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Just about everyone who knows me would say that I'm a bit unusual. My friends and family would go one stage further I think!

But I need to start at the beginning...

Faced with the usual dilemma of where to go for Christmas lunch, I asked the team. We had had a tremendous offer of joining one of our clients for a Mediaeval Banquet because they were doing something different this year - you could dress up in mediaeval style clothes or go "as you are" - seemed like a great opportunity for some bonding (not bondage) and have excellent fun at the same time. The other alternatives were to join another of our clients in Invernesshire for some time in the great outdoors or to go traditional and have the usual "turkey" lunch at a ridiculously overpriced venue. Or anything else they could think of. The outdoors option was most popular and that's what we did. There was no snow then.

We decided to turn it into a Christmas adventure day and then discovered that winter is not REALLY a time for outdoor adventures unless it's Nordic Skiing (which is not really that adventurous - just hard work). However with some perseverance we found a provider - Full on Adventure

It sounded great in the blurb:

"Drift through beautiful and ancient Rothiemurchus pine forests, with stunning mountain views of the Cairngorms, surrounded by wildlife before running the fun natural water shoots and rapids"

I didn't see the next bit...

"For adult adventure seeking groups and other adrenaline junkies, pre-book a special trip to our special adventure tubing white water run"

As the days went on and the event got closer, fear began to set in: temperatures plummeted, snow was forecast and actually fell. Everyone we spoke to said - "In December, in Scotland? You must be mad". Even the team were starting to wonder if it was a good idea especially as others were creating doubt in our minds.

The day arrived: snow was falling furiously as we drove to the meeting point, and when we got there. The leader (who clearly thought we were mad) asked - again as it turned out - are we sure we wanted to go ahead?


Absolutely. And we headed for the river. It was too late to back out now. As we struggled into wetsuits beside the cars in the snow [we had to pretty much take all our clothes off and then get our swimming costumes on underneath first of all], it was clear that madness had become the norm.

And then after a brisk walk through the woods for 1.5km carrying our tubes through the snow and the mud, we launched ourselves into the water. Not the slightest bit cold. And one and a half hours later we emerged at the car park, wet, tubes in hand and ready to start all over again. We all fell in at one point or other and some took it to extremes and fell in at each stage of the trip and had many close encounters with large boulders but we were 100% safe at every turn, drop and splash.


At that point the leader, Mark, confided in us saying that his colleagues thought we were completely nuts to be doing River Tubing in the snow, and that as far as he knew we were the first group ever to do it. I think that was a good thing....? Regardless, WE had an amazing day out.

So what's the moral of the tale? There were no actual team building sessions as such. We didn't explore our feelings or test our communications skills or identify the true leaders or anything else. We just had fun. But that has so re-energised us that the next month and a half will be so much easier to take.

We may even do it again next year.....


PS For those of you who have watched Bear Grylls rub himself with snow to get his body dry. Take it from me it doesn't work. Maybe we have the wrong kind of snow in Scotland.


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