Matlock Trip Report 30th August 2014

A quick flurry of emails from Steve on Thursday arranged a trip to Matlock at relatively short notice and 9.30 on Saturday Morning saw Steve, Neil, Lee, Angel and yours truly at Artists Corner ready to go.

The trip followed the usual format with a short paddle upstream where under instruction from Steve and Neil a fairly quickly moving rapid gave good practice for ferry gliding and breaking out and back in. After a reasonable session here we moved downstream to free up the feature for other paddlers just launching.

Using the tried and tested formula as we progressed downstream we stopped at useful features to continue to practice ferry gliding, breaking out, breaking back in and wave surfing; some with a great deal of confidence whilst yours truly exhibited his usual timidity.

As we reached the slalom gates, Steve set up some gate combinations (some difficult, some very difficult, and some kinder ones) to give practice on hitting fixed targets; then on to Killer Rock (drum roll) which saw everyone safely past other than your humble narrator who pretty much got it all wrong and ended up pinned broadside against my new best friend. After a few moments fighting to keep my upstream edge the inevitable happened and I flipped to be helped into a nearby eddy by Neil while Steve set off in search of my paddle.

While I sorted myself out the rest of the party continued working the water and I took the opportunity to get some film on Neil’s camera.

Before getting off the river one more capsize occurred (not me this time) ironically after the end of all the difficult bits!

All in all another excellent Matlock trip on a really nice day; thanks to Steve for arranging it at such short notice and his usual guidance, Neil for all his words of wisdom and Angel and Lee for their company.

Dave

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