It’s been a while since the last update, over 2 months in fact (note to self – must try harder!) It’s been a quiet couple of months in many ways, hence not feeling the need to write much.
On the web front I have been busy moving my site across to WordPress hosting which means the site is far more customisable than on Blogger and I am able to add more features in, such as the shop, category pages and make use of a wide range of plugins. It is an ongoing piece of work which I am developing and moving on in different directions, fascinating for me and hopefully useful to you over time. Laura and I also booked our Travel Insurance for our trip to France and in the process earned a commission for our troubles! If you are looking at Travel Insurance for adventurous activities I can thoroughly recommend Sports Cover Direct (Click the link below)
On the personal front I have been getting itchy feet and was desperate to get out and do something, so a couple of weeks ago I arranged a paddle, with the dual purpose of getting Laura on a river run (rather than a play spot) in preparation for the Alps. We advertised it as a club paddle, suitable as an Intro to Whitewater day, the venue was Llangollen (River Dee) from Horseshoe weir down to Mile End Mill, at a very low level this was a nice easy Grade 2/3 run. Everyone had a good day and I was super impressed at Laura who even nailed a run through Serpents Tail. The only down side to the day was my leaky kayak!! Almost as soon as we got on I had unexplained pools of water in my boat, after emptying a couple of times I found the culprit – a 2″ long split in the bottom of the kayak…… Damn, just a few weeks before the Alps, still better to find it now rather than once we were out there.
Kayak shopping – always a fun experience except for one thing….. The only boat I really want to paddle is not made anymore, so scouring the second hand ads it is. Fortunately I found one that had been converted to a C1, a brief negotiation saw me get it for a good price minus the C1 outfitting, perfect as I would be putting my Kayak outfitting in to it anyway. A little drive over to Leicestershire and a couple of evenings playing with the fittings and I have a new (old) 2015 Jackson Superhero to accompany me to the Alps!
A little last minute kit shopping for me and Laura and we’re pretty much ready to start the packing process – given the number of activities we get up to the list can be fairly lengthy!!!!
The adventure was further enhanced this weekend, with the Canoe Club trip to Saunton Sands postponed due to the weather I decided that I still wanted to get away (complete with kids) and fortunately Laura managed to get a place as a ‘Mock Student’ for a 4star Assessment course in North Wales. After much searching for suitable accommodation at short notice, we settled on a family room at the Royal Hotel in Llangollen. Saturday saw us heading to Pistyll Rhaeadr, one of the tallest waterfalls in Wales with the weather reminding us that we definitely were in Wales – wind and rain aplenty! We carried on from here to Llangollen along some very interesting lanes which left Laura feeling rather green….. After a little wander around the town to settle her ill feelings we looked up the hill and spotted another destination for exploring – the ruins of Castell Dinas Bran. A short but steep track lead up to the ruins and we spent a fun hour or so climbing and exploring the 13th century ruins, the kids loved it!
Our evening meal consisted of Pizza at a local restaurant, then back to our hotel for bed after a few rounds of various card games to while away the rest of the evening. After a heary cooked breakfast we headed up to the Rhug Estate to drop Laura off for her day on the river, after which the kids and I carried on North towards Betws-y-Coed and to explore the mysteries of the Fairy Glen (in truth I wanted to Scout the river with a view to one day plucking up the courage to run it!) The weather started well, but gradually turned somewhat Welsh again, so we headed back towards Llangollen with the weather improving with each mile. We got back a little too early to meet Laura and co. so we headed back up the hill towards the ruins, but this time climbed up the opposite side to check out the cliffs and crags above! And what a joy, on reaching the base I was delighted to see lovely collection of bolted climbs that form Trevor Rocks, a long escarpment with several bolted sections and plenty of other natural areas for ‘Trad’ climbing. It was very windy up here, but on a nice day it would be a real sun trap, I will be back again without a doubt!
And there it is, a whistle stop tour of the last few weeks. Nearly ready to head to the Alps for the next installment of adventure, I cannot wait for this year (super excited) the next 2 weeks at work are going to seem very long!!!