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    Default Hi again from French Erick

    I suppose that I better reintroduce myself after having disappeared for 7 years.

    I first got into the idea of playing in liquid water in 2008. I was Glasgow bound. The weather was wet and I was a very frustrated climber.
    Climbing is still my main hobby (all types). I was after bouncy stuff. I suddenly appeared on forum, asked lots of questions, found and OC1, met with some kind mentors, willing kayakers to accept me in their midst and started going out a fair bit. I paddled regularly for 3 years managing to not swim too much on rivers up to easy Gr4.

    Then children arrived. in 2010-11, Child one and climbing did not quite managed to stop me from paddling but it was limited. June 2011, I became a dad at home for a year. August 2012, I got myself a job in the Inverness area. Managed some more outings but becoming sparse (did manage, the Etive and the Ochy).
    Then I dropped completely out (kept all the kit though) when Child 2 arrived. It was hard enough to keep up the climbing. Hunting for a house, finding a house, getting established...

    Now Child one is 7 and a half, Child 2 is 4 and they love wild camping. We had a few camps, but carrying the stuff for 3 was back breaking!
    Then I thought, canoeing is the answer. Choose nice, accessible put-ins, load a boat and off we go.
    Sourced a local boat I can borrow easily and had an absolute ball, and more importantly, so did the kids!

    Having not paddled in a few years, it all came back and I realised that I have missed it!

    I want a big boat for family outing but I will also make an effort to go back bouncing on WW, hopefully once a month-once I renewed contacts or met new people to go with. I have negotiated that Sundays are my days every weekend so 3 weekends climbing for 1 paddling (the Wife is really understanding I have to admit).

    You have read it all...well done! A bit of a novel here. So looking forward to getting a boat, paddling it with kids and hopefully meet some of you guys in the process.

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    Bienvenue, French Erick.

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    Good to have you back.
    John

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    Aye, good to see you back. I have had a similar drop out of paddling, going back to winter climbing (seen you a lot on the climbing forums) and for the past five years srt caving has dominated my life. My OC 1 days are done. All the usual crowd we used to paddle with gave up the flag.
    I've had to drop kayaking too due to shoulder injury, but thankfully the 5 (or was it 6?) spinal fractures haven't slowed me down☺

    Drop me a line of you ever fancy one of the 'southern' rivers...
    If it wasn't for the rain in our lives there would be no rivers. X 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by tenboats1 View Post
    Aye, good to see you back. I have had a similar drop out of paddling, going back to winter climbing (seen you a lot on the climbing forums) and for the past five years srt caving has dominated my life. My OC 1 days are done. All the usual crowd we used to paddle with gave up the flag.
    I've had to drop kayaking too due to shoulder injury, but thankfully the 5 (or was it 6?) spinal fractures haven't slowed me down☺

    Drop me a line of you ever fancy one of the 'southern' rivers...
    Yes, let's hook up for an adventurous winter day. Fancy Tir Nan Og in Knoydart starting with a canoe traverse? or if you feel like seconding VIII, I have my eyes on something on Slioch (thereby cutting probably 4 hours to my previous 17h day). Needles to say, traverses are by night!
    Canoeing and winter climbing in a day...that would be something to remember

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    Bonjour, et nous saluons le retour

    A winter assault on Slioch after a crossing of Loch Maree in the dark certainly sounds like an adventure! As you say, the walk in is a long 'un. (I also recognise the name from lurking on other forums)

    Taking the kids wild camping on the lochs of the NW is a fantastic thing to do; have a look for our "Pirate" blogs for ideas of locations, though you probably know them already.
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