Usk Talybont 31 January 2010

On 31st January 11 members of SVCC and Jo, a club associate from Swansea, travelled on any icy morning to Talybont on Usk for a run down to the new get out at Gliffaes Hotel.

Will Mill Falls 3

After spending some time playing on the small chute above Mill Falls, it was time to run the falls themselves. Water levels were low so all but one of the group chose to have a go, with the main entertainment being provided by Jeff who became pinned to a rock two thirds of the way down and had to run the last third backwards.

Geoff Mill Falls 2

Just above Llangynidr bridge, Geoff started the swim entertainment with an interesting break in from a river left eddy into a fast moving chute. The entertainment tripled when Gavin and Mandy came out of their open canoe breaking out into the same eddy.

Moving on downriver the group came to Spuhlers Folly, a ledge drop of around 3-4 feet. Dave and Will chose to run this river left, with all but the two portages running down the fast moving and great fun chute far river right.

Swim count was a tie between Geoff, Gavin, Mandy, Andy and Izzy at one each, excellent considering the low levels and the number of exposed rocks.

Congratulations to Izzy for completing her first decent white water trip, and for staying upright until being within 100m of the get out; and to Geoff for only swimming once - must be the new kayak.

Commiserations to Jeff for turning up with a flat battery in his new waterproof camera, hence the lack of photos, and thanks to Gavin for proving some snaps at Mill Falls.

Lastly thanks to Dave Thomas for once again organising such a great trip.