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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 20:01    Post subject: Canoeing Reply with quote

The reason I got my Vitara was I had a Land Rover Freelander  Embarassed that broke terminally I used it for transporting my boats and kit round the country, so was in the market for another vehicle  and had a soft spot for the Suzuki Vitara. So sourced out a good one, took the back seats out I can get a weeks worth of camping and canoeing gear in and two 16ft canoes on the roof.

So on to the canoeing I am into what's known as tripping canoeing where you carry all you need in your boat and vanish into the wilds of Scotland for a week or so making a journey by means of Loch lake and rivers, wild camping, cooking over fires a drop of a good malt either solo or with one of my buddies. you can cross Scotland by this method of canoeing where you get to a bit of land between lochs or rivers you can "portage" carry your canoe and gear overland this is hard work but that's what the Canadians designed them for.
I have seen some fantastic places in this country that arn't even accessible by Suzuki, paddled with seals on Loch Etive a sea loch that extends 20 miles inland with no roads, been stormbound on island's for days unable to leave because of gale force wind and waves.  Shocked but it all adds to the adventure.

Wild camping on Loch Etive





Solo (one man Candian canoes) fully loaded with gear on a multi-day saltwater trip mines the white one.



Seals  Very Happy



Canadian Canoes can be sailed as well as poled ,the pole splits into two six foot lengths and becomes part of the mast and boom on the sailing rig, ideal when you find your self on a lake with the wind behind you and poles are used to go up river against the current.

Me Poling up the River Dee O Black water in Scotland.



Rigged for sailing.



Me Portaging my 16 ft Mohawk.



Running a small weir.



Playing on the River Lune.



Couple of weeks ago at home in the lakes.




I also administrate an open canoe forum  Black Sheep Paddlers

Hope I haven't bored you to death.  Confused

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 20:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks like great fun, shame we cant drive to various places and camp like they do in the states Sad
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 20:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can on a small scale even in this country, but with the more liberal access laws in Scotland there quite a few remote tracks along that you can drive down to  and set up camp and not see anyone for days  I often see guys doing this on some of my trips.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great pics! ...looks like an awesome thing to do (providing your not scared of water like me  Embarassed ) wouldnt mind doing the driving/camping thing minus the water though Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 17:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would love to have the time to do something like that
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 19:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

Golgarth, I have a few canoeing buddy's in your part of the world, and it's not that far from the lakes so if you ever fancy a go give me a shout, were not adverse to taking a newbie out.  
That go's for any of you I have all the spare gear and a garage full of canoes Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

me and the wife wrote:
looks like great fun, shame we cant drive to various places and camp like they do in the states Sad


 Never mind the states, come over here I can show you killer big city downtown life, and in 90 min can have you in places you will not see a single person for days!!
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 15:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wish i could do some thing like that Sad
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 19:31    Post subject: Reply with quote

Knight wrote:
Wish i could do some thing like that Sad


Hey get a rack on the LJ when its done, anyone can canoe once you have shelled out for the gear that's it, it not like a lot of hobbies/pass time/ sports where stuffs always updated and you have to spend a fortune all the time.

Also thanks for the interest guys.  Very Happy

Loch Doon last week a four hundred mile round trip  Confused  little zuke did fine about £70 in petrol not bad with a 16ft canoe on the roof.


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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 17:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

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You can on a small scale even in this country, but with the more liberal access laws in Scotland there quite a few remote tracks along that you can drive down to  and set up camp and not see anyone for days  I often see guys doing this on some of my trips.


sounds like a summer trip next year Cool
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Retro wrote:
You can on a small scale even in this country, but with the more liberal access laws in Scotland there quite a few remote tracks along that you can drive down to  and set up camp and not see anyone for days  I often see guys doing this on some of my trips.


sounds like a summer trip next year Cool


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i might be in
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PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 14:08    Post subject: Reply with quote

zocko wrote:
i might be in

the water Twisted Evil
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zocko wrote:
i might be in

the water Twisted Evil


only to rescue you lol
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that will be the worst bay watch scene ever....... you wearing your red speedos and your hair waving around while running down the beach  Embarassed
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