The Stout Of The Snout

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The Stout Of The Snout

Post by Wide Eyed Kayaking » Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:18 pm

This Sunday we decided that we where going to go and have a look at Cauldron Snout.

We let a few people know we where going in hope that they would come and join us and started the drive up to cow green. On the way we where pleasantly surprised at the level but at the same time nervous at what we where heading too. Once at Cow Green a few friends rocked up as support so we decided to get kitted up and start the 2 mile walk in. After some antagonising over lines and how / what safety could be set up Sam Ellis decided he was ready to step up to it. The dam was releasing at 2 pipes which is by far the highest that it has been run as far as we know. After further inspection it was time.

Here is the video enjoy

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Re: The Stout Of The Snout

Post by Mark R » Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:43 pm

Video doesn't work for me...?
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Re: The Stout Of The Snout

Post by Poke » Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:10 pm

Awesome work on the boating*!

I've seen it before at about the same levels (not in kit at the time), but the two crux moves as I saw it were being upright at the bottom of the two slides in time to get the right line over the very sticky looking pourovery type drop at the end of the first section...
The other crux - the last drop. For anyone that's not been, the plungepool doesn't really exist. The base of the drop is just a manky jumble of boulders, barely covered by water!

(*and the editing - comparing it to the last edit of a cauldron snout descent I saw anyway)
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Re: The Stout Of The Snout

Post by Simon Westgarth » Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:35 pm

Nice work Sam, even with more water than a previous descent post here a while back, the bed rock makes for some bumpy hits. Lots of man love at the end too, clearly paddling to going the way of football celebrations after a goal is scored.

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Re: The Stout Of The Snout

Post by Dan Glasscoe » Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:37 pm

Epic! Good effort to all involved

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Re: The Stout Of The Snout

Post by Dave W » Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:38 pm

Very very impressive!! Really enjoyed watching that.

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Re: The Stout Of The Snout

Post by Mark R » Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:41 pm

Bloody brilliant, somehow that chossy heap of sharp rocks looks like an actual rapid in this film ... and one needing a few skills to get down.

Love the instinctive edge shift and brace to land on the first biggie.
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Re: The Stout Of The Snout

Post by hardy » Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:57 pm

Great.Brave.

I would have wanted to celebrate to.

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Re: The Stout Of The Snout

Post by DaveBland » Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:04 pm

Nice. Can't argue with that. Hope there were beers on hand for afters.
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Post by Randy Fandango » Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:09 pm

Wow and bloody double wow!
Hats off Sam for an awesomely impressive run!
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Re: The Stout Of The Snout

Post by Adrian Cooper » Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:12 pm

Absolutely cracking. Knocks spots off any of the 'Riders of the Year' descents. Well done.

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Re: The Stout Of The Snout

Post by TomOL » Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:15 pm

Bloody awesome mate. Congrats.

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Re: The Stout Of The Snout

Post by benpilkington » Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:12 pm

LOVE the man love at the end. Made me smile (as did what came before!)

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Re: The Stout Of The Snout

Post by Jim Pullen » Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:20 pm

Bl**st hell! Good effort Sam! I've looked at it at those levels and pictured fantasy lines, but you actually hit them! Excellent!
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Re: The Stout Of The Snout

Post by Lancs_lad » Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:35 pm

Amazing!!!

Out of interest, I thought Sam now paddled a Stomper? Or did he go back to what he could trust for this?

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Re: The Stout Of The Snout

Post by DanH » Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:42 pm

Not just stout, that was brown stout at it finest! Good work guys!

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Re: The Stout Of The Snout

Post by Jim » Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:56 pm

Hang on, he didn't just survive it, he styled it!

Is that the first descent without injury?

Very impressive.

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Re: The Stout Of The Snout

Post by Andrew Battye » Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:26 pm

Don't want to be the one to spoil the Yorkshire lovin', but it's in Cumbria ;)

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Re: The Stout Of The Snout

Post by GlennT » Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:40 pm

Outstanding Sam; both the run and the vid!

Jim, there was another successful run, without injury, some months ago, but not at the level Sam ran it.

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Re: The Stout Of The Snout

Post by DanH » Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:46 pm

Andrew Battye wrote:Don't want to be the one to spoil the Yorkshire lovin', but it's in Cumbria ;)
I don't understand the relevance of this statement... What Yorkshire loving? I thought we were loving Sam's descent and the people that helped make it possible! Wide Eyed Kayaking indeed! :-)

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Re: The Stout Of The Snout

Post by Andrew Battye » Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:54 pm

DanH wrote:
Andrew Battye wrote:Don't want to be the one to spoil the Yorkshire lovin', but it's in Cumbria ;)
I don't understand the relevance of this statement... What Yorkshire loving? I thought we were loving Sam's descent and the people that helped make it possible! Wide Eyed Kayaking indeed! :-)
It was just a lighthearted, slightly pedantic comment; at the end of the video he says "right here in yorkshire". I'm definately loving the amazing video too! :D

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Re: The Stout Of The Snout

Post by Rory W » Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:55 pm

Yes! I love this!

Is that 2 pipes? Have looked at this lots of times and the bottom drop looks horrible any lower. No pipes the slides look bumpy but ok but the bottom is just rock. One pipe the slides clean up (a bit) but the bottom drop just lands on rock a bit faster. 2 pipes it looks like a proper rapid with feasible lines down all of it. But terrifying! The scariest looking bit at this level is the hole at the bottom of the twisty slide. No time at all to get left and boof. Ledge after not so bad and looks like you could get the bottom wrong and you would probably be ok? Hard right line looks tempting...

Right. Going for another look tomorrow but pretty sure I'll just run away again.

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Re: The Stout Of The Snout

Post by Rory W » Wed Nov 02, 2011 12:02 am

At least half of it is in Durham!

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Re: The Stout Of The Snout

Post by Andrew Battye » Wed Nov 02, 2011 12:05 am

Rory W wrote:At least half of it is in Durham!
Hmmmm looks like you're right...being pedantic never pays off :P

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Re: The Stout Of The Snout

Post by DanH » Wed Nov 02, 2011 12:15 am

Andrew Battye wrote:
Rory W wrote:At least half of it is in Durham!
Hmmmm looks like you're right...being pedantic never pays off :P
Hehe! Borders aye, who'd trust them?

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Re: The Stout Of The Snout

Post by dirtbiker » Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:05 am

Impressive stuff! I'm also interested in the Stomper/Burn question though!

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Re: The Stout Of The Snout

Post by Strad » Wed Nov 02, 2011 10:30 am

Awesome paddling, not a rapid I would want to do at any level!

(on the downside was I the only bored by almost the first 25% (ish) of the video being kayakers dad dancing in a white van to music that didn't appear to match what I could hear)
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Re: The Stout Of The Snout

Post by chrism » Wed Nov 02, 2011 11:42 am

Strad wrote:Awesome paddling, not a rapid I would want to do at any level!

(on the downside was I the only bored by almost the first 25% (ish) of the video being kayakers dad dancing in a white van to music that didn't appear to match what I could hear)
I watched the first few seconds then skipped to the paddling. I agree about the awesomeness of the paddling though - he makes it almost look easy!

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Re: The Stout Of The Snout

Post by jmmoxon » Wed Nov 02, 2011 1:01 pm

Although before the creation of Co. Durham, for administrative purposes, the Tees was the Yorkshire border... (not sure if Cauldron Snout was though)

Good effort.

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Re: The Stout Of The Snout

Post by Wide Eyed Kayaking » Wed Nov 02, 2011 7:07 pm

Thanks for all the comments much appreciated.

Rory the Dam was releasing on 2 pipes yes and at the time the gauge in Barnard Castle was at about 0.7.

I can see why some people may not like the intro but to us the drive there was pretty surreal, full with anticipation, excitement and nerves. The drive there was such a predominant part of the experience that I felt it had to be included in the video.

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