Sunday, 11 January 2009
Scotland New Year
New Year means the annual Imperial trip up to Scotland. This year we stayed in Roy Bridge outside Fort William. While in previous years we have always been lucky with good water levels, this year there was somewhat of a drought in the UK over the Christmas period with there having been no rain in weeks. This meant all the rivers were at an unpaddleable low level apart from the Spean gorge. Funnily enough on the first day when we paddled the Spean gorge it was the highest I had ever paddled it due to the man at the Laggan dam accidentaly switching one of the overflow pipes on! I should also mention that it was freezing. I think the air temperature was below freezing for most of the trip, with ice forming on all our river clothing and even our hair!
However the rest of the trip there was no water, we managed a couple of scrapy runs down the arkaig, but nothing else was running. The trip was still a real fun though - we did quite a bit of walking and inspecting dry river beds and the Ceilidh on new years eve at Fort William was so much fun as usual.