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by garya
Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: wanted -Great Glen Canoe Trail book
Replies: 4
Views: 284

wanted -Great Glen Canoe Trail book

Has anyone got a copy of The Great Glen Canoe Trail from Pesda Press in stock or a copy they would sell, Pesda press are currently out of stock :-( I am planning an open boat Exped along the trail in August and it would be really helpful, or any other recommended guidebooks for the trail or informat...
by garya
Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: wanted - Great Glen Canoe Trail Book
Replies: 0
Views: 151

wanted - Great Glen Canoe Trail Book

Has anyone got a copy of The Great Glen Canoe Trail from Pesda Press in stock or a copy they would sell.

I am planning and Exped along the trail in August and it would be really helpful, or any other recommended guidebooks for the trail.

pm. me if you can help

many thanks

Gary Archer
by garya
Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Briancon Gorge power plant incident - what would you do?
Replies: 6
Views: 1529

Re: Briancon Gorge power plant incident - what would you do?

The thing that struck me is that the guy rescuing was fortunate enough to have a small throwline on him when he got out and rescued the swimmer with this. All the boats where gone at this stage. Most people carry throwlines in their boats, which would have not been available to use in this scenario....
by garya
Tue May 07, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Getting a Kayak down a narrow alleyway
Replies: 14
Views: 924

Re: Getting a Kayak down a narrow alleyway

I had the same problem in my last property, I would work in a pair with on person at the gate opening footing sea kayak my open boat and I then picked up on end and work my hands down till it was vertical. then pulled the bottom out into the garden while I held it and slid it through my hands. neede...
by garya
Thu Sep 27, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 'Rapids' on OS map
Replies: 7
Views: 1039

Re: 'Rapids' on OS map

This kind of begs the question of would OS work on maps with Paddler specific or outdoor sport overlay that could be bought on line or downloaded. I have come back from overseas where back country maps showed get in / take out points. Significant waterfalls and portage routes. Sections of river navi...
by garya
Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Air Transat Canada - Carrying Paddles
Replies: 1
Views: 309

Air Transat Canada - Carrying Paddles

I need some advice. I am traveling out to Calgary on Air Transat and want to take my paddles with me. Paddles and paddle bags are not expressly listed on their site as included but skis - snowboards and all other manner or other sports kit is carried free. If I turn up with my sealed paddle bag am I...
by garya
Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Personal Performance Awards
Replies: 18
Views: 1345

Re: Personal Performance Awards

The Introduction of the Paddlesport Leader Award is a welcome addition to strengthen the training and leadership skills of those who only operate in a flat/sheltered water environment.
by garya
Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: best way to carry one piece paddles on Karitek rack?
Replies: 7
Views: 703

Re: best way to carry one piece paddles on Karitek rack?

you need one of these.... http://palmequipmenteurope.com/product/paddle-bag-23-m Keeps the car dry and free from damage and can also be tied to roof rack. has made the trip to alps and back many times like this to leave more room in the car. Come in three sizes for both short canoe and longer sea pa...
by garya
Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Krab on a Throwline?
Replies: 26
Views: 2143

Re: Krab on a Throwline?

Salamander do throw lines with a pocket on the side for the Krab to sit in. If you need it you just pull it out of the Velcro pouch. https://salamanderpaddlegear.com/catalog/canoe/throw-bags I don't know why other suppliers don't use this idea unless the design idea is protected. Even a just bag ful...
by garya
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Wye Glasbury to Hay on Wye
Replies: 2
Views: 673

River Wye Glasbury to Hay on Wye

Does anybody know if the hazard posted on the Canoe Wales website is still there or has it now been removed, and if it is now safe to pass through this stretch of river.

https://www.canoewales.com/navigation-h ... ury-to-hay


Gary A
by garya
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Define Canoeing
Replies: 12
Views: 1499

Re: Define Canoeing

When is a canoe a canoe ... ? Is it when you have one paddle and are kneeling on the floor, what is it when you are sitting on the seat ? Is it a solo or a tandem with two.. when you have three is it now a crew boat ? When you link them together with lashings and a spar is it a raft ? when you are g...
by garya
Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Go pro session
Replies: 6
Views: 773

Re: Go pro session

The session can hook up to a smartphone or IPad screen via wifi to see real time or for instant playback of what is happening. Ideal for coaching on a fixed site or you can water proof your smartphone. I also drop the SD card straight into my laptop which is good as it means you can access and copy ...
by garya
Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cockleshell Hero honoured
Replies: 6
Views: 833

Re: Cockleshell Hero honoured

If you are ever near Maldon in Essex take a trip to the Combined Services Museum http://www.cmsm.co.uk/ They have lots of original archive material about the preparations for the raid and equipment too. They also have one of the original boats that was damaged as they pulled it through the submarine...
by garya
Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF use on inland waterways
Replies: 5
Views: 929

Re: VHF use on inland waterways

We use it as our center safety net on a big lake. Marine sets are waterproof and far more robust then other PMR alternatives

Gary A
by garya
Fri Nov 24, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Canoeing Near Orlando Florida
Replies: 5
Views: 669

Re: Canoeing Near Orlando Florida

We looked at this when we where there. You want to head out towards Cape Canaveral area about 40 mins drive east of Orlando. There is a large lagoon area called the banana river there and a number of companies that run kayak safaris around the area. If your lucky you may even get to spot some manate...
by garya
Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: KId versus adults
Replies: 19
Views: 1322

Re: KId versus adults

with young people its about agreeing a behavior contract before you start . you structure the conversation so that they offer the suggestions and agree to keep to them.... Outline the plan for the session ... let them know what order things will happen and that if they want to get wet there is an op...
by garya
Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: KId versus adults
Replies: 19
Views: 1322

Re: KId versus adults

A couple of random thoughts here... both as a parent with some children who paddle and some who don't as, well as lots of experience working with young people at both center level and through the youth service I have made the following personal observations; Kids like to have No one likes to be cold...
by garya
Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Denied access River lea 2017
Replies: 19
Views: 2161

Re: Denied access River lea 2017

it is a nice simple piece of water to explore that is close to London. The safety thing is being over blown. unless there is a big flood. you would see it big and brown and a couple of meters higher, good enough signs to stay well away. There really is nothing to recommend paddling the flood channel...
by garya
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Denied access River lea 2017
Replies: 19
Views: 2161

Re: Denied access River lea 2017

We have had problems on the piece of water for some time. You will need to follow this up up with Lee Valley Parks. The Parks employee probably wasn't that clear in his explanation, although it was half correct. You can use Horsemill stream from fishers green to Waltham Town Lock as it forms part of...
by garya
Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Wales - North
Topic: Caravan site with access to lakes & rivers Brecon Area
Replies: 1
Views: 511

Re: Caravan site with access to lakes & rivers Brecon Area

Llangorse Lake is excellent. The orchard campsite has good facilities and electric hookup. They also have static caravans you can hire too. The café is an excellent location for groups to get together for breakfast briefings. some of the facilities may have seasonal open times so check availability ...
by garya
Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF Radio Test Calls
Replies: 24
Views: 2227

Re: VHF Radio Test Calls

I was told this during my VHF training and also during various visits to London VTS and coastguard... also listening to radio traffic when out on the water... VHF users are regularly pulled up for incorrect use of Ch16.... My understanding is the ch16 does not have a dedicated person working it in s...
by garya
Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF Radio Test Calls
Replies: 24
Views: 2227

Re: VHF Radio Test Calls

I would suggest that all routine conversations and radio checks with the Coastguard go over the Coastguard working Channel. This is usually channel 67 but may change for your area. you can check this in a small boaters almanac I find these great with lots of useful information on small harbours and ...
by garya
Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF Radio Test Calls
Replies: 24
Views: 2227

Re: VHF Radio Test Calls

Coming from services background I got used to radio discipline the need to keep channels clear for important working traffic. I usually use channel 6 or 72 (intership) within the group. We radio check on these using a group call which is faster. These channels tend to be clearer and avoid cluttering...
by garya
Sun Aug 27, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Boat storage shed
Replies: 0
Views: 472

Boat storage shed

I am having to organise my boat storage at home so the garden can be used for BBQ's and outside seating. I and need to build some time of rack or roofed lean-to to house them. Any photos or ideas of what others have found works would be helpful. I am ok at carpentry so would be built using timber. I...
by garya
Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The best boat in the WORLD!
Replies: 67
Views: 7492

Re: The best boat in the WORLD!

Mine is the ... Olymp IV because of its bling disco glitter colours that sparkled in the sun I am showing my age now, but still fond memories of where it all started using tyres as slalom gates and swimming around in a manky canal basin. Life was simpler then as was the NGB system with just inland p...
by garya
Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: I think I might paddle too much because....
Replies: 23
Views: 1901

Re: I think I might paddle too much because....

My Car SatNav reads .... Home Work Dart Loop Start If you need a Sat Nav to find the Dart Loop you don't paddle enough. Sat Nav isn't for finding your way! It is for: - Estimating how long until you get there - Provides an accurate speedometer - Lets you know its getting dark (screen mode changes) ...
by garya
Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: I think I might paddle too much because....
Replies: 23
Views: 1901

Re: I think I might paddle too much because....

My Car SatNav reads ....

Home
Work
Dart Loop Start

in that order as well as lots of other paddling locations
by garya
Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Language
Replies: 16
Views: 1393

Re: Kayak Language

Bony .. lots of rocks when levels are lower

or

Bump and Scrape... too low to run, will damage both the river and your boat.
by garya
Fri Jul 07, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Woodmill Sluice - Please vote for a new WW course in Southampton
Replies: 21
Views: 2252

Re: Woodmill Sluice - Please vote for a new WW course in Southampton

Have a look at what was done on the river Lea by the Environment Agency after consultation with the local club. It works year round at most water levels and is great for beginners, a good surf wave appears at the right water levels. The environment agency are open to doing this type of project if th...
by garya
Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tall Skinny drysuit, advice or sales.
Replies: 5
Views: 901

Re: Tall Skinny drysuit, advice or sales.

look at the typhoon size chart for the Mutisport 4, would recommend it as excellent Dry suit with good range of sizes, Your PDF and spray deck will deal with any bagginess around the waist. https://www.typhoon-int.co.uk/products/surface/drysuits/other/100140/multisport-4-drysuit-including-convenienc...