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    Default Marauders Easter Egg Hunt on the Severn

    Spring has definitely sprung so its time to dust off those tents and load up the boats for a weekend of social paddling on the River Severn and surrounding waters.

    Proposed plan is to set up a base camp at the Sytche Camp Site on Friday, this will give us easy access to the Severn with minimal driving / shuttling each day. Cost is 8 / person / night. Unfortunately there are no electric hook ups left, so if you can't survive without your fridge you need to go and buy a bigger coolbox.

    The site is holding back some pitches for me at the moment, but as you can appreciate, Easter is a busy time so I need to confirm numbers by next Monday (20th). Smaller campervans are allowed in the camping area, but if you are bringing a campervan please speak to the site directly to confirm. Link to their website is below.

    http://www.sytchecaravanandcamping.c.../23/prices.htm

    Plan A will be to do various sections of the Severn as day paddles - mostly Grade 1 with a couple of easy rapids on a couple of sections. And as usual details will be sorted out in the pub on the Friday evening.

    As always this paddle is open to anyone who wishes to attend, so if you haven't been to a Marauders paddle before don't be put off, we hardly ever bite nowadays.

    I will need to confirm numbers by next Monday so please post up by Sunday 19th if you would like to come along. As they are only holding a limited number of pitches I may have to close the list early if we look like exceeding the pitches we have, so get in there early.

    Any questions just post up or drop me a pm...

    Cheers

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    List so far (Please copy and paste to add your name)


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    Sounds lovely Stewart but unfortunately I've had surgery on my leg in the past week, so will be out of action for a couple of months or so. Hope you all enjoy it and that it won't be too long before I can get back on the water again.
    Nicky (Waterbaby)

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    Mmm maybe a short stay but it's a bit close to the Poole Harbour meet, pondering.....

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    Wagerbaby - hope you have a quick recovery and we see you soon.

    Uncle A - will need to know by Sunday so I can confirm the pitches. Hope you can make it

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    List so far (Please copy and paste to add your name)


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    What are the exact dates for this? I know there is a clue in the title but just wondering when people are arriving and departing generally. Also will need to clear it with the parole officer.

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    Kennan, I have the pitches booked from Fri 14th to Sun 16th, but I don't think it will be a problem getting them for the Thurs evening if people want to travel up early. Hope you can make it... I pick up my new Yellowstone Solo tomorrow

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    "I pick up my new Yellowstone Solo tomorrow "

    What, what? Not another one?

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    What is going on here - Sirus have you sold yours?

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    Hi, not too sure what my plans are at the moment, but as I am not too far from Much Wenlock will try and meet up for a paddle with you if possible.
    Local sections of the Severn are: Atcham to Ironbridge (flat), Ironbridge to Bridgnorth (grade 1 to 2) and Bridgnorth to Bewdley grade 1 to 2)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmac View Post
    What is going on here - Sirus have you sold yours?
    Nope, mine is tucked up with the other two canoes sleeping in the shed.

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    Dave B, I will pm you my mobile so you can contact us if you come over

    Kennan, eBay bargain found

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    Awesome Stu well done

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    is this suitable to paddlers who have no moving water experience? (Somerset waters are very flat!)

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    Hi Nikjo, most of it is grade 1, there are only a couple of very short grade 2 rapids, which you can portage if you don't like the look of them.

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    That's what he said when we went on the Usk. What actually happened was the water levels were low so there were jagged rocks everywhere!!

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    Grading doesn't mean a huge amount to me. I would love the opportunity to learn some gentle moving water skills. I think when I was asking if this was suitable, I was asking if the meet was going to be suitable. Will there be support for moving water "newbies" ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nikjo View Post
    Grading doesn't mean a huge amount to me. I would love the opportunity to learn some gentle moving water skills. I think when I was asking if this was suitable, I was asking if the meet was going to be suitable. Will there be support for moving water "newbies" ?
    It'll be fine, generally the Severn is less rocky, apart from the few known rapids such as Jackfield. The Usk is much more continuous rock dodging at a low grade. Severn is more like the Wye, mostly a big river.

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    Thanks for that Mal.
    Nikjo, link below is for a guide to the river which I hope will convince you how easy the river is. Like the Wye it's a "rental river" and tourists paddle it regularly.
    There will be plenty of more experienced paddlers on hand to pass on hints and tips, and generally look after you.
    Hope you can make it.

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    I am a yes, but not going to bother travelling Good Friday so I will travel up early Sat morning and set up camp and not paddle saturday. I will paddle Sunday and stay Sunday night this leaves me to face the M5 South on Bank Holiday Monday so I will probably go back through wales and enjoy the scenery driving back. Will it be ok to Stay Sunday night Stewart?

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    Uncle Albert, no problem staying sat night

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stewart View Post
    Uncle Albert, no problem staying sat night
    What about Sunday though?

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    A d Sunday

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Albert View Post
    I am a yes, but not going to bother travelling Good Friday so I will travel up early Sat morning and set up camp and not paddle saturday. I will paddle Sunday and stay Sunday night this leaves me to face the M5 South on Bank Holiday Monday so I will probably go back through wales and enjoy the scenery driving back. Will it be ok to Stay Sunday night Stewart?

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    6. warren & pauline
    7. Nikjo

    I have been given a 4 day weekend off.. it would be a shame to waste it at home

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    Glad you can make it Nikjo.

    All - I will be confirming the pitches tomorrow afternoon, is anyone else planning on arriving Thursday? ( I will be going up after work on Thurs)

    Cheers

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    The list for this paddle is now closed (due to limited pitch availability at the campsite). If anyone wants to join us for the day you are more than welcome.

    Cheers

    Stewart

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    Site confirmed and deposit paid.

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    we will come over on thursday, Stewart. Thanks

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    Oh but wasn't it fun! A great learning curve.

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    Hi Living locally, I plan to meet up with you on Saturday. Where are you planning to paddle?

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    Dave, Saturday will probably be Coalbrook - Bridgenorth, but give me a call on Friday evening to confirm.

    Cheers

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    Is it still called the "Easter" Egg Hunt?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MultiMark View Post
    Is it still called the "Easter" Egg Hunt?
    Think its cream egg hunt now

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    Not joing the PC brigade, it will be an Easter Egg hunt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stewart View Post
    Not joing the PC brigade, it will be an Easter Egg hunt
    What's the deal on an off the ground fire Stewart?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Albert View Post
    What's the deal on an off the ground fire Stewart?
    Dave, fires are allowed in a fire bowl, so I think you will be OK with your stove.

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    I was more thinking of something for us to sit around at night. Lunar lander kinda thing.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Albert View Post
    I was more thinking of something for us to sit around at night. Lunar lander kinda thing.....
    Sounds good, if anyone has one feel free to bring it along

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    Here's a list of possible paddles on the Severn, no particular order, and we don't have to do all of them.

    1. Coalbrookdale - Bridgenorth
    Approx 10 miles, features: Jackfield Rapids (Grade 1/2 - unless the waters really high then 3)

    2. Bridgenorth - Arley
    Approx 10 miles, features: Trimpley Rapids (Grade 1/2)

    3. Shrewsbury - Coalport
    Approx 14 miles, features: Weir in Shresburuy needs to be portaged

    The Shrewsbury - Coalport paddle can be split into two halves if people don't fancy a long day. May be one to do on the Monday when people have to head for home.

    If anyone has any other ideas please feel free to post them up.

    Cheers

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    Hi Stewart, I'm up for a day paddle on one of the grade 1-2 days. If you're still thinking of doing Coalbrookdale to Bridgnorth on Saturday that would be great, but I'm flexible.

    What's the best way of checking in closer to the time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MultiMark View Post
    Hi Stewart, I'm up for a day paddle on one of the grade 1-2 days. If you're still thinking of doing Coalbrookdale to Bridgnorth on Saturday that would be great, but I'm flexible.

    What's the best way of checking in closer to the time?

    Cheers, Mark
    Mark

    Saturday is the most likely day for the Coalbrookdale - Bridgenorth section give me a call (I will PM you my number) on Friday evening to confirm. Likely timings will be 1030 at Coalbrookdale for an 1100 launch. with a bit of luck we will have done the shuttle earlier.

    Cheers

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    That's great, thanks Stewart. Happy to arrive earlier to join in the shuttle fun.

    I've not done this section before so any tips on locating the start point gratefully received.

    Will call Friday evening as you suggest.
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    I'd like to join you for Saturday if I may?
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    Hi Stewart

    I am going to arrive after you have all gone for a paddle, so I wondered if it will be obvious where I should pitch the snooze box? Also should I pay reception or are we paying as job lot?

    See you Saturday...........I will have the kettle on when you all get back!!

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    Many thanks to the Marauders,

    Just like to say thanks to all at the Easter weekend on the river Severn.
    A friendly bunch of paddlers who made a newbie welcome.
    A special thanks to Mr Organiser, Stewert and Mr Fix-it, Ian who gave me lots of helpful advice.

    regards
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    Warren, glad you enjoyed it, great to meet you and Pauline. Hope to see you on the water soon.

    Stewart

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    It was great to meet up with you all on Saturday. Hope you all had a good journey back home on Sunday / Monday.

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    Barry took some photos of the group paddling through Jackfield rapid, they are on the SOTP facebook page.

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