NN1950 : Paddling "Speed" on Allt a'Chaorainn

taken 3 years ago, near to Alltchaorunn, Highland, Great Britain

Paddling "Speed" on Allt a'Chaorainn
Paddling "Speed" on Allt a'Chaorainn
One of the "Etive tribs", the Allt a'Chaorainn offers steep creeking as it should be, with a gradient of 80m/km. That gradient is apparent right from the start - the put-in is only a few metres above the first drop, known as "Speed". You soon see why, as the smooth granite lip tips you into a steep water-lubricated chute which levels out and projects you at considerable velocity towards the far wall. As long as you kept your paddle away from the rocks, you then have a very brief time to use it to stay upright and steer away from the cushion wave which is very much out to get you at the bottom. There's no real hazard in getting it wrong, as the rest of the pool is calm leaving plenty of time to roll up with no risk of being washed away downstream. The next drop, "Ecstasy" is a little distance below (off to the right of this picture).
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 7 October, 2015   (more nearby)
Monday, 12 October, 2015
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Uplands  Sport, Leisure  Rivers, Streams, Drainage 
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Canoes and Canoeing  Kayaks  Waterfall 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NN 1976 5060 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:36.7503N 4:56.3156W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NN 19781 50593
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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