Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Dartmoor is done!

Its official, we have cracked Dartmoor. Well the good stuff any way.
Over the last few months my self and a motley crew have tackled and won on the best and hardest white water runs in the West Country.
There is now only two rivers of note left to do before the official season ends in march.
These two being: The Upper Walkham on the West side of the moor, running from Merrivale down and The Avon, on the south of the moor running into South Brent.
I'm not to bothered if we don't get these done as we have now cracked THE UPPER PLYM!
A river reputedly known to many as the hardest trip on Dartmoor and possibley the hardest small steep creek in the UK! (according to the English white water guide book)
Damn that Roger Ford, he beat me to it! But i'm sure i had more water!
Looking at the get out at Shaugh Prior and inspecting the levels for my first trip Simon(Westgarth) didn't say it was low or any thing like that, just"it looks good, but its rising".

Yup, its steep, continuous and not good on your head.
No pictures im afraid. A digi camara is on the way for my birthday.

Apart from that we have done:
The East Okement, wicked granite slabs and some nice pool drop action.Once at 55 on the gauge and once at 75, thats a lot of water.

The North Teign, including the masacistic tree strew upper section and the very steep similar but not as good upper Plym tree strewn, no eddie lower section.

The Upper Dart, lots and lots and lots, some at highish water, about 7 feet on the gauge(or just about through the third arch if you know New Bridge. Including a big fat hole ride and subsiquent swim for me. Cheers Ed and Simon, i still owe you beers!

The Erme, not lots this year but at some reasonalbe water.A Devon Classic for sure, one of my fave runs.see my earlyer post for some pics of this.

Sorry about the lack of pictures s, have a look at Jim "3rider" Ottaways blog for some nice upper Dart action from the weekend. Make sure you look at the animation.
http://www.3rider.blogspot.com

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