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by Jim
Fri Dec 14, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Warm When Wet
Replies: 38
Views: 1501

Re: Warm When Wet

I think you would need to do proper controlled experiments over a range of water and air temperatures with varying current and wind speed. And when you have the results, it is going to be difficult to distill them into simple advice that anyone can remember! From experience I tend to agree with Dave...
by Jim
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: OC1 help
Replies: 1
Views: 86

Re: OC1 help

Add foam to the top of the seat until you are comfortable, the Dropzone is in super stable so this should not cause you stability problems at all. I would give a different answer if you were talking about a Zoom or Prelude! In the longer term you need to a) get out and paddle it a lot and/or b) prac...
by Jim
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Spraydecks & Macno's
Replies: 8
Views: 450

Re: Spraydecks & Macno's

"Bigdeck" is quite an old size, I think modern cockpits are a lot bigger. You can buy a Pyranha branded deck which should fit, or just ask your local kayak shop for the right size. I don't have a local kayak shop any more* so I ended up buying Desperate Measures own brand deck for my Burn which was ...
by Jim
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: next step in when to go boating?
Replies: 13
Views: 1594

Re: next step in when to go boating?

I've got to be honest, these days most of my river level planning involves checking the tide times and then looking out of the office window as it gets towards HW. I prefer to go around HW to negate the tidal effect on the river.
by Jim
Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Recommend Me A Good WW Book Please
Replies: 9
Views: 411

Re: Recommend Me A Good WW Book Please

Text books are hard to read, try 'Kayak' by William Nealy (assuming it is still in print).
The diagrams have never really been improved on by anyone, there is a good dose of humour to maintain interest, and I think that all the American terminology has been absorbed into British river speak now.
by Jim
Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: WHAT BOAT!!! For my better half.
Replies: 20
Views: 790

Re: WHAT BOAT!!! For my better half.

Do women like different boats from men? Some do, some don't. There are more petite women than petite men, most of the boats out there are designed around non-petite men and therefore are not ideal for a lot of women, but that doesn't necessarily correlate with whether they like them or not. I know ...
by Jim
Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bulgaria for our summer trip?
Replies: 8
Views: 567

Re: Bulgaria for our summer trip?

Chris Bolton wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:56 pm
Following that line, they could end on the Orinoco. Not much white water in Tobermory, but quite a lot of a different sort in Alderney.
Surely you could have included Wellington, he was always my favourite!
by Jim
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking Tshirts
Replies: 5
Views: 347

Re: Kayaking Tshirts

Almost certainly not what you are looking for but...

https://hsclothing.co.uk/product-category/team-kits/

That's where I get stuff with my canoe club colours/logo, they also have done a load of stuff for BC but I can't see anything relating to the new access campaign.
by Jim
Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: WHAT BOAT!!! For my better half.
Replies: 20
Views: 790

Re: WHAT BOAT!!! For my better half.

For easy water rather than creek bashing? Good for surfing? Suitable for 60kg paddler? Easy to roll? How about a slalom kayak cut for 60kg? Mid range construction (carbon/kevlar/vac bag) even if it has a bunch of repairs already will be surprisingly strong. Low end (diolen or non vac bag carbon/kevl...
by Jim
Mon Dec 03, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nice vid
Replies: 12
Views: 750

Re: Nice vid

I've never really taken to this modern creeking and it does seem like a lot of the (video) creekers do throw lot of edge on the lip of drops, but as someone from old skool creeking in playboats I reckon we probably used a bit of edge (maybe less exaggerated) for all the reasons suggested. I only rea...
by Jim
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Warm When Wet
Replies: 38
Views: 1501

Re: Warm When Wet

My body is poorly heated or poorly insulated Ah! If only! Careful what you wish for, I find the winters much harder since losing weight! Counterintuitively I am usually warmest when apparently wearing not enough warm kit - but only because I'm working hard in a race boat (shorty cagdeck again the l...
by Jim
Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stiff hands
Replies: 23
Views: 1112

Re: Stiff hands

Paddle leashes are a whole different subject and I appreciate that many don't like them, but after nearly losing a paddle in strong winds I always wear an elastic wrist leash (home made) on the sea or open water now, when I am wearing pogies it ends up completely inside the pogie.
by Jim
Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:40 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nice vid
Replies: 12
Views: 750

Re: Nice vid

Looks good, but not quite sure what's so exceptional about the video... I think the lack of a dramatic sound track is pretty exceptional - just the natural noise of the river (there is one very quiet whoop) enhancing the connection to the river/landscape and excluding the hype that would normally a...
by Jim
Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Warm When Wet
Replies: 38
Views: 1501

Re: Warm When Wet

No, that's my lunchtime* training circuit, all I had to do instead was sit in a freezing cold office :) *which I now move to suit high tide I'm definitely not the only person paddling in these conditions, all the slalom and WWR paddlers I know will be out training, the paddlers looking at GB selecti...
by Jim
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Warm When Wet
Replies: 38
Views: 1501

Re: Warm When Wet

Hmm, high tide at 15:07 today (I try to go just before high tide to minimise tidal effect on the circuit) and the forecast is for 4C, 17-33mph wind and light sleet by then. Yesterday in shorty speedskin and short thermal I was feeling hot 5 mins in although regretting not using my pogies, but today ...
by Jim
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Warm When Wet
Replies: 38
Views: 1501

Re: Warm When Wet

Ha ha, why only in nice weather - I refer you back to my closing statement: I suspect we may have differing experiences of 'not nice weather' due to locational variation :) But then that's just an excuse. I'm a wimp therse days – and have had a "double digits" rule for several years now. For sure w...
by Jim
Mon Nov 26, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New access charge for the Dee???
Replies: 56
Views: 2200

Re: New access charge for the Dee???

Hmm, page 2 and we have swear words already, I wonder if we will get to page 3 before Godwins law takes over?

(I'm not optimistic)
by Jim
Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New access charge for the Dee???
Replies: 56
Views: 2200

Re: New access charge for the Dee???

I can't work out how to copy/link facebook content here, but there is a photo of the apparently invisible sign on facebook (taken at night yet I don't have any trouble seeing it in the photo). Apparently the sign has been in place for 3 years. Apparently it is going to be moved onto the gate to make...
by Jim
Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Charges at Mile End Mill
Replies: 20
Views: 1413

Re: Charges at Mile End Mill

I can't work out how to copy/link facebook content here, but there is a photo of the apparently invisible sign on facebook (taken at night yet I don't have any trouble seeing it in the photo). Apparently the sign has been in place for 3 years. Apparently it is going to be moved onto the gate to make...
by Jim
Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New access charge for the Dee???
Replies: 56
Views: 2200

Re: New access charge for the Dee???

Quite apart from the sign about parking charges there is a huge billboard that suggests you are entering a rafting centre or similar - difficult to see approaching from town but so is the entrance, as soon as you start turning in you will see it. Very visible if you are driving from Horseshoe falls ...
by Jim
Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New access charge for the Dee???
Replies: 56
Views: 2200

Re: New access charge for the Dee???

As far as I know the gate is chained and padlocked every night. The cafe lady has always been friendly and has even let us park up overnight (making arrangements to get the gate opened for us out of hours). I can't think where the signs are, but I'm pretty sure there are or have been signs in the ca...
by Jim
Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Czech Republic for our summer trip?
Replies: 4
Views: 506

Re: Czech Republic for our summer trip?

ion wrote:
Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:02 pm
And also year round slalom courses in places like Prague.
I seem to recall that one is at least partly covered over - indoor whitewater!
by Jim
Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Czech Republic for our summer trip?
Replies: 4
Views: 506

Re: Czech Republic for our summer trip?

The Czechs dominate in WWR and slalom, there must be plenty of rivers there! No idea about guidebooks, certainly not in English, but all the Czechs I know speak pretty good english so you probably just need to track down some paddlers from Czech. There have been a couple in our club, one has returne...
by Jim
Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Charges at Mile End Mill
Replies: 20
Views: 1413

Re: Charges at Mile End Mill

Yes, I've only really started using it over the last couple of years but it has always seemed clear that the car park is private land and that there is a £3 per person charge for using it (and the toilets/steps etc.). I've always found the lady that runs it quite amicable, at times we have even been...
by Jim
Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Warm When Wet
Replies: 38
Views: 1501

Re: Warm When Wet

I found recently, I use my drysuit less and less. So much so, I sold it. I'm pretty happy with some nice Shambala shorts and a drytop and paddling in nice weather. Ha ha, why only in nice weather - I refer you back to my closing statement: Last winter I was wearing shorts and semi-dry top in the sn...
by Jim
Fri Nov 23, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: River white water training for sea kayaking?
Replies: 33
Views: 1362

Re: River white water training for sea kayaking?

I think I might have passed someone who has had this same idea - saw another kayak on the Leven for the first time since I started paddling it frequently almost a year ago, and it was a sea kayak! If whoever it was is reading this, I apologise for not being sociable, I had a lot to fit into my lunch...
by Jim
Fri Nov 23, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Warm When Wet
Replies: 38
Views: 1501

Re: Warm When Wet

I haven't really looked recenty, but it used to be that a drysuit cost the same or less than decent separates, I usually tell people get a drysuit first, especially if looking at this time of year, and then think about separates when you get better and don't need to spend so much time in the water. ...
by Jim
Fri Nov 23, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Broken nerve
Replies: 23
Views: 1466

Re: Broken nerve

Good! Artificial courses can be intimidating in different ways to rivers, but they usually make you develop faster reflexes which will be beneficial. Take plenty of spare kit and warm clothes to Ironbridge and intend to have a wet session with lots of (hopefully) rolling. If you can do 2 or more sho...
by Jim
Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Broken nerve
Replies: 23
Views: 1466

Re: Broken nerve

I don't think my issue is in quite the same league as some of you guys, it only affects a very small part of my paddling in any case. I have lost quite a lot of weight this year, and it is fair to say my legs have more shape than they used to, so when I strap into my slalom C1 the straps grip my thi...
by Jim
Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Tour 17-S experiences
Replies: 18
Views: 713

Re: Tiderace Tour 17-S experiences

There are kayak ergos (ergometer) but they are quite expensive and take up a lot of space in use, although the kayak pro one appears to fold up well for storage. I think they would be quite boring to use so probably difficult to keep up unless you are following a specific training regime, even then ...