in Slovenia

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2012-06-10

by Ann Jones

After a period of intensive planning by e-mail and a couple of team bonding sessions on the Washburn and the white water course, we finally met up on the evening of 25th May to squeeze all our kit into Pete’s van and tie five kayaks onto the roof. The group, consisting of Pete, Clive, Terry, Glenn and Ann, set off in high spirits, sharing the driving and navigating in two hour stints. After crossing the Channel, we drove across Belgium, Germany, Austria and finally into Italy, before leaving the autobahns. After over 24 hours on the road we were all tired, and we were grateful to Terry who drove the final section over the pass from Italy into Slovenia, over steep and winding roads. We arrived at our destination at Camp Toni in Bovec, just as it got dark. The campsite was extremely busy as we had managed to arrive in the middle of a 3 day kayak festival. We were, however, fortunate enough to find a space for our five small tents and the van and crashed for the night.

The following day, Sunday, we had a leisurely start, setting off for a warm-up paddle on the Soča in the afternoon. We got on the river at Boka, for a grade II section, leading on to a grade II/III section, around Srpenica. It was very hot and at least some of us took the opportunity to paddle in short sleeves. The scenery was stunning, with tree-covered mountains and clear water over white stones, which in deeper areas looked an emerald green or blue. The walk out, both length and ascent, were a bit of a shock to the system, but clearly goes with the territory. After demolishing a pan of pasta, we went in search of the bar, where we had a few beers while being entertained by ‘Slovenia’s got talent’ on the tele.

2012 Summer Spate season

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2012-05-09

Easter - Scottish White water

A dry spring has left us without a lot of paddling through February and March and the news is full of "Drought-struck Britain" stories. April, however, saw a certain change of fortune, at least here in the north. Four SOC and a few non-SOC friends started the spring with a week's whitewater in Scotland, based from a rented house for ten near Fort William.

Paddling in the Depths of Winter - early 2012

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2012-02-10

Only a few trips braved the freezing weather and consequent low water which, despite interruption by the occasional sudden thaw, has rather limited paddling in early 2012. Unfortunately cold fingers and photography really don't mix...

Boldron Paddlefest New Year 2012

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2012-01-11

After a successful five days of paddling in 2010, we decided to invite a load of friends up to paddle with us again this year - but over New Year this time (as we were away, paddling of course, over October half term). Friends include many SOC paddlers, as well as several from farther afield, so we had some big groups on the river and needed to split up most days to be able to fit into the eddies ! The advantage of New Year was that lots of people were available to paddle, but the disadvantage was that it was very cold.

Winter first half round-up

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2011-12-26

We've paddled quite a lot in the first quarter of the 2011/12 whitewater season. Here's a brief summary of some of the trips that haven't had their own longer articles.

Pitlochry Weekend 12th/13th November 2011

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-11-29

by Clive Hall and Tony Johnson

Tony: I'd really been looking forward to this trip and having not paddled since March I saw it as a great opportunity to build my confidence for the winter season to come. Confidence is not something I possess in any great quantity, so after finishing work at lunch time and loading up the car there were at least three trips to the loo before I was ready for the off.

Alpine Whitewater 2011

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2011-09-07

A lot got done apart from paddling, despite the trip being almost entirely populated by Canoe Section members. This page is all about the paddling, whilst the canyonning trips (four this year) are written up elsewhere. I'll add a link if anyone cares to write up the Via Ferratas, but as I didn't do any, I won't presume to write about it!

August - an early start to the whitewater season

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2011-08-30

August is usually still sea kayaking (and inland fishing) season, so we expect a bit of a rest after returning from the summer trip to the alps. 2011, however, has been one of those summers with no respite and besides the normal snatched Upper Tees trips (we've managed five since April, three in August!) some quite unlikely rivers have come into condition, including the Tees Greta and the North York Moors Esk, which the club hasn't paddled for ages.

Midsummer whitewater 2011

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2011-04-07

As always, there are no river trips in the published programme during the summer months, apart from the odd scheduled Washburn trip - the only vaguely local dam-release. The Tees Barrage was meant to reopen at the end of May (after many delays), but talk is now of their missing the entire summer season and not opening until October - when the rivers should be up. Members have had several days out at the Washburn of which "Children's day" - the Wednesday in May/June half-term is always particularly good value.