Some time ago Ana had booked a sea kayaking course at Glenmore lodge:
http://www.glenmorelodge.org.uk/sea-kayaking-courses.asp. Glenmore lodge is the Scottish National Outdoor Training Centre which is part funded by the government and this is money well spent as the quality of the courses, instructors and equipment is second to none.
When the weather forecast displayed temperatures up to 27 degrees for Aviemore for the whole weekend we knew that that we were in for a winner. The course was £235 per person for two days which included top notch equipment (sea kayak, paddle, wet suit, cagoule etc.), a 1:5 instructor to client ratio, accommodation at the lodge from Friday to Sunday and quality food from Saturday morning until Sunday afternoon.
I arrived Friday evening and it was already gorgeous with the car thermometer displaying 25 degrees at time. Here is loch Morlich with the still snowy Northern corries behind. A cold night and a winter climb is still possible.
Overall the weekend was one of the most enjoyable and we are now fully fired up to do some more sea kayaking. The course and other courses by Glenmore lodge and other providers are much recommended especially for beginners and intermediates as the instructors will ensure a good day and good skills. Also Glenmore lodge courses are a good idea for those coming from abroad who not only the full Scottish breakfast but also full Scottish action. Both is guaranteed!
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
Here in Aberdeen the weather was undecided whether to stay wintry or to allow spring to proceed. Finally the tide seem to have shifted and it got warm. Brian, Jackie and I were heading to Clashrodney for some trad mileage. First Stiletto, a HS on the red slab.
Finally the Sun arrived in the North East of Scotland and at the same time Declan Lunny, the Irishman in Singapore. We decided on a quick hillwalk, Ben Vrackie, near Pitlochry. Perthshire landscapes to start with.
Monday, 7 May 2012
Ana and I decided to start a new hobby which is sea kayaking. The only problem with that hobby is that the sports instrument is over 5 m long and does not fit inside our flat. In the Brookbank catalogue I noted a Trak T1600 folding kayak for a rather steep £2600 and soon after a T1600 appeared on Ebay. Without much thinking I put a maximal bid in and by Sunday I was the proud owner of a nearly new T1600 for a very good price. It arrived on a Wednesday in a large roller bag weighing 29 kg. Here is how it is assembled: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oS37AK2fISY. I practiced it once in Ana's corridor (not recommended) and put it together in less than 15 min on the shores of Loch Faskally. Surprisingly slick. Especially the hydraulic jacks that tension the hull are great engineering. A Brompton for the water. Here it is...