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Tim Dobson

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Wonderful fun in Falmouth last week getting out on Egress for a choppy trip bouncing round the bay and catching up with Grahame! It's been a long time since powerboat training so when Grahame revealed these were the choppiest conditions he'd been out in, and then handed me the kill cord and controls, I was not surprisingly nervous 😅 Thankfully, Egress is very forgiving and so 20-30knots on flat water, and 15 into big swell was easily achievable, drama free and outright fun! 🛥️🚤😁

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For me, The Dream in a kayak is one of two things: ◼️A bouncy, deep, grade 2 river, with occasional non-consequential features and a supportive team ◼️A sunny beach with warm water, gentle waves and a wonderful girlfriend who tolerates my playing Thanks to @ellencetera for the photo 😍

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Newbie lessons learnt in surf kayaking: ◼️If you can kayak already, surf kayaking is so much easier than surfing ◼️Even piddly small waves can be fun in a kayak ◼️The beatdowns are worse in a kayak ◼️The beatdowns create roll practice ◼️With a nice onshore wind & surf, you can easily self rescue a swim ◼️Even if you fail to roll, there's a good chance you can brace off the bottom ◼️If you're rolling on the most effective side, you can try rolling up before you notice the water has stopped moving, and the water may help pull you up ◼️Always wear your BA and helmet, you could have your head bounced off the bottom (but mostly you won't) ◼️The most predictable part of the wave is just before it breaks (pictured), a broken wave is more munchy and loves eating your edges. ◼️Be aware of wind, current and surf directions before you get on. ◼️Try not to run people over. ◼️Lean forward on the top of a wave and PLF, then when you notice some speed come, lean back and paddle / stern rudder to keep a straight line ◼️Have fun! Invite friends! Can't wait to get back to it! /Photo by @ellencetera a few weeks ago

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Meg leading the way to adventures!

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Unrequited Face Washing As A Service 😅

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Ryan on the first pitch of his second ever Trad climb - Rowan Route on Milestone Buttress at Tryfan. Anyone else thinking it looks slight run out? 😅 He lead the all the pitches, and built some rock solid belays - great development from Ryan on our last Climbing Clan weekend a few weeks ago!

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Ryan's first Trad lead ever - on little Tryfan on the Climbing Clan weekend a few weeks ago. ◼️To recognise his love of caving it was in the dark ◼️To pay tribute to his love of the pub it started around last orders ◼️To show his dedication to safety, the beers were opened when we arrived back on the ground ...and how was the climb? Ryan said he had "climbed harder things in a cave whilst blind drunk" 😅😅

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What's the best and second best way to cool down after a climb? Answers in a drybag⤵️

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Sometimes when you top out of a climb, the view is a bit of a disappointment... But not when you get to look down the Llanberis Pass in weather like this! (Topping out at Dinas Mot with Bernard and Ryan a few weeks ago)

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Fab to climb The Cracks (HS 4c) with Bernard and Ryan at Dinas Mot a few weeks ago on the Climbing Clan weekend to Snowdonia. Several times my hands and feet said yes, but my head said no. A good second, but one that challenged me more than it should have. Definitely reminded me I need to build my confidence up outdoors. Here's Bernard leading up the start of the second pitch.

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When you fly halfway round the world, not to meet the parents, but to "meet the monkeys". And then the disappointment it must be to find out we're as classy as a Marxist utopia.

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Always enjoy making Lasagne with this one! 😍

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Can't wait to get back on the river with this lot. Pretty sure the Durance's sunshine run to Embun is one of my favourite rivers of all time. There's a lot to be said for high volume grade 2(3). So much fun!

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Getting the best photos is sometimes about getting close to the action and sometimes getting close ABOVE the action!

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Fairytale kayaking with the fairy tale group. Even the parts I didn't run - this would be a good example - were fun. To get this shot, I was hanging off a via ferrata, hoping everything important was leashed securely!

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Entering the eye of the Ubaye 'racecourse'!

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High brace, high brace, high brace for you life!

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Missing the river family already!

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