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    just testing to see f i can remember how to post photos longer blogg awaits
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    Default sub zero wild camping- new year on Loch Ken (pic heavy but worth it)

    last new years eve we couldn't decide what party to go to so we took the canoe off to an island to avoid making a decision. loved it so much we are contemplating declaring a 'canoe camping new years' tradition.



    getting ready to set off, new years eve



    enjoying the glassy water





    landing in the island



    camp set up ready- bell tent with stove made by windy smithy




    which means it must be time to go and play in the canoe again



    wise woman say: "any damn fool can be uncomfortable"





    Bannock for Lunch- all evening meals: butternut squash rissotto on night one and enchilda pie on night two, cooked in the dark so no record exists...



    ice forms in the night



    ...which makes paddling a noisy experience







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    House bound with the lurgy so really enjoyed your very evocative blogg and pictures. That blue canoe is an absolute classic. Thanks for sharing.
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    that blue canoe is a 17.5ft wood canvas 'Huron'
    glad you liked it, hope you feel better soon

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    Quote Originally Posted by caibach View Post
    just testing to see f i can remember how to post photos longer blogg awaits
    Nice pics, "longer blogg??", would that be a full sentence?


    PS deleted and merged the other thread for you.
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    Really enjoyable blogg- some lovely photos there to, but this one is my personal favourite.
    Quote Originally Posted by caibach View Post


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    thanks for deleting the other one. pesky thing... how do you do it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by caibach View Post
    thanks for deleting the other one. pesky thing... how do you do it?
    No problems, you just need special magical powers...
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    Excellent blogg, the tent; the fire; bannock on the go and the dog snuggled up in a blanket... that's what it's all about, thanks
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    What a great way to start the new year! Love the set up in your bell tent.
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    Fantastic. I do like the extra space the bell tents gives you over the tipis.
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    Hi Dudes

    Super pics. Gorgeous dog!
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    Housebound with the lurgy too, thanks for the vicarious paddle, some really great piccies

    Cheers,

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    Cheers,

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    I love the photo of the bell tent!

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    Very few times am I lost for words........

    WOW!!!!!!

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    Default blue boat

    I think that boat is superb
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    Great blog with photos to match.

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    Incredible shots!

    Looks like a great tradition to start.

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    Plead guilty to a case of extreme envy. Stunning pics.

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    Beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing.
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    That's the way to spend New Year. Love Loch Ken. I think my solo tent would fit in the entrance of your bell tent. The Huron is just beautiful.
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    hello and a guid new year to you both, like the others i like the photos and all in your blogg. one question, in photos 4 and six,is that the width of loch ken there or were you on a river in a bay or what??the loch looks narrow on maps,that narrow? regards w
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    Thanks for cheering up the first morning back at work.

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    I've just got back from a two week sojourn in London visiting friends and the first blogg I read makes me envious.

    Fantastic pictures.

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    Great photo's, nice canoe, I like the blue colour against the orange wood, they really complement one another.

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    cor, thanks all for the lovely comments, we had such a great trip and we are so chuffed with the nice things you all said.

    packman, you ask about the width of the loch, piccies 4&6 are both of the island to shore, rather than the whole width of the loch. loch Ken is a flooded river valley with the Glenlochar Barrage at the south end if the loch.

    we paddled the full length of the loch and a bit of the waters of ken in the summer which was a very different experience; i seem to remember wearing a vest and it wasn't my thermal one! anyway our map of that trip shows the shape of the loch (not to scale and i think mr ordenance may have something to say about the quality of the catography)



    but it shows how long and thin a loch it is.

    anyway glad to have eased the pain for those in sick beds or those hunched over desks trying to remember how to work (or just looking on SOTP 'cos they can't remember how to work or why they care) and hopefully see you on the water....

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    Superb Blogg


    That Blue canoe's Thi Dug's B*ll*cks BTW!!

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    Default the detail of loch ken

    ta caibach for posting the map, the references to wildlife particularly really help paint an even fuller picture of the loch, excellentw
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    Fantastic blogg, loch ken is great, thanks for posting guys, i am jealous

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    That Nova Craft is sweet looking too; Oh yeah and your wise woman is a great looking paddler as well.

    And fashionable by Canadian standards...
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    Lovely blogg and like many others have said - superb photos! What a start to the year you have had.Best wishes,

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    simply wonderful
    All the best,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd View Post
    Oh yeah and your wise woman is a great looking paddler as well.
    I second that!!

    Great blog, great pics, love the boat dog, you're my kind of people.

    Thanks for sharing this one......
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    Looks like a great trip - lovely photo's. Just love that canoe, even if it is blue. Look a real pleasure to paddle it.

    Which bell-tent is that? I'm hoping to get Mrs Biff interested in camping .

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    Great blogg and pics.

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    Superb photos. Best I have seen for a long time. Wonderful location.

    Please do post more. Quite envious/

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    Hi Caibach.

    Great blog and excellent photos.

    We have communicated about our boats following its appearance on Ebay and my purchase thereof.

    It's great to see you on a stretch of water that I did back in November, have a look at my blog. My friends and I were greeted warmly by the landlord at Ken Bridge, when we asked about launching from there. He did say, "Canoeists are always welcome." Must have had a bad day!!??

    I am getting materials together for the restoration of Peapod and hope to have it completed by May for the Severn Canoe Rally.



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    Excellent blogg, location, boat, tent, dog et al!

    excellent personal start to the year!

    Regards.

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    Agree with all that has been said - lovely pics, lovely canoe. Wish we had some of that water (and laws!!) down here in the south.........
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    I enjoyed that blogg very much, haven't been out in my canoe since August and that has inspired me to get out this weekend, so cheers and Happy New Year .


    (I have been busy mind..........)

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    Thanks everyone for all your comments.

    Good to see you've had your new canoe out a few times before you start work on her, Doug. Just read your blogg on your Loch Ken trip, some great pics there. How are you getting on with sourcing the materials you'll need for re-canvassing?

    Biff, our Bell tent is a 5 metre one similar to those sold by www.belltent.co.uk (have a look on ebay as well) and the woodburner from www.windysmithy.co.uk One thing to keep in mind if you are thinking of going down that route and plan to use the bell tent for canoe camping its weight and pack size. Our tent and stove have a combined weight of around 40 kg and take up a fair amount of space in a canoe. As a result we only usually take it on trips where we can take two canoes to spread the load a bit. With a boat each there's plenty of room for all the little luxuries!

    All the best
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    Lovely blogg.

    Has inspired me to do some research on t'interweb and on SOTP threads, looking at 4 metre bell tents and stove combos.
    I'd assumed that you'd need more than one boat to transport everything.

    SWMBO says she'd prefer to get a new flat screen telly or redecorate the hall, rather than go away for the weekend camping in the snow and ice.

    I'm using your trip as the basis to make her change her mind.

    Best wishes
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    Really nice blogg & pics - both boats look nice, but I LOVE the Huron! Having camped in "big" tents in my youth, I can appreciate the comfort of the bell tent.

    Thanks for your time and effort in posting this!
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    One of the most atmospheric blogs yet. The bell tent looks amazing with the Windy Smithy stove and as for that Huron.......

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    Breathtaking!......

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    Great blogg and pics. It's got all the ingredients. Love that dawg

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    Just had the whole family around looking at your blogg... really great photos. Bravo! Looks like a great time...

    The Huron is a thing of beauty... and the landscape... wow.
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    Excellent blogg and a lovely canoe.
    My first canoe was a Huron, but despite it being made from fibreglass, it must have been lead lined as it weighed a ton. It was so heavy it almost put my wife off canoeing, as she struggled to lift it with me. Once it was on the water though, it was a beauty to paddle.
    I bought a lighter boat after a couple of years as I couldn't go paddling on my own because of the weight. I gave the Huron to my local club, and if there's someone there to help me lift it, I still like to take it out for a paddle every year or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caibach View Post




    I am new to this forum and so late in seeing this thread. I dont know how i stumbled upon this, but i'm glad i did, and the reason is this.

    This one photograph, which is also technically as good as it gets, sums up everything that open canadian canoeing is. It speaks of serenity and of a moment that is perfect, a moment i think all canoeist aspire to. In a word it is brilliant.

    Its the best, most evocative photograph of a canoeist on the water that i have ever seen.

    Thanks for sharing it.

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    Might be not bad thing bumping this thread now. The SotP photo competition will be starting later this week
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    This is some of the best photography I've seen... anywhere. The light and clarity is fantastic. Secondary, there's a canoe trip in it.

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    Thanks for the thread bump and the high praise. We appreciate your comments. It made us go back and look through the pics which brought back happy memories. Also with the nights a-drawing in we should really start looking for an island for our next new year canoe camping trip....

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    I can only echo other members comments. Great trip with stunning photos. Must persuade my other half that camping at New Year would be fun....
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    I didnít see this when went up the first time round. The bonus is that as itís been added to and it roles up again in the blogg...

    Great Photos. What camera and lens if you would be so kind...

    Sorry photographer (amateur)

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    Default caution! camera nerding

    Hi Madfish,

    no simple answers i am afraid, looking back at the set on flickr (which records what camera was used) some were taken with a canon ixus 60 P&S, some were taken with a Nikon d70 that would only work at the time on certain settings, that had a sigma 105mm macro 2.8 lens. We also had with us a Nikon D200 with a Nikkor 18-70mm lens. Fortunately we have managed to replace the D70 with a D90.
    hope that answers your questions

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    Smile It all helps

    Thank you...

    Nerds with cameras do not always take the best photos but it helps the amateurs amongst us to keep up.
    It did'nt look to steep from the top, it did from the bottom...

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    Today was 30 degrees,

    Although last night we had the first rain of spring and the Jacaranda tress have just sprung into life here in Pretoria.

    The colour is incredible and they have only just started to blossom.

    Unfortunately I have to work, but many colleagues are off this weekend for a fantastic trip on the Orange River.

    I however only have a short time left in South Africa and so will not be able to enjoy this fantastic country from the water before I have to leave it, on this trip!

    I remember this thread from when it was first posted however and Caibach and I have communicated on a few occasions and he has helped me enormously about wood and canvas boats for which I thank him!

    I think this trip was just brilliant.

    Company, boats, wonderful location, time spent with important people and sharing, all of which are ...... well what, just the best.

    A fantastic inspiration. and I still prefer the Highlands in winter to the heat of Africa!

    (although I quite enjoy that to, but don't tell anyone!).

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