Open Canoeing the Spey Descent with Haglofs

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Jakub, Nick and Ed rocking the Haglofs Jackets

Our friends from the Swedish outdoor brand, Haglofs, invited a small group of staff from the trade to enjoy an open canoe descent of the Spey in late April this year.

The river flows a little over 100 miles from it’s source in the Highlands north east to the sea on the Moray Firth. A quick flight from Bristol saw us in Inverness and a short drive to our accommodation at the Alvie Estate, near Aviemore.

After an introduction the rest of the team, we were treated to a very generous handout of clothing and equipment for the following days start on the river.

A Haglofs Ursus sleeping bag (a down/synthetic mix) and Fjell Softshell jacket were quickly ferreted away along with hats, trousers and other goodies. Last, but not least, our accommodation for the trip: a Hilleberg Nammatj 3.

Disappointingly, this had to be returned at the end of the trip!

image003The journey started at Lynchat with a steady paddle to Loch Insh followed by some instruction in boat handling and for me, as the token novice, plenty of practice in the art of remaining in the boat…

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A curious local

By the end of day 2 with great coaching from Nick at G2 Outdoor, I was feeling confident and thoroughly enjoying the experience, even looking forward to “the washing machine” and rapids at Knockando.

Then it drizzled, then it sleeted and then it snowed. A lot.

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The weather turned quickly

70km later, freezing and loving it!

70km later, freezing and loving it!

Huge thanks are due to:

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