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    Default I've been a canoeist for many a year.

    Hello All,
    I've been a canoeist for many a year

    and I've spent others money on gadjets and gear.

    But now I'm retired with no gold in store.

    So, I'll paddle wild river for ever and more.

    Dum de de dum do dum.....

    I lectured in Outdoor Education at a NW college for 16 years and spent a considerable time introducing students to the activities that enable exciting access to wild places.

    I ran expeditions for these same students usually 3 day events but occasionally longer.

    Life was hard, not the doing but the policing. Sleepless nights tracking alcohol and more. Trying to stop roudy drunken youths doing harm to themselves or others.

    ....but now I've retired. I can enjoy wilderness trips without endless paperwork, written risk assessments and parental permission.

    All this to take someones treasured horror into the wilds, and they don't want to go!

    Now, I can paddle where I want to and enjoy the company of like minded friends.

    Last year 2007, with my friends "The Wobbly Water Group" we paddled Loch Lomond, River Leven, River Clyde and Loch Long. We had our Easter eggs on the banks of the Clyde and a great trip too.

    See more at YouTube - LOCH LOMOND AND BEYOND (PART 1)

    I paddle WW rivers in my trusty canoe and don't feel the need to be wrapped in a plastic kayak.

    I still paddle a kayak but only a seakayak and summer 2008 I circumnavigated Islay, it was a great trip.

    My most recent canoe trip was on Loch Ken with my friends. It was the weekend of the 8 & 9 Nov. The days were fine but the nights were wet, our tarps and hammocks served us well.

    I hope to meet some of you on a canoe trip, while camping or just travelling with a canoe on top of my car.

    Happy Paddling,

    Dougoutcanoe

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    Brilliant !!! Just like 'Last of the Summer Wine' on water.
    Welcome and I wish you many happy years to come, just like 'Compo and Co.'
    Best regards,
    Jim.


    P.S. You have PM.
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    Thumbs up welcome

    Hi and a warm Welcome to the forum and retirement do fully understand how you feel, being retired myself.
    In the meantime Welcome and Happy Retirement and PaddlingBill

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    Thanks and welcome.
    I was an inner city boy in wolverhampton in the 70's, We had an outdoor centre associated with the school ( Towers near capel curing). It was my visits to this centre that kindled my interest in all things outdoor. ( After the beer and disco phase); BTW we always managed to get the tinnies in some how !
    Wilf
    Bacon sarnie anyone ?

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    Welcome Dougout, you are in good company here!

    I know how you feel about "other peoples monsters". I still do a bit of that myself.

    Now its time to enjoy yourself...
    Keltoi and associates - The sick and the wrong!

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    Welcome. Glad to hear all the years of doing trips for a job has not diminished your despite to spend time in a canoe.

    I am looking forward to hearing more about your trips.
    John

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    Default Welcome

    Quote Originally Posted by dougoutcanoe View Post
    ...but now I've retired. I can enjoy wilderness trips without endless paperwork, written risk assessments and parental permission...
    You had to ask your parents for permission to paddle .

    Sounds like you'll fit right in here. Good to have you along for the trip.

    TGB
    May the gentleness of morning, greet your silent passage through endless waters...

    May all your winds be gentle. And for ww - May it rain the night before.

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    Thumbs up

    Hi Dougout, great to hear from you, looking forward to seeing you again on the Drummond. Just wait till you been paddling proper canoes as long as me! It really takes your mind off lifes little niggles.

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    Default Hello Danny.

    I assume you are back in good old England.

    I'm taking a canoe to Burrs on Saturday, 29 Nov. to practice some poling.

    Have you been out on any good paddles lately?

    I hope you and Pat are well.

    If I don't see you before I will be at the Drummond doo.

    All the best to both of you,

    Doug

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    Default Hi and welcome

    Hi Mate,

    welcome to the forum, I am sure you will get years and years more fun from tripping..

    See you on the water...
    Foggy

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    Default Greetings from across the water

    Beautiful video and pics - [particularly liked the soundtrack).

    Best Wishes

    Frank
    The impossible we do at once - miracles take a little longer!

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