I am the eldest daughter of ProAdventure patrons Lesley and Peter, and I have just succeeded in gaining promotion to the Premier Division of canoe slalom in Britain.
Canoe slalom is one of two Olympic disciplines of canoeing, the other being sprint canoe (yawn). It is essentially a time trial, and the winner is the person who gets down the course in the least time, with the least penalty seconds added.
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→
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.