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by Adrian Cooper
Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Helen Skelton on Tees WW course
Replies: 2
Views: 413

Re: Helen Skelton on Tees WW course

You remember she paddled 2,000 miles on the Amazon :-)
by Adrian Cooper
Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Usk - SennyBridge to Brecon
Replies: 9
Views: 828

Re: Usk - SennyBridge to Brecon

The repair work has taken over a year to even get started so I don't think they can blame the weather for that. The owners have an obligation to ensure that their bridge is made safe for people passing under it and they should get on and do this. We paddled under it in October this year having previ...
by Adrian Cooper
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: 'Goolie' thongs
Replies: 3
Views: 331

Re: 'Goolie' thongs

B&Q used to make a loop of bungee with a ball joining the ends, is that the sort of thing you mean? If so, you should be able to tie a monkey fist with the double strands to make your own, it might be a bit fiddly with the two ends but you would need to do it that way to get rid of the other free end.
by Adrian Cooper
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Pulling left
Replies: 10
Views: 285

Re: Pulling left

Video sounds like it might be complicated but you could just get a mate to use his phone whilst you paddle towards him

There is also a free app called Coach's Eye or something like that and you can put two videos side by side. Maybe you could compare yours with your mate's
by Adrian Cooper
Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: New Years Eve Extinction Rebellion fireworks paddle Thames fo
Replies: 6
Views: 443

Re: New Years Eve Extinction Rebellion fireworks paddle Thames fo

There is the possibility that they will not issue you with a licence. It might not just be a money gathering exercise but a numbers management exercise. There's something a little bit hypocritical about supporters of extinction rebellion indulging with the wanton burning of a load of noxious chemicals
by Adrian Cooper
Tue Nov 12, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First aid kit contents
Replies: 7
Views: 505

Re: First aid kit contents

Agreed, on an expedition it was important that everyone carried their own first aid supplies which might have included blister treatment, bug cream, pills and repellent, etc. No point in reducing the leader's supplies.
by Adrian Cooper
Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Over a 500% increase on the cost of boating on the Soca.
Replies: 8
Views: 724

Re: Over a 500% increase on the cost of boating on the Soca.

tape34 wrote:
Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:49 am
facilities no doubt need improving.
If we're lucky we sometimes get a layby.
by Adrian Cooper
Wed Oct 30, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Over a 500% increase on the cost of boating on the Soca.
Replies: 8
Views: 724

Re: Over a 500% increase on the cost of boating on the Soca.

I don't know what the history is although I see from a post in 2008 it was quoted as 'just over a Euro', maybe there was a weekly charge. 3 Euros looks like a bargain for the facilities but I agree that, in the context of a countryside town, 20 Euros sounds pretty steep. Maybe the better way to appr...
by Adrian Cooper
Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Usk - SennyBridge to Brecon
Replies: 9
Views: 828

Re: Usk - SennyBridge to Brecon

I have often challenged the idea that there is a 'long flat bit' between Aberbran and Brecon so, last Saturday, I monitored it. Levels were low medium and, after Aberbran there was constant fast flowing water interspersed with simple grade 2 rapids to within 5 minutes of Brecon when the weir holds t...
by Adrian Cooper
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which Drysuit?
Replies: 17
Views: 1220

Re: Which Drysuit?

Mark Mulrain wrote:
Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:37 am
The cut of the suit and the zip placement is super important with both comfort and warmth (if you have less excess air inside the suit it'll warm up quicker and breath more effectively).
Really, but most of these are sold 'off the peg', and then worn under a BA and spray deck.
by Adrian Cooper
Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which Drysuit?
Replies: 17
Views: 1220

Re: Which Drysuit?

I've been please with my Nookie suit, on my second one. I don't rate fabric for socks so my first one I changed to latex but my current one is fine to date.
by Adrian Cooper
Mon Oct 07, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gone very quiet
Replies: 26
Views: 1909

Re: Gone very quiet

Completely agree. I use a couple of facebook groups for information, and the replies to questions are often completely nonsensical. I've given up with most of them to be honest. For me, I prefer the UKRGB style of considered responses, rather than the majority of incoherent rubbish on facebook. I w...
by Adrian Cooper
Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nepal- realistic itinerary?
Replies: 12
Views: 912

Re: Nepal- realistic itinerary?

I've no experience of Nepal but it surprises me how few days you plan paddling. If I'm on a trip I object to a 'rest day' which others so often suggest.
by Adrian Cooper
Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip
Replies: 16
Views: 1060

Re: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip

Jim, it's always a height problem, not a weight problem. It's the issue with BMI.
by Adrian Cooper
Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: new kayak brands
Replies: 6
Views: 1122

Re: new kayak brands

Spade are made by blow moulded process like Prijon so should be stronger
by Adrian Cooper
Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip
Replies: 16
Views: 1060

Re: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip

I'm not offering an answer here but it is worth bearing in mind that dedicated slalom paddlers will work on building significant muscle strength to enable good use of larger blades and maybe longer shafts. In this context we often recommend people only opt for large blade areas like the Powerhouse, ...
by Adrian Cooper
Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Organising trips for friends
Replies: 12
Views: 784

Re: Organising trips for friends

P00nslayer wrote:
Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:20 am
Most experiences paddler over 18 is responsible for any accidents on the river (i think)
I can think of a variety of scenarios where this would not be the case
by Adrian Cooper
Thu Sep 05, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pack rafting on TV
Replies: 2
Views: 386

Re: Pack rafting on TV

They could have done the Cresta
by Adrian Cooper
Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The Upper Thames in October - Cricklade to Lechlade
Replies: 8
Views: 753

Re: The Upper Thames in October - Cricklade to Lechlade

Anywhere downstream of Lechlade is always OK, it is managed thus. Above Lechlade you have info on SOTP. I haven't done this stretch for a couple of years, there were three trees down, all of which could be got round or through. Please be wary of the water level in October, it can be unpredictable, i...
by Adrian Cooper
Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Riber Kayaks
Replies: 9
Views: 2648

Re: Riber Kayaks

Are you sure the boat is unstable? The design looks very stable and I guess the target audience would be looking for stability.
by Adrian Cooper
Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What kayak for creaky legs?
Replies: 3
Views: 640

Re: What kayak for creaky legs?

To generalise, sit-on-tops get a poor press on this site but they can be entirely appropriate for some people and uses. I have general advice that if a sit-on-top looks like a sea kayak it will be better than if it looks like it will be good for fishing but for other uses, different parameters can a...
by Adrian Cooper
Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling in Pyrénées (June/July)
Replies: 3
Views: 651

Re: Paddling in Pyrénées (June/July)

It doesn't go quite far enough but you might like to store this site for later use

http://www.kajaktour.de/frankreich.htm
by Adrian Cooper
Fri Jun 21, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Briancon Gorge power plant incident - what would you do?
Replies: 6
Views: 1749

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

Some advocate wearing a smallish throw line on a belt but under their spray-deck waist tube which limits its 'snagginess' (not easy to quick release from there?). As a canoeist I usually wear a throwline on a QR belt.

Whetman Orosi and HF Little Fish are square, flat bags.
by Adrian Cooper
Wed May 29, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best glue for re bonding a hull stiffener
Replies: 9
Views: 781

Re: Best glue for re bonding a hull stiffener

The Granate is available as a composite boat but I would have thought most were poly.
by Adrian Cooper
Tue May 28, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best glue for re bonding a hull stiffener
Replies: 9
Views: 781

Re: Best glue for re bonding a hull stiffener

The usual recommendation for polyethylene is Evo Stik Impact adhesive
by Adrian Cooper
Fri May 24, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Somewhere to park a vehicle during a trip to Scotland
Replies: 2
Views: 565

Re: Somewhere to park a vehicle during a trip to Scotland

Have you tried the AirBnB sites for parking such as 'parkonmydrive' or 'myparkingspace' ?
by Adrian Cooper
Tue May 07, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Fence crossing river Dee, Corwen
Replies: 2
Views: 627

Re: Fence crossing river Dee, Corwen

Presumably the local paddlers will be on to the EA or Welsh equivalent to get this removed. A couple of trees up against that and you have a flooding issue that's apart from the H&S issue, maybe get the local HSE involved, there could be fines or prison involved!
by Adrian Cooper
Fri May 03, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Getting a Kayak down a narrow alleyway
Replies: 14
Views: 969

Re: Getting a Kayak down a narrow alleyway

This seems like a bizarre discussion to me but I'll chip in anyway. How about a harness so you can carry it on your back in a vertical manner and maybe you need to duck a bit where the height is restricted.
by Adrian Cooper
Fri May 03, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Wavesport transformer (T1)
Replies: 9
Views: 814

Re: Wavesport transformer (T1)

Interestingly I think Doug had a LL Skip before but it was the ZG which made the big step up for wave paddling with much better speed.