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by jonl
Thu Nov 01, 2012 12:45 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Hardest river run in trad boat?
Replies: 37
Views: 6609

Re: Hardest river run in trad boat?

Not wanting to reopen an old debate, but the grades don't work very well when it comes to deciding what is hardest to run in an open boat. The continuousness of the rapids becomes the most important factor. I have run a couple of 'Grade 5's' in France in an open boat but these were very short one or...
by jonl
Mon Apr 26, 2010 3:15 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: clothing for summer southern French alps paddling
Replies: 7
Views: 1000

Re: clothing for summer southern French alps paddling

For summer paddling in the French alps you do't want a dry suit as it would be way too hot. I've always left mine behind. In my open boat I have generally worn a full length wetsuit as I'm normally kneeling in a good few inches of water. If the sun is shining and I'm unlikely to go over I don't both...
by jonl
Mon Mar 22, 2010 1:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Wanted: Seat for Dagger Redline
Replies: 0
Views: 96

Wanted: Seat for Dagger Redline

Anyone have one of these somewhere near Cambridge/London
by jonl
Wed Apr 22, 2009 9:46 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Massif Central at Easter
Replies: 50
Views: 3153

Re: Massif Central at Easter

Glad to see so many groups heading out to the Ardeche. When the water levels are good the paddling is some of the best around, added to which the scenery food and wine are fantastic. I'm gutted I didn't get to join Poke et al this year for another trip down the Tarn, but a walking holiday in Nepal w...
by jonl
Mon Dec 08, 2008 4:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do we really need to wear helmets?
Replies: 134
Views: 8159

Re: Why Helmets

It's very doubtful to me that there really has been THAT good compliance with the helmet laws. Traffic laws are just very very lightly enforced in this area of the world and at night, everything goes out the window. Also, the helmets that people do use around here are not what you might think of be...
by jonl
Mon Dec 08, 2008 12:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do we really need to wear helmets?
Replies: 134
Views: 8159

Why Helmets

There is a lot of Daily Mail style reactionary rubbish in this thread. The case for helmets is nothing like as clear cut as people seem to be making out. I always wear a helmet when paddling white water, but never do when I'm cycling. A helmet makes a head impact more likely due to the larger surfac...
by jonl
Wed Aug 13, 2008 2:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice needed please
Replies: 31
Views: 2574

Don't need to roll

The important thing is not exposing yourself to danger by expecting to swim in dangerous water. This does not necessarily mean you need to learn to roll as if your paddling skills are up to the challenge of the water you should not be going over. My roll is incredibly unreliable yet I will happily p...
by jonl
Thu May 01, 2008 2:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: And the best route to briancon is?
Replies: 28
Views: 3779

I got down to the ardeche with 2 kayaks on the roof and full of kit (to the roof and the back seats) adn used under 2 tanks of fuel (under 120 litres I reckon), sat at 65mph all the way down, made it quite relaxed, still quick enough to get past the trucks, but not too fast that I spent every 30min...
by jonl
Thu May 01, 2008 2:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: And the best route to briancon is?
Replies: 28
Views: 3779

Avoid motorways

According to the AA website, it's about 3hours longer avoiding all toll roads. I've driven through France on a number of occasions on my own with no navigator, relying on signposts and avoiding tolls. I find the signposting very good, though you have to avoid the blue signs when there is a toll alte...
by jonl
Thu Apr 17, 2008 9:51 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Team India still alive and well
Replies: 94
Views: 30320

Poke wrote:Does anyone per chance live near Heathrow and mind me leaving my car there for a month in August?
Tim, you can leave it at my folks house in Chiswick if that's any help.
by jonl
Wed Apr 16, 2008 5:20 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Pyranha Prelude OR?
Replies: 15
Views: 5117

Josh is right about the Prelude. You only have to see the bits of video of them on u-tube to see that their paddlers are mostly on a defensive low brace all the time. Why not try to demo a Mowhawk Rodeo? Yorkshire Canoe have one. The Ocoee is still the best pound for pound performing canoe on the w...
by jonl
Mon Mar 17, 2008 5:28 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Do open boats look more graceful?
Replies: 16
Views: 2899

Poke wrote:Personally, I think that if you get things right paddling an open boat, it can look more graceful than a kayak.
Image

Do we have you converted then Tim?
by jonl
Tue Feb 12, 2008 5:27 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Canoeing on the Green... Anyone?
Replies: 4
Views: 2057

Open canoes on Green river

There have been a few open canoeists on the green, see here

http://www.cboats.net/cforum/viewtopic.php?t=6748
by jonl
Mon Feb 11, 2008 3:33 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Outrage Outfitting
Replies: 3
Views: 1272

Knee pads

Hi Adrian,

It sounds to me like your knee pads might be too high, you should still feel that your main connection to the boat is through your knees and not your bum.
by jonl
Sun Feb 10, 2008 5:11 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: OC1 Paddlers
Replies: 107
Views: 21169

Yes

I will be there, plenty of people have said yes, I'm not sure we need to say much more.
by jonl
Sun Feb 10, 2008 5:08 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Bit the bullet
Replies: 31
Views: 6275

Paddling straight

Interesting reading what other people think and do, my forward paddling has definately evolved rather than been taught, and as such I tend not to really think much about what strokes I am doing where, and it is interesting looking back at video of it to see what I am doing wrong. In whitewater I try...
by jonl
Mon Jan 21, 2008 12:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: WW limit of where to wear a helmet
Replies: 97
Views: 9055

OC1 helmet

If I'm in my whitewater OC1 I allways carry a helmet though will often take it off for flat stretches. I do however very rarely wear one in my wooden OC, even though I will paddle it on Grade III. This is partly due to the way you fall out of an OC compared to a kayak.
by jonl
Sun Jan 20, 2008 8:17 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: OC1 Paddlers
Replies: 107
Views: 21169

Let's start thinking rivers?? Clough or Langstrath Beck anyone? I'm all for paddling some slightly harder stuff, but I would suggest we start on something slightly easier as we haven't paddled together before, and move on to something harder. I won't be doing Langstrath Beck as for me walk ins and ...
by jonl
Sun Jan 20, 2008 9:41 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: OC1 Paddlers
Replies: 107
Views: 21169

Rivers

I think it would be a nice idea to try and do a couple of rivers on each day. Looks like it is going to be peer group paddling with no formal coaching though I will happily help out wherever I can, and am happy rescueing boats if necessary.
by jonl
Tue Jan 15, 2008 9:43 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: beginner CC C1
Replies: 24
Views: 4876

Re: beginner CC C1

has anyone any suggestions for a closed cockpit C1 for a club for beginners please? Back to the original question, it completely depends on what sort of club you are talking about. I could imagine for many clubs who are teaching beginners, a big old boat might be a good idea. The only club pool ses...
by jonl
Mon Jan 14, 2008 10:26 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Spec Boat
Replies: 7
Views: 2854

WW OC1

Just typed a long reply and lost it. Quick summary. Spec Boat, rubbish term, meaningless. Freestyle playboating: Esquif Salsa, CU Fly, Cut down Spanish Fly Playboating/River running: Spanish Fly, Super Fly River Running: Many options with very different volumes, materials, stability. You must try be...
by jonl
Wed Jan 09, 2008 9:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Norway Video
Replies: 34
Views: 4521

Daffers wrote:Do you paddle both, canoe & kayak?
OC1 only, my back can't cope with a kayak and my knees can't cope with a C1.
by jonl
Wed Jan 09, 2008 9:02 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Norway Video
Replies: 34
Views: 4521

Adrian Cooper wrote:There was not enough footage of John.
This was the trip where it was confirmed to me that open boats are not the ultimate creek boats. I spent most of my time making excuses for not paddling, and getting a little scared when I did.

Jon
by jonl
Tue Jan 08, 2008 1:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: External HD's to store paddling photos/footage
Replies: 29
Views: 3438

John K wrote:Screw the FAT32 then, it has a nasty4GB file size limit that's terrible for dealing with unedited footage.
Forgot to say that it is limited in formats in can play to jpg, mpg and divx, or divx compressed avi. So it will not play unedited footage anyway.

Jon
by jonl
Tue Jan 08, 2008 1:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: External HD's to store paddling photos/footage
Replies: 29
Views: 3438

Maplin and others do sell "media center" enclosures http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=97124&doy=8m1&C=SO&U=strat15 http://www.maplin.co.uk/images/300/a50fw_new_remote.jpg looks like it comes with a remote control. good if you have no pc I have one of these which I got for about £25 (You ...
by jonl
Wed Jan 02, 2008 2:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: French Access Rules
Replies: 7
Views: 1334

France access

The only problem times can be the first and last weekends of the fishing season the dates of which I can't remember (but they are definately not in the summer) when you are not meant to paddle the premier class fishing rivers or something like that. The landowners I have met when paddling in France ...
by jonl
Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:24 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: OC1 Paddlers
Replies: 107
Views: 21169

Lakes

15th and 16th March in the lakes is pencilled in for me. From the looks of this we have at least the following interested. Out of interest have any of us paddled together before? Also any suggestions for how we organise the weekend. My suggestion would be we meet up at somewhere like the Kent or Lev...
by jonl
Thu Dec 13, 2007 4:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dry suits breathable or non-breathable
Replies: 12
Views: 1902

breathable/nonbreathable

I have a 4 year old DamX dry suit with the breathable top. I would say it was a mistake, as the bottom half is still perfectly waterproof but the top half has become a little porous.
by jonl
Wed Dec 12, 2007 2:22 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: OC1 Paddlers
Replies: 107
Views: 21169

OC1 meet

We could do with a bit more interest, a few people who contributed early in the thread seem to have gone quiet. The Feb or March dates suggested would be good for me.

Jon
by jonl
Wed Nov 28, 2007 1:44 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: OC1 Paddlers
Replies: 107
Views: 21169

15th/16th March is good for me too. Any one going to the Gene17 thing at the Dart on the 8/9 Dec?