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    Default Castle Semple Christmas Paddle

    The weather forecast for today has been between appalling and awful for the whole week so it was a bit of a surprise to arrive at the loch to see it flat calm.



    It was still a bit parky. ChrisH and Chainsaw had called off so it was Jo and myself along with a Ginger Paddler, Bikemec and a few locals making up the numbers.



    Despite the lack of wind and rain I was pretty sure it was coming along at some point so was very clear that we were not taking a long paddle up the loch and risk a slog back into the wind and rain. So a gentle paddle round the bottom of the loch first to get our sea legs back.



    We got about a third to half of the way up the loch before turning back to head down and explore the river.



    Of course as with most of our meet ups the paddling was almost incidental. It was all about the socialising and banter. Much of this not safe for family consumption as we planned to go up Robbie’s passage.



    Robbie’s passage conquered we headed into my favourite drainage ditch.



    I was horrified to find out Bikemec had never paddled this. It is such a great spot. Always quiet, always sheltered from the wind. A peaceful oasis in a world of chaos. Still he knows where it is now should he need it.

    By now some of us were tiring. They don’t make teenagers with the same resilience they used to.



    So we headed back to the visitor centre. When we got back to the loch the wind was starting to build and when we got to shore there was a bit of rain in the air too. As is customary we had some cakes and hot drinks at the visitor centre then later headed back to our house for an evening of chat. Another enjoyable meetup. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to arrange another soonish. I was going to arrange one for next week but the weather forecast has improved enough that I may manage an overnight camp on Loch Lomond after all instead.

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    Looks like you all had a great day out. I have fond memories of being led up the ditch by you many years ago. But the weather was slightly warmer the time we did it. Still, you did well to survive the arctic conditions.

    Bet the craic was mighty back at the house later.
    Big Al.

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    and the last river been poisoned
    and the last fish been caught
    will we realise we cannot eat money.
    ~Cree Indian Proverb

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    Parky....good word!
    A ship should not ride on a single anchor, nor life on a single hope - Epictetus

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    Thanks for a great paddle,

    It is amazing that 11 years of paddling the loch and I'd never gone up this particular stream, it will be revisited.
    The was also my first paddle since May, I spent most of the summer in bed, but am now back paddling.
    I was also the first time using my Downcreek Heron paddle it only arrived on Friday evening, I have to say I really like it, I wanted something between an Ottertail and an Algonquin and this fits perfectly, so Thanks to Jude at Downcreek, I took the fact that a large Heron fly past us when we set off as a good omen, and the Kingfisher darting by may be a hint (just don't tell Ann)
    JD
    He knows not where he's going, For the ocean will decide, It's not the destination, It's the glory of the ride

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    Good to see, and sorry I wussed out, but I have a reputation you know...

    Next year or rather the end of this year..
    Chris


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    Good stuff folks. Can't work out how you avoided the wind so much, on the same day we came back to a flattened tent and tarp in Buttermere.

    We were actually slightly tempted to join you for the day from the Lake District as a surprise visit, but that would have meant getting up early, and not going to bed at 2am the night before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Grey View Post
    We were actually slightly tempted to join you for the day from the Lake District as a surprise visit, but that would have meant getting up early, and not going to bed at 2am the night before.
    Bet the temptation lasted about ten seconds. That was never going to work. lol.
    Big Al.

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    and the last river been poisoned
    and the last fish been caught
    will we realise we cannot eat money.
    ~Cree Indian Proverb

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    Snow. Proper snow. I like snow. We just got rain.

    Glad you got a paddle in despite the weather.
    Matto

    Ours was the marsh country, down by the river, within, as the river wound, twenty miles of the sea.


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    Looks great, I ran the spean gorge with Mat instead which was also fun, but towards the opposite end of the scale.
    Unfortunately my car got bumped on the way home and I have been thinking about that ever since and only just remembered to come and catch up!
    Need to get out on some more local meets in my Apache this year.

    How hard can it be?

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