SE0063 : Starting the run of Linton Falls

taken 8 years ago, near to Grassington, North Yorkshire, Great Britain

Starting the run of Linton Falls
Starting the run of Linton Falls
Beyond the usual SE0063 : Middle Wharfe take-out, the river continues down Linton Falls, which was a high grade 5 on the day that photograph was taken. A week later, after the main snowmelt has passed, the level was much more amenable, and the route a very survivable grade 4. The usual line at this level starts close to the foot of the second Linton weir, with a small drop into a narrowing channel, as seen here. At the bottom left is a bigger drop into very turbulent and aerated water, and this is the crux of the rapid - getting turned round or capsizing here requires very swift action to recover to make a good line on the final drop. Those who stay upright and on line can break out into a patch of calmer water to catch a breath and aim for a specific line down the last drop SE0063 : Successful run of Linton Falls. There was much speculation over the feasibility of a line more in the middle of the river, crossing the shallow ledge right in front of the photographer, from where a good boof would land beyond the most turbulent part of the rapid, into the breakout above the final drop. However, the approach involves a diagonal stopper, and there is some pinning risk to getting it wrong, so no-one wanted to try this line while we were there.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 24 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Sunday, 24 January, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 0009 6332 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:3.9492N 2:0.0070W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 0011 6332
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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