It has been a long time since I’ve made it to Wales when there has been a good load of water. Fortunately last weekend there was plenty of water. Almost too much for the Fairy Glen. Neither my brother nor myself had done it that high before, but took the gamble that everything would flush through.
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To Glen or not to Glen? Inspecting Fairy Falls
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To Glen was the answer...but with lots of tricky inspections
It’s not easy to inspect most of the drops and gorges on the Glen, and with just the two of us on the water photo opportunities were few and far between.
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Below Sticky Hole near the top of the section
Getting on turned out to be a good call. It’s a short section, and took us just over an hour with bushwacking fun filled inspections. If we’d have gone for a second run though, would have taken less than half that time!
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Inspecting the gorges sometimes required a push of the gamble button
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We then met up with Hugh Thomas and Danny Young (who I’d previously been on expedition with to Tajikistan), and had a blast down the Mawddach making the most of the high water to tick off the ‘minus rapids’.

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The waterfall on the Mawdach at chunky levels
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Hugh Styling
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Tuck and Fall on the Mawddach
Noone fancied Rhaeadr Mawddach (for obvious reasons!) but we did get to witness one descent of it (kayak belonged to a group we passed further upstream – the boats owner was fortunately out and on the bank well before!)

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Kayak making a break from its owner down Rhaeadr Mawddach (this is only the top half of the drop)
All in all, a class day out! Can’t wait for more summer downpours!

Dave Burne




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