A comedy boat trip, putrid slippery mud and shoals of crazed fish lay below the stairs.
The long-awaited chance to tackle the CRTT finally arrived. In the company of Spungletumpet, Rigsby, Bigjobs and AndyJ, we rappelled, climbed, swung, tiptoed and hauled our way through the heart of the Moelwyn mountains from Croesor to Rhosydd. Mark Tanner took … Continue reading
Enough time had passed since the Slightly Cross Tunnel trips with memories of roof collapses, unstable walls and wader-sucking gloop. The second tunnel section of the long-forgotten Taunton Chard canal had to be investigated. Styru and I supped a pint in … Continue reading
TM: Spungletrumpet. Three men, one boat. Crystal clear water, immaculately decorated passage and cherry cake once the mud and nettles are negotiated.
An early recce on a winter’s night confirmed the possibilities, but on that occasion the water was too cold and our resolve was lacking. A small group of trusted friends, a starlit night, and a can of Pimms to celebrate success. The … Continue reading
Somerset’s answer to The Anger Tunnel. Slightly less enigmatic, but very photogenic. It’s also not a drain. A boat is needed for parts of the tunnel, and a puncture is more or less guaranteed. Beyond the initial collapse, the tunnel … Continue reading
A much anticipated voyage to the Camden underworld with Styru, and a memorable deflation of my untrustworthy boat.
Amphibious assault on the Castle Moat, Bristol.
The Soviet Sub, visited one cold winter’s night, and the first outing for “Jeremy” the most trustworthy of my inflatable boat collection. Clambering over an ice-encrusted hull in the dark while being assaulted by pigeons was one of the year’s most memorable explores. We … Continue reading