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Seafreedom photo diary 2011

We don't attempt to log every sea kayak trip we do, but we will add to the diary from time to time to give you an idea of the sort of things we get up to. Most recent trips at the top, older ones at the bottom.

Click the links below to earlier collections

Scotland 2010    Scotland 2009

National Geographic Adventure Paddling for Whiskey tour - Islay and Jura 2008    Scotland 2008

Sea kayaking trips Scotland 2007    Norway sea kayak trip in August 2007    Scotland 2006     Scotland  2005

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March 26th - Sea kayaking trip Round Kerrera - Tony with Terry Joan and Victoria

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It was a bit flat. So we paddled or kayaks right round Kerrera from Ganavan beach. It was an ideal day to potter along very close in so that we could examine the fascinating geology. As we paddled the south end of the island we could see the progressive layers from sandstone, then slate, then conglomerate and finally basalt. It took ages! But we got a nice evening sky. Victoria tried out a P&H Cetus, loaned by Outside Edge Oban and liked it so much that she bought it!

March 13th - Loch Awe

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It was a bit fierce on the coast, so we launched near the Cruachan Power station on Loch Awe and paddled into a very cold force 3 to 4 north easterly wind to the head of the loch. It was a bit grim on the way up but very nice on the way back. Kristine, Liz, Wendy, Susan and Richard were impressively intrepid and actually seemed to enjoy it!

February 6th - BCU 3 Star test - Easdale

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Ed wanted to do his 3 star sea kayak test. We found perfect test conditions at Easdale on Seil, but boy it was cold! He passed.

January 14th and 27th

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Leonie is doing her Level 2 Coach training this year and she needs Open Canoe experience, so we went and had some fun on Loch Awe and Loch Etive. The ice was 200mm thick on parts of loch Awe.

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