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by Dr Robin
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Help me resurrect a trip to India
Replies: 9
Views: 875

Re: Help me resurrect a trip to India

Good to paddle with you Robin, sorry it was only for 1 day. Did we work out you are older than me then? As a fellow 42 year old I am planning on loads more expedition (holiday) type trips. We are both 42 but I will be 43 next month, while you have to wait until 2020, correct? I was born in '76, you...
by Dr Robin
Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Help me resurrect a trip to India
Replies: 9
Views: 875

Re: Help me resurrect a trip to India

I'm back. In general, it was a success. Nothing went wrong, and I paddled some good sections. Ideally I would have paddled a little more, possibly I was a little cautious, but I feel happy that I made the right decisions in the circumstances. A big thank you goes out to all the other paddlers who ma...
by Dr Robin
Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Paddler in Aosta valley
Replies: 0
Views: 166

Paddler in Aosta valley

I saw a Brit with a kayak near the Dora Baltea gorge today, anyone know who it is? Alternatively, if anyone else fancies paddling, get in touch.

Robin
by Dr Robin
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Help me resurrect a trip to India
Replies: 9
Views: 875

Re: Help me resurrect a trip to India

I've gone with option 5, flights have been rearranged. If anyone wants to meet up then please get in touch.
by Dr Robin
Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Help me resurrect a trip to India
Replies: 9
Views: 875

Re: Help me resurrect a trip to India

I've since found out that the Meghalaya kayak festival is on October the 12th.

I can change the dates of my ticket.
by Dr Robin
Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Help me resurrect a trip to India
Replies: 9
Views: 875

Help me resurrect a trip to India

I was planning a trip to the Arunachal Pradesh region of India in November. However, my paddling partner has dropped out, for reasons that are nothing to do with me. I have already bought a non-refundable ticket to Calcutta. Should I..? 1) Cut my losses and throw my ticket in the bin. 2) Try to find...
by Dr Robin
Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Virtual coaching for advanced paddlers
Replies: 8
Views: 907

Re: Virtual coaching for advanced paddlers

I have to travel to a river, in the right conditions, the coach has to either paddle or walk along the bank, etc. I see plenty of people being coached at Lee Valley, the Nene & HPP - not forgetting the Upper Tryweryn, Cardiff, Pinkston, Tees Barrage etc. Add the rivers that run almost all the time ...
by Dr Robin
Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Virtual coaching for advanced paddlers
Replies: 8
Views: 907

Virtual coaching for advanced paddlers

My wife goes for regular violin and cello lessons despite being beyond grade 8 in both instruments. My brother-in-law has a cycling coach. Every professional athlete has a coach. It occurred to me, why don't I have kayak lessons/coaching? Of course, getting a kayak lesson is not as easy as getting a...
by Dr Robin
Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Getting to India with a boat
Replies: 8
Views: 615

Re: Getting to India with a boat

Just bought tickets with Singapore airlines! I'm going to India!
by Dr Robin
Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Getting to India with a boat
Replies: 8
Views: 615

Re: Getting to India with a boat

I think that Emirates have a maximum total dimension of 300cm. So that means playboats but not creek boats?
by Dr Robin
Sat Mar 23, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Getting to India with a boat
Replies: 8
Views: 615

Getting to India with a boat

My travel agent tells me that Emirates, Air India and Etihad do not take kayaks. How could I get to India (preferably Kolkata) with a boat?

Thanks, Robin.
by Dr Robin
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Campervan Scotland - where to stay
Replies: 9
Views: 744

Re: Campervan Scotland - where to stay

I forgot to mention, the site in Drumnadrochit is pretty good. That could be a good stop over between Fort William and Inverness.
by Dr Robin
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Campervan Scotland - where to stay
Replies: 9
Views: 744

Re: Campervan Scotland - where to stay

Hi Banzer, I have a caravan and know the Scottish sites pretty well. Fort William: I usually stay in the Glen Nevis or Loch Linnhe sites. There's also a cute family-run one in Roy Bridge. Loch Ness: the only ones I know are Faichemard (but I think that has a "no kids" rule) and Ardtower. Ardtower is...
by Dr Robin
Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Your three fave rivers...
Replies: 24
Views: 1723

Re: Your three fave rivers...

Sjoa: happy memories of soloing it at 5 in the morning after partying with Banzer and Andy Gardner (and getting scared by an angry Norwegian boyfriend). Findhorn: the best in the UK. Beautiful powerful lines, I ran it just after I met my wife. Inn: breathtaking runs on the Inn shoot and Finstermunz,...
by Dr Robin
Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rhone gorge
Replies: 9
Views: 1228

Re: Rhone gorge

What do you do to chill out after a run like that on your own? Do you carry on with life as normal, or have a period of 'reflection' in one form or another? He does something relaxing, like bear wrestling. Still looking sharp there Dr R and yes, it does look quite West Coasty! I'll leave that to An...
by Dr Robin
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rhone gorge
Replies: 9
Views: 1228

Re: Rhone gorge

Well, I did it. Here's the video: [media]https://youtu.be/3bCSmaXYtHo[/media] The first k was very tough: steep and technical with surprising power. The intensity and size of the boulders reminded me of New Zealand. Although the gorge was tight I could always (with difficulty) inspect and portage. A...
by Dr Robin
Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Foot entrapment
Replies: 18
Views: 2297

Re: Foot entrapment

In ~25 years of kayaking I've never seen a foot entrapment. I was on a WWSR course recently and the instructor said that it was so unlikely it had been dropped from the syllabus. Clearly, from this story, it can happen, but is it a major risk or one in a million?
by Dr Robin
Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What river comes up quickest?
Replies: 19
Views: 1448

Re: What river comes up quickest?

I cannot explain the geography of the effect but the graph above is quite typical, in my experience. In fact, the rising edge can be even sharper than that. As far as I know it is completely natural.
by Dr Robin
Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What river comes up quickest?
Replies: 19
Views: 1448

Re: What river comes up quickest?

I'll take this in a different direction: the Findhorn. One morning I found the Findhorn dog low: I judged that I could barely squeeze through Randolph's leap. Since I had made the effort to drive there I decided to paddle anyway. I placed my boat a foot above the water surface and started to get in....
by Dr Robin
Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rhone gorge
Replies: 9
Views: 1228

Re: Rhone gorge

Also any general advice about paddling in the area would be appreciated.

Thanks, Robin.
by Dr Robin
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rhone gorge
Replies: 9
Views: 1228

Rhone gorge

Hi, can anyone give me some information about this? How do you gauge the level? Is inspection/portage possible? Is there a crux rapid/section? General description of the run? There is, of course, a description on 4-paddlers here: https://4-paddlers.com/gewaesser/abschnitt/Rhne_Rotten/Ernen_Grengiols...
by Dr Robin
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Infinity Wezzit
Replies: 2764
Views: 130254

Re: Infinity Wezzit

Dranse de Thonon?
by Dr Robin
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Infinity Wezzit
Replies: 2764
Views: 130254

Re: Infinity Wezzit

Correct!
by Dr Robin
Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Infinity Wezzit
Replies: 2764
Views: 130254

Re: Infinity Wezzit

Image
by Dr Robin
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Infinity Wezzit
Replies: 2764
Views: 130254

Re: Infinity Wezzit

Well I guess it's the Dall burn then. Don't recognise it though.
by Dr Robin
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Infinity Wezzit
Replies: 2764
Views: 130254

Re: Infinity Wezzit

I think it's the Allt Carie
by Dr Robin
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access issue at the take-out of the lower Moriston
Replies: 5
Views: 1490

Re: Access issue at the take-out of the lower Moriston

Yes. Perhaps I was unclear: the sluice gate is on the right. I got out on the left opposite the metal sluice gate.
by Dr Robin
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access issue at the take-out of the lower Moriston
Replies: 5
Views: 1490

Re: Access issue at the take-out of the lower Moriston

You definitely can't walk across crops or gardens. However the take-out is neither of the above: it's woodland, as you say. You can see a house in the distance but I don't think you could say that you're invading anyone's privacy. The area is enclosed by a fence.

I have contacted the SCA.
by Dr Robin
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access issue at the take-out of the lower Moriston
Replies: 5
Views: 1490

Access issue at the take-out of the lower Moriston

I paddled the lower Moriston on Tuesday. I reached what I believe to be the normal take-out: a big pool with a metal sluice gate on the right just below the final grade 3 rapid. I was greeted by a large man in his thirties with his dog. He told me firmly but politely not to use this take-out again. ...
by Dr Robin
Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Alps trip with caravan and wife
Replies: 8
Views: 892

Re: Alps trip with caravan and wife

Many thanks Bruno. I actually did the Lonza myself last year, I was also very impressed!