Friday 30 May 2014

Rescue Remedy

There she is! Just where we left her. Unable to turn her against the strong current and wind to paddle home. See previous post.
A grumpy toad. Unhappy at being shifted out of his cosy upturned canoe house.
In this wilderness we met another pair of canoeists. "Just use a line" they said "like they do with narrow boats on canals" "Ok" we said
 They didn't tell us what to do when the line got tangled up in trees
 So Jo (who came up for a few days 'Holiday') and her Dad paddled the canoe
out of the straight and into the loch. We had borrowed a boat with an outboard motor, so we could tow the canoe back.
But first
as silly as ever we decided we should climb Suilven
 It's not that it's the highest mountain, but it has very steep sides!
 We reached the saddle. Bizarrely there is a wall that runs over it. I cannot imagine how they managed to hold on to the edge and build a wall at the same time or why they would even want to
Jo, looking as if she is out for an afternoon stroll
We had meant to walk up there and onto the summit  Caisteal Liath 
But, I felt uneasy. It was already late and a long walk back to the canoe. The cloud was moving in below us. We decided to come back down and call it a day
Back out to civilisation!
And yes, I've noticed we are not wearing buoyancy aids. We were halfway back up the loch when we realised. They were in the bottom of the dry sack in the bottom of the boat. And I'm afraid we left them there. We were cold and tired. The loch was very calm and we sat very still. We do normally wear them when out in the canoe so please don't follow this bad example. Suilven looked so beautiful in the setting sun. We must go back and reach the summit. We'll take a tent next time and do it in easier stages!


ADRIAN said...

Superb views and the canoe back in one piece as well.

rachel said...

You are such hardy folks! Quite amazingly so, in fact.....

Anonymous said...

Stunning photos!! Glad the canoe rescue went well.

annie hoff said...

Rachel, it took a couple of days to recover - we were pretty knackered..!

Dartford Warbler said...

What an amazing place to live, walk and climb in!
So pleased that the canoe was still where you left it.

S. Etole said...

Fantastic scenery. Glad it all went well.

ju-north said...

You certainly pushed the boat out when you went up Suilven!

old_black said...

What an energetic family you are!! "...pretty knackered"? I'd be taking it easy for a month. In fact I just wouldn't go in the first place.

Lucille said...

You are very intrepid. That view is the sort of thing I only see out of aeroplane windows, and then canoeing as well!

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