14th - 21st January, 2018
This year we'll be heading to Fort William for 8 days of wonderful winter whitewater. This trip is open to everyone who paddles with ULKC once you've some ability on whitewater like Castleconnell or similar. However, there are only so many spots available, so we'll be taking a mix of abilities on a first come first served basis.
We'll be driving from Limerick to Belfast, then getting a ferry to Stranraer and onto Fort William. This trip will have a lot of paddling and it's a real opportunity to learn a lot about paddling, fast. Most freshers are ready to sit their level 3 skills once we're back or they're only short one or two small things!
Roughly we're looking
- Travelling most of the day on the Sunday 14th of January
- A nice warm-up run on Monday 15th
- A mix of runs at different levels from Tuesday 16th - Saturday 20th depending on people ability & weather conditions.
- Travelling back to Limerick late enough on Sunday 21st of January ready for semester 2 to start the next day!
Scotland's pretty big. Where in it?
We'll be based out of the Corran Bunkhouse: http://www.corranbunkhouse.co.uk/ We'll be travelling to the rivers every day but they're not too far!
To keep safe on the river we can only bring whatever ratios of beginners to leaders suit as people sign up. Best to sign up as early as possible to avoid disappointment!
Sounds class, how many beans?
The trip will cost approximately €200 and won't change much from that if it does change. This covers all transport, food, accommodation and paddling for the week. You won't need to buy much else. We'll be stopping at the shops most evening after paddling but food/drink is super cheap over there.
If you get onto the trip we'll need the first instalment of €50 to be bank transfered to the club by the 6th of December.
Right, what do I need to bring with me?
Let's get it out of the way now, expect it to be cold af. Prepare for snow and ice. It can only be warmer if you're prepared for the worst... right?
It's actually very manageable once you keep active and prepare effectively. Make sure to bring:
- Warm clothes (Fleeces are great, puffy jackets)
- A decent hat keep in a lot of warmth on and off the river
- Thermal base layers are the business (I use these: https://www.sportpursuit.com/catalog/pr ... id/1171675, but pennies ones are as good to be honest)
- Neoprene socks make some difference too. (I use these, they're the cheapest going: https://www.ebay.ie/itm/3mm-Neoprene-Wa ... 5t43SnjE4A, just allow time for shipping)
Sign up is open here: https://goo.gl/forms/ie0uHDjcGtErakyY2
Sign up will close as 23.55 of the 29th of November. So get to it!