We managed to leave Cardiff on Friday on time thanks mainly to Jonny Cakes being early this time. In general the drive up went without incident, other than a minor detour around Birmingham in the minibus. We eventually arrived at the 1st night’s camping spot at the Falls of Falloch at 12.30. After a pretty rough night’s sleep, being woken up in the night by a combination of Scottish youths and the fire service, we awoke to an empty river Falloch and a stream falling of the falls.
The plans then were to head up to Glen Etive and have a look to check levels and possibly go gorge walking. There was more water than expected in the middle Etive despite still being low so we decided to put on to see how far we could make it down. The end result was a few runs down triple step, a run down the ski jump, the crack of doom rapids, and a huck off the right-angle falls to finish the day. Everyone ended the day with huge smiles on their faces and everyone was impressed with how much fun we could have on such little water.
A night of drinking commenced and yet again Helena failed at every drinking game, and after many attempts at trying to blow bottle caps into bottles, we eventually decided to call it a night.
The next day saw us driving up to Inverness and then across to the river Meig,. This was decided as a club run but 100metres in this changed to just Stu, Duncan, Jonny and Adam as the gorge became committing and much steeper. At least 6portages and 3hours later the group appeared out of the end of the 2km gorge with many stories and videos to show.
A few photos of the middle Etive for your viewing pleasure.
Figure 1: Charging the Triple Steps (Top 2) (Andy Bucknell & WIll Bevan)
Figure 2: Third drop on Triple Step (Adam Voyle)
Figure 3: Ski Jump (Helena Goode)
Figure 4: Crack of Doom (Duncan SInclair)
Figure 5: Top of Bigman Falls beard twidling(Simon Hutt)