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by banzer
Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lifts
Replies: 1
Views: 223

Re: Lifts

Welcome back Pete, not heard from you in a while! I don't live near you so can't help with lifts, hope you have some luck.
by banzer
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tryweryn - where does the water come from?
Replies: 15
Views: 691

Re: Tryweryn - where does the water come from?

jmmoxon wrote:
Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:04 pm
The Fewston spillway is most of the river between there & Swinsty (which doesn't release much water). Good luck on getting permission to run them!
I'm sure Moxey has never run a slipway without permission.....?!
by banzer
Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pack rafting on TV
Replies: 2
Views: 185

Re: Pack rafting on TV

Sadly, not pack rafting Rhaeadr Du itself!
by banzer
Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tryweryn - where does the water come from?
Replies: 15
Views: 691

Re: Tryweryn - where does the water come from?

Nerdiest topic in ages - I like it! Apols for the Skipton stats it was just the closest town that sprang to mind. Bubberhouses itself annual rainfall 872mm, so a bit less than Skipton. It would be nice if we could use the rivers linking the other Washburn reservoirs for kayaking, seeing as those rel...
by banzer
Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tryweryn - where does the water come from?
Replies: 15
Views: 691

Re: Tryweryn - where does the water come from?

Wow - you still can't beat ukrgb for nerdy info! Thanks :)
by banzer
Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tryweryn - where does the water come from?
Replies: 15
Views: 691

Tryweryn - where does the water come from?

This may look like a daft thing to say, bear with me. Reservoirs are primarily for water supply - the Tryweryn dam / Llyn Celyn was famously built in the 60s to help keep the Dee topped up and hence supply Liverpool with drinking water. There's also some hydro power generation. So how come it seems ...
by banzer
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: August's heavy rain
Replies: 2
Views: 502

Re: August's heavy rain

A cheeky torridon weekend for me. One run that's in the guidebook (Cuileag) and three sections that aren't. Good explorey fun!
by banzer
Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Is 2 weeks long enough for Chile?
Replies: 4
Views: 378

Is 2 weeks long enough for Chile?

Howdy Before I get too old I'd love to do the Rio Claro. Tentatively thinking Nov 2020. Spend two or three days there. From what I gather, Nov is a good time for Pucon, a bit low in Jan. Is the Claro similar? If it was a choice of catching Pucon at ideal levels or the Claro, I would opt for the Clar...
by banzer
Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Scotland - West Highlands
Topic: Allt Dearg Mor/Sligachan
Replies: 1
Views: 404

Re: Allt Dearg Mor/Sligachan

Carry further up the Dearg Mor for sketchy steeps!
by banzer
Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Whitewater Kayak Rental in Scotland
Replies: 6
Views: 549

Re: Whitewater Kayak Rental in Scotland

Hi Daniel I'm afraid I can't help much with rental options, but I'm sure there will be something, if not friendly boaters to help you out. Although we may be facing a couple of years of construction traffic the road will down the Etive will remain open. The classic 'Middle Etive' section that runs a...
by banzer
Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Weird and unusual rapids
Replies: 4
Views: 815

Weird and unusual rapids

'Bum Crack Rock' on the Taieri, New Zealand. There's a big split boulder in the middle of the river. You paddle hard to get up a bow wave at the entrance, then through the 'crack' which is just boat-width, then out the other side over a small drop.... then EVEN BETTER there's a massive eddy river le...
by banzer
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Jumping, tubing etc at Low Force
Replies: 3
Views: 846

Re: Jumping, tubing etc at Low Force

Now that's a blast from the past..... :)
by banzer
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Jumping, tubing etc at Low Force
Replies: 3
Views: 846

Jumping, tubing etc at Low Force

I know they're filming there at the moment but assuming it's 'open'... I'd like to take my (fairly confident swimmer) 8 year old for some goofing around at Low Force this summer. I've paddled it just once and from memory you have the S-bends bit, the drop immediately above Low Force, then LF itself....
by banzer
Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Wilderness gentle paddling with mountains?
Replies: 8
Views: 736

Wilderness gentle paddling with mountains?

Hi all For her 40th, my wife and a friend or two would like a bit of a summer adventure probably in Europe somewhere. Ideally she would like: 1) Some gentle paddling on safe waters (eg Finland lakes / Stockholm archipelago / Ardeche - type rivers, though not busy like the Ardeche) 2) Wild camping wi...
by banzer
Wed May 22, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Which Scottish river?
Replies: 4
Views: 247

Re: Which Scottish river?

Spey should fit the bill nicely.
by banzer
Sun May 05, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha 9R '2' - what's the difference?
Replies: 6
Views: 993

Pyranha 9R '2' - what's the difference?

Regular readers of this forum will know (and not care) about my apathy towards new boat styles. I'm not especially aiming at Pyranha but they seem a good one to start with. What's so much better about 'version 2' of the 9R over 'version 1'. I didn't particularly notice Bren et al paddling rubbish in...
by banzer
Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Suitable Playboat/Freestyle kayak
Replies: 10
Views: 660

Re: Suitable Playboat/Freestyle kayak

Mark Mulrain wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:03 am
If you are wanting it to be suited to mainly river running and you only need to do basic moves in it, then perhaps an out and out Freestyle kayak is not actually what you are looking for?

What do you consider as a basic move?
Hmmm... for me, airscrews, as a most basic minumum.....
by banzer
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Personal Locator Beacon
Replies: 7
Views: 653

Personal Locator Beacon

I know this gets discussed lots over on the beardy forum (ducks) .... but what PLB is a good all-rounder for hiking, remote kayaking missions, and sea kayaking? Not something I would need more than once or twice a year so doesn't need to be the flashest. Thanks.
by banzer
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bollox
Replies: 5
Views: 1208

Re: Bollox

Not jolly good at all.
by banzer
Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: highest waterfall paddled uk
Replies: 15
Views: 2171

Re: highest waterfall paddled uk

I know of at least four potentially paddleable falls that would take the title. Remote parts of Scotland and there's the one in S Wales that Moxon may or may not have swum off on the Pyrrdin.
by banzer
Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How do you break a boat?
Replies: 19
Views: 1530

How do you break a boat?

Silly question... Are most broken boats caused by out-of-boat experiences i.e. a heavy boat filled with water wraps around / smashes against a rock and splits / dents.... or by wear and tear in use, both incidental and accidental? The reason I ask is that there seem to be a lot of broken or welded b...
by banzer
Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: This vid's stunning...
Replies: 3
Views: 627

Re: This vid's stunning...

Yes.

Not so keen on the Rafa Ortiz being set on fire one though. It just seems a bit pointless? (A bigger fall would have been more impressive.)
by banzer
Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nile on BBC
Replies: 2
Views: 476

Re: Nile on BBC

It's great. Shame they didn't mention the ecological impact of the many dams though.
by banzer
Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Church Beck
Replies: 17
Views: 1377

Re: Church Beck

10p says there's at least one drop on Church Beck that he didn't run :-) Yes - the tight grovelly one before the main fall! The main fall itself doesn't have a plungepool of any note so you would have to go down sideways and take the hit, IMO. I'll go run it with you Chucky. Monday special? :) (P.S...
by banzer
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Campervan Scotland - where to stay
Replies: 9
Views: 719

Re: Campervan Scotland - where to stay

- I know the Glencoe car park (where the visitor centre used to be before they moved it) usually fills with campers quite early in the evening in winter, but I've never looked in May or noticed if the gate gets locked. I'm not sure where the visitor centre used to be. Are you referring to the parki...
by banzer
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which boat to get.
Replies: 5
Views: 542

Re: Which boat to get.

There's not much wrong with getting a simple inflatable from Decathlon or similar (Sevylor ones are cheap and cheerful) and pottering about lakes and flat rivers. Be very aware of - getting blown out to sea, I would avoid the sea if any sign of wind, and stay close to shore; also low hanging trees o...
by banzer
Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Campervan Scotland - where to stay
Replies: 9
Views: 719

Campervan Scotland - where to stay

Hi all Taking the family campervanning in May half term. I know Scotland pretty well but haven't done a van trip before. I think ideally we would do alternate nights in a camp site of sorts with facilities, and out in the wilds. Probably do the usual trek up to Fort Bill, Mallaig, Loch Ness, maybe b...
by banzer
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Left-handed paddlers
Replies: 29
Views: 1929

Re: Left-handed paddlers

Playing guitar is another one. Right-handers play the complicated / noodley stuff with their left hand, whilst the right does the relatively simple task of picking or strumming. Maybe I should try playing left handed, though it'll probably sound equally as bad either way. (Currently trying to learn ...
by banzer
Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Perth - New Zealand
Replies: 5
Views: 629

Re: River Perth - New Zealand

Myles if you're on the West Coast you should also do this up near Greymouth, it's great fun, I've done it twice with two different GFs ha ha (one of them at least is now my wife!!) https://caverafting.com/underworld-rafting/ EDIT just seen this works out at nearly £100pp. I guess that's just the pri...
by banzer
Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Low Force
Replies: 9
Views: 1016

Re: Low Force

I think you're all talking about the same feature. It seems to go ok, but the lower it is, the more likely you are to hit rocks. Only paddled it the once myself at medium levels.