Canoeing The Spey With Kevin, Ray & Justine part 3 – River Safety

by Paul Kirtley

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Kevin Callan paddling on the River Spey at Grantown

In this section the Spey starts moving and Kevin needs to negotiate some rapids. Image courtesy of Kevin Callan.

The adventure continues on the River Spey. In this section the river starts moving as the gradient changes. There have been a few riffles and grade 1 sections so far, with a few tree hazards to negotiate but now the river is picking up volume and flow rate. Kevin needs to negotiate some rapids, including the long rocky section at Grantown. At the beginning of the day Ray runs through procedures with throw bags, just in case. Communication is important, particularly in dynamic, moving water environments. The problem is, of course, moving water is noisy. So a series of agreed hand signals is required…

Scotland’s Spey River Paddle & Whisky Tour – Part 3

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I hope you enjoyed the above film. Let me know what you think below. And keep an eye out for future instalments…

Previous Sections Of This Series

Watch part 1 here: Watch Canoeing The River Spey With Kevin, Ray & Justine Curgenven – part 1

Watch part 2 here: Canoeing The Spey With Kevin, Ray & Justine part 2 – A Few Campfire Tricks

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PK Podcast 013: Ray Goodwin On Continually Evolving Adventures By Canoe

PK Podcast 005: Justine Curgenven And An Aleutian Adventure

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Paul Kirtley is an award-winning professional bushcraft instructor. He is passionate about nature and wilderness travel. In addition to writing this blog Paul owns and runs Frontier Bushcraft, a wilderness bushcraft school, offering bushcraft courses and wilderness expeditions.

 

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