Scottish Lochs 2018 open canoe expedition:
• August bank holiday week: Saturday 25/8 – Sunday 2/9/18; 9 full days including travel, plus starting driving north on Friday after work to gain extra time on the water;
• This expedition will include multi-day wild open canoe camping on a number of Scotland’s inland and sea lochs. The exact lochs paddled will depend on weather conditions, but we will probably focus on one area or series of linked lochs
• You will need to be a strong 3 star touring canoe or open canoe level paddler, capable of paddling a loaded open canoe in at least force 3 winds on large open water bodies.
All trips are on a lead/guided basis. You will need to provide your own equipment and food. Coaching is not offered, so you will need to possess the relevant skills to take part as an active team member. I am limited to a leader to participant ratio of 1:4 so places are limited and will fill on a first come, first served basis. If you have the relevant skills are interested in a place on any of the 2018 expeditions, please get in touch to reserve a place on the definite list or register your interest on the tentative list.
Should you not know the competency skill sets under the BC star award system please see the relevant star award syllabus at: https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/go-canoeing/things-to-do/build-my-skills/#star-awards
Wild camping on week+ expeditions
The focus of the expedition is journeying, covering a good amount of water each day, seeing as much scenery as possible as we pass, and moving on each day to continue our journey. This is where we will derive our pleasure. Wild camping is therefore an overnight rest and recuperation period that our bodies need. The focus is not on "Luxury camping" or "Basecamp camping" from where day excursions take place (similar to a car camp), on which boats are loaded with non-essential extra luxuries sometimes carried on a camping focused/centred trip. A lightweight canoe will make for pleasant (short) overnight wild camp and an enjoyable effortless longer day's journey on the water. Participants need to be experienced in lightweight canoe camping, setting up and dropping camp swiftly each day, and moving on. If you are not experienced in lightweight canoe camping, setting up and dropping camp swiftly each day, please practice and hone your skills on a weekend canoe camp to find out what you don't actually use need or use over a number of shorter trips before attempting a week+ journey - This will make your expedition far more enjoyable with a lighter, more manoeuvrable, and easier to paddle canoe, all day-every day during the expedition. To recap, the focus of the expedition is journeying, covering a good amount of water each day, seeing as much scenery as possible as we pass, and moving on each day to continue our journey, rather than a static/basecamp camping experience.
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