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by BigPhil
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Help me resurrect a trip to India
Replies: 9
Views: 902

Re: Help me resurrect a trip to India

Did you read the recent Scott lindgren article. I thought it was pretty interesting.

https://www.outsideonline.com/2403789/s ... aker#close

Good on you and Dan for getting out there. You can't be that unfit surely unless you've been letting yourself go :-)
by BigPhil
Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Foot entrapment
Replies: 18
Views: 2305

Re: Foot entrapment

I was thinking it must be so it would be interesting to know which rapid just in case...
by BigPhil
Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 'Iconic' paddlers [part two]
Replies: 12
Views: 1420

Re: 'Iconic' paddlers [part two]

Derek Hutchinson ( and Martin Melling)
Ej / Dane/ Emily / Clay
Jim Snyder ( well I chatted to him in the eddy a few times and he's beyond iconic)
Shaun baker, Tim Thomas, Ugg
Allan Ellard and Dave Carroll

but most of all Ted Piper!
by BigPhil
Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New rules for driving in France
Replies: 11
Views: 1283

Re: New rules for driving in France

I believe there's a similar scheme around central London but I haven't driven in London in years. How would they police it? There seems to be an endless list of things that the French want you to carry which changes every year but I've never been pulled over there in over 20 years of bad English dri...
by BigPhil
Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New rules for driving in France
Replies: 11
Views: 1283

Re: New rules for driving in France

When you say in the city, I presume this is only relevant if you actually want to go in and do a little sightseeing? It won't affect the normal route down to briancon for instance?
by BigPhil
Wed May 25, 2016 8:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Making a blog site or coaching diary site ??
Replies: 4
Views: 571

Re: Making a blog site or coaching diary site ??

WordPress seems to be the standard these days, but there are a million options
by BigPhil
Sun Apr 24, 2016 1:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Robson Moonster for grade 4/5??
Replies: 9
Views: 1823

Re: Robson Moonster for grade 4/5??

I'm sure stu morris of ve kayaks used to paddle it a lot when he was working with Robson. Maybe chat to him. Yes, to most it wasn't a classic but also it wasn't sold too much in the uk so another reason why you wouldn't have seen it.
by BigPhil
Thu Feb 18, 2016 8:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Jackson Superstars
Replies: 12
Views: 1159

Re: Jackson Superstars

I think you are right about the 2010 superstar being much smaller fit. I assume you took all the foot padding out. I have had the 2007 and 2005 superstars which were great size for my 6'4". I'd be tempted to try the jed or rock star next but I'm enjoying my super ego too much at the moment.
by BigPhil
Tue Oct 13, 2015 8:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Glenashdale Falls, Isle of Arran
Replies: 1
Views: 851

Re: Glenashdale Falls, Isle of Arran

There's a couple of rivers as you drive along the string in the middle of the island. I looked at them in mega spate a while back and they looked pretty full on. There was an interesting rapid where the road crossed with many slides above. Any idea if these have been paddled? Any reports?
by BigPhil
Tue Sep 22, 2015 1:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Molly Jones.
Replies: 3
Views: 1301

Re: Molly Jones.

I'm sorry to hear that Dave, Mike's trips (and yours and Mick's) were inspirational to many.
by BigPhil
Wed Jul 08, 2015 8:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Northern Territory - River Swale
Replies: 19
Views: 1630

Re: Northern Territory - River Swale

Level checking was a big thing I seem to remember. I seem to remember checking out the Swale a couple of times and it was dead low. We wished we'd just gone to the Tees or whatever. With the club we were more likely to cruise the lower Swale and driving to the upper seemed a bit out of the way. Mobi...
by BigPhil
Thu Jul 02, 2015 9:55 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: oooof beatdown
Replies: 25
Views: 3104

Re: oooof beatdown

The way he describes it is he wasn't sure if it would go but he really wanted to paddle the run. By himself. In severe weather.

This what I found a little worrying.
by BigPhil
Wed Jul 01, 2015 9:34 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: oooof beatdown
Replies: 25
Views: 3104

Re: oooof beatdown

Maybe his boat was weighed down with all those stickers. From the film it looks like that hole really isn't going to flush in a boat, the tow-back looked massive. I didn't really like his rational for running the drop but I'm sure the result gave him a lot to think about!
by BigPhil
Tue Jun 30, 2015 10:43 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Raft guiding in the French Alps
Replies: 6
Views: 1019

Re: Raft guiding in the French Alps

For some reason I know loads of people on here who have in the past guided in Landeck, Austria rather than France. There may be a practical reason for this. I think some of the guys on this board will be able to help. I don't think any or all of them spoke fluent German. I think at least one of the ...
by BigPhil
Tue Jun 23, 2015 12:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tryweryn this weekend, do people pay or not
Replies: 3
Views: 976

Re: Tryweryn this weekend, do people pay or not

They want you to pay, whether you use the facilities or not. There are still parking machines there also.

Whether you choose to pay is up to you. Personally I've never had anyone ask me in the car park or on the river.
by BigPhil
Wed Jun 17, 2015 1:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Trent lock is running!
Replies: 22
Views: 4313

Re: Trent lock is running!

GLC GAV wrote:A little video from last weekend level was 3.40 or there abouts on colwick gauge

Just found this one again, from your Dad Gav.

by BigPhil
Tue Jun 16, 2015 4:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Trouble contacting Canolfan Tryweryn
Replies: 4
Views: 827

Re: Trouble contacting Canolfan Tryweryn

Ah, ok it's just that the phone number on that website was different to the one you put above: 01678 521083 Or - WATER INFORMATION LINE 01678 520826 Hey, Just trying to call CT and keep getting a blank line - can anyone get through? The phone number online is: 01678 521199 I've tried calling Canoe W...
by BigPhil
Tue Jun 16, 2015 3:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Trouble contacting Canolfan Tryweryn
Replies: 4
Views: 827

Re: Trouble contacting Canolfan Tryweryn

Isn't it here - been a while since I called though:

http://www.canoewales.com/national-whit ... ing-centre

Phil
by BigPhil
Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:24 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Need to hire a small car to fit 2 playboats
Replies: 7
Views: 878

Re: Need to hire a small car to fit 2 playboats

How long are you going and which airport are you flying into? In North America it's fairly common that the cars are large, but also that there are less hatchbacks and estates which can make getting boats in awkward. My standard plan is to hire the smallest (or second smallest) on the list. They rare...
by BigPhil
Sun May 31, 2015 9:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: other rivers in briancon area
Replies: 18
Views: 2463

Re: other rivers in briancon area

Other section of Romanche in your picture guidebook? Upper Onde? River above Gyr on the way to aielfroide looks creeky. A lot of people miss the Dracs and the Bonne. Have you done the Verdon? Baisse?

Ian Beecroft posted a lot on this site about other French rivers up towards Cham search croft
by BigPhil
Wed May 13, 2015 12:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddle for Nepal River Dee
Replies: 36
Views: 4424

Re: Paddle for Nepal River Dee

John K wrote:
Mike M wrote:I've kicked off the donations on Daves page

https://www.justgiving.com/dee-paddle-nepal/

And I've put in my £20 as promised. Who's next?
Me too - done!
by BigPhil
Tue May 12, 2015 11:03 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddle for Nepal River Dee
Replies: 36
Views: 4424

Re: Paddle for Nepal River Dee

I'd be interested in the event and/or donating.

Sounds like Daz is doing some great work - consider donating if you haven't already - details here: http://www.purelandexpeditions.com/

Phil
by BigPhil
Wed Apr 22, 2015 11:07 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dagger Juice Sizing
Replies: 6
Views: 809

Re: Dagger Juice Sizing

I'm 6'4" also with long legs and I couldn't get comfy in the juice (with no footrest). I did however really like the prescription RX (large) which loops and cartwheels really nicely. It's much comfier in the foot area that the juice and still very playful.
by BigPhil
Tue Apr 21, 2015 12:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Slovenia Car/van rental
Replies: 6
Views: 1163

Re: Slovenia Car/van rental

We were fine hiring a standard 4 door car using roof bars (and a patented mechanism) we brought with us.
by BigPhil
Sat Feb 14, 2015 11:03 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nepal v. Chile: how much?
Replies: 8
Views: 1273

Re: Nepal v. Chile: how much?

My information is 10 years out of date but I think you are right. It's a better time to go to Nepal. I think chile is best nov-dec for creeking at least around pucon, later for the futa etc. It will be more expensive to get to Chile and talks much longer. Nearer Western prices for living costs in Ch...
by BigPhil
Fri Feb 13, 2015 2:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking Music?
Replies: 10
Views: 2152

Re: Kayaking Music?

In my day Superunknown by Soundgarden was a favorite especially the first 2 tracks.

Also Rage Against the Machine to get the team fired up. Personally I enjoy a little 80s hair metal.
by BigPhil
Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:07 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Play boating for giants
Replies: 10
Views: 1602

Re: Play boating for giants

Same size as me. Jackson boats fit me (generally), Pyranha can be ok, Wavesport generally uncomfortable (project/fuse etc). Be prepared to take out any outfitting and maybe the thigh braces.

I also enjoy older boats S8, Super Ego etc.
by BigPhil
Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:04 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Calender
Replies: 10
Views: 1553

Re: Kayak Calender

What is September 2015 in this calendar? Looking at the best sellers at the bottom kayakers aren't the main market for this site! Remember the rainchasers calenders you could get, they were good. I am looking to find one for this year found this, but its last years http://www.cafepress.co.uk/+2014_w...
by BigPhil
Wed Feb 04, 2015 11:30 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Final reckoning Steam Train Paddle.
Replies: 3
Views: 814

Re: Final reckoning Steam Train Paddle.

Well done Dave, good effort!
by BigPhil
Wed Jan 28, 2015 8:47 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pondering New Zealand...
Replies: 38
Views: 4483

Re: Pondering New Zealand...

I would say (as I think I did at the top of the thread) Nelson and Queenstown are the main options which have jobs and availability of rivers.