Saturday, 3 August 2013

Spey Descent

Last weekend a few guys from work packed our (not so) dry bags and big blue barrels and jumped in some canoes. Destination: Spey Bay on the east coast.

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Nick had done an excellent job of organising everything with Donald at Explore Highland and we were ready to go in no time. Launching off from Loch Insh just outside Kincraig, avoiding the Osprey nest, we spent the first 4 hours running over some essential skills to avoid wetness and death.

We left Donald at Aviemore after a coffee break only 4 hours into the trip! After this we had to make up time and steamed ahead. Day 1 went by with only a brief shower in the middle of the day and camp was set up in the dry. We even got a fire going!

Day 2 surprised us with excellent sunshine and most of us came away with 'canoe knee'. A pub dinner at the Mash Tun in Aberlour and some cava sealed the day off nicely.

Day 3.....the less said about day 3, the better. It was wet....all day. Morale was low from the outset and tension built amongst the supposed elite team. A stern reminder of the fact that we were indeed men set us upon our final leg to reach the 'oh so good' Dolphin Sanctuary cafe ahead of time, enough for me to demolish two sandwiches!

Enjoy the video!

Spey Descent from Owen Flowers on Vimeo.