The winter in Scotland is always an interesting experience. Its usually wet and always cold but there is plenty to be done so-long as you are willing to put up with less than perfect conditions. Before Christmas I was able to take advantage of some wet weather mid week and got out on a high level Nevis, Orchy and Etive. Three of the best of the Scottish classics. We were even lucky enough to catch the Orchy high enough to run the last rarely run drop. Although no one fancied the man line…
During my first two years at Edinburgh I ventured down to BUCS Wild Water Racing. From memory it was always freezing cold but fun. Edinburgh had never stood much of a chance and I had always wanted to try and take it a bit more seriously, so this year I decided to learn how to paddle an old racing boat the club owns and recruited half the club to come along in a hope to win some elusive BUCS points. Thanks to recruiting two premier division slalom paddlers we managed to put in a winning run in the team event and we returned to Edinburgh 25 points in hand.
As the new year came in I ditched the boat in favour of a board and took my union suit to Tignes in the alps for some fun in the snow. We were really lucky with the conditions getting about 40 cm of snow at the end of the week. On the last day of the holiday we found the sweetest run which involved some great, steep powder sections followed by a run through a frozen river bed which was so tight you had to walk through a tunnel at one point.
Two weeks ago I got a call through from my friend Dave suggesting the the Ossian adventure might be an option…..this is a two part river trip which requires riding a train with boats the night before and camping before paddling across two lochs and down two rivers to get home. It was a real adventure (especially as the second loch was frozen!) and Ben did a great write up of it here...
Other than the Ossian trip I haven’t been in a boat much recently as my studies have been getting the better of me, but last weekend I went with the club to compete in a polo competition in Glasgow. Unfortunately I did not and still do not know the rules of polo or really how to play. Thankfully Philip does which meant we got to the quarter finals but alas no further! In honesty I think I was just making up the numbers and I was never really sure which end of the pool I was supposed to be at. I have to admit it is a lot of fun though!
Looking forward I am now involved in planning the inaugural British Universities Creek Race with the help of the SCA and my fellow committee members. Its set to be an awesome event and a lot of fun!