Humpty Dumpty Challenge

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I’ve just got back from a fantastic week white water kayaking in the French Alps. I went with a big group from Regents Canoe Club, we stayed in Briançon which was a fair old drive from London! I’ll probably do a longer post about the trip as a whole in the future, but for the time being I’ve decided to upload a few little snippets with some video I took on the trip.

This first one is of the ‘Humpty Dumpty Challenge’. One evening, whilst enjoying some French wine over dinner we some how came up with this slightly ridiculous challenge: three of us would paddle down the Upper Guisane (Grade 3 (4-) apparently) with raw eggs in our bouyancy aids, if anyone’s egg survived it would have to be eaten (still raw) by those who broke their eggs. We discussed every possible of combination of broken eggs and reasons and had various other rules and punishments in place in the event of sabotage.

Luckily there were only two moments when I felt I was in real danger of breaking my egg; once was whilst rescuing and emptying someone’s boat before paddling it to the side after they’d had a little swim, the other was when the group I was paddling with started to get tired of my eggcellent puns…

Mark also managed to paddle down with his egg intact, unfortunately for Ryan he broke his at the very start of the paddle, leaving him to eat both our eggs at the end. Luckily for everyone Ryan’s stomach handled the eggs without bother and it was only his pride that was troubled by the challenge.

Hannis Whittam

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