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River Conan

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:58 am
by Mark R

Re: River Conan

Posted: Mon May 26, 2014 9:07 pm
by PMB
Did this with a mate on Sunday evening late in the day with the light fading. We went up to run the Meig Gorge, and turned down to check out whether the dam was releasing. To our complete surprise it was and the river was well into the trees and flowing at a considerable pace!

Walking up from the bridge we spent about 45mins looking at the rapids on the way up to the dam - this was my first time looking at it so the adrenalin was pumping. On the drive up we came across the guy with the huskies living half way up who strongly advised us to get on as this might be the only chance to run the stretch in a long time - he mentioned taking the photos I believe are in the old Scotland guide titled 'Carnage on the Conon'.

What is described in the river description here as the second drop looked absolutely horrendous - we could only get a good look at the river left side where most of the flow dropped onto a huge horizontal ledge before getting smashed into a wall. We didn't have time go up to look at the first drop at the bottom of the dam - I'm not sure whether I wanted to look at it!

We got on river left just below the outflow from the third fall. All the rocks in the third drop were fully covered with flow going well over them and there was a mean looking pourover on the flow out river left.

The fourth fall ran well from right to left as did the other two big rapids on the way down to the road bridge. Big volume with some crashing waves and large holes and pourovers to avoid. Again all rocks were covered except for two large boulders in the final rapid above the bridge. I would not have wanted to swim there.

Am not sure whether anyone managed to get on it that day, but am posting here in case there is a chance people are over that way and the dam is releasing over the next couple of days. If you are, its well worth a detour to have a look.

Re: River Conan

Posted: Sat May 31, 2014 10:57 pm
by neilfarmer
I will try and find the picture "carnage on the Connon".
Much of it features on "Dangerous When Wet", available on youtube:

First paddled rapid is at 1:28 and elsewhere, many put on just below that and ran the long rapid also in the video.
You are very very lucky to get it!

Re: River Conan

Posted: Sat May 13, 2017 11:05 pm
by Jack Watt
Hi all, so a group of 7 of us went up today (13th may 2017) and another group of paddlers consisting of most the same group on the 29th of april. The dam has been having maintenance and there have been some huge flows to ABSOLUTELY MASSIVE amounts of water flowing down the river.
There have been some decent photos and videos taken as week as some decent 4k drone footage for the possible inspection of the river.
The first 3 main rapids all look like impending doom with quite a few under-cuts, stoppers and recirculatibe eddies. By our best estimates. The first rapid below the dam would have been stupid as the amount if water being churned out would have drowned you before even going down the rapid. The second fall had 2 nasty features. The first being a serious pencil into foam piles and a massive current directed straight at a rock before having to line up before a series of metal spikes. Both there rapids looked like an easy Grade 6.
Our very keen 18 year old 9R paddles wanted to run the this fall but after drone footage over the drop. Failure was going to be the only choice. Half way down, a giant cushion pushing you back onto a hole on river right and a narrow margin on the left to get past. Only to go face first into a siphon. No way rescue would have been

photos of the drops to come.

Re: River Conan

Posted: Sat May 13, 2017 11:08 pm
by Jack Watt
[quote="Jack Watt"]
Hi all, so a group of 7 of us went up today (13th may 2017) and another group of paddlers consisting of most the same group on the 29th of april. The dam has been having maintenance and there have been some huge flows to ABSOLUTELY MASSIVE amounts of water flowing down the river.
There have been some decent photos and videos taken as week as some decent 4k drone footage for the possible inspection of the river.
The first 3 main rapids all look like impending doom with quite a few under-cuts, stoppers and recirculatibe eddies. By our best estimates. The first rapid below the dam would have been stupid as the amount if water being churned out would have drowned you before even going down the rapid. The second fall had 2 nasty features. The first being a serious pencil into foam piles and a massive current directed straight at a rock before having to line up before a series of metal spikes. Both there rapids looked like an easy Grade 6.
Our very keen 18 year old 9R paddles wanted to run the this fall but after drone footage over the drop. Failure was going to be the only choice. Half way down, a giant cushion pushing you back onto a hole on river right and a narrow margin on the left to get past. Only to go face first into a siphon. No way rescue would have been possible

photos of the drops to come.
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Re: River Conan

Posted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:07 pm
by banzer
Any photos yet Jack? If you have any good ones would you like to submit them to the new edition of Scottish WW?

cheers
Rich.