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by mcneilljamie
Fri Aug 22, 2014 7:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River severn
Replies: 6
Views: 1470

Re: River severn

Good section. A little slow in low water however, so allow extra time if this is the case.
by mcneilljamie
Fri May 02, 2014 9:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Blyth
Replies: 4
Views: 751

Re: River Blyth

All the years I lived up north, I never explored this area.
by mcneilljamie
Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Roof rack straps
Replies: 28
Views: 3238

Re: Roof rack straps

Branded straps are always a reliable purchase. I picked up some cheapies from the range and the difference in quality was extraordinary. I wasnt wanting them for boating at least!
by mcneilljamie
Sun Aug 11, 2013 8:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Commercial provider charge at Tryweryn
Replies: 28
Views: 3946

Re: Commercial provider charge at Tryweryn

THOSE OF YOU WHO MAKE A DELIBERATE CHOICE NOT TO PAY FOR PARKING AT CT SHOULD BE DISGUSTED AT YOUR CONDUCT.
by mcneilljamie
Sat May 04, 2013 8:33 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Van Insurance
Replies: 20
Views: 2918

Re: Van Insurance

As you've probably found out by now, there is no cheapest company, as it is dependant on where you live, occupation, mileage etc. I use direct line and pay a little under £400 a year fully comp 06 Kangoo. But my mileage is low which helps. 28 old. Vans have a bad reputation for being overloaded, dri...
by mcneilljamie
Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:01 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Mile End Mill?
Replies: 16
Views: 5565

Re: Mile End Mill?

Last year I smashed a load of cement bonded asbestos sheets into small bits so that they could be double bagged and dumped at the HWRC. The asbestos fibres are largely contained within the cement bond, so therefore really, the risk is minimal UNLESS the frequency of exposure is often. The really dan...
by mcneilljamie
Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: "Kayaks scare fish"
Replies: 20
Views: 2873

Re: "Kayaks scare fish"

When paddling on the Wye a couple of summers back I got the fright of my life when a bloomin large fish jumped right beside my kayak. The fisherman, who I hadn't noticed owing to his camaflouge, was in hysterics after observing my reaction!

Such a peaceful river!
by mcneilljamie
Sat Jan 05, 2013 5:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Conwy Canoe Access Egress Signage North Wales
Replies: 16
Views: 2022

Conwy Canoe Access Egress Signage North Wales

I drove past the Rhydlanfair Bridge egress from the Conwy and at the next layby down toward Betws I saw a Canu Allan/Canoe Exit sign.

Was I seeing things? Has the access dispute on this section finally been resolved? Woo hoo if it has!
J
by mcneilljamie
Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best paddle of the year was...???
Replies: 37
Views: 3231

Re: Best paddle of the year was...???

Legacy Loop - Lee Valley WWC because... I got a job in the Midlands.... as a teacher...
by mcneilljamie
Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Top Tips Thread
Replies: 22
Views: 2835

Re: Top Tips Thread

Keep an emergency chocolate bar in your BA (preferably one you do not like so you don't eat it). It can come in handy as an emergency ration for a paddler in shock. Keep an emergency chocolate bar in your BA (preferably one you do like) so you can be the envy of your mates when they rock up next to ...
by mcneilljamie
Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee valley positive experience
Replies: 2
Views: 582

Re: Lee valley positive experience

Yea Lee Valley is a good venue. Some minor niggles to sort out with regards to people wandering around in wet kit but overall my experience last weekend was good.
by mcneilljamie
Mon Aug 27, 2012 9:15 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Holme Pierrepont Bidders Listed
Replies: 8
Views: 2056

Re: Holme Pierrepont Bidders Listed

Paddled at HPP once and have no intention to do so again which is a shame as the course is really rather good. Hopefully the new leaseholders of the site will introduce some technology to improve the water quality. Then perhaps I will return.
by mcneilljamie
Sun Apr 15, 2012 7:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Small van recommendations please.
Replies: 15
Views: 3119

Re: Small van recommendations please.

Buy a hearse! I know people who are dying to get in them!
by mcneilljamie
Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Grizedale Beck a bit of carnage and rescue
Replies: 13
Views: 1830

Re: Grizedale Beck a bit of carnage and rescue

Chris (swimmer) had been a little sick in his helmet and clearly had sore ribs, Simply put I wasn't convinced he could hold a rope or a paddle whilst penduling to the side. As it happens chris managed to jump most of the way across making it look a bit dramatic. If he had of gone for the rescue and...
by mcneilljamie
Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Grizedale Beck a bit of carnage and rescue
Replies: 13
Views: 1830

Re: Grizedale Beck a bit of carnage and rescue

Thanks for uploading the video.
Do you mind me asking why you chose the man hug rescue at 2:20 over the other options available? I'm not criticising just curious!
Thanks
J
by mcneilljamie
Mon Nov 14, 2011 6:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River conwy case dropped !!!!
Replies: 34
Views: 4973

Re: River conwy case dropped !!!!

Hmmmm could this just be a prequel? "While we are disappointed with the verdict we now have clarification on what evidence is required to bring a prosecution in matters such as these. "It is helpful that the court has given us this guidance. "It should be noted that the judge believed the agency had...
by mcneilljamie
Thu Oct 27, 2011 10:46 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: bredwardine to hereford paddle
Replies: 1
Views: 263

Re: bredwardine to hereford paddle

I used Bredwardine Bridge as a get out and encountered no issues. Apparently the canoe tour companies use this spot as one of their usual get outs so you shouldn't experience any problems. There is a large (free) parking area just east of the river approximately 150 yards further up the road.
by mcneilljamie
Sat Oct 22, 2011 9:26 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Video featuring non-epic paddling: Nith
Replies: 20
Views: 1791

Re: Video featuring non-epic paddling: Nith

Thanks for sharing.
by mcneilljamie
Tue Oct 11, 2011 9:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Teifi Access - The Police View
Replies: 18
Views: 5459

Re: Teifi Access - The Police View

Hmmm a national police consensus (in Wales at least) would certainly throw a rather large spanner into the works of certain interest parties. I'm sure that the WCA will act upon this! haha I really hope this is sarcasm .have u seen the date of the report ? ;-) PMA PMA PMA - Positive Mental Attitude...
by mcneilljamie
Tue Oct 11, 2011 8:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Teifi Access - The Police View
Replies: 18
Views: 5459

Re: Teifi Access - The Police View

Hmmm a national police consensus (in Wales at least) would certainly throw a rather large spanner into the works of certain interest parties. I'm sure that the WCA will act upon this!
by mcneilljamie
Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: kayak locks for car or something
Replies: 11
Views: 928

Re: kayak locks for car or something

I'd say to think of a solution that is unique to your boat and situation. For example I use a motor-cycle chain that fits through both of the broach loops on my Pyranha H:3, which is then secured to a metal loop, which is set into a bucket of concrete (bucket weight c.35kgs). Obviously this isn't su...
by mcneilljamie
Sun Aug 07, 2011 8:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: North Wales advise wanted!
Replies: 26
Views: 2563

Re: North Wales advise wanted!

Check out Chris Sladdens guide. Its called Welsh White Water or something. Its due to be re printed soon but its still good.
by mcneilljamie
Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: North Wales advise wanted!
Replies: 26
Views: 2563

Re: North Wales advise wanted!

If you are extremely discreet and the levels are alright then the Seiont is a giggle (so I've been told).
by mcneilljamie
Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Photograph Thievery - What would you do?
Replies: 55
Views: 3937

Re: Photograph Thievery - What would you do?

Firstly I would gather evidence whilst the picture is still live on the sight. Taking a Print Screen or saving the webpage as a PDF would be a good start. If they catch wind of this on here the picture may vanish!

As for the legal aspect... Sorry I haven't a clue!
by mcneilljamie
Fri Jul 01, 2011 10:48 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Latest from welsh assembly
Replies: 2
Views: 552

Re: Latest from welsh assembly

So basically there will be little change on the ground? The 'map' will just show where no access agreement exists which means very little as most paddlers have given up on access agreements.
by mcneilljamie
Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Water on a gopro lense
Replies: 10
Views: 1860

Re: Water on a gopro lense

Motorcyclists use a spray for demisting their visors. Not sure whether this would be any good or not.
by mcneilljamie
Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:24 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ever wondered...
Replies: 12
Views: 1466

Re: Ever wondered...

I wonder how many of the lost/abandoned kayaks were sit on tops? Not wishing to stereotype but a great many seem to be bought by those who have had little training nor previous experience.
by mcneilljamie
Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:17 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: surpent slasher strikes again
Replies: 26
Views: 3904

Re: surpent slasher strikes again

The WCA could create a "We Welcome Canoeists" poster for small businesses to display in their windows. A record of those businesses who welcome canoeists could then be accessed and wholeheartedly supported by the community. If many businesses were to come on board then the Llangollen community may w...
by mcneilljamie
Tue May 24, 2011 4:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling near Atherstone?
Replies: 7
Views: 438

Re: Paddling near Atherstone?

Hello, no play spots that are significant, there are a few wiers on the Tame, but the name of the river gives it away to how good they are. there are some wiers on teh Trent at Alrewas and on the Dove, for anything else close by I go up to HPP, its cheaper and better that the Nene. I am in Tamworth...
by mcneilljamie
Mon May 23, 2011 4:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling near Atherstone?
Replies: 7
Views: 438

Re: Paddling near Atherstone?

Cheers for the feedback Kev. I am very upset at leaving North Wales but it is required in the pursuit of employment. I cannot remain a soap dodging student! Thanks also for letting me know about the Nene centre. I hadn't realised that it was as close as it is. Fortunately it looks like both Nene and...