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by Ed Lefley
Wed May 01, 2013 9:47 pm
Forum: Kayaks for Private Sale - Whitewater and touring
Topic: FS: Paddle Wagon - BMW 320d Touring
Replies: 0
Views: 870

FS: Paddle Wagon - BMW 320d Touring

BMW 320d SE Auto Touring http://img.pistonheads.com.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/Fullsize/bmw/e46-3-series-98-06/320d-se-touring/bmw-e46-3-series-98-06-320d-se-touring-S476336-1.jpg http://img.pistonheads.com.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/Fullsize/bmw/e46-3-series-98-06/320d-se-touring/bmw-e46-3-series-...
by Ed Lefley
Sun Jun 17, 2012 10:35 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gaurdian Guide to the Llugwy
Replies: 3
Views: 955

Re: Gaurdian Guide to the Llugwy

Pleased to see that Conkers is adhering to the Grauniad's high standard's of proof reading! :p
by Ed Lefley
Sat Jun 02, 2012 9:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Why does Canoe England charge more than Canoe Wales?!
Replies: 4
Views: 379

Re: Why does Canoe England charge more than Canoe Wales?!

Janet, That was the way I'd read it as well... another lovely move to stiff the CE membership! The more I think about it, the more I'm tempted to get Canoe Wales membership, and use a relatives address... GF also pointed out that the SCA is a possibility as her parents are in Scotland, but I don't t...
by Ed Lefley
Sat Jun 02, 2012 7:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Why does Canoe England charge more than Canoe Wales?!
Replies: 4
Views: 379

Re: Why does Canoe England charge more than Canoe Wales?!

Keith Day wrote:I think the comparison with Canoe Wales should be the basic membership which is £28.
But to coach I'd need comprehensive membership
by Ed Lefley
Sat Jun 02, 2012 5:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Why does Canoe England charge more than Canoe Wales?!
Replies: 4
Views: 379

Why does Canoe England charge more than Canoe Wales?!

Hi Guys, Just come back after 2 years in Australia and need to renew and sort all of my qualifications out again, and have been looking at how much membership is. Canoe England: £37 Canoe Wales: £35 I know it's only £2 but that's £2 that CE don't seem to be using for anything productive (I've just b...
by Ed Lefley
Sun May 01, 2011 2:10 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River shoes for big feet?
Replies: 16
Views: 713

Re: River shoes for big feet?

Salomon Tech Amphib's are pretty good; I've got onto my 4th or 5th pair now in 7 years. I sometimes find them in TKMaxx (and when I do I buy every pair in my size....) as they have them in 12.5 UK and fit nicely over my Typhoon dry suit and fit in my Remix 79 nicely. Also have a pair of Keen Hood Ri...
by Ed Lefley
Sun May 01, 2011 2:05 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Hydro Plans for the River Thames
Replies: 4
Views: 327

Hydro Plans for the River Thames

Just seen this on the BBC website about the Hydro proposals on the River Thames; the only weir that seems to be affected that paddlers use is Boulters, most of the others that are proposed are less than optimum for paddlers.

Is this the thin of the wedge for hydro in the UK?
by Ed Lefley
Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:06 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Canoe rescue saw ?
Replies: 18
Views: 2697

Re: Canoe rescue saw ?

Another vote for the Bahco... I've got one in my BA pocket, along with a couple of 'biners and tape... It fits in the pocket of my Peak River Guide Vest, which is handy. Having just been working on some trees here in Australia with some tools provided by some of the local land regeneration teams, th...
by Ed Lefley
Tue Apr 20, 2010 12:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Small Van for Kayaking
Replies: 23
Views: 2957

Re: Small Van for Kayaking

As someone who experiences the whole gambit of van/car use and breakdown's my choice would be a Transit connect LPG 1st choice and a tdci next then VW and Vauxhall. Size of the connect is much better for your use I have seen one camper converted which was very user friendly. If you intend to use th...
by Ed Lefley
Thu Apr 08, 2010 1:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Another Kayaking Tragedy in Scotland
Replies: 17
Views: 10501

Re: Another Kayaking Tragedy in Scotland

Hits very hard even when you're on the other side of the world. Please let everyone learn from these unfortunate events, and use that learning as an opportunity to remember and honour those who are off paddling somewhere else now. Condolences to those involved; from the BBC report's picture it looks...
by Ed Lefley
Sun Apr 04, 2010 11:31 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Cars for boating.
Replies: 34
Views: 1899

Re: Cars for boating.

£3k.... Have a look at: -VW group... VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat -Possibly the French, Pug/Citroen rather than Renault -Japanese... Toyota probably rather than any of the others -Kia/Hyundai (some of the newer ones rather than older ones like the Rio) -Swedish (Volvo... but I'm biased, my V70 has 229,0...
by Ed Lefley
Mon Feb 15, 2010 3:16 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Canoe Poles
Replies: 3
Views: 598

Re: Canoe Poles

I think if the club is offering 3* training and above then there may be a need for the club to have poles. Otherwise I think it's a personal kit thing. In terms of poles; I prefer the TNP alloy poles over any others that I've found; they've got the most reliable buttons that I've found (2 buttons ra...
by Ed Lefley
Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Travel insurance - ?
Replies: 26
Views: 748

Re: Travel insurance - ?

I've been looking at these guys for insurance, Insure and Go ... having just put the same info into TGIC (Canoe Control) they've come out about 50% cheaper for the time that we're away... either I'm missing something or it really is too good to be true! 2 Weeks in France would appear to be about £35...
by Ed Lefley
Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: D of E Gold Expedition Advice
Replies: 5
Views: 566

Re: D of E Gold Expedition Advice

Hello Could anyone tell me the answer to two simple questions about D of E Gold paddling expeditions 1 What is the minium number of assessed paddlers in the group? 2 What is the minium number of crafts in the assessed group? Many thanks Mark Hi Mark, The minimum size of an expedition group is 4, wi...
by Ed Lefley
Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddle Wagons
Replies: 12
Views: 1028

Re: Paddle Wagons

Think that the ideal is a compromise between the action vans mentioned above, and amdro conversions (www.amdro.co.uk) who provide modular kit form fittings, including insulation and furniture. I'd probably look at dropping a kit into a 4 year old van, rather than a brand new one; if you look at the ...
by Ed Lefley
Sat Jan 30, 2010 5:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Stolen Pyranha Ammo Hexham 30/11/08
Replies: 13
Views: 2348

Re: Stolen Pyranha Ammo Hexham 30/11/08

Having just looked on the ad again, I'd be inclined to do it sooner rather than later... esp as there appears to be people viewing it over the weekend with a view to buying it there and then.

Good Luck!
by Ed Lefley
Thu Jan 28, 2010 10:55 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Stressful game.
Replies: 20
Views: 1659

Re: Stressful game.

GF now groans when she sees me click on it... then laughs as I get cross with it... best I've managed is 2 people sorted!
by Ed Lefley
Wed Jan 27, 2010 4:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Whistles
Replies: 47
Views: 2018

Re: Whistles

My whistles are on exactly the same shoulder strap on what ever I'm using; all on my left hand shoulder, even on my rucsacks. Makes it so much easier. I use either a fox 40 or a standard safety whistle; for paddling it's held in place with a bit of bungy and a cord grip, so if it gets caught on a tr...
by Ed Lefley
Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Have the BBC fallen in love with Paddlesport?
Replies: 10
Views: 2055

Have the BBC fallen in love with Paddlesport?

I think that the BBC have fallen in love with paddlesport; first up Griff and his canoe, now Blue Peter are in on the act, one of the Blue Peter presenters is paddling down the Amazon for Sport Relief. Can't remember where I heard about it, but decided it was worth a quick look... Clicky Here for mo...
by Ed Lefley
Fri Jan 15, 2010 7:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Have Jackson made a decent creek boat?!
Replies: 42
Views: 2974

Re: Have Jackson made a decent creek boat?!

I'm no expert but I'd say the cockpit-hole is a little on the small side... http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_BWe5OQrQZ_g/Syo8AR0-GwI/AAAAAAAAAMo/qogHffghPv4/s400/DSC_0132.jpg No. The cockpit is standard size, but the boat is 800 metres long. And has taken the landing deck that was pioneered (badly) on the...
by Ed Lefley
Sun Jan 10, 2010 8:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: keen hood river vs canyoneers
Replies: 9
Views: 676

Re: keen hood river vs canyoneers

I've got a pair of Hood Rivers in a size 13; they've been OK, but I'm not rushing to stockpile them for when they wear out. Compare that to Salomon Tech Amphibians, which I'm on pair number 4 of, and WILL stock pile them when I find them cheap enough. Observations: -Both are very comfortable to walk...
by Ed Lefley
Thu Jan 07, 2010 9:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Camera mounting
Replies: 25
Views: 1565

Re: Camera mounting

I've used an SLR Gorilla Pod on the front broach loop on a Remix; it works OK, but is better on the end plate on my Open...

Get the Gorilla Pod from ASDA as they're alot cheaper than the when you buy them from Jessops!
by Ed Lefley
Mon Dec 21, 2009 4:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What's wrong with Jackson Kayaks?
Replies: 35
Views: 1927

Re: What's wrong with Jackson Kayaks?

peakfreak wrote:Glyns bored, obviously the snow around here has stopped his clients getting to the surgery :-)

Or he can't get his car out to play in the snow with, unless he uses Mags' car to tow it out.
by Ed Lefley
Thu Dec 17, 2009 6:46 pm
Forum: Kayaks for Private Sale - Whitewater and touring
Topic: Wanted: Open Boat
Replies: 10
Views: 334

Re: Wanted: Open Boat

Try Song of the Paddle if you haven't already; there's at least two boats on there for sub £500; a MR Explorer at £500, and an Linder Inkas for £450. Problem is that the price of opens has gone up a bit, and they don't change the designs as frequently so they tend to hold prices quite well. Hope tha...
by Ed Lefley
Mon Dec 14, 2009 4:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Digital SLR - which one?
Replies: 36
Views: 1333

Re: Digital SLR - which one?

I've been looking at the Sony range in Jessops; Sony recently bought Minolta's camera division, so all of their cameras are based on those. They seem to come in at good value, starting at £300 with the cashback offer, and the lens' don't seem to be silly money. I looked at the Nikon and Cannon's at ...
by Ed Lefley
Sun Dec 13, 2009 9:26 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Tay (Pictures)
Replies: 3
Views: 626

Re: Tay (Pictures)

Well, my first time, on a grade 3 river, in a canoe. What a BUZZ! Lots of flat water pictures but, when we got to Stanley the GRRR kicked in. Great fun! Anything seems to have more a buzz in a canoe; I'm not that good in a kayak, which has meant that it's easy for me to be paddling the same grades ...
by Ed Lefley
Sat Dec 12, 2009 9:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranhas new playboat!
Replies: 88
Views: 6572

Re: Pyranhas new playboat!

Pyranha may just have a presence in the play wave eddy again. The Elephant in the Room is that in truth, there is hardly anyone in the eddy at all, here in the UK at least. UK playboat sales are now so low...I would hazard a guess that a new Pyranha creek boat design (or a touring boat, SOT, whatev...
by Ed Lefley
Fri Dec 11, 2009 3:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: In 15 years of boating I have never needed to do a Z-Drag...
Replies: 95
Views: 12055

Re: In 15 years of boating I have never needed to do a Z-Drag...

I just had a look on the thread that Kevin had started a while back... out of the kit that was in the picture of my set up all I have are the 3 krabs, the tape and the prussic; all the rest came out of my boat on my last swim, unable to be recovered. Worth thinking about...
by Ed Lefley
Thu Dec 10, 2009 1:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River running old giffers...
Replies: 47
Views: 2831

Re: River running old giffers...

Kayak-Bloke wrote:For sake of this thread the definition of "Old Giffer" is anyone:
....
Is due to retire in next 10 years. (Not including millionaires or job dodgers...).
Or is already retired, and has a free bus pass?
by Ed Lefley
Tue Dec 08, 2009 12:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bivy Bags
Replies: 22
Views: 3952

Re: Bivy Bags

Tim,

Have a look to make sure they're long enough... may sound daft but as you're over 6' they might be a bit snug...

Alternatively TKMaxx have the Trekmates Bivvi Bags in sometimes, so may be worth a look at.