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by pickenjohn
Thu Nov 14, 2013 12:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: High Force
Replies: 119
Views: 16512

Re: High Force

HI mikeyd WTF but after that i have known others who soloed and did stupid stuff, even done a little myself but nothing like that. A young lad I knew doing Point 5 and Zero solo with water running down behind the ice. Seems no point but I can follow your: once the idea starts it just runs through. H...
by pickenjohn
Tue Sep 10, 2013 11:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Worrying times on River Spean and perhaps for SCA members?
Replies: 17
Views: 7812

Re: Worrying times on River Spean and perhaps for SCA membe

I am a little confused and saddened by Chris's correspondence. He is one of the "godfathers" of Scottish white water paddling and could offer so much more for the future than these posts do. He was written to by the Access Trust in May 2011 and given all the details of the Trust and what we knew of ...
by pickenjohn
Tue Jan 31, 2012 6:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rafting Ban = Un-enforceable
Replies: 52
Views: 6159

Re: Rafting Ban = Un-enforceable

Wee smiles. As I recall things essentially under the Access legislation what you can do as an individual you can do commercially. So commercial rafting is just collective individual access; with some additional responsibilities for operators due to scale and frequency. Regarding numbers. I know the ...
by pickenjohn
Tue Jan 31, 2012 6:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rafting Ban = Un-enforceable
Replies: 52
Views: 6159

Re: Rafting Ban = Un-enforceable

There are a some key issues in this. The Council as the representatives of those taking access did not respond. This is a serious and unacceptable precedent. It meant the court was able to rubber stamp an action without due process. The ruling sets a precedent for any salmon river, grouse moor, deer...
by pickenjohn
Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:29 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Scottish River levels information on SEPA web site
Replies: 13
Views: 1040

Re: Scottish River levels information on SEPA web site

Hi Jim Thanks and yes they are height gauges. That is why flow estimates would be useful. My understanding from discussions with SEPA is that they do have estimates of flow which they use for height gauged sites. Clearly these are estimates but from a paddling perspective I believe these estimates w...
by pickenjohn
Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Scottish River levels information on SEPA web site
Replies: 13
Views: 1040

Scottish River levels information on SEPA web site

I have just written to SEPA, the Scottish Environment agency about the excellent river levels information given on their web site for Scotland. I have asked for the following additional information for each river: 1 an estimate in cubic meters per second of the flow of the river at different levels ...
by pickenjohn
Sat Jun 25, 2011 3:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Council taken to court over ‘disturbing fish’ in River Conwy
Replies: 106
Views: 14024

Re: Council taken to court over ‘disturbing fish’ in River C

P 26 of the report states: In the light of the representations received for this report, many of the objections to allowing shared access on the basis that canoeing causes damage to fish stocks are untenable. Rather the argument now centres around issues of disturbance to angling and exclusivity tog...
by pickenjohn
Sat Jun 25, 2011 3:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Council taken to court over ‘disturbing fish’ in River Conwy
Replies: 106
Views: 14024

Re: Council taken to court over ‘disturbing fish’ in River C

I know this is anecdotal but had some discussion with the environmental folk of the Scottish National Trust who own one of the estates on the upper R Dee above Balmoral. They were encouraging canoeing and I asked about disturbance to salmon beds. They considered it not to be a problem, even with the...
by pickenjohn
Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New ratchet fitted on ratchet backrest (Jackson)
Replies: 1
Views: 302

New ratchet fitted on ratchet backrest (Jackson)

I have an old Jackson 4Fun with a ratchet backrest. The backrest is also sold under various names like Reggie backrest. One of the ratchets broke. I checked with suppliers who could supply a new backrest for around £50. So took my boat along to the local snow Boarding shop and they sold me a new rat...
by pickenjohn
Mon Jun 14, 2010 12:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tummel Release
Replies: 32
Views: 1904

Re: Tummel Release

Hi Neil is correct that SEPA has the responsibility to make the decision. However they will only consider making a change when all players are agreed. So Scottish Hydro have to agree first before going to SEPA. The fisheries board are probably the other key player however it would be better and perh...
by pickenjohn
Wed Jun 09, 2010 5:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tummel Release
Replies: 32
Views: 1904

Re: Tummel Release

Firstly I agree that it would be good to have shorter fuller releases, though worth bearing in mind that we have generally had a dry spring so I guess levels are low in the systems just now so releases will be low. Summer rains should help. Personally I would support shorter higher flows covering sa...
by pickenjohn
Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Braan enquiry, final decision
Replies: 30
Views: 1752

Re: River Braan enquiry, final decision

Grovelling amendment to my post: amongst the paddlers from Fort William was Bid Thomas not Bridget Dales who was the SCA liaison person at SNH handing the SCA grant and had no role in the SCA response. Only excuse is I am hassled fixing son's bike (done)so he can get to work after dropping car for M...
by pickenjohn
Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Braan enquiry, final decision
Replies: 30
Views: 1752

Re: River Braan enquiry, final decision

I would like to add my thanks to all who worked so hard for the Braan campaign. I was SCA Access co ordinator at the time of the proposal and responsible for co-ordinating the SCA submission. I would like to take this opportunity to thank a few folk, so sorry to those I miss - it was a while ago! Fi...
by pickenjohn
Sat Jan 16, 2010 10:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Grave concerns over SCA GM
Replies: 128
Views: 7849

Re: Grave concerns over SCA GM

I believe the Coaching Scheme has largely failed to meet the needs of clubs. Over last spring and summer I had discussed with a number of paddlers raising these issues at the SCA AGM last October. However the Jim Breen campaign took off first. I believe membership fees should be set at the AGM where...
by pickenjohn
Sat Jan 16, 2010 10:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pattack Hydro: no objection.
Replies: 42
Views: 3687

Re: Pattack Hydro: no objection.

If we are to comment usefully on this we need a better idea of what is involved. Perhaps I have missed it but we need to know what is being proposed ie what will we loose, what is being proposed, how will it operate and how much power is it supposed to produce. There are clearly hydro schemes we sho...
by pickenjohn
Thu Oct 09, 2008 1:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: WWPF 2009
Replies: 37
Views: 2748

There are some issues about hydro releases which could have a bearing on plans. Firstly due to how the hydro system is built some rivers can not be released on the same day. So the Garry and Moriston must be released on different days. The summer releases are done as part of the legal obligation for...
by pickenjohn
Wed May 16, 2007 12:12 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Good News Fishing Story.
Replies: 9
Views: 2244

Just caught up on this thread courtesy of Neil Farmer. I like the bit about a fisherman on the Stanley beat on the Tay cooperating with paddlers. Mike Smith the owner & Bob Smith the ghillie are both well known & will have him banned;-). The world is changing. But I still remember my first time down...
by pickenjohn
Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: URGENT Braan Hydro Campaign - one more effort needed
Replies: 11
Views: 5490

URGENT Braan Hydro Campaign - one more effort needed

<r>Please one more effort to preserve the Braan.<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> The proposal for a run of river 2.9 MW hydro on the Braan in Perthshire, Scotland is now up for final decision with the Scottish Executive. SEPA (Scottish Environmental Protection Agency)have presented their report recommending ...
by pickenjohn
Wed Dec 15, 2004 10:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: sad news
Replies: 51
Views: 47892

Andy's visions - play wave and much more

<r>I had the privilage of working with Andy over 18 months in his post as Access Officer. Over that time our friendship became as important to me as any friendship forged in the heat of an adventure. Ours journey was an adventure, a constant source of fun. We were like two big kids working out what ...
by pickenjohn
Wed Dec 15, 2004 10:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: sad news
Replies: 51
Views: 47892

Andy's visions

<r>I had the privilage of working with Andy over 18 months in his post as Access Officer. Over that time our friendship became as important to me as any friendship forged in the heat of an adventure. Ours journey was an adventure, a constant source of fun. We were like two big kids working out what ...
by pickenjohn
Sun Dec 12, 2004 1:16 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access For Dummies
Replies: 6
Views: 962

access for dummies

Clearly not a hobgoblin post, goblin maybe. In Scotland the river bed is owned as in England & Wales but not the water. The SCA has always maintained there is a traditional right of access to land, inland and coastal waters. And of course the land owner does not own the river. Generally it works tho...
by pickenjohn
Wed Dec 08, 2004 11:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: sad news
Replies: 51
Views: 47892

Memorial service for Andy

For those planning to attend Andy's memorial service the multimap reference to the Kirk Road, Houston is:

Multimap

John P