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by Dr Robin
Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Your three fave rivers...
Replies: 24
Views: 1041

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: 939

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: 939

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: 1758

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: 1127

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: 1127

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: 939

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: 939

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: 121150

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: 121150

Re: Infinity Wezzit

Correct!
by Dr Robin
Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Infinity Wezzit
Replies: 2764
Views: 121150

Re: Infinity Wezzit

Image
by Dr Robin
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Infinity Wezzit
Replies: 2764
Views: 121150

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: 121150

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: 1371

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: 1371

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: 1371

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: 720

Re: Alps trip with caravan and wife

Many thanks Bruno. I actually did the Lonza myself last year, I was also very impressed!
by Dr Robin
Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Alps trip with caravan and wife
Replies: 8
Views: 720

Re: Alps trip with caravan and wife

Hi Hogboy, thanks very much for the advice, I will have a good look through that information. I would be delighted to get in touch and hopefully paddle with you. I'll pm you my e-mail address. The plan is to be in the Alps from the 30th of July until the 17th of August.
by Dr Robin
Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Alps trip with caravan and wife
Replies: 8
Views: 720

Re: Alps trip with caravan and wife

All I can find about the Aare on 4-paddlers is https://4-paddlers.com/gewaesser/abschnitt/Aare/Boden_Innertkirchen-1001436.html Einen tick leichter als der obere Abschnitt, jedoch teilweise klammartige Verengungen. Achtung auf Baumverhau. Nach der letzten Klamm bis zum Ausstieg einfacher - WW II. No...
by Dr Robin
Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Alps trip with caravan and wife
Replies: 8
Views: 720

Re: Alps trip with caravan and wife

Bernese Alps is a nice area although the weather is a bit unpredictable. In August, you only find guaranteed water on the glacier fed rivers: Weisse and Schwarze Luchine, Kiene, Kander and Upper Aare, all worth it. A special tip is a hiking tour in the valley of the Upper Kander, very Norwegian fee...
by Dr Robin
Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Alps trip with caravan and wife
Replies: 8
Views: 720

Alps trip with caravan and wife

Hi, I'm thinking of going to the Alps in August with my wife and caravan. I would like to 1) Minimise driving 2) Avoid big passes 3) Find some lesser-known rivers (I have paddled a lot in the classic areas.) 4) Find some romantic walks for the wife. Flicking through the guidebook, I was attracted to...
by Dr Robin
Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling into your thirties
Replies: 53
Views: 3395

Re: Paddling into your thirties

I'm 41, and I'm still hungry. If you take care of yourself, you can keep going. Warm up and down carefully, do yoga, take care of injuries, work out every day, make sure your lifting technique is correct when pumping iron, and get on the water every week if possible. I suppose the difference is, you...
by Dr Robin
Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:19 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Inverurie paddlers unite!
Replies: 6
Views: 1258

Re: Inverurie paddlers unite!

No, I haven't. Do you have any contact details?
by Dr Robin
Fri Apr 22, 2016 8:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Inverurie paddlers unite!
Replies: 6
Views: 1258

Re: Inverurie paddlers unite!

Thanks, I'll do that. I don't know Mike Mylie, perhaps you could direct his attention to this thread?
by Dr Robin
Thu Apr 21, 2016 11:53 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Inverurie paddlers unite!
Replies: 6
Views: 1258

Inverurie paddlers unite!

Rumour has it that Inverurie is the fastest-growing town in Britain. Occasionally I see boats on the Don, or boats on roof racks in town. Are there other paddlers here? 1) Are there enough paddlers to start a mailing list, organise training sessions? 2) Where would training sessions be? From what I ...
by Dr Robin
Wed Jan 07, 2015 5:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where should I go next?
Replies: 13
Views: 1745

Re: Where should I go next?

Plenty g5 stuff firther North west going a couple of weeks go when we saw you .All were g5 at those levels eg Blackwater,Grudie,Laell etc Boating in Scotland is a given! Graham and I walked away from the Blackwater that day... Hey Robin I did they Enns , Lofer , Talbach and finally Inn / Oetz trip ...
by Dr Robin
Wed Jan 07, 2015 12:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where should I go next?
Replies: 13
Views: 1745

Re: Where should I go next?

Hey Robin, I thought you'd already paddled in Central/East Austria? Lofer wouldn't be a bad bet, and there's a campsite (I can dig out the name if you want) that's the get in for the Tuefelschlucht (Devil's Gorge) of the Saalach - super fun g4(4+) with some scary (but 100% manageable) siphons. Norm...
by Dr Robin
Tue Jan 06, 2015 5:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where should I go next?
Replies: 13
Views: 1745

Re: Where should I go next?

Stikine! Hmm...not sure I'm up to that! However, I believe there are less intimidating rivers in neighbouring valleys? Go to Telemark in the spring, awesome rivers and loads of people to go with if you want. Give me a shout if you want to know where to go and some locals to tag along with. Failing ...
by Dr Robin
Tue Jan 06, 2015 12:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where should I go next?
Replies: 13
Views: 1745

Where should I go next?

In the past people on this site have given me excellent suggestions for fantastic new rivers to paddle. For example, someone on this site (I forget who) suggested that I should do the Isel, and it was great: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ue2Yi7-JP2w Dave Bland suggested that I should do the South ...
by Dr Robin
Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:07 am
Forum: Scotland - Far North
Topic: Cuileig River - Lower waterfalls
Replies: 4
Views: 2560

Re: Cuileig River - Lower section

It's a fair hike down the hydro track. I think it's easier to walk up a farm track to the confluence with the Abhainn Droma, ferry across the river, and then walk up river left. The rapids are not far above the confluence.