Thanks to Kirsty for getting touch while she was up on the island. Headed to Garrabost jetty for a bit of low tide coastal swimming. Couldn't fully swim through the arch but was very interesting to see how much a difference there is between low & high tide. Fantastic to see a dozen seals and some cormorants as well. Duckman was saying 9.5 degrees average.
Coll Beach Skins Swim - 29.10.2019
Nice morning for a skins swim at Coll beach. Certainly get a buzz from it. Duckman was saying 9.6-10 degrees. Good mix of sun and rain around and about. 20 minutes or so done.
Garrabost Coastal Swim - 26.10.2019
Bit of a chilly morning for a coastal swim at Garrabost. Air temp of about 7 degrees, sea temp of 9.1 degrees according to Duckman. Interesting to be there at a different height of tide (lower this time) than before. Some nice waves happening that I couldn't help watching for a while. Saw an otter, a seal and a cormorant. Went through the arch which was amazing as always..Definitely will be back again for more..
Thanks to Margaret for getting in touch for a swim. Headed to Giordail beach and I think we got the best of the days weather. Walked along the beach and swam round the sea stacks. Duckman was saying 11.3 degrees. Stunning place for swimming...
Lomo & Ortlieb Rucksacks Float tests
Lomo were kind enough to send me a 60L rucksack to trial for swim camping. Took it for a float test last weekend along with my own Ortlieb Xtremer rucksack. Both worked really well with the camping gear inside, floated no bother, no leaks (have kit doubled bagged inside (I use sea to summit big river bags). Had 3 tow float leashes looped together, leaving the rucksack far enough back from my feet to hardly notice it was there. Will see if I can come up with something stronger..Suggestions anyone?...Main issue is that we swimmers have to take clothes in the rucksack to get into after swimming, they take up a bit of space in the bag...Looking forward to Donna and myself having mini swim breaks to some of our offshore islands...anyone else fancy doing something like this? This is for leisure and enjoyment....
Scarp/Maraig outing - 18.10.2019
A great day out in Harris today for 6 adventurers (Katie, Zoe, Phil, Kelly, Kellys partner & myself), starting from Hushinish with a walk over the hill to Traigh Mheilein, followed by a swim over to Scarp for a look round the village before heading back. Then a fresh water dip in the Maraig river pool. What a fantastic Friday with like minded folk...
A great morning for a coastal swim at one of my favourite beaches on Lewis, Giordail. Headed round the sea stacks and through the natural arch, then onto the tunnel for a swim through that. Plenty of wildlife on the go and also a warship (HMS Albion seemingly) heading into Broadbay as well as a chinook passing over. Duckman was saying 11.6 degrees.
Maraig River pool - 11.10.2019
Had to stop off for a dook in the pool on the well flowing Maraig river today. Very invigorating for sure. Duckman was saying 10.5 degrees...Great spot for a freshen up....
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