Big thanks to Dave Clark for a putting a nice edit together of the weekend of first canyoning symposium in the Lake District in the UK.
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The weekend was based out of Longsleddale Outdoor Pursuits Centre, Longsleddale Outdoor Pursuits Centre is a voluntary outdoors centre based just North of Kendal in the Lake District. It was formed 40 years ago to provide free or cheap access to the outdoors for the underprivileged youth of Bolton / Manchester.
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Last weekend I attended the First Canyoning Symposium in the Lake District, and what an awesome weekend it was.
Big thanks to Ben and Debbie from Cave and Canyon UK for planning an hosting a great event.
The event was hosted at Longsleddale Outdoor Pursuits Centre – LOPC this year. I must admit finding the site in the dark on a Friday night, after a long day in the office doing the 9-5 grind, was a daunting prospect. Seeing there nice yellow number plate sign, glowing in the head lights of the car was a welcome site. The LOPC is the last barn at the bottom of the track. Upon parking up I was met by Ben, and given a quick tour of the center in the Dark, before being offered Beer and food cooked by Debbie inside the main barn, and a little bit of watching Canyoning in Nepal.
I had last met Ben when I did the UK Canyon Guide, Technical Canyon Course, back in May 2014. I haven’t managed to get out and do much canyoning this year, and this event was a welcome opportunity to do some canyoning and have fun with like mined people.
The LOPC was a great venue. Split over four buildings. The main barn with kitchen, eating, and social space. The kit store. The toilet and shower block. The the bunk house, with three separate rooms. But for me the best bit was there is a little canyon behind the site, and 40 mins walk away there is an even better one, the Upper Sprint.
Well the day stated with a nice cold shower, someone forgot to turn them on. (They were sorted for later)
The bunk house had been ok. There was only a few of us so we had been able to spread out on the alpine style bunks.
After bacon butties, the plan for the day was set out.
- Canyon Upper sprint in two teams
- Bolting Workshop
- Scoping out the gorge behind the center
I had canyoned the Upper Sprint back in May 2014, and was excited to do it again. We were spoiled this year and drove to the get in. The abseils are fun with good protection for rigging.
There is a sweet little gorged in section that’s a little more committing and technical.
There is a nice deep pool at the bottom of the gorged section if you want to do a few jumps.
After a few hours in the canyon it we were through and it was time to head back to the center for lunch, and a hot shower.
Lunch was a continental spread of cheeses, salami, and breads. As well as some good canyoning talk and sorting out our gear.
Time for a spot of bolting. We decided that some indoor bolts were needed for future training use. So we set to and put in a few different type of bolts. Your typical expansion bolts, glue-in bolts, and the hammer in self drill rock types. We also added some glue-in bolts to the gorge, behind the center for redirected abseil, setup. (some fun was had, but I’ll leave that for another day) During the installs we covered rock inspection, the right bolt for the right type of rock, and hanger types and load angles.
After the fun of installing a few bolts it was time to get some dinner.
Dinner was made by Debbie, and plates all cleared once again, a few pics of the day were shown and the odd canyoning video too. Drinks were enjoyed late into the night until bed called.
The final day. Bacon butties were enjoyed once again, followed by a bit of packing up. We made plans for our final canyon. A new one for most of us up near Thirlmere. Before we set off I stocked up with some new shiny canyon gear from Cave and Canyon UK. Some nice new shiny crabs and a new barrel for the bottom of my rope bag.
With cars and vans packed up we headed off for some fun.
I wont say too much about this little one. Its a gem and we don’t want it getting too over used at the moment.
A quick catch up in the local, before everyone headed off home.
Thanks every one for an awesome weekend.
To old fiends and new, keep in touch and if I don’t see you before, see you at the next Canyoning Symposium.
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Gillett World Sport, recently interviewed Warren Verboom. Check out the interview below.
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A while back now we went and check out Aber Falls Little Brother.
It looks nice, but there is no easy way to protect the drops. The pools are shallow and filled with boulders.
I next plan to walk across to tops to see. If there is anything better further back.
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Oops woke up this morning and got canyons on the brain. A long bank holiday weekend is coming for the UK.
Ok dead center we have Afon Goch which is Aber Falls.
Left of Aber falls we have sweet looking cascade of falls I have eyed up on the walk in to Aber Falls. Looks like 5 or 6 little falls. I have found a reference to the falls calling them, Aber Falls little brother. https://firstname.lastname@example.org,-4.00163,3a,75y,90t/data=!3m5!1e2!3m3!1s25975218!2e1!3e10
And from the side
Think i might just have to talk someone into coming and running this little thing with me this weekend.
The other two are potentials I have just been eyeing up on the map. Think they might be worth a scout this weekend.
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As promised if not a little late, here is the Prysor Canyoning trip video.
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This a classic Gorge for Canyoning in North Wales.
Close parking and good access. It is canyoned by local centers, so it can get busy.
There is an upper and lower section separated by the waterfall at the end of cresta run, on the upper.
The upper has 3 slides and a few small jumps to get you started before you get to cresta run.
Cresta starts with two small slides to pool drops on the river left. both pools are shallow.
You need to take care on the longer slide, as there is a 12 meter waterfall at the end of it, so long line everyone down the slide.
The abseils is nice and is to the left of the waterfall. there is an option to bypass the water fall to the left, and scramble down to the gravel bank.
The lower section, is more committing as you can’t easily walk out of it. You start with a slide off a ledge. keep to the left of the water channel. You can’t see the bottom of the slide. There is an option to lower, but the slide is awesome just make sure you go quick.
There climb back out of the pool where the slide is for some good clean jumps.
There is a ledge part way down the slide on the right so try to stay left. the pool is shallow. it is normally possible to walk down the left if it is dry.
Next there is another water fall. walk around to the right and scramble down. do not jump there are large boulders at the bottom. you can get behind this waterfall.
There are no easy walk out of the river from this point. scramble up the river right near a dead tree, or walk down the river bed all the way to the road bridge then spend the next hour walking back up the road.
Video to follow.
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We had been thinking of Canyoning down Aber Falls for a while and we finally did it a month ago.
Here is the result
Sorry about the bad video editing. I hope to get better as we go on.
We found some old rigging in place on the top of the main falls, but nothing on the upper sections, which were fun in themselves.
4 abseils and several good slides, its all good on the upper. There is a dead tree in the pool of the best slide.
The main falls is a little bigger than the noted 38 metes on wiki, more like 50 as it took the best part of two 80 meter ropes. Its a three tere drop on just above the main falls. which requires some handy rope work to get you down to the river right of the falls for the main abseil.
There is an old perished rope in the falls just after the outcrop rock part way done. Which could do with being cut out at somepoint. I’m guessing who ever left that there did not make there rope retrievable, and it has rotted away over the years.
Posted in Aber Falls, Canyoning, North Wales and tagged Abseil, Canyoning, waterfall.