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by RichA
Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pinned paddler and Rescue - Lots to discuss...
Replies: 14
Views: 1521

Re: Pinned paddler and Rescue - Lots to discuss...

I've been in a (very) few high stress situations, a few of them rescues. One thing that I often think about when looking back at them is "where did that idea come from?". You don't have 5 minutes to ponder a solution, you have to react almost instantly and decisively. I absolutely think that discuss...
by RichA
Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: ACCESS – PLEASE, everyone fill this in.
Replies: 19
Views: 820

Re: ACCESS – PLEASE, everyone fill this in.

Done. One of the better surveys. Would be keen to see results published when it's complete.
by RichA
Wed Jun 07, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sport only travel insurance
Replies: 15
Views: 824

Re: Sport only travel insurance

When I read your post I immediately thought of AAC as well. I use them for climbing trips, but don't actually know if they cover other sports. I suspect they would, but worth checking. Annual membership with the AAC, and then £5-10 per trip of normal travel/baggage insurance works out well for me.
by RichA
Wed May 31, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: IMPORTANT - Pollution Incident River Irwell
Replies: 5
Views: 2024

Re: IMPORTANT - Pollution Incident River Irwell

Is there not an ombudsman or similar that can take a look at how the EA handled this?
by RichA
Thu Dec 22, 2016 1:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Conwy Falls Hydro Objections
Replies: 13
Views: 1583

Re: Conwy Falls Hydro Objections

Just received this by email. Is it old news, or is this an update on the already rejected application? Dear Sir/Madam You provided comments relating to the above application for an abstraction and impoundment licence. Having looked at the application and considered the comments we received, we have ...
by RichA
Wed Jul 06, 2016 11:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Becksploration Waterfall Hunt
Replies: 30
Views: 2429

Re: Becksploration Waterfall Hunt

Nice line! Looks quite Swale-esque.
by RichA
Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Save the Conwy
Replies: 28
Views: 2117

Re: Save the Conwy

Emails sent to both people earlier today. I got a response from Elizabeth Wagstaff on behalf of Justin Albert this evening. Did anyone else get one? I used the template letters with a few minor additions. The response was a two page letter, with one particular bit of note: Our specific involvement s...
by RichA
Thu Jun 16, 2016 1:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Save the Conwy
Replies: 28
Views: 2117

Re: Save the Conwy

Done. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.
by RichA
Wed Jun 15, 2016 1:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Save the Conwy
Replies: 28
Views: 2117

Re: Save the Conwy

Worrying. Can we email as opposed to posting letters?
by RichA
Thu Jun 02, 2016 1:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Blog from Valsesia
Replies: 2
Views: 464

Re: Blog from Valsesia

Thanks, nice blog. I noticed one of your posts was talking about planning for hydroelectric dams on the Mastallone. I haven't heard about this before. Is there anything we can do here to help prevent it? A petition to sign etc?
by RichA
Tue May 17, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Insurance?
Replies: 4
Views: 550

Re: Insurance?

Does the AAA cover paddling? I was going to get it for alpine climbing (in combination with standard travel insurance for flights/luggage etc). If it does paddling as well then I'll be very happy! Any restrictions on grades?
by RichA
Thu Apr 21, 2016 6:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Zambezi dam
Replies: 2
Views: 658

Zambezi dam

http://southernafrican.news/2016/04/21/batoka-gorge-power-project-finally-starts/ Does anyone know if there are any drawings/plans for specifically where the dam will be and what will be flooded? Is it 'just' the minus rapids? Will Victoria Falls be affected too, as they'll effectively be falling in...
by RichA
Thu Apr 14, 2016 1:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What is the best psychological advice you could ever give?
Replies: 9
Views: 1068

Re: What is the best psychological advice you could ever give?

Make your paddling look beautiful, smooth, and effortless. And then it usually will be.
by RichA
Wed Mar 30, 2016 2:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Calls for legislation to restrict access to inland water in Wales
Replies: 8
Views: 1070

Re: Calls for legislation to restrict access to inland water in Wales

Another petition...?

Has anyone ever seen much feedback from previous petitions? I'm a bit bored signing them to be honest, but I've signed this one anyway.
by RichA
Thu Mar 03, 2016 1:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Petition to make waterways right of way.
Replies: 40
Views: 2012

Re: Petition to make waterways right of way.

I'd be interested to hear from whoever set it up, why they worded it as they did. Not to give them an ear full! Literally just genuine curiosity, or possibly mildly sceptical that it came from a paddler at all.
by RichA
Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Petition to make waterways right of way.
Replies: 40
Views: 2012

Re: Petition to make waterways right of way.

Is there any chance we weaken our argument by seeking legislation to legitimise our access, when our stance for some time has been that we have said right in law already. I'd welcome some level headed guidance and opinions please. This was the reason I haven't signed it. Like you, I'd welcome some ...
by RichA
Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Fairy Glen - saved?!
Replies: 1
Views: 667

Re: Fairy Glen - saved?!

Brilliant news. :-)
by RichA
Fri Jan 29, 2016 1:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How to? Increase the thickness of a paddle shaft
Replies: 10
Views: 1104

Re: How to? Increase the thickness of a paddle shaft

Self amalgmating plumbers tape. Doesn't use any adhesive, and sticks to wet things. I use it on ice axe grips, but it's normally used to fix leaky pipes.
by RichA
Mon Dec 07, 2015 12:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Ashop Video
Replies: 11
Views: 2374

Re: River Ashop Video

Heyden Brook is a cracking short spate run with a beautiful 4/5m waterfall* to finish off. Recommended. * The landing was deep enough for a boof in 2012+2013, but don't pencil. Worth wading around in low water. Don't go down the tunnels under the road bridge at the end - there's a fence at the bottom!
by RichA
Fri Nov 13, 2015 3:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Fairy Glen Hydro Scheme
Replies: 11
Views: 2240

Re: Fairy Glen Hydro Scheme

Thanks. Now signed.
by RichA
Fri Nov 06, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Fairy Glen Hydro Scheme
Replies: 11
Views: 2240

Re: Fairy Glen Hydro Scheme

I signed a petition about 3/4 months ago. Is this a new one?
by RichA
Mon Aug 24, 2015 2:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Locking Paddles in Van?
Replies: 11
Views: 1757

Re: Locking Paddles in Van?

I'd be looking to add some extra protection to stop the van itself getting stolen. I'm a big fan of a hidden switch somewhere on the ignition live feed. Something as simple as a light switch, assuming you know what you're doing.

Steering lock?
by RichA
Wed Jul 29, 2015 12:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: My manky ditch exploration vid from the weekend
Replies: 8
Views: 1404

Re: My manky ditch exploration vid from the weekend

Ditch!? That's a full on river! ;-) Looks good though.

Whenever someone mentions ditch I just think of the Nant Mor. Fantastic fun!
by RichA
Wed Jul 01, 2015 3:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: oooof beatdown
Replies: 25
Views: 2863

Re: oooof beatdown

With forward paddling like that, he was probably exhausted before he even got to the drop!
by RichA
Sun Jun 28, 2015 4:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Environment Agency
Replies: 27
Views: 3036

Re: Environment Agency

Has anyone asked the EA about it? If it's real they will back it up. If it's fake then I'm sure they will be interested in someone impersonating a member of their staff.
by RichA
Thu Jun 18, 2015 11:53 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Have you paddles Langstrath Beck?
Replies: 9
Views: 1242

Re: Have you paddles Langstrath Beck?

Haven't done it before. Now I definitely want to!
by RichA
Sun Jun 14, 2015 12:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Glen Lochy
Replies: 13
Views: 1574

Re: Glen Lochy

Yes, I think that will make a big impact. 2 Cumecs is alot. What's the Nene WW course? HPP is 18 I think.
by RichA
Fri Jun 12, 2015 3:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What would you do?
Replies: 14
Views: 2326

Re: What would you do?

Looked like plenty of time to make a line to the right of the hole and around the stuck paddler. Or even to move to one side slightly so if they rolled up mid-boof you'd be over the bow/stern and not in their face. Poor paddling in my opinion, even worse river running skills.
by RichA
Fri Jun 12, 2015 3:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Glen Lochy
Replies: 13
Views: 1574

Re: Glen Lochy

Thanks all. I wasn't able to find planning documents either. The scheme is called Eas a Ghaill, so hopefully it will just be on that trib that joins at the Glen Orchy road, and not the Lochy itself as Dan suggested. Judging by the amount of earthworks/clearing they were doing I'm not convinced thoug...
by RichA
Mon Jun 08, 2015 1:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Glen Lochy
Replies: 13
Views: 1574

Re: Glen Lochy

I'm not certain, but I think this is the correct application: http://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/content/eas-ghaill-inverlochy And more (vague) details here: http://gilkesenergy.com/news/Construction-Starts-on-Eas-a-Ghaill-Hydro-Project Can't find anything about where the intakes are (looks like there ar...