Michael got an excellent shot of me on the third step of Triple Step, near the start of the trip.
Mary was not having a good time, and got off after Triple Step, whilst Izi left us before Crack of Dawn. The rather surprising (and apparently very recent) addition of a car to the river does nothing for the scenic value – at least it looks removeable – this isn’t the Swale !
Both Michael and I were pleased with our runs of Letterbox and Ski Jump, but Michael decided not to paddle the first half of Crack of Dawn, and Lowri walked to put on in the middle to provide safety, so I found myself being the only one to run it. No pressure, then. However good line advice from Lowri, and getting exactly the line and paddle strokes I’d visualised resulted in success !
Crack of Doom was unfortunately not up enough to run, but had enough water to make the seal launch a little awkward, though we all survived, despite a bit of rock bumping. I’d forgotten about Rockslide until we arrived, but as the level was not massive, the hole halfway down held no unwanted retention problems and we all splashed down gleefully.
The weather being particularly foul, the level was rising as we paddled and Right Angle was at a ‘difficult’ level. Mike’s demonstration of how not to get round the right angle resulted in him going backwards over Big Man Fall separately from his boat (but remembering to brown claw) and me deciding to walk (well scramble) down. Then, on his second go when he nailed it from a seal launch into the eddy, I had not yet got the video running 🙁
I managed to miss the line on the last drop and slam very hard into the rock on the left. It’s sore, but I did roll up (eventually) ! We inspected the last rapid, as there was so much carnage last time (when I was videoing, not paddling), but we all got down this upright, and only I did any of it backwards… It was good to be at the end – the weather was now especially unpleasant – but that’s what fills rivers :-).