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Posted by: In: Fundraising 26 Apr 2010 0 comments

A cross country track ski week organised by Chris, Trust Chairman, for the Argyll Mountaineering Club, which Chris founded about 25 years ago, saw 7 members visit the Sjusjoen area above Lillehammer in Norway. Snow and weather were fantastic and the trip raised £150 for the Nepal Schools Trust, from a combination of funds left over and spare currency. Donors and participants were Chris (above second from right) and Sally Dickinson (above right), Morna Knox, Dougie Fletcher, John Ferrie (above left) and Hazel (above second from left) and Willie Young.

Chris on the tracks above Nordseter.

Posted by: In: Fundraising 06 Apr 2010 0 comments

Ewen Pryde of Brora asked for a 3 Star white water assessment. Chris carried out the assessment in late March on the River Meig near Inverness and afterwards Chris and Ewen paddled through the tricky but spectacular Meig gorge (above Ewen running one of the gorge rapids). Ewen made a very generous donation to the Nepal Schools Trust, thanks to him for that, and Chris for carrying out the assessment which Ewen passed!

Posted by: In: Fundraising 06 Apr 2010 0 comments

St Andrews University Canoe Club booked three courses with Chris during the winter, a 4 Star Assessment for Craig and Jonny, an Intermediate Course, seen here on the Spean Gorge, and a Beginners Course. This raised a significant sum of money for the Trust. Thanks to all those who took part and especially to Craig for setting things up.

Posted by: In: Fundraising, Trips 06 Apr 2010 0 comments

Chris organised a trip for friends to run the Colorado River through Grand Canyon. The launch was November 28th. Left to Right: Olga dn Oleg Kuzmichev (St Petersburg, Russia); Callum Anderson (Spean Bridge, Scotland); Doug Knapp (Everett, Washington); Larry Grant (Seattle); Tim Cox (Tacoma); Stephen Cant (Fort William); Chris Dickinson (Spean Bridge); Phil Dicken (Manchester UK); Kevin Kaiser (Bellingham, Washington). Surplus funds from everyone’s contributions were donated to the Trust and raised nearly £600 for Nepal Schools. Thanks to everyone involved and for a great trip.

It was a winter trip and very cold at times, but pleasant for hikes and quiet.

Water level was excellent, in region 14-18,000 cfs…….. Here Tim is rafting Granite

Chris, making his run down Horn Creek Rapid

Callum kayaking through the V wave going into Lava Falls.

Chris planned and led a walk into Glen Tarff, near Fort Augustus, for the Spean Bridge Walking Group. We all enjoyed the magnificent autumn colours.

We had a brief break at Culachy Falls, a small tributary of the Tarff.

Lovely view to Fort Augustus and Loch Ness on the descent.

Afterwards we laid on tea and coffee at Bla Bheinn, and then Chris gave a presentation about the Nepal Schools Trust.

This was followed by a Nepali meal, masterminded by Sally.

The evening ended with trips into the hot tub and BBQ hut.

The event raised £163 for Nepal Schools and most donations came with gift aid forms which will bring in 28% more funds in due course. Thanks to all who attended and for all the generous donations.

Posted by: In: Fundraising 25 Sep 2009 0 comments

Very many thanks to Jaime, the Quiz Teams and all the staff at the Horse and Dray in Norwich for a brilliant quiz night. Much scratching of heads and we didn’t always have the answers(!) but at the end of the night a grand total of £70 was raised for the Trust.

Posted by: In: Fundraising 15 Aug 2009 0 comments

We were invited to join in with the fun at the Horse and Dray Summer Fair in Norwich in aid of UNICEF. We took a children’s craft stall – painting t-shirts and bags – we all had great fun!! This first event in Norwich successfully earned some funds for the Trust.

The owners of the Horse and Dray have kindly offered to host a benefit Quiz Night at the pub on September 17th – if you are in Norwich why not bring a team!!

Posted by: In: Fundraising 08 Aug 2009 0 comments

Chris and Sally hosted a mountain biking weekend at Spean Bridge for “old” friend Alan Picken, seen here second from right, with some of proceeds going to Nepal Schools Trust.

Chris, Trust Chairman, joined some of the lads for a trip around the Aonach Mor world championship XC course on the Friday.

Saturday, the group, seen here setting off, made a long and arduous circumnavigation of the Grey Corries/Aonachs and Ben Nevis ranges. Their trip was eventful with Alan taking a tumble in Steall Gorge. On Sunday most headed out for one last blast at Aonach Mor biking trails.

Posted by: In: Fundraising 14 Jul 2009 0 comments

On July 5th Andrea and Laura from Norwich, Norfolk, came out for a guided kayaking trip into the lower part of the Spean Gorge. All proceeds from the outing went to Nepal Schools Trust
Laura meets some moving water for the first time in the lower gorge
Andrea trying out some manouevres.

Posted by: In: Fundraising 14 Jul 2009 0 comments

On the weekend of 15-17th May 2009, Chris and Sally hosted friends at their land at Leavenworth. Folks came to the land at Icicle Creek on the east slope of the Cascade Mountains to paddle and enjoy a themed evening with nepali meal, a film of the Humla Karnali kayak expedition, photos from Kevin from his treks in Nepal with Mukunda and apresentation about the Trust. Many people gave generously and the event raised over $1,700 for the charity.
A special thanks to Kevin Kaiser and Jackie Tomlinson who helped enormously with the food and to everyone for coming to support such a good cause.