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Duration: 1 hour

On three of the coldest days of the worst winter for 30 years, Fred MacAulay and Dougie Vipond set out on a Sport Relief challenge: to paddle a kayak the length of the Caledonian Canal. In the sub-zero temperatures, parts of the waterway are frozen, meaning they have to tackle long sections on foot. Putting body, mind and reputation on the line, Fred and Dougie find the hiking hard, the paddling harder and the wild camping hardest of all.

A stand-up comedian and a drummer sitting in a boat might sound like the start of a joke, but being out on Loch Ness paddling directly into a snow-bearing north-westerly is no laughing matter. Up a Long Creek follows their journey along the Great Glen from Fort William to Inverness, showing them struggle against the elements, the physical fatigue and the mental strain of a formidable challenge, all to raise funds for Sport Relief.

Last on

Sun 28 Mar 2010 19:00 BBC Two Scotland only

  • Up A Long Creek on MacAulay & Co

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    Up A Long Creek is part of Sport Relief 2010. BBC Radio Scotland's Fred MacAulay and BBC Sport presenter Dougie Vipond rose to the challenge for Sport Relief in February, as they tackled a gruelling three day kayak trip along the Caledonian Canal.

    Follow the challenge as it unfolded on MacAulay and Co, from the launch featured in the clip above to link-ups with Fred and Dougie from the loch each day of the challenge.

    MacAulay and Co - 20th January 2010
  • Fred, Dougie and Neil Baxter on Loch Lochy

    Fred, Dougie and Neil Baxter on Loch Lochy

  • Neptune's Staircase

    The challenge began at Banavie, at the top of the world famous Neptune's Staircase. The challenge route takes in some of Scotland's most spectacular unspoilt scenery.

  • Kayaking expert Neil Baxter on Loch Lomond

    Kayaking expert Neil Baxter on Loch Lomond

  • Back to Basics

    Kayaking expert and ex-world champion Neil Baxter has mentored Fred and Dougie during training and accompanied them on the trip.

    There was additional weight to factor in, as the boys holed up in a tent each night and cooked their own meals.

  • Neil Baxter talks to Fred and Dougie on Radio Scotland's MacAulay & Co

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    MacAulay and Co - 27th January 2010
  • Setting out on the loch

    Setting out on the loch

  • Day 1: Setting out from Neptune's Staircase in Banavie

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    A frozen Caledonian canal disrupts progress on the first morning of Fred and Dougie's challenge.

    Neptune's Staircase on Wikipedia
  • Day 1: Fred, Dougie and Neil on Loch Lochy

    Day 1: Fred, Dougie and Neil on Loch Lochy

    MacAulay and Co - 22nd February 2010
  • Day 1: The sun comes up on Loch Lochy

     Day 1: The sun comes up on Loch Lochy

  • Day 1: Dusk on the Loch

    Day 1: Dusk on the Loch

  • Day 1: Pitching Camp

    Day 1: Pitching Camp

  • Day 2: Loch Oich

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    Fred MacAulay updates Susan Calman and Radio Scotland listeners on the morning of Day 2 of the challenge. Dougie Vipond, Neil Baxter and Fred spent the night camping out as the temperature dropped to -15C.

    Loch Oich on Wikipedia
  • Day 2: Early Morning

    Day 2: Early Morning

    MacAulay and Co - 23rd February 2010
  • Day 2: Sun Up, ready to paddle

    Day 2: Sun Up, ready to paddle

  • day 2: Paddling on Loch Oich

    day 2: Paddling on Loch Oich

  • Day 2: Evening at the Campsite

    Day 2: Evening at the Campsite

  • Day 3: Loch Ness and the Final Push

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    Fiona White of Sport Relief and Radio Scotland's own Richard Cadey update MacAulay and Co listeners on the boys' progress. Meanwhile, they push on through the tremendously challenging conditions after another freezing night at the lochside.

    Loch Ness on Wikipedia
  • Day 3: Morning - Dougie, Neil and Fred

    Day 3: Morning - Dougie, Neil and Fred

    MacAulay and Co - 24th February 2010
  • Day 3: Morning - Canoes in the snow

    Day 3: Morning - Canoes in the snow

  • Day 3: Testing the Water

    Day 3: Testing the Water

  • Day3: Loch Ness from 6000 feet

    Day3: Loch Ness from 6000 feet

  • Day 3: Sunset at Loch Ness

    Day 3: Sunset at Loch Ness

Credits

Participant
Fred MacAulay
Participant
Dougie Vipond
Director
Deborah Dunnett
Executive Producer
Toby Stevens

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