SOC MTB Trailer 2012

Posted by Phil Martin on 2013-01-28

Trailer for premiere of the 2012 SOC MTB movie.

Greenfield Beck and the Upper Wharfe

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2012-12-24

Driving up Langstrothdale, scouting the river as we did the shuttle, it was apparent that there was enough water to continue beyond the confluence of Oughtershaw Beck and Greenfield Beck. Since the latter had more water, we headed up until near the end of the public road, found a parking place and squelched down a field to put on. There were a couple of drops we hadn't seen from the road and various stock fences (only one needing a portage) to keep us on our toes, before we reached the confluence and the more familiar run down the Upper Wharfe ending opposite the George Inn in Hubberholme.

Innerleithen & Glentress - Mat's 40th Birthday

Posted by Sarah Bridge on 2012-12-07

SOC and the Trailblazers meet up in Innerleithen and Glentress for Mat's 40th birthday.

Lower River Kent at 0.65m

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2012-11-15

Ten paddlers from SOC and DurhamCC running the River Kent from Kendal down to the A65 bridge at Force Falls. This was a lovely sunny paddle at just a nice level - 0.65m on the Sedgwick bridge EA gauge. This is enough to avoid any scrapes and keep moving reasonably fast, but nowhere near high enough to generate any chunky stoppers or nasty surprises. It's not really more than grade 3 at this level, though the corner drop just before the end is worth a quick inspection if you've not run it before so may barely qualify as grade 4.

Upper Swale at 0.64m - Sept 26

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2012-10-30

We caught the Upper dropping off from a highish level, and it was just on 0.64m as we paddled past the Park Bridge gauge. This is just a shade lower than the easiest level to run the river - the line to hit at Rainby gets quite narrow in lower water, and the ledge (right hand) line on Lower Kisdon is a bit of a bump, but 'The Rapid' is less intimidating and Catrake goes on the right fairly easily. This video is almost all headcam footage, as we spent less time inspecting than on my first run down (at 1m).