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by Simon
Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip
Replies: 16
Views: 725

Re: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip

In this discussion, it's not just paddler size and arm length that matters, it's boat type - especially boat length. Longer paddles for longer boats. The analogy of car gearing posted above is spot on. A Porche grand tourer will have different gear ratios to a Land Rover for the same driver. Similar...
by Simon
Mon May 27, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: highest waterfall paddled uk
Replies: 15
Views: 2245

Re: highest waterfall paddled uk

Where does this come in the list (see the final few minutes)?

by Simon
Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First descent of Fairy Glen
Replies: 8
Views: 1361

Re: First descent of Fairy Glen

"I suspect it didn't happen until the advent of plastic boats though". I wouldn't be too sure about that. Those guys in GRP boats did a lot, as did the guys in canvas or ply boats (the upper Dart for example) And let's not forget Phil Bibby's attempt on the Glen in an open canadian, a standard alumi...
by Simon
Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First descent of Fairy Glen
Replies: 8
Views: 1361

Re: First descent of Fairy Glen

In my opinion this is a question that cannot be answered. In my experience there is no such thing as a simple, single first descent of a river, although there might be possibly a first descent of a single fall. Most rivers have a number of first descents, on an iterative, stage by stage basis, each ...
by Simon
Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Shoulder surgery - experiences of recovery time
Replies: 10
Views: 901

Re: Shoulder surgery - experiences of recovery time

The key issue has bee emphasised here, which is excellent. Get a good sports physio, and work with him or her before and after the surgery. You will be with the surgeon for about two hours, and the physio for about six months - guess which one determines the outcome more.
by Simon
Sat May 26, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Guidebooks - 1st descent info
Replies: 34
Views: 3754

Re: Guidebooks - 1st descent info

Knowing Chris and his natural modesty, he would say "Chris Sladden and Friends". Chris was one of a small group of friends, including Fred Wonder and Chris Wheeler. I was lucky enough to join them on a couple of their explorations of S Wales. I think most of those first descents were team efforts, w...
by Simon
Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Convert K1 to C1
Replies: 6
Views: 742

Re: Convert K1 to C1

Back in the day the advice was always to go for a slightly longer boat to convert, as with only one paddle you wanted a boat with a bit of speed and momentum to get anywhere, rather than just go round in circles. It will be interesting to see how a modern short boat converts. But K1 to C1 conversion...
by Simon
Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Trent Source to sea
Replies: 3
Views: 1225

Re: River Trent Source to sea

I have done from Alrewas down to Newark at various times. It's a good trip but needs a fast touring boat rather than a WW boat if you are kayaking, or an open canoe would be good. There are a couple of bits of white water, but nothing that can't be done in open boats. Below Newark the tidal stuff ge...
by Simon
Tue May 23, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Direct mobile to mobile communication?
Replies: 17
Views: 1312

Re: Direct mobile to mobile communication?

Aren't we reinventing the wheel here? Maplins sell a pair of Motorola Walkie Talkie's for about £80. Waterproof "non-internet non-mobile-signal solutions" with a quoted range up to 8K. And no need to plug in a Raspberry Pi. http://images.maplinmedia.co.uk/motorola-walkie-talkie-xt180-twin-pack-black...
by Simon
Fri May 19, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Keeping warm in summer
Replies: 28
Views: 2128

Re: Keeping warm in summer

Rather than a shorty wet suit, try s set of thin (summer weight) neoprene long Johns, i.e covers your legs and core body, but keeps the arms free.

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by Simon
Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: ‘‘Muddying the waters: recreational conflict and rights of use of British rivers’’
Replies: 1
Views: 605

‘‘Muddying the waters: recreational conflict and rights of use of British rivers’’

A few years back I was approached by an academic researcher who was studying the recreational use of watercourses and the conflicts that can arise between different users. I agreed to be interviewed by her, as did various other boaters working in this area. The researcher (Marianna Dudley of Bristol...
by Simon
Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Fort William - Easter
Replies: 13
Views: 1372

Re: Fort William - Easter

My views on paddling in Scotland at Easter is contained in this thread:

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=84361&p=599123&hili ... es#p599123

Simon
by Simon
Wed Jan 18, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: paddling apps- sträva or .......
Replies: 11
Views: 1139

Re: paddling apps- sträva or .......

Anyone know of an app to log descents,distance,etc for kayaking? Something like Strava for cyclists. Thanks ML Depends what sort of logging you want. If you are primarily interested in performance then Garmin and/or Strava are useful - looking primarily at speed, heart rate, power output etc. The d...
by Simon
Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Name these fresh faced young chaps!
Replies: 21
Views: 2902

Re: Name these fresh faced young chaps!

patchb wrote:Ah yes that takes me back..

I think the same trip Fred's boat did the hard river right line on Swallow and I recall getting a series of pictures of Chris Sladden pinned in his Taifun half way down... Must have those somewhere....

Patch
These are the pictures I want to see.

Simon
by Simon
Mon Nov 28, 2016 5:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 8272

Re: First thing you coach on WW

Not even being close to a coachy type, but wouldn't it all start with a 'classroom' session In my opinion, definitely not. I'll totally bow to your expertise on this, but it does seem to me that having an understanding of the way rivers work – the directions the water flows around features and the ...
by Simon
Sun Nov 27, 2016 11:55 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 8272

Re: First thing you coach on WW

Just to add to the debate - have a look at these. They are copies of Canoeist Magazine articles I wrote about 20 years ago about teaching WW skills. At the time they got a mixed response - some liked them but many did not. I did get a request about ten years back from somebody in Germany who wanted ...
by Simon
Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:04 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 30 or 45 degree feather
Replies: 13
Views: 1212

Re: 30 or 45 degree feather

Other things being equal, the motion of paddling is completely symmetrical, Except it isn't for the majority of paddlers. The usual technique involves a control hand that maintains its grip on the shaft while the other hand allows the shaft to rotate between strokes. The feather accommodates this r...
by Simon
Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 30 or 45 degree feather
Replies: 13
Views: 1212

Re: 30 or 45 degree feather

Thanks for the plug Adrian. I am glad that work is not forgotten. And whilst boats have changed, the laws of mechanics and hydrodynamics are constant which keep the article relevant (I hope). What I would have said then, and still say now is: 1) If you have time and the ability to get hold of varyin...
by Simon
Fri Nov 04, 2016 10:01 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: **Summer road trip with the family recommendations**
Replies: 4
Views: 584

Re: **Summer road trip with the family recommendations**

Another vote for Slovenia, it is quite a drive to get there, but a wonderful destination for low grade boating and family outdoor activity. And the infrastructure is there to hire lots of stuff and find easy campsites and cafes. But there is lots to do on the journey out and back if you do the resea...
by Simon
Fri Aug 12, 2016 3:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where have all the old school boats gone!!
Replies: 21
Views: 1930

Re: Where have all the old school boats gone!!

How old school do you want.

I have a Pyranna Stunt Bat I would be happy to pass on - arguably the first playboat design.

Simon
by Simon
Fri Aug 05, 2016 9:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Save the Conwy
Replies: 28
Views: 2522

Re: Save the Conwy

"Sad fact is that it has nothing to do with the environment or generating electricity, it's just a subsidy harvesting scheme." From what I have seen in Scotland I think you are partly right. A lot of the smaller projects are driven by landowners wanting to get a good return on some spare capital, an...
by Simon
Wed Aug 03, 2016 2:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Save the Conwy
Replies: 28
Views: 2522

Re: Save the Conwy

Agreed Morsey,

I also explained to Billy that for many canoeists - including me - the Conway Falls and the Fairy Glen have a special, almost mythical, status. And for those people his attempt at a hydro scheme was a bit like seeking to put a wind turbine on top of Stonehenge.

Simon
by Simon
Wed Aug 03, 2016 8:41 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Save the Conwy
Replies: 28
Views: 2522

Re: Save the Conwy

Just by chance I was working with Billy Langley (the Conway lead engineer) on a different hydro scheme in Scotland, and we had a chance to chat about the Conway. Billy is quite a reasonable guy and happy to inform himself about kayaking and negotiate. The problem he had was who does he speak to? Who...
by Simon
Mon Jul 18, 2016 12:52 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Mass outbreak of Trent trots!
Replies: 25
Views: 1982

Re: Mass outbreak of Trent trots!

"Every time it rains all that goose shit washes into the lake/river - shoot the geese!" Got it in one Dave. As the BBC report said, it rained heavily a few hours before the event, and we have known for years that a summer rainstorm is the highest risk event for waterborne pathogens. All the bugs and...
by Simon
Sat Jun 18, 2016 9:14 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Peak District - Touring
Replies: 7
Views: 801

Re: Peak District - Touring

As a long term Peak Park resident and canoeist, I am firmly of the opinion that often the best thing for a canoeist to do in the Peaks this time of year, and in these water levels, is to put the kayak in store and get out on a Mountain Bike.

Simon
by Simon
Thu Mar 03, 2016 7:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Illness - water or food?
Replies: 13
Views: 4237

Re: Illness - water or food?

I was at the Nene WWC. Been there many times, and swam there many times. The water was higher than I've seen there, so maybe something washing off fields added bacteria to the mix. I am generally, illness free, only once in the last 10 years having sickness. And there we have the likely answer. The...
by Simon
Thu Mar 03, 2016 9:03 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Illness - water or food?
Replies: 13
Views: 4237

Re: Illness - water or food?

It could have been either. Both paddling and "greasy spoon" cafes are well known risk factors for that sort of illness. When we did the research on illness at HPP back in the 90s we had to work out the risk of getting ill from paddling at the HPP WW course. But we were studying a population of paddl...
by Simon
Tue Feb 09, 2016 9:01 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Slovenia end of July, any water?
Replies: 6
Views: 1156

Re: Slovenia end of July, any water?

Another vote for making the best of the journey out and back. Slovenia is wonderful for low to intermediate level boating. But as Simon said eastern Austria has some good but little visited (by Brits) boating as well. But also, a short drive west, you have the Dolomites for walking, via-ferrata or b...
by Simon
Wed Dec 02, 2015 8:47 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Can you tell what it is yet?
Replies: 55
Views: 10892

Re: Can you tell what it is yet?

"there is something mystical about a Dory" And there is something mystical about using a tool, or machine, or boat, you have made yourself. There is a phrase - "man and machine in perfect harmony". But if you have created that "machine" (in this case a dory). If you have poured your love and labour ...
by Simon
Wed Sep 09, 2015 12:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Percy Blandford RIP
Replies: 19
Views: 3767

Re: Percy Blandford RIP

I forgot to say - the autobiography is called

"A Life Full of Hobbies"

Which says it all really.

I keep trying to fill my life with hobbies but the need to earn a living keeps getting in the way.

Simon