newbi after advice.

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smudge837
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newbi after advice.

Post by smudge837 »

hi all,

as title says i am pretty new to paddle sport. been a few years (10 ish) since i have been playing in a kayak. i have a prijon tornado as i intend to do more camping/exploring type trips than white water stuff. but like all i do like to have a play as well.

so question is.

i am off to a camp site 4 miles from Bala next week for a few days brush up.
but from reading on here, am i biting off more than i can chew with the run from the camp site down into Bala town, I've read it's approx 4 mile and grade 2 ish (depending on weather/ release).
is this an experienced paddler only run, or will it be ok for a born again? i know about the falls at the end. i will jump out before then.
if this is a more advanced run can anybody recommend a more beginners type run but still with moving water and the odd technical bit.

cheers all and thanks in advance for any advice.
smudge

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I wouldn't recomend the run to Bala as a solo trip for someone with your level of experience. Whilst the water is not particularly hard, there are lots of trees, where you could get caught, and it is also difficult to see the route ahead at times. The river is /was often used for Level 3 Coach Training, becaue of the difficulty in controlling a group, and keeping everyone in sight.

Of course if you could meet up with others, then it would be safer. I have had solo boaters tag along on trips sometimes. Many groups would be cautious about that, but some will.

Sorry don't know any easier sections in that locality.

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Post by Dave @ TRC »

Im not here as im of to Norway. But give a shout on www.rivercrew.co.uk
Theres always guys on the Big T Im sure there going to let you tag along .

Theres more than just the one big fall bala mill grade four. theres one by the bridge good grade three as well as some other grade three sections
so not a good solo run for some one who does not know the river. if you add the trees really not a good idea .



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Don't do it on your own, or rely on randoms you meet in a car park. Book a day's coaching with someone like Lowri Davies (info@flowfree.co.uk) Chris Eastabroken or Thomas Parker. They will not only take you down the river in a safe and enjoyable fashion, should you wish they can give the ol' skills a bit of a polish!



http://www.flowfree.co.uk



http://www.chriseastabrook.co.uk



http://www.tomparkercoaching.co.uk



I think Tom and Chris are away when you want to go, but the Flowfree gang are about.



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Post by Jules »

Tom_Laws wrote:Don't do it on your own, or rely on randoms you meet in a car park. Book a day's coaching with someone like Lowri Davies (info@flowfree.co.uk) Chris Eastabroken or Thomas Parker. They will not only take you down the river in a safe and enjoyable fashion, should you wish they can give the ol' skills a bit of a polish!

http://www.flowfree.co.uk

http://www.chriseastabrook.co.uk

http://www.tomparkercoaching.co.uk

I think Tom and Chris are away when you want to go, but the Flowfree gang are about.

Tom





As good as those mentioned above are I do feel the need to mention that there are, of course, many other coaching providers out there who haven't (yet) slept with Tom! ;-)



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Post by smudge837 »

many thanks for the advice, i will try and look into one of the guide runs. it wont be a solo run as i have a mate with me in his as well, but we are both about the same level or lack of lol.

cheers all and happy paddling
smudge

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