Thanks to Andy Lees of Go Kayaking Northwest there is a full selection of current Pyranha Demo Kayaks at River Active in Llangollen. As I paddle the site two or three times a week my interest was peaked when asked which boats I would be trying. In return for the loan of the boat I was asked to write a Pyranha 12R Review.
The 12R wasn’t on my list until I turned up on a bright and cold Sunday in February in the mood to paddle a loop, down the River Dee to town, then up the canal and drop back into the river for the return to Mile End mill. I paddle a Jackson Mixmaster mostly, so not ideal for the paddle up the canal, and there above the door was a brand new, unscratched Pyranha 12r just waiting for me to demo.
As a kid I loved being outside. “I’m going out do my work” I would say to my parents. Then proceeded to dig in the sand pit for hours, or build another den. I had limited access to technology then, however as I moved into my teens that changed and my life was consumed by Gears of War and Call of Duty.
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→
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→
A few months ago Pete and Lesley offered the retail staff at ProAdventure the opportunity to attend the Outdoor Academy of Scandinavia, a project initiated by the Scandinavian Outdoor Group (SOG) to offer comprehensive outdoor staff training. Basically this meant understanding and using products in the great Swedish outdoors. On this trip we would be using Tentipi, Light my Fire, Peak Performance clothing, and Point 65 Kayaks.
This was a opportunity I didn’t want to miss! Along with my colleage Mark, we headed to Stockholm to join the rest of a group of about 30 others (the group included retail staff, journalists and tour operators) for our 4 day adventure in the Stockholm Archipelago.
The trip began with the usual meet and greet, then we headed off for a guided bike tour of Stockholm. Next was a 2 hour boat trip to an Island in the Archipelago called Uto. Our arrival was met with the very friendly owner of the hotel Uto Vardshus where were staying that night. We were given a fabulous meal and got to know more people in the group. I was pleased to have sat next Patrik from Tentipi..I had emailed him occassionally over the last few years working at ProAdventure and it was a pleasure to put a name to a face!
The next few days involved different activities. A guided hike along the coastline of the Island, followed by a 10km cycle ride. Next was another hike though the forest, and a talk on the geology and nature of the the island (this was Marks idea of heaven-someone who was as interested in rocks as he is!)
Our camp for the night was at a small beach (my idea of heaven-an outdoor swim!). We were given some extra kit to use while out in the wilds..Light my Fire meal kits, a water bottle, lots of Sporks!, a fire steel and a Maya stick. All of which were obviously used for making a fire and eating our tea! We also had a lesson in putting up our Tentipi for the night..good to see the expert Patrik do it!
Next day was a cycle again, then using the Point 65 kayaks and sea kayaking to a smaller island. Again we were sleeping in a Tentipi ..this time a light one, which I hadn’t done before so it was a good learning experience for me. I also got to see a prototype of the new Super light tentipi that will be produced next year-designed a lightweight 2 man Tentipi for trekking.
An early start the next morning sea kayaking back to Uto and attending our retailer workshops, followed by a very exciting RIB boat ride through the islands of the Archipelago to the island of Grinda. This was the last night of our stay and involved relaxing in a sauna, eating lots of crayfish, singing merry tunes and drinking schnapps…we were here for work…honest!
Seriously though..it was an amazing opportunity to be outdoors in Sweden using products we sell in the shop. Mark and I know more about Tentipi and Light my Fire than we did before and can relay our experiences with them to our customers:-)