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by Jim
Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Glute pain from the inside
Replies: 6
Views: 155

Re: Glute pain from the inside

nigelhatton wrote:Maybe I should take up a desk job, get fat and see what happens!


You will still have pains, maybe different ones but still pains. I do :)
by Jim
Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Glute pain from the inside
Replies: 6
Views: 155

Re: Glute pain from the inside

Mmm, good questions. I know I often find myself 'pulling' assymetrically for no reason that I can fathom until later in the session I start to feel a tiny twinge of pain on the side that I rotate short on, so putting 2 and 2 together it seems that I am able to subconsciously protect niggles that I d...
by Jim
Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:23 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Best Dry suit?
Replies: 19
Views: 641

Re: Best Dry suit?

In that price range, try Immersion Research, streets ahead of the Lomo suits. I haven't tried a Kokatat to compare but I suspect you get pretty close to Kokatat build quality for mid range price. I was just noting last night how my 18 month old 7-figure suit was still completely dry after a 2 hour f...
by Jim
Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:03 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Fort William - Easter
Replies: 13
Views: 652

Re: Fort William - Easter

It's not looking entirely promising, a late easter, coupled with a dry winter :/ What have either of those facts got to do with it? We don't have a spring melt here, we don't need long term saturation of the ground to bring the rivers up, pretty much any river can come up if the catchment receives ...
by Jim
Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: summer paddling gear
Replies: 16
Views: 625

Re: summer paddling gear

I've fallen out with PeakUK - they don't make anything which really fits across my shoulders/chest and will no longer make a custom item in a larger size, so I have switched to Immersion Research and found all their gear so far to be top quality, and for a few $ extra they will customise it for you ...
by Jim
Sat Feb 18, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Fort William - Easter
Replies: 13
Views: 652

Re: Fort William - Easter

Not this year.
by Jim
Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:04 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Splits - If not why not?
Replies: 14
Views: 622

Re: Splits - If not why not?

What Dave said, I usually only carry splits where a hike out would be a nightmare but I have plenty of sets since I use them whenever I fly. Until a couple of years ago I hadn't lost or broken a paddle for nearly 20 years, when I messed up on the Travo and felt my shaft break across my chest whilst ...
by Jim
Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Fort William - Easter
Replies: 13
Views: 652

Re: Fort William - Easter

The season lasts all year, just need rain which we can have at any time.
Always a chance of snow through into April, melt doesn't last long but if you get lucky it can provide some excellent levels.
by Jim
Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak camping on a budget?
Replies: 27
Views: 1301

Re: Kayak camping on a budget?

Another vote for Trangia. I had a plastic base I got in the US that I could strap my MSR pressure stove to in order to get a similar level of stability that a Trangia has when cooking on rough tussocky ground, but because the trangia base is like an upturned bowl it will sit over lumps that still ma...
by Jim
Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: What glue?
Replies: 8
Views: 244

Re: What glue?

Good question, I tried to velcro my battery box to the bulkhead but the velcro didn't last long - I may have used self adhesive velcro though, in fact I almost certainly did. I have been using evo-stik impact adhesive (or similar contact adhesive) for gluing foam etc. into all kinds of boats for yea...
by Jim
Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Repair tapes
Replies: 5
Views: 398

Re: Repair tapes

Depends on the fabric, for most of the stuff you ask about I would probably tape it in the field and then use PU glue to fix it home. Gorilla tape doesn't appear to be anything significantly different to gaffer tape/duct/duck tape, I can't see why you would want to spend more for it. On the other ha...
by Jim
Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which boat for the soca?
Replies: 10
Views: 834

Re: Which boat for the soca?

Loving the advice to go for something slalomesque to play the river - did you know that in cheapest glass/diolen construction* most slalom boats will cost less than a plastic boat and weigh around half as much? Plus you could probably squeeze one on next to your creek boat.... *not all manufacturers...
by Jim
Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Disguising a kayak for a flight
Replies: 5
Views: 516

Re: Disguising a kayak for a flight

Surf board bag (surf branding may help) - I assume surf shops have them Surf kayak/waveski bag - try Mega or Ride or Jem I guess? Slalom kayak bag (padded) or sock (stretchy stockingette tube you pull over and tie the ends off) - try Hydrasport or Cool Blue Canoes Custom made kayak bag - I think I h...
by Jim
Wed Feb 08, 2017 1:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cruising inertia
Replies: 19
Views: 988

Re: Cruising inertia

Best not put my old long course time in - my boat was 19.5kg at the time, but I clearly wasn't (and still am not) capable of driving it at the same speed as you and Aled, with or without the F6 headwind. I should probably weigh it - the only addition is the electric pump so probably a bit over 20kg ...
by Jim
Mon Feb 06, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Converting a cag to a cagdeck
Replies: 2
Views: 240

Re: Converting a cag to a cagdeck

Who is supplying the spraydeck part?

The waist tube of a cagdeck is usually bigger diameter than on a regular deck because it has to go over your shoulders.
by Jim
Mon Feb 06, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Hypothetically.... river bed alterations!
Replies: 25
Views: 1196

Re: Hypothetically.... river bed alterations!

morsey - please take this in good humour! Terrestrial is 'of the earth', in the scientific example above they are using it quite specifically to distinguish between aquatic, terrestrial and aerial food webs (of the water, of the earth and of the air), whilst in the more generic form it refers to Ear...
by Jim
Fri Feb 03, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Hypothetically.... river bed alterations!
Replies: 25
Views: 1196

Re: Hypothetically.... river bed alterations!

You can't see this all of this drop from any of the hypothetical laybys. The hypothetical tourists would hypothetically hear the bang and see the smoke though. Or hear the drilling or sawing. Anyway, it's an easy walk out along the ridge below for a better view.... In the winter the deer will be wa...
by Jim
Fri Feb 03, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Shop Bagging
Replies: 7
Views: 803

Re: Kayak Shop Bagging

2, but seriously can you consider PeakUK showroom as a kayak shop?
by Jim
Fri Feb 03, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where to go in Europe for white water in July?????
Replies: 10
Views: 1059

Re: Where to go in Europe for white water in July?????

We used to reckon Aosta didn't really come in until July, it was too high earlier - but all that depends on snowpack/glaciers.

High mountains = long season, generally speaking.
by Jim
Fri Feb 03, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Camera Mounting Ideas
Replies: 2
Views: 1111

Re: Camera Mounting Ideas

Well the stern is underwater almost all the time (tried it with a deck mount!) so your best option is a pole mount. Jackson make one, it is not cheap though, most people cobble something up to avoid paying for one.
by Jim
Thu Feb 02, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Hypothetically.... river bed alterations!
Replies: 25
Views: 1196

Re: Hypothetically.... river bed alterations!

Hasn't that been run already? I remember taking a photo of Greig at the bottom of it in about 2000, but he had sealed launched in as close as he dared :) Hypothetically speaking, this drop is roadside and although the population density is quite low and I often drive from Braemore to Aultbea without...
by Jim
Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Sea Kayak paddle choice
Replies: 23
Views: 902

Re: Sea Kayak paddle choice

I note M-J-B's comment about "pulling straight back", but I rotate. Aha, I thought I did until I started paddling with some people who really do! I'm not saying whether you do or don't because I've never seen you paddle, just that sometimes a second opinion from a race paddler can be usef...
by Jim
Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Hypothetically.... river bed alterations!
Replies: 25
Views: 1196

Re: Hypothetically.... river bed alterations!

Your method would presumably depend on how much rock you needed to remove and in what time scale. Most rock can be sawn, which would be quite precise, if you have sufficient time and could divert the water temporarily. I would however strongly advise against it, as already noted it is an extremely d...
by Jim
Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Hypothetically.... river bed alterations!
Replies: 25
Views: 1196

Re: Hypothetically.... river bed alterations!

Talk to a caver, diggers use Dr Noble! Or do what fishermen do and get a JCB up there. I have seen them altering the bed of the Wye with a JCB in the river (make a bet they did not have permission from any authority as the Wye is a SSSI). Jason Interesting assumption, BC own a little land in or adj...
by Jim
Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New emergency phone system for Glen Etive
Replies: 10
Views: 553

Re: New emergency phone system for Glen Etive

That's interesting reading, I'm not really sure what it has to do with SCA Access and Environment group? Is there a suggestion of restricted access to the river at mast sites or something? I wonder if this is an official agreed response or something else? Either way, the crux seems to be that there ...
by Jim
Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Sea Kayak paddle choice
Replies: 23
Views: 902

Re: Sea Kayak paddle choice

I think therefore that the problem is probably that I grip too hard when trying to control that paddle, in certain situations - - Quite possibly - I certainly find that the Lendal crank lets me have a very "open" grip - in fact, all the straight shafted Lendals I've had have tended to flu...
by Jim
Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Sea Kayak paddle choice
Replies: 23
Views: 902

Re: Sea Kayak paddle choice

If you like cranks, certainly consider them for a sea paddle too. I found that they are far easier on the wrists, and also allow me a much more relaxed, open grip on the shaft. Material choice is very important - I have an old set of plastic bladed Lendals with a straight, f/glass shaft. In compari...
by Jim
Mon Jan 30, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cruising inertia
Replies: 19
Views: 988

Re: Cruising inertia

You are talking about glide, how well a boat maintains its speed between strokes. For a kayak which has a naturally high stroke rate and opposing paddle strokes, glide has relatively little relevance other than how it makes you feel. For a canoe, C1 or OC1 where the stroke rate is roughly halved and...
by Jim
Mon Jan 30, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not known for kayaking.... but in a kayak!
Replies: 27
Views: 1493

Re: Not known for kayaking.... but in a kayak!

I'm sure I saw Ed Smith linked with the Ed Byrne thing on facebook; photography being his main line of work would have led me down the thinking that it could be his photo, but then I notice you have already linked to the full article, where all doubt is taken away.... #tooimpatienttowaitforpeopletog...
by Jim
Wed Jan 25, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: What glue for Reed Aquatherm?
Replies: 2
Views: 381

Re: What glue for Reed Aquatherm?

Pretty sure I used Bostick 2402 when I made an aquatherm top - glued all the seam tape on with it (not very tidy) and fitted a neoprene neck seal. Small chance I stitched the neck seal, but I don't have a walking foot and have previously found it near impossible to sew neoprene without one so I thin...

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