Our season started with a collaboration with our local Community Cinema, New Dot Cinema and ProAdventure sponsoring their showing of the film Mountain. The town hall was full to bursting with the big screen showing this visual delight.
Adventures at the Leading Edge
October brought Sarah McNair Landry and Erik Boomer across from the US with tales of some awe inspiring expeditions.
American professional white water paddler Erik Boomer, and Canadian polar adventurer Sarah McNair-Landry came and did a tour of the UK a few years ago detailing their recently completed a gruelling 65-day expedition across Baffin Island, covering over a 1000km by kayak, ski and foot.
At ProAdventure we’re celebrating our 25th Anniversary, and earlier this year we began hosting an informal series of lectures with the aim of gathering together local mountain bikers, rafters, kayakers, climbers, hill runners, walkers and even cavers, to come and listen and talk about their adventures.
Dave, of ‘canoeing down Everest’ fame gave a talk about a few of his adventures in places people don’t normally go to, unfortunately Ian (a.k.a. Badger) from Oneplanet-Adventure Llandegla couldn’t make it as he had to work at the mountain bike centre.
Dave started with a brief run down of the first Canoeing Down Everest expedition in 1976, where the team kayaked down the mighty Dudh Khosi River in Nepal in 4 metre fibre glass kayaks with 3.5 kg of cine camera gaffer taped to the front. They drove 7,500 miles to Nepal in a borrowed Transit, walked 180 miles with their kayaks and paddled the river, here is Dave’s summary, Continue reading Llangollen Adventure Lectures – July 2016→
Llangollen has a rich history of outdoor adventure, the valley’s natural resources have lent themselves to adventure for many years. The Llangollen Adventure Lectures bring together the local adventure community to share experiences and inspiration.
The River Dee is one of the UK’s most reliable and well known white water rivers, with a history of racing and touring in canoes and kayaks, now rafted for pleasure most days of the year and was also once the home of regular cardboard canoe races down the rapids of the Serpents Tail. In the past charity rallies have brought thousands of kayakers to the river in the course of a single weekend. Continue reading The Llangollen Adventure Lectures→
1. Milly Reid – The China Caves Expedition 2003.
2. Richard Prideau “Should I really eat that” Foraging for real
3. Pete Cornes with an introduction to the 3 dimensional world of squirt boating.
4. Kieran Rae – Highs and Lows of a 7000 mile sponsored walk
5. “No more nails – completing Marathon des Sables” with Ashley Charlwood
July 12th We have Dave Manby of Canoeing down Everest fame delivering a talk about adventures in places people don’t usually go to, and
Ian (a.k.a. Badger) from One Planet Adventure Llandegla with a talk which will be something to do with mountain biking.
August : No lecture as we’ll be out adventuring
September 6th: an Evening with Matt from P&H Sea Kayaks, paddling around Minorca.
The Inaugural Lecture is on May 10th at 7:30 in the Wynnstay Arms in Llangollen.
Pete Knowles aka The Green Slime will do a lecture on the Mountain River and Nahanni River Canada.
With six stunning canyons, the Mountain River is considered the most coveted whitewater canoe trip in Canada by seasoned river-guides. Its remote setting and lightning fast water with jaw-dropping mountain scenery will thrill you right to the confluence with the Mackenzie River. The six canyons are defined by vaulted sheer cliff walls guarded by mysterious “gates” and challenging white-water.
Mountains high and rivers deep.
In a specially commissioned presentation Pete Knowles will talk about
two of his favourite trips – open canoe trips to the Mackenzie
Mountains in the far north of Canada. Two renowned and committing
rivers cut through these mountains and offer 16 days of real wilderness
and white water. Pete asks “is the Nahanni or the Mountain River the
best wilderness white water open canoe trip in the world?”
Expect prize winning images of spectacular mountains, dramatic gorges, a little on the delights of wilderness camping, wood fires (“Eat your
heart out Ray Mears”), beautiful walks, a few rapids and the odd bear
Peter is one of Britain’s most experienced expedition white water kayakers and has led over 50 expeditions and first descents in many different countries. His first big expedition was an early descent of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado in 1973 where he was run over by a huge 33ft motorised raft on one of the big rapids, and in 1981 he led the team that made an 800 mile source to ocean descent of Canada’s Fraser river. He is the acknowledged authority on the rivers of the Himalayas, and has probably paddled more of its rivers than anyone else alive today – including the Rombuk Chhu at Everest Base Camp, 5100m.
Pete is the Author of many canoeing and kayaking guide books, available from Rivers Publishing. He has paddled all over the world over many years and gives a great lecture.