Wet West marks the end of summer and is a great way to meet up with old friends or make new ones and show off your newly developed summer paddling skills. This years event is a little earlier than usual on Saturday and Sunday the 1st and 2nd of September. Wet West comes with two dam releases with the class 4/4+ Moriston releasing on the Saturday and the class 3 Garry releasing on Sunday. This is a change in schedule from previous events and should allow plenty of fun tales of adventure and misadventure in the pub on Saturday night!
Friday and Saturday evening entertainment will be held at the British Aluminium Club, Fort William. Tickets are available from the SCA website and funds raised go towards river access and get you access to the shuttles and a t-shirt. Buying in advance saves you £10! There is currently a competition on for the design of the shirt so for the artistic among you get your ideas into Neil (email@example.com).
Usually there are a number of outfitter stands in the parking lot at the Moriston and there is generally a fantastic atmosphere on the river. The festival originally started as a memorial for scottish paddling legend Andy Jackson and as such really captures the sense of community within in the scottish kayaking scene.
Check out Dave Stewart’s album from last year.
Tickets are available in advance here.
The Moriston is an intense and fairly continuous class 4/4+ run with some really fun features. A good roll is a good idea as the rocks are a little sharp! Most people choose to run it in a creek boat but there is always someone in a play boat….(did someone say duo??) and there is even a small play hole at the end of the upper section. The river is split into two parts the upper and the lower both of which are great fun and it is only a short walk back up to the top of each section to do a second third and fourth run! The shuttle links the upper to the lower. A Moriston river guide is available here.
The Garry is again a fairly continuous run but more intermediate/beginner friendly at class 3. It is also home to one of Scotlands few play spots so its a good chance to dust off the short boats and throw down some ends! A river guide is available here.