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    Default Apache demo canoes on tour - Llangollen Canal 21st Oct

    Yesterday saw the Apache demo fleet at Killington Lake and, in spite of the wind, plenty of people took to the water and seemed to enjoy the canoes. Here’s Sue in the latest demo boat in the fleet, the Trekk 12S-CKV, a lively solo canoe weighing just 18Kg.

    Trekk 12S-CKV by Mark Carrington, on Flickr

    For our next outing I thought we might take a little trip down the Llangollen Canal from the Eisteddfod car park to the Poachers Pub in Chirk. It’s a very picturesque stretch of canal untroubled by locks but including two tunnels and two aqueducts. With a little flow to help we expect an easy day.

    All are welcome to join me in your own canoes, however, if you fancy trying it an Apache you can leave yours at home. All I ask is that you contact me to reserve your canoe and let me know if you intend to paddle alone or with a friend. You may need to swap about a bit if someone else fancies trying out the same canoe, however, you’ll have the chance to try the others too for a bit of variety.

    If all this isn’t enough then I can offer cake too! And, of course the end of the route is a nice pub to compare notes on the canoes over a suitable refreshment.

    I will arrive at the car park at 9:30am with a view to having the canoes unloaded and shuttle done by 10:30. I already have a volunteer to bring a search light to lead us through the tunnels but I do recommend a head torch as it ain't 'arf dark in there!
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    When do you have in mind Mark? Its a bit far for a day trip for me, but if I'm free might add on a second day for another paddle.
    Alternatively, are you coming over our way at all with the fleet - Peak Forest Canal from Bugsworth maybe?

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    Hi Gordon, 21st October ...er it's in the heading

    Peak Forest Canal is a great idea. Leave it with me and I'll see what I can do.
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    Doh! So it is... I'll be on my way to Glen Affric for the week.

    It'd be great to meet up and test paddle a 14, so hopefully I'll be able to make the next one.

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    What is not to like? ... I'm going ... I wonder if I can persuade my usual bow paddler to not crouch low in the front, hands over head, repeating "Stay in the middle, stay in the middle, ...... " whilst we paddle over the amazing Pontcysyllte Aqueduct? If she does that again she can walk across
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    Brilliant! Look forward to seeing you there
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    I'll even bring a windlass key to lift the "gate" after the aqueduct :-)
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    So no limbo competition then?
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    Hmm, if I bring a Minuet it might be very close between that and the new 12ft Apache.
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    If you don't have a freeboard of less than 6" you need a windlass, it's looooow! May be even lower than that 'cos I never measured it but no way would my NC Prospector go under it.

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    ... or we portage ... the question is how low can you go?

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    I think I like your first idea

    Lift and float gracefully through is definitely the way forward.
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    OK Mark, I'll bring my key ...

    ... and this is where we meet up and paddle from and where we go. Note the postcodes on this map aren't quite the "Post Office legal" postcodes for either the Eisteddfod Centre or the pub ... they are however the postcodes that will drop you nearest to the Centre car park and the pub if you tap them into Google Maps or a Sat Nav.
    Following map created using Mapometer (see ... https://gb.mapometer.com/ )

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    Sunday is fast approaching, so I thought I’d provide some further details for those who have signed on for this paddle.

    Meet at Eisteddfod Car Park in Llangollen at 9:30. I will unload the Apaches for those who have requested them and then we’ll shuttle to the Poacher’s Inn. Optimistic time for being on the water is 10:30. There will be a return lift later, of course, for those who prefer to leave their car at the start.

    Paddlers can look forward to two aqueducts and two tunnels (bring a torch, it’s very dark!) as well as regular stops for refreshments. I’ll bring a kettle, tea bags, milk, sugar and CAKE. Bring a mug and for those wanting other beverages, happy to provide the hot water. Sustenance is recommended but the café at the first aqueduct may be open (no promises) and we’ll be stopping at TNR and The Boathouse between tunnels.

    Apache canoe allocation at the start looks like this:
    Angela Ward – TREKK 15T-CIX (tandem or solo)
    Wendy Forshaw – TREKK 15T-FMP (tandem or solo)
    Mike Perry – TREKK 12S-CKV (solo)
    Alan Mansell – TREKK 14S-FMP (solo)
    Me – TREKK 16S-CKV (solo)
    There will also be a TREKK 16T-FMP (tandem or solo) on the trailer if anyone would prefer it instead of their allocated canoe. Or indeed, if anyone else wants to join us in an Apache. No doubt people will want to swap and change as we go.

    In their own canoes will be:
    Gareth Jones
    Pete Starr
    Dane Butler
    Mike Fennel (but will be begging a go in an Apache so best hope he brings something nice to swap ��)
    Terry Keir, (bringing his Apache TRIBE 16T which he is happy to let people try out.)
    Start point is here:
    http://international-eisteddfod.co.u...n/car-parking/
    End is here:
    https://www.poacherspocketpub.co.uk/find-us/
    This is the route:
    https://www.plotaroute.com/route/698404?units=km
    It’s hilariously varying in height from 243ft to 381ft above sea level. Impressive for a canal ��
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    PM'd you Mark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MultiMark View Post
    Sunday is fast approaching, so I thought I’d provide some further details for those who have signed on for this paddle ....

    In their own canoes will be:
    Gareth Jones
    Pete Starr
    Dane Butler
    Mike Fennell (aka Potty Paddler) with bow paddler Diana ... we'll be in my 17' NCP RxL ... happy for folks to have a play in my boat and I'd love a play in all of the Apaches ... maybe something to do at all the cake/brew/lunch/pub stops ... or to mix it up a bit en-route.
    Terry Keir, (bringing his Apache TRIBE 16T which he is happy to let people try out.)
    Start point is here:
    http://international-eisteddfod.co.u...n/car-parking/
    End is here:
    https://www.poacherspocketpub.co.uk/find-us/
    This is the route:
    https://www.plotaroute.com/route/698404?units=km
    It’s hilariously varying in height from 243ft to 381ft above sea level. Impressive for a canal ��
    Above edit shows my planned boat. I'll bring along my Maplins i-Goto tracker but I know it's height recordings are awful ... I'll bring my Garmin along as well which may be better if I can figure out how to use it
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    We've (actually Chrissy my wife) found my windlass key, phew, it's in the car!
    Re-made a paddle for the use of a junior member of my canoe crew
    Just about set for tomorrow
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    Default Next try day ?

    Hi ,I bought my first canoe , an Appache 15 from Stew about ten years ago , ( is he still involved ?) I'd love to get in touch again if possible .
    I still have that canoe ,it needs new gunnels now, do you still sell them as a kit ?
    I haven't paddled for the last 7 years due to ill health but I'm looking for a lightweight canoe for solo paddling, I'd really like to try one of your new lightweight solo boats , when is your next try out day planned ?
    Regards Noel

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    Hey Noel, congratulations on your return to paddling. Stu is alive and well building canoes on the Wirral as always!

    Gunwale kits are available in the shop on the website and you'd be welcome at the workshop to collect it.

    In the meantime, I'd be delighted to give you a try in our two lightest canoes on the Montgomery. They would be the TREKK 12S-CKV and TREKK 16S-CKV. Feel free to call me; details on the website.

    Cheers

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