|Ed Smith - Below Double Drop on the Lochy|
|Sandy prepares the fire|
|Debs happy as larry!|
|Camping - Photo: Joe Lee|
|The Monkey and the Kraken|
|Joe on Right Angle|
The Clyde was at the perfect level for what we wanted, reading Huge on Where's the Water and 1.4 on the gauge. Sandy has had his eye on a decent of Bonnington Linn for a while. Bonnington Linn is emerges out of almost nowhere and forms the start of one of the most intense sections of water in the UK. The Linn itself is a double stage drop the first of which is roughly 10ft high with a shallow landing followed by a big enough gap so that you can set up for the following 30ft stage. With both landings of a questionable depth a good boof is key. After the drop you are immediately into a committing grade 4/5 gorge. Following the gorge is Corra linn, a mental drop which only goes (and its questionable even then) at enormous flows (3 or so on the gauge). The last rapid on the gorge looked messy as hell and with just the two of us Sandy and I decided to try and make the only other exit point from the gorge which is quite a bit upstream, about 500 meters below the falls.
After a quick game of rock, paper, scissors I watched Sandy drop off the first lip and followed a few seconds after, with a team run being the only option for safety. A quick recovery from a less than perfect boof saw me in the perfect place on the second lip to take off. A well planted stroke saw me fly off the face of the 30ft drop with my boat past horizontal. No time to linger and grin though as the river pushes immediately into the first rapid. In the eddy for the exit it was all high fives and hugs before heading back to Edinburgh for afternoon lectures.
|Eoghain on the Kinglass|
|Dom on the first drop of the Lochy|
|Quite a lot of nervous inspecting above Boof or Die|
|Me on Boof or Die - Photo: Sandy Douglas|
|Dave on a really fun drop!|
Well I am now very tired and have a pile of work to do to make sure I can up and leave next time it rains!