Day 3 – Colliding with a rock face!

If I’ve been told once I’ve been told a thousand times “Look where you want to go. If you look where you don’t want to go that’s where you’ll go.” Simple and obvious advice that I completely forgot about as I looked at the rock in front of me and then collided spectacularly into it. […]

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Day 2 – Tears on The Rocky River Gyronde

My bubble was burst when I was confronted with the river Gyronde. As we arrived at Vallouise, I looked down towards the river, and all I could see was rocks. The water levels were low, so I would have to pick my way carefully, slowing myself down as I went to give myself time to […]

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Alps Adventure day 1 – real rivers!

We began our trip at the slalom course at Argentiere-la-Bessee. As I looked at the water for the first time, I realized that it was a far cry from paddling on a man-made course: it was much more beautiful, but it also contained many more hazards than I am used to seeing, including real rocks! […]

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The countdown’s on – 4 days to go!

With just 4 days to go before we set off for the French Alps, last-minute preparations are well underway to bring the project to life. There’s nothing like a massive ‘Kayak for Blackthorn’ logo on the side of a Land Rover Discovery to bring home the reality that this is actually happening, and that this […]

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From White Wedding to White Water

With less than 3 weeks to go before I set off for the Alps I’ve been taking a moment to reflect on all that has brought me to this point. The last time I was heading to this corner of France it was to attend a very different event – my wedding. What would I […]

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Kayak for Blackthorn Poster Girl

I never cease to be amazed at the generosity and creativity of the people who have offered to help me with my project. The team at Hayward Design are helping me to spread the word about my project with posters, flyers and business cards. Gone are the days of blushing as I write my project […]

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