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by Dave McCraw
Thu Jan 26, 2012 1:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Injury on 5* course
Replies: 43
Views: 3969

Re: Injury on 5* course

Hang on a minute - is this mate the guy who was so incompetent and foolhardy that he ended up hurting his back a few years ago?

Think I remember a story like that. Incompetent and foolhardy, a dangerous mix in a rumour.
by Dave McCraw
Wed Dec 14, 2011 4:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: EA Prosecution
Replies: 123
Views: 10550

Re: EA Prosecution

Everything in Wales seems to be free for everyone, nothing much left now that someone wants toextract for free. Laughable nonsense. Is there not much air left in Wales because people can breathe for free? Not much sea left in Wales because people can swim in it for free? No hills left in Wales beca...
by Dave McCraw
Tue Dec 06, 2011 3:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Hypothetical Rescue Scenario
Replies: 90
Views: 11284

Re: Hypothetical Rescue Scenario

It would depend a lot on seeing the drop in motion IMO. It looks to me more of a "stuck on the bed in the green" sort of drop than a "stuck behind the curtain" but you'd know better in "real life". Assuming the former - they might have an air pocket so, most important is not to do anything which mig...
by Dave McCraw
Fri Oct 28, 2011 10:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: FS: Sweet Rocker full-face (eBay)
Replies: 0
Views: 201

FS: Sweet Rocker full-face (eBay)

Hi, I'm selling my Sweet Rocker full-facer on eBay , in case anyone's interested. Ends this weekend. It has the usual cosmetic scratches, mainly from my other gear in storage (I think I've only had to roll once with it on, and that was in deep water). Selling to make room for toys that get more use....
by Dave McCraw
Thu Sep 29, 2011 8:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SCA and paddlers in Scotland
Replies: 228
Views: 10926

Re: SCA and paddlers in Scotland

The issue here is that the SCA is attempting to impose rules on non-members. These non-members have no say and vote. Isn't it simpler to see this as the SCA setting terms for clubs that want to affiliate with it? That being so, isn't everyone free not to affiliate? Presumably non-SCA members who ar...
by Dave McCraw
Tue Sep 27, 2011 3:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Wet West Paddle Fest feedback
Replies: 86
Views: 7603

Re: Wet West Paddle Fest feedback

Sorry we missed you, Jim. We were on a mountaineering club meet in Glen Coe, but couldn't resist popping by. Probably passed you coming the other way!
by Dave McCraw
Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:49 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Wet West Paddle Fest feedback
Replies: 86
Views: 7603

Re: Wet West Paddle Fest feedback

We had at least twenty minutes on the Garry with the playhole to ourselves, which is unheard of. It was almost quieter than a midweek release.

Can't comment on the rest as we only popped in for the afternoon - people seemed to be having fun.
by Dave McCraw
Fri Mar 18, 2011 8:35 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Open access for all to Welsh rivers remains unlikely
Replies: 20
Views: 2663

Re: Open access for all to Welsh rivers remains unlikely

Once upon a time I joined up as a supporter for a nominal fee. I'm not sure it auto-renews like my SCA subscription though, so I will need to look at doing it again.

See http://www.canoewales.com/i-live-outside-wales.aspx
by Dave McCraw
Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Open access for all to Welsh rivers remains unlikely
Replies: 20
Views: 2663

Re: Open access for all to Welsh rivers remains unlikely

The refusal of the WCA to legitimise the access "agreement" is clearly making a serious impact. Magnificent. It's clear just how wide the gulf of understanding is when you see talk of " Canoe Wales’ entitlement to continue as the sport’s governing body ". That's 100% win, right there - and it puts t...
by Dave McCraw
Mon Mar 14, 2011 5:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What’s the longest, most unsuccessful trip you’ve made?
Replies: 20
Views: 3244

Re: What’s the longest, most unsuccessful trip you’ve made?

I have no idea who he was, and so many years have passed I wouldn't dare to offer a opinion even on what he looked like. Still, there can't be too many Bob's in Briancon I suppose! Nobody can take the blame for the mechanicals (except the trailer, perhaps!). But especially as some in the group were ...
by Dave McCraw
Mon Mar 14, 2011 8:50 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What’s the longest, most unsuccessful trip you’ve made?
Replies: 20
Views: 3244

Re: What’s the longest, most unsuccessful trip you’ve made?

This pales into insignificance beside the above, but a few years ago in the Alps we made the drive down to the Verdon after hearing it was releasing. We got to the put in, there was definitely some water, so we started doing the shuttle. While waiting, a very helpful chap pulled into the layby and b...
by Dave McCraw
Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Opinions on Nikon DSLRs
Replies: 22
Views: 1377

Re: Opinions on Nikon DSLRs

To be honest, if the metering is all that bothers you about the D80 and it's bad enough that you're determined to change, I'd just find a decent used D90. I found the matrix metering on my D80 to be a bit shonky, but I'd never have bothered to replace it for that. Looking back I can't say I've binne...
by Dave McCraw
Sun Mar 06, 2011 12:29 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What to have in First Aid Kit
Replies: 145
Views: 5737

Re: What to have in First Aid Kit

I'm just waiting for someone to start suggesting that carrying morphine would be a good idea! But what would the point of it be? If I ever dislocate my shoulder again I'd welcome not being able to feel it - but the outcome is not going to change either way. I won't say "nobody has ever died because...
by Dave McCraw
Sat Mar 05, 2011 8:21 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What to have in First Aid Kit
Replies: 145
Views: 5737

Re: What to have in First Aid Kit

Seems like we have a medic-off. One would "pump them full of as many puffs of the inhaler as you can get in" and another says it's "serious" medication which will "make things a hell of a lot worse". I wonder which is the prevailing view ;-) It's tricky because, of course, this is not an abstract qu...
by Dave McCraw
Fri Mar 04, 2011 2:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Body Armour
Replies: 13
Views: 995

Re: Body Armour

If you don't wear elbow pads on the outside, surely you'll eventually wear through a £500 suit instead? That's got to be the bottom line for me.

I know a few people who have chipped elbows and one who has a lot of metalwork in there, so it might even protect your body as well as your shell. :)
by Dave McCraw
Fri Mar 04, 2011 2:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What to have in First Aid Kit
Replies: 145
Views: 5737

Re: What to have in First Aid Kit

Would this hypothetical chap have had blue lips? If not, why "prescribe" him anything? Seriously. Let's be honest about the sort of situations we come across in the great big mean outdoors. Most people are just sore - they are going to make it to legitimate medical attention whatever happens, some i...
by Dave McCraw
Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:31 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What to have in First Aid Kit
Replies: 145
Views: 5737

Re: What to have in First Aid Kit

Errr....as I mentioned above, you can legally give adrenaline in an emergency (and a few other drugs eg atropine). Give any P.O.M. not on the article 7 list, you could have your ass sued/legal proceedings. Its your call. You have no enshrined protection. Yes, but as discussed in the Resus document,...
by Dave McCraw
Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:17 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Looking to improve my virtualy non existent library
Replies: 17
Views: 1007

Re: Looking to impr.ove my virtualy non existent library

It doesn't fit your description, but I picked up "Whitewater philosophy" by Doug Ammons last weekend to kill time in Aviemore. I was pleasantly surprised to find it a challenging read with a lot of relevance to "joe mortal". If you only read one kayaking book in your life, make it Ferrero's WWS&R, b...
by Dave McCraw
Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:36 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What to have in First Aid Kit
Replies: 145
Views: 5737

Re: What to have in First Aid Kit

I'd say it depends. Were you splinting the leg for shits and giggles? Personally, I'd let someone with a broken leg lie there happily and only try to splint it if they had to be moved, by me, in the near term. For example, because you're on at the bottom of a fast-rising gorge and there's shortly no...
by Dave McCraw
Wed Mar 02, 2011 4:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Thoughts on giving fluids to shock/hypothermia person!
Replies: 65
Views: 4066

Re: Thoughts on giving fluids to shock/hypothermia person!

The vasoconstriction argument sounds more plausible to me, as a layman. The caffeine-by-cooling explanation makes little sense anyway - if you think about it, even if you directly exchanged 100ml of coffee with 100ml of wee, unless there's something bizarre wrong with you, the coffee will be the hot...
by Dave McCraw
Wed Mar 02, 2011 2:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Thoughts on giving fluids to shock/hypothermia person!
Replies: 65
Views: 4066

Re: Thoughts on giving fluids to shock/hypothermia person!

Bear in mind that most body heat is lost via the head, which is why many winter swimmers wear something to keep their heads warm and dry. Er - myth? Ah but to be fair, while only 10% of your heat is lost through the head if you're naked, we are very much not naked - generally wearing a suit with th...
by Dave McCraw
Tue Mar 01, 2011 6:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What to have in First Aid Kit
Replies: 145
Views: 5737

Re: What to have in First Aid Kit

I read it as the case was thrown out. But I admit it's pretty hard to follow!! At the end of the day you're always free to let someone die - there is no compulsory good samaritan law here. If you're standing above an unrunnable drop and some random comes swimming past you, nobody's going to prosecut...
by Dave McCraw
Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What to have in First Aid Kit
Replies: 145
Views: 5737

Re: What to have in First Aid Kit

..............I don't carry a blue inhaler or an epipen because you can't just buy them, but if you could, I'd have them both in a first aid kit, and the blue-lipped writhing dude who forgot his inhaler that day would hopefully be quite grateful........... And the blue-lipped writhering dudes paren...
by Dave McCraw
Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Thoughts on giving fluids to shock/hypothermia person!
Replies: 65
Views: 4066

Re: Thoughts on giving fluids to shock/hypothermia person!

There have been a few really interesting threads of late - thanks to everyone who's contributed to this.
by Dave McCraw
Mon Feb 28, 2011 2:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What to have in First Aid Kit
Replies: 145
Views: 5737

Re: What to have in First Aid Kit

I feel like pointing out that many (most?) people will not be in a defined position of responsibility when the situation presents itself to give first aid. With this in mind I think the answer that "people should have declared their medication on the appropriate form", for example, is of limited hel...
by Dave McCraw
Fri Feb 25, 2011 8:42 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What to have in First Aid Kit
Replies: 145
Views: 5737

Re: What to have in First Aid Kit

As a first aid trainer I feel I should point out that the administering of any medicines, potions or lotions is stepping outside the remit of a first aider except in one or two specific circumstances. i.e. for heart attacks administering asprin can be beneficial but only if you know 100% that the c...
by Dave McCraw
Tue Feb 22, 2011 2:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What to have in First Aid Kit
Replies: 145
Views: 5737

Re: What to have in First Aid Kit

Took 30 kids away one time, and 20 of them had inhalers, hardly any were the same. So I think it´s too dangerious to put an inhaler in the kit. I don't carry an inhaler so I don't know that much about it - but my understanding is that while there are all sorts of inhalers, the interesting ones for ...
by Dave McCraw
Tue Feb 22, 2011 1:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What to have in First Aid Kit
Replies: 145
Views: 5737

Re: What to have in First Aid Kit

I find it helps to keep in perspective that in many ways your function as a first aider is superficial. Suppose you use a casualty's spraydeck to support their dislocation and it's not 100% ideal - well, they are going to be in a little bit more pain. It will not make the difference between life and...
by Dave McCraw
Tue Feb 22, 2011 1:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone else had one of these emails?
Replies: 33
Views: 2749

Re: Anyone else had one of these emails?

I don't see how anyone from our camp can attend with a positive attitude. An access "agreement" is, by definition, a set of restrictions on public access to our natural heritage imposed on behalf of angling interests. Discussing how best to achieve a restriction on public movement that many see as i...
by Dave McCraw
Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:26 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Driving a big boat. What's the secret then?
Replies: 26
Views: 2080

Re: Driving a big boat. What's the secret then?

I was going to say - don't be floatin'... I must just be insensitive to these things because I honestly don't notice the difference. You put the front of the boat into the top of the eddy with a bit of momentum and you end up behind the rock. Keep your weight on the upstream side and your upstream b...