Now that the dust has settled, the boots have dried and the word paddle doesn’t send shivers down our backs, it’s time to reflect on the experience of The Great Glen Canoe Trail and the fund raising we have achieved so far.

It has to be said that the Trail was breathtaking.  We were very lucky with the weather – although the Thursday and Monday were a bit damp, we were treated with some glorious sunshine.  The scenery – from our campsite in the idyllic Loch Oich, to the lengths of Loch Ness, and the snow-capped Ben Nevis in the distance as we set off from Fort William – was quite the sight.  And the facilities along the way (such as the designated ‘wild’ camping areas with fire pits and composting toilets) were just amazing, as were the people we passed along the way.

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And that’s without considering those who took part.  We were privileged to be part of an incredible group of people, who made the whole adventure a pleasure rather than a challenge, so a big thank you Carl, Simon, Mick, Mike, Sophie, Lawrence and both Stuarts.

Our guides for the tour – Mike and Dan from Boots N Paddles – were as much a part of the team as anyone.  It has to be said that they did an excellent job of looking after us all, and really went out of their way to make the outdoor camping experience as civilised as possible (steamed salmon and cous cous for dinner anyone?!?).

A few quick words from our intrepid NuCanoeists:

Ewan: “It seems so long ago!  What an incredible journey – I’d happily do it all over again.  What I really take from it though was Simon – I felt shattered, at times, so I can only imagine how tired he must have been, and he didn’t complain once.  I remember one evening, after we’d covered37km of Loch Ness, there was a length of rope was trailing from his boat and I told him he couldn’t reach it – a few minutes later, he’s paddling alongside our boat with the rope; he only fished it out because I said he couldn’t do it!  Absolutely inspiring and although I’ve left with new friends, great memories and a pair of shoes that will never be the same again… that’s what will stick with me, that mentality.  I just want to raise more funds and awareness now to keep it all going!

Matt: “The trip was a fantastic experience.  Not just a few days of hard paddling, but a great laugh as well. I’ll never forget the team spirit and camaraderie that came with being part of a group who believe so passionately in their cause.  An experience can only be as good as the people you share it with, and the Fix Parkinson’s guys were a great bunch.  It really was a pleasure to spend 5 days raising money in such a fun way for such a great cause.

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Our Just Giving page is still up and working, and we’ll be accepting donations until the 21st of July, 2013.  If you haven’t sponsored us yet, please take a few minutes out of your day to sponsor our cause – every penny helps, and the closer we get to our target, the happier we’ll be!  In case you happen to need a reminder our event page is here and our Just Giving page is here!

And, finally – of course – a huge thank you to everyone who has sponsored us so far.  At time of writing, 71 people have helped us raise £1,413.69 (with a little over £300 in Gift Aid as well).  That’s incredible – thank you, one and all!  We’d also like to say thank you to the great people at Lowe Alpine who kindly donated some excellent gear that went a long way to keeping us warm and dry!

NuBlue are looking to raise money for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust by canoeing across Scotland in the NuCanoe.  We’ve raised 50% of our target of £3000 so far, please help us reach our goal by donating on our Just Giving page – thank you!

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