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TreeZone to open Loch Lomond, Whitewater sledging River Garry; WDCS Canoe Challenge; Paddle walking Munros, Argyll Sea kayak trail




Amazing Outdoor experiences across Scotland

It's been a busy ol' year with all that's been going on in Scotland, from Commy Games, golf and a referendum to name but a few things.  The good weather (at least more than usual!) seems to have brought out the adventurers in us too, with lots of people joining us for fun in the outdoors over the season.  As always though, we have some busy winter months ahead prepping for next season.  Find out why....

What's in this issue?

TreeZone Loch Lomond

Treezone Staff For sometime now we've been working away behind the scenes to get the go ahead for a second TreeZone Aerial Adventure Course at Loch Lomond.  We're delighted to say that work on the course has recently started and we are aiming to be open just before Easter time 2015.  This is very exciting for us as you might imagine. 

We have a brilliant location at Loch Lomond Shores with stunning views up the awesome Loch Lomond and a bustling hub of activity on our doorstep.  And, with another activity provider (Can You Experience), already established there, this will be a great destination for all visiting the area and looking for some fun. 

Keep an eye on our TreeZone Facebook page for ongoing updates on progress. We will be posting instructor vacancies soon as well but if you are, or know of someone that may be interested in joining the team, please email mike@treezone.co.uk in the meantime.
Whitewater Sledging - new venue
Although we've been sledging for a while now, with our most popular venue this year being the River Feshie near Aviemore, we're going to be running sessions on the River Garry (Invergarry) in 2015. 

The huge benefit of this venue is that we will be running sessions on the dam release days, when the we know the water is going to be at its best...plenty of water and plenty of fun.  As before, this will be for 14 year olds and above who are strong swimmers, but we see this being particularly popular with stag groups or adventurous hen parties.

As soon as we have the 2015 dam release dates we'll get these on our website and social media pages.
Paddle Walking Munros
"What are you talking about?" I hear you say! 

Well, most walkers will rely on their walking boots to get them to the hill, up the hill, down the hill and back to the start again, but there are some more remote mountains that involve long walks in before you get to the more interesting stuff.  That of course, means that at the end of the day, you also have a long walk back to your car.

There are some great opportunities to combine a bit of walking with a canoe or kayak. You can paddle across lochs or in sheltered sea lochs to reach the hills that wee bit quicker, and without the need of your boots!

Paddling experience isn't always necessary, but does of course help, particularly on more open and exposed crossings. Don't take too many risks, but at the same time don't be put off the idea.  You can find out more about this if you're interested by following this link to our blog.  Do let us know what you think or if you have other ideas of your own.

Most walkers will rely on their walking boots to get them to the hill, up the hill, down the hill and back to the start again, but there are some more remote mountains that involve long walks in before you get to the interesting stuff.  That of course, means that at the end of the day, you also have a long walk back to your car.

There are some great opportunities to combine a bit of walking with a canoe or kayak. You can paddle across lochs or in sheltered sea lochs to reach the hills that wee bit quicker and without the need of your feet!  I've listed some (but certainly not all) of the 'Munro bagging with a canoe' options that I hope might just inspire you to get out and try it for yourself.

Paddling experience isn't always necessary, but does of course help, particularly on more open and exposed crossings. Don't take too many risks, but at the same time don't be put off the idea.

- See more at: http://www.boots-n-paddles.co.uk/useful-info/our-blog#sthash.D3yqb319.dpuf

Most walkers will rely on their walking boots to get them to the hill, up the hill, down the hill and back to the start again, but there are some more remote mountains that involve long walks in before you get to the interesting stuff.  That of course, means that at the end of the day, you also have a long walk back to your car.

There are some great opportunities to combine a bit of walking with a canoe or kayak. You can paddle across lochs or in sheltered sea lochs to reach the hills that wee bit quicker and without the need of your feet!  I've listed some (but certainly not all) of the 'Munro bagging with a canoe' options that I hope might just inspire you to get out and try it for yourself.

Paddling experience isn't always necessary, but does of course help, particularly on more open and exposed crossings. Don't take too many risks, but at the same time don't be put off the idea.

- See more at: http://www.boots-n-paddles.co.uk/useful-info/our-blog#sthash.D3yqb319.dpuf
 
Paddle the River Spey for Whales & DolphinsCanoeing the River Spey
For a third year we guiding a group of intrepid fund-raisers down the might River Spey to raise funds for the Whale & Dolphin Society.  This is a great trip on one of the UK's best (if not the best) canoe paddling rivers.  It's a fantastic three-day challenge with wild camping, lots of paddling and opportunities to see wildlife, and is in May 2015.

If you 're interested in taking part, please have a look at the WDCS website for more information.
 
Two new staff to join the management team in 2015
First up is Tom Panton who has recently accepted an offer to join us as the new TreeZone Loch Lomond Site Manager.  Tom brings with him a huge amount of experience having worked with Go Ape for many years and will start with us early in the new year.  One of his first jobs will be to start recruiting a team of TreeZone instructors, so if you know of anyone that might be interested keep an eye on the TreeZone Facebook page for more information.

More big news.  Also joining the management team is Brenda Dunthorne.  You might recognise the name already, and yes Brenda is the boss's wife!!  Although Brenda is already involved in Boots N Paddles & TreeZone, managing some of the accounting tasks. she will become a Director in the company and also hold the role of Office Manager.  Brenda will be starting full-time in the new year.

Look out for staff profiles and of course, some photos so you can put some names to faces.
The Argyll Sea Kayak Trail
Paddling near LismoreThis is a relatively new long distance trail for Scotland that you may not have heard about yet.

The Argyll Sea Kayak Trail is 150km long and offers some of the best sea kayaking in Europe. Rich in wildlife, naturally diverse coastline, sheltered waters, islands, sandy beaches, caves and much more, it is everything you want from a paddling destination.

Argyll and its islands offer a wide variety of high quality accommodation, and you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to eating and drinking too. You’re sure to find something to suit your taste and budget, as well as lots to do with friends and family.

People travel from across the world to experience what the West Coast of Scotland has to offer in the way of Sea Kayaking.  We're planning to check it out for ourselves in 2015.
 

Free Prize Draw

TreeZone Aviemore Last time we offered a couple of passes for our TreeZone Aerial Adventure Course and our lucky winner is Jon Bayley from Newcastle. Jon has kindly donated these passes to the CHAS Hospice (Children's Hospice Association Scotland) at Loch Lomond who will be offering the tickets to a young person at the hospice and their family.  Thanks Jon. 

This time we're offering 4 TreeZone T-shirts and beanies as our prize.  All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is keep on subscribing and we'll draw the winner after the closing date of 28 February 2015.

[Please note that passes are not exchangeable for cash. The draw will be made after the closing date & the winner will be contacted thereafter.  Boots N Paddles reserve the right to publish the name of the winner in the subsequent newsletter, on our social media pages & on our websites].

 

Bits 'n' Pieces

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  • Gift vouchers: Looking for ideas for a birthday present?  Why not treat someone to a Boots N Paddles' activity voucher?  You choose a specific activity or the amount that you want to spend, and the lucky recipient can redeem it against any Boots N Paddles, activity, holiday or day out.  Buy them on-line by following this link
  • Canoe and sea kayak hire is available all year round - even if it's snowing!  If you'd like to hire equipment from us find out more on our Canoe hire website
  • Thinking about a guided canoe holiday? Find out more about our Great Glen Canoe Trail, and River Spey holidays or join our Early Morning Wildlife Canoe Trip
  • Heading for the outdoors? Remember to have a look at the Scottish Outdoor Access Code or the Paddlers Access code if heading out in a canoe or kayak.  See our website for more information. 
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