RIVER TEES (Below Low Force)

North of the Trent drainage, flowing to the North Sea
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RIVER TEES (Below Low Force)

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Post by Jim Pullen » Sun Sep 21, 2008 5:20 pm

Anthony Kerrigan Green Star Canoe Club wrote:GRADING: 4+

MAJOR HAZARDS/FALLS: Whilst Chaseing a boat that managed to go over Low
Force we had major Incident approx 1 km further down after the Small Fall at
Wynch Bridge. I had never done this section of Rover before. But remember
the guidebook quoting Grade 2. It isn\'t! The water levels were high but not
massive. There are 2 very VERY retentive stoppers one of which will hold a
swimmer. The best place to shoot is River left which is straight through,
there is a Horseshoe shaped recirculating mess of a stopper. A throwline
rescue is easy from River Right, if your prepared to wade into the river
above the fall! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
This was submitted on 09/01/07.

From my own experience at a variety of water levels, I would have to say that the old guide is inaccurate in describing this as grade 2, except at very low levels, but I would say 4+ is too high! At medium/high levels this section has several 3/3+ rapids. The diagonal shelf mentioned in the guide does have a retentive stopper, but is easily shot far left with a boof.

I may need to update the original guide at a later date.
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Post by Francis_jones » Fri Oct 31, 2008 1:41 pm

agreed. its not a 2 but at the same time its not a 4 either, so by process of elimination it must be a three.

The section below low force and the little drop after it is a solid 3 and tend to have an easier line on the river right with the more "playful" waves being on the river left.

Approaching the pourover there is a narrowing of the river at which point head for the river left to line up your boof. Up to medium waters, however, this is still an easy line and without much retention so I would still be tempted to call it a 3.

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Post by Ricks-Freestyle-Mind » Fri Oct 31, 2008 6:21 pm

is there a close get out just after this axtra 500m stretch? It's decent bit worth doing. It's just a long slog paddling down to Middleton-In-Teesdale.

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Post by tape34 » Sat Nov 01, 2008 2:20 pm

Ricks-Freestyle-Mind wrote:is there a close get out just after this axtra 500m stretch? It's decent bit worth doing. It's just a long slog paddling down to Middleton-In-Teesdale.
See http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/foru ... hp?t=41403 (High Force to Wynch Bridge)

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Post by Jim Pullen » Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:16 am

Right, I've now re-worked this guide a little bit. When Mark gets round to uploading the new htm files, it will now appear in the intermediate/advanced section and be graded 3. I hope I've made the get-out point clear as well.

I've also written a brief guide to the flat bit below down to Middleton-in-Teesdale. It will appear here.

We now have guides for the Tees including Cauldron Snout, High Force to Winston Bridge, Neasham to Over Dinsdale and the barrage.

Anyone fancy filling in the gaps? I.e. Cauldron Snout to High Force, sections from Winston Bridge to Neasham and sections from Over Dinsdale down to the barrage.
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