Snaike Water

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Snaike Water

Post by Mark R » Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:30 pm

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Re: Snaike Water

Post by kmac » Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:23 pm

Paddled the Knaik Water after heavy rains on 17/04/2013. Here’s what we found at very high water levels!“I have looked at the river further upstream and there is nothing worth getting wet over.” - We got in a lot higher than the point described above (grid ref. NN 778 148) from a layby on the left-hand side of the road from Braco to Comrie. We crossed bare moorlands to a small wooden bridge from which we launched into the stream which turned out to be the Allt an t-Seilich, a tributary of the Knaik. The water was very high although it provided a good warm up with narrow grade 2 meandering fast water for a few kms. Always be on the look-out for fences crossing the river, there are lots of them! There’s also a lot of trees and small branches to weave around so have your wits about you! Advice would be to not paddle in a group bigger than 3 at this level, the Allan running on ‘Huge’ according to“A series of ramps and waterfalls - pretty straightforward with no real rapids as far as I remember” - The Knaik itself was fast and continuous grade 2/3 with few eddies and we kept scouting blind corners where possible in case of trees in the very high water. You will need to inspect the grade 4 section which is located after a convenient flat 100m of river after which there is a horizon line (you can hear the rumbling around the corner!) The 'grade 4 section' compromised of 4 chunky drops or slides into intimidating holes. We eddied out and inspected this section from top to bottom as there’s more than you think! The 1st and 2nd drops were very retentive with river-wide stoppers and a log river right in the 1st (grade 4 /5 at this level?). A trashing here and a lost boat put the rest of the group off running these. The 1st drop is also rather difficult to set safety up on and needs a really good throw with at least a 15m throwline! The 3rd and 4th slides and the ‘smaller’ rapids thereafter were less retentive but still very powerful. The rest of the Knaik was big, bouncy and hellish fun including a huge slide and massive hole around a blind corner towards the end! Eddy out where you can before the bridges in Braco.Total decent 106.9m over 8.75km of river. Took 7 of us 3-4 hours including lots of scouting and some faff finding paddles and a lost boat after the grade 4 section.

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Re: Snaike Water

Post by willow » Wed Oct 29, 2014 12:32 pm


Agree with Kmac above, we ran it at very high levels after several days of heavy rain. Allan was well into HUGE on the Wheres the Water site. We also put in on the Allt an t-Seilich, which was a good fun start and rather ditch like, grade 2 water but we came accross three fences and numerous lines strung above us. Probably 5 fences, and 4 random wires/lines strung accross above us which had potential.

The river was bouncy until we came to the challenging section described above. We also scouted all 4 drops in one go. The first two had big river wide retentive stoppers, then next two looked big but flushed through fine with the 4th drop a long ramp which was just good fun although pretty big at this level. There were just two of us, we supported the top drop then ran the next three as a pair. Just a solid boof required, but if you did get worked in there it would be need good bank support to get you out, or some deep swimming. Great fun though and worth the trip for the ditch run and that small section. Just had a different feel this place, makes a nice contrast when running other rivers.

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