Canoeing Videos

Landeck Gorge, Summer 2013

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2013-12-13

A compilation of headcam footage from two runs of the Landeck Gorge on August 2nd and 8th. Visible paddlers include Andy, Sarah and Michael Waddington, Dave Peel, Anthony Stewart, Niki Norman, Nicky Ball.

Whitsundale Beck with the Swale at 1.2m

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2013-08-18

The classic spate situation, recent heavy rain on already melting snow, meant that the Upper Swale was fairly chunky, reading 1.2m on the Park Bridge gauge. This was enough to bring the tributaries up too, so we ran Whitsundale Beck from high on the moor, leading to a confluence not far downstream from the usual Upper Swale put-on. We then continued down, some choosing to portage Rainby, and two getting off at Catrake. Unfortunately, Dave and Anthony, who you see running Catrake at the end of this video, assumed that I was getting off too, and headed on down to Kisdon. Since I wasn't happy running after them on my own, I too had to retreat at that point, so there's no video of Upper Kisdon this time - sorry! The video was shot with two GoPro Hero 3, on helmet and boat, with bank footage taken on a Canon 600D. Edit, as usual, was with kdenlive on Linux - current set-up is Kubuntu Raring.

Oughtershaw Beck to the Upper Wharfe

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2013-06-18

Oughtershaw is the other tributary to the Upper Wharfe, joining Greenfield Beck (seen in an earlier video) at Beckermonds. On this trip, Greenfield hadn't come up yet (its catchment is longer and more forested), but Oughtershaw looked a nice level for a first run (none of us had paddled it before). It's not easy to catch as it needs to be very wet (all our more usual spate rivers were off their tits - the Greta well over 1.2m, for example), so an opportunity not to be missed! By the time we hit the confluence, having been quite careful with lots of scouting (and two portages for a fence and a tree), Oughtershaw was already starting to drop, but Greenfield was now well up and coloured, so the Wharfe was a decent level and we made pretty fast time down to Hubberholme.

Wet West Paddlefest 2012 - Scottish Whitewater

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2013-05-11

Three river trips during the 2012 WWPF - Pattack, Moriston and Orchy, with the Waddington family and three friends. Levels were on the low side on Friday 31st August (Pattack), the Moriston was at its normal dam-release level on Saturday 1st September and the Orchy was higher than I'd paddled it before, but not massive on Sunday 2nd September.

Uganda 2012 - Kayaking the White Nile

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2013-05-11

July 2012 on the Nile in Uganda, three sections of river, plus park'n'play. A fantastic destination for a family holiday, especially if you have folk like Lowri Davies (Flow Free) and Dave Brown to fish out the occasional swimmer, but also a fabulous river of warm water to perfect your roll.