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by cathalferris
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New access charge for the Dee???
Replies: 62
Views: 4679

Re: New access charge for the Dee???

If there's no moving gate (automatic or permanently manned) on entrance to a car park, there's a reasonable assertion that there is public access. Allowing trivial access and then attempting to extort monies by threat of being locked in or similar is definitely the wrong way to go about things espec...
by cathalferris
Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Big lad Kayak
Replies: 9
Views: 761

Re: Big lad Kayak

Between a Director and a 9r - I'd pick the Director unless *actually* racing. The Director has more get out of jail free cards, better balance, better secondary balance, a slightly wider beamm and generally better all-round manners on the water. The 9r rewards full-on forwards paddling but doesn't b...
by cathalferris
Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How do you break a boat?
Replies: 19
Views: 1623

Re: How do you break a boat?

One squirt boat split along the seams when pencilling when surfing. One Perception Whip-it when turning too late from a wave breaking onto rocks at Lahinch beach. My Burn split under the seat when on lend to the local University club, as a study-abroad student swam on the Sermenza Slides. Other than...
by cathalferris
Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How many boats fit in a jumbo van?
Replies: 8
Views: 911

Re: How many boats fit in a jumbo van?

Just remember the 3.5 ton gross vehicle weight limit. Nothing like having a holiday ruined by a large fine from the Gendarmes or Policia Stradale, as well as being prevented from moving onwards until the overload condition is resolved. They'll make you empty the rear and not allow the vehicle to con...
by cathalferris
Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Spanish Pyrenees Camping?
Replies: 8
Views: 840

Re: Spanish Pyrenees Camping?

Another vote for http://noguera-pallaresa.com/ as a place to camp.
Last time I was there was some 8-10 years ago, but hasn't changed much in the interim from what I could gather.
by cathalferris
Fri Nov 02, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A question about the Soca Siphon Canyon, and who should do it.
Replies: 26
Views: 1740

Re: A question about the Soca Siphon Canyon, and who should do it.

That said, there is evidently hypothetical stuff going on here the rest of us don't know about. Behind the immediate hypothetical grievance, it sounds as though there is a hypothetical intra-club power struggle that we'd be unwise to comment on :\ I'm not a member of the club for some time nor have...
by cathalferris
Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A question about the Soca Siphon Canyon, and who should do it.
Replies: 26
Views: 1740

Re: A question about the Soca Siphon Canyon, and who should do it.

Lets say that the "leader" of the group has 5 years of experience paddling on whitewater and has been led down that section of river once, the year previous. So they are an experienced boater, with prior knowledge of the section Experienced in years yes, not necessarily in attitude and outlook - es...
by cathalferris
Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A question about the Soca Siphon Canyon, and who should do it.
Replies: 26
Views: 1740

Re: A question about the Soca Siphon Canyon, and who should do it.

Thank you all for your inputs so far. Most useful, and it appears that people have very interesting viewpoints on the matter. The original question is technically a hypothetical question, that applies to a known stereotype within a local club here. There have been some people within that club that h...
by cathalferris
Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A question about the Soca Siphon Canyon, and who should do it.
Replies: 26
Views: 1740

A question about the Soca Siphon Canyon, and who should do it.

Consider this a hypothetical question. Let's consider a group of paddlers based in the Soca area for a week. Who here would consider it safe for someone to guide a pair of moderate-level (comfy on grade 3, pushed on grade 4) paddlers in a group of 3 down the Siphon Canyon section at 25-30 cumec? Let...
by cathalferris
Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Shoulder surgery - experiences of recovery time
Replies: 10
Views: 947

Re: Shoulder surgery - experiences of recovery time

Do *not* disregard the physio's advice on when to do the more strenuous activities. I know of one paddler around here that thought he knew better than the medical professionals and went paddling much harder much sooner than stated to him, and he's been unable to get certified for any club membership...
by cathalferris
Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Information on Pyreness
Replies: 3
Views: 426

Re: Information on Pyreness

Just watch for the big weir upstream of Sort, generally a very recommended portage.
Also, ask the local paddlers about slalom gate cables in the river at the Sort slalom course.

(It's been a while since I've paddled and rafted that river, so my info may be outdated)
by cathalferris
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Vid. ...there are no words adequate
Replies: 8
Views: 1368

Re: Vid. ...there are no words adequate

Thank you. That's the longest version of that I've seen, gives a nice view down to where the falls hits the river below. Not the smartest of decisions to drive along the river, and not the best of road engineering either. Thankfully for all involved that they were travelling "downstream", probably t...
by cathalferris
Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Vid. ...there are no words adequate
Replies: 8
Views: 1368

Re: Vid. ...there are no words adequate

Is this available anywhere else than on FB? Can anyone save and put on a real place like Vimeo/YT?
by cathalferris
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canolfan Tryweryn Charging Policy from FB
Replies: 2
Views: 566

Re: Canolfan Tryweryn Charging Policy from FB

In other words, no change. So, if you're a non-paddler paying to use the carpark, and you walk up and down the riverbank, that's all you need to pay. However, if you pay for the carparking and then drop your kayak onto the water, you're expected to pay more, and running the risk of having a Canolfan...
by cathalferris
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling-useful webcams for Alpine Rivers
Replies: 5
Views: 1115

Re: Paddling-useful webcams for Alpine Rivers

Boka Bridge on the Soča : http://www.meteo.si/uploads/probase/www ... latest.jpg

Updates every ~10 min

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by cathalferris
Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling-useful webcams for Alpine Rivers
Replies: 5
Views: 1115

Re: Paddling-useful webcams for Alpine Rivers

I've no idea what the login is, and it's probably better not to keep trying, in case the video itself is firewalled away for security reasons. Sometimes there is a programmed path the camera takes, zoning in on all the useful places it can see. I'm unsure who would enable that though. Sent from my S...
by cathalferris
Tue May 29, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Small car and travelling with a kayak help.
Replies: 19
Views: 1545

Re: Small car and travelling with a kayak help.

A mate of mine used drive around Dublin in an 850cc Mini in the late 90s and early 00's, with a K1 race boat on the roof. At least twice the length of the car, scared a few bus drivers who were left wondering where that fluorescent tag came from..

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by cathalferris
Fri May 25, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Well Done Canoe Wales!
Replies: 51
Views: 4147

Re: Well Done Canoe Wales!

My group got deliberately locked into the carpark at the T after properly paying for the parking a few years back. The guy there was adamant about charging for the use of facilities that were not used, in addition to racist comments about members of our group. He only backed down after we offered to...
by cathalferris
Sat May 12, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling-useful webcams for Alpine Rivers
Replies: 5
Views: 1115

Paddling-useful webcams for Alpine Rivers

For those paddling in the Alps, here are links to some local webcams, that show at least something useful of the river in the area. These links are alive and functional as of mid-May 2018, I may edit to suit if bitrot occurs. Briancon region: L'Argentiere-la-Bessee slalom course http://82.127.30.208...
by cathalferris
Tue May 08, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First aid kit - do you carry one
Replies: 12
Views: 1367

Re: First aid kit - do you carry one

Yep, I have a basic first aid kit at all times in the creek boat, and in the car if surfing or play boating. It's only got the absolute basics, but that's enough to stabilise if extraction is required, or enough to get the person to the end of the river. First aid course is definitely important, as ...
by cathalferris
Wed May 02, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Usual Soca levels late June? Question about sections at lower water levels
Replies: 2
Views: 554

Re: Usual Soca levels late June? Question about sections at lower water levels

Thank you very much Simon, that's what I was looking for. I'll adjust the expectations of my fellow paddlers as a result! :-)

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by cathalferris
Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Usual Soca levels late June? Question about sections at lower water levels
Replies: 2
Views: 554

Usual Soca levels late June? Question about sections at lower water levels

I've been out in the Soca valley in Slovenia over the past few years, and I'm familiar with how the river looks and behaves on the majority of the sections, when there's maybe 30-60 cumecs going through on the gauge, and I'm comfortable leading groups on all the regularly run sections, even if probi...
by cathalferris
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Snowpack in Italy and France this year?
Replies: 18
Views: 2129

Re: Snowpack in Italy and France this year?

Looks like the season has started, after those few days of really warm air. https://www.rivermap.ch is a nice central location for seeing the current river gauges and short term trends. It's quite easy to see effect of the daily snowmelt, by the pronounced daily peaks and troughs in the graphs, as o...
by cathalferris
Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: More sad news. UK and Irish kayakers involved in fatal incident in Ecuador
Replies: 4
Views: 1708

More sad news. UK and Irish kayakers involved in fatal incident in Ecuador

One Irish kayaker confirmed dead, and Irish and UK paddlers still missing after an incident on the Abanico river in Ecuador. https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/one-irish-man-has-died-and-another-is-missing-on-kayaking-trip-in-ecuador-36513874.html Very unfortunate news, and condolences to al...
by cathalferris
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Mamba vs Burn
Replies: 9
Views: 1847

Re: Mamba vs Burn

I had a Burn M for ~9 years, and much preferred paddling that to a Mamba, whenever I got the opportunity to make that choice. I just found the Mamba to be a little "heavy" to paddle, and my paddling style and boat history makes the flatter hull and chine behaviour of the Burn work better for me, for...
by cathalferris
Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Only Allowed 2 Boats
Replies: 29
Views: 2625

Re: Only Allowed 2 Boats

I'd keep my Director for the first boat. It has lots of get out of jail free cards with a lot of space to store the essentials and lots more, and it really can dance when I put the effort in. It really whips into eddies much more sharply than one would ever believe when looking at the length. Boat t...
by cathalferris
Sat Jun 10, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Grenoble-Briancon Road
Replies: 6
Views: 1074

Re: Grenoble-Briancon Road

The diversion road is generally open, but it may be closed without notice at any stage.
I also drove it 3 weeks ago without any problems.

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by cathalferris
Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Recommend me a Spraydeck
Replies: 10
Views: 1557

Re: Recommend me a Spraydeck

I used use my polo deck on the club Glide when I was doing the undergrad in university, the standard WW decks of the time were definitely too large and just didn't work. Enjoy the Dominatirix - it's a lovely boat and absolutely brilliant on a clean wave - either a river or surf wave. I'm only a litt...
by cathalferris
Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How Do Clubs Communicate to it's Members?
Replies: 21
Views: 1536

Re: How Do Clubs Communicate to it's Members?

In my club, we have a proper old-school mailing list, we have a phpbb3 forum where everything is done, and we use Facebook to advertise trips and things, pointing back to the trip thread on the forum. The system had been in use now for about 15 years, and has proven to be more flexible and more robu...